The history of Washington County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 38 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The Day and Egle histories cover the early years, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes relating to sightseeing possibilities. The recently added excerpt from the fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. The communities mentioned include: Amity, Bentleysville (Bentleyville), Brownsville, Beallsville, Burgetstown, California, Canonsburg (Canonsburgh), Claysville, Donora, Eldersville, Florence, Fredericktown, Greenfield, Hillsborough, Millsboro, Monessen, Monongahela (Williamsport, Monongahela City), Mt. Pleasant, North Charleroi, Washington (formerly Catfish), West Alexander (West Alexandria), West Brownsville, and West Middleborough, Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: County terrain and geological traits; Early Settlers; Sheep Raising and Woollen Manufactories; Murder of Indians resulting in Lord Dunmore’s War; Recollection of Washington County Massacre of 1782 and the Defenders of Jacob Wolf’s Fort; Unsuccessful Attack on Rice’s Fort in 1782 with the names of the Defenders; Adventures of Abraham Rice; Detailed Description of a Frontier Wedding; Washington and Jefferson College, Canonsburgh Academy, and other Educational Institutions; Scarcity of Clothing and Difficulties in Obtaining Supplies; the County’s Role in the Whiskey Rebellion; Tar and Feathering Tax Agents; “Tom the Tinker”; Theft of a Cow Bell; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include Washington (full page), Washington College, Jefferson College, Washington and Jefferson College, South-Western College.
Washington County, PA
Sources: History of Washington County Pennsylvania; Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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