Monthly Archives: October 2015

October: A Month of Haunted Histories

Join the Washington County Historical Society and the Bassettown Paranormal Society on October 9th and 10th for Ghastly Tales of Gallows Hill and the LeMoyne Crematory. Hear tales of the first hangings and experience the stories of the LeMoyne Crematory as we bring the ashes of the first person cremated back to the building. Tours begin at 7pm and will run every 20 minutes until 11pm. Tickets are $5 per person. For more information contact the Washington County Historical Society at 724-225-6740 or

The month of haunts continues the weekend of October 23rd and 24th when the Bradford House Historical Association and the Bassettown Paranormal Society present Ghosts of Washington: Haunted History Walking Tours. Tours will leave from the garden of the Bradford House Museum, 175 South Main Street, Washington approximately every 20 minutes between 6pm – 9:40pm and last about an hour, ending at the Palmer House, 44 East Maiden Street.   Free parking is available on the street or in nearby city lots.  Cost is $5 per person.  Hot beverages, snacks, and souvenirs will be available for purchase.  Visit for more information.  Large groups (15 or more) may book a private walking tour for 5:30 or 10:00 p.m.

Washington County Histories For Sale

The California Area Historical Society is selling duplicate copies of some of the histories of Washington County. Available are:

3 copies of: Beers, Commemorative Biographical Record, Washington County, Pennsylvania, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many Early Settled Families (Chicago: Beers & Co.) 1893, 1,486 pgs.

4 copies of: Crumrine, Boyd, History of Washington County, Pennsylvania, Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men (Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co.) 1882 1,002 pgs.

2 copies of: McFarland, Joseph F., 20th Century History of the City of Washington and Washington County, Pennsylvania, and Representative Citizens (Chicago: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.) 1910, 1,369pgs

Each book sells for $30 (not including shipping and handling). To purchase please contact the California Area Historical Society at 724-938-3250