Author Archives: Washington County Historical Society

Annual Bradford House Museum Poster Contest

The Bradford House Museum is again sponsoring two Poster Contests, open to all middle and high school students in Washington and Greene Counties, on a topic of Western Pennsylvania history, 1750 – 1850. Students are required to construct a presentation on a standard size trifold display board, register online during January and February and deliver the project to the Bradford House in early March.

For complete rules, hints for developing a project, and a list of possible topics, go to and look under the education tab.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 5 entries in each division:  Middle School (grades 5-8) and High School (grades 9-12).

Winning projects will be displayed at the  Symposium on 18th Century Life and Customs in Western Pennsylvania, on March 18, 2016.

Educational Outreach Opportunities from the Bradford House

EDUCATION RESOURCES at the Bradford House Museum            BH Logo

175 South Main Street Washington, PA  724.222.3604

Museum Tours and Outreach Programs:  Available on a variety of 18th Century topics, our experienced staffcan adapt to your curriculum goals and any grade level, for schools and organizations throughout the year.

Poster Session Contests:  Individual students research to create a trifold display on a topic of Western Pennsylvania history (1750-1850).  Open to all Washington and Greene County middle and high school students.  Cash prizes are awarded.   Register online during January and February; project due in early March.  Held in conjunction with our annual Symposium on 18th Century Life and Customs in Western Pennsylvania.

Lending Library:  Borrow a classroom set of the young adult novel 1794: Janie Miller’s Whiskey Rebellion Saga by Anna T. Connor and Laura C. Zajdel.

Research Resources:  A collection of primary and secondary resources on the Whiskey Rebellion and David Bradford is available for use either at the Museum or to borrow.  Ideal for students developing projects for National History Day.

Boy Scout American Heritage Merit Badge:  Saturday workshop available with 3 week notice, except July and December.

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~The mission of the Bradford House Historical Association is to preserve and promote the history and heritage of the David Bradford House and Museum and to educate the public on the role of David Bradford and the Whiskey Rebellion in shaping American history.~

Christmas at the Bradford House

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Join the David Bradford House this year for Christmas! The house will be decorated for a 1790s Christmas. Kick off the season by attending our Holiday Gift Shoppe, Dec. 4 & 5 11am – 5pm.

You can also enjoy a candlelight tour of the house by appointment only Dec. 6 – 20. For more information contact the Bradford House at or 724-222-3604.candlelight flyer 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

Annual Symposium on 18th Century Life and Customs in Western Pennsylvania

The Bradford House Historical Association is presenting its 2015 Symposium on 18th Century posterfinalLife and Customs in Western Pennsylvania on March 27th at 7 p.m. and March 28th at 9 a.m. This year’s 2 day event will feature 4 unique speakers who will discuss various topics concerning the history of Southwestern Pennsylvania during the 18th Century.

Our special guest for both days of the Symposium will be Mr. Bill Robling who portrays Benjamin Franklin. Friday night Mr. Robling will address attendees as Benjamin Franklin and will discuss topics of the American Revolution, the conflict between Pennsylvania and Virginia over land that is now Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the contributions that Franklin made to the United States.

Saturday, March 28th will feature Mr. Robling and scholars Rob Windhorst, who will discuss John Neville and his involvement in the Whiskey Rebellion, Park Burroughs, who will discuss the techniques he uses when researching information from the 18th and early 19th centuries, and Marc Henshaw, who will discuss river travel and trade in 18th Century Western Pennsylvania.

The event will open in the Chapel at Old Main on W&J’s campus on March 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and students are free with valid ID. Saturday, March 28th’s events will begin at 9 a.m. in the Burnett Center on W&J’s campus. Tickets are $45 for pre-registration and $50 at the door (ticket price includes Friday night admission and lunch on Saturday). Friday night will also feature displays of the top 5 entries from the Middle and High School Poster Session Contest.
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Bradford House Museum Holiday Gift Shoppe

Get Into The Holiday Spirit With the Bradford House!

The Bradford House Museum is hosting a holiday gift shoppe. christmas

Vendors include: The Bradford House Gift Shop, The Washington Winery, Chicco Baccello, Rebecca’s Designs, Lighted Wine Bottles, Robert’s Woodworking, and Homemade Scarves and Ornaments.

The gift shop will be open December 5th & 6th from 11am – 5pm. During this time there will also be free tours of the Bradford House.

All vendors will be making donations to the Bradford House Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Matinee Movie Fest

The David Bradford House is proud to present the:

Premiere showing of Mason filmed in part at the historic David Bradford House and National Geographics DIGGERS episodes featuring our own Clay Kilgore & Bryan Cunning

Citizens Library Community Room

Saturday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Doors open at 1:30.

Admission $5 includes snacks and beverage

Benefits Bradford House Historical Association

Washington County Historical Society Art in the Garden

21st Annual Art Show and Sale

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Oh Great Father by Peter West - Peter was kind enough to allow us to use this image for the promotional materials this year. It will be auctioned at the event.

Oh Great Father by Peter West – Peter was kind enough to allow us to use this image for the promotional materials this year. It will be auctioned at the event.

2pm – 6pm

Madeleine’s Garden at the Historic LeMoyne House

Art in the Garden brings together the regions top artists in one beautiful setting.  The 21st anniversary of Art in the Garden will include many familiar faces.  We welcome several new participants in addition to the artist that you have come to know and love.

Also new for this year we welcome  students from The Kenneth J. & Shirley Yablonski Arts for Special Needs program.  This class, which meets weekly at the LeMoyne Community Center, was designed for individuals with special needs to express themselves.  They create their works of art from recycled items found at local thrift shops and yard sales.  A special exhibition tent will showcase art from the students.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and children under 12 are free

For tickets or more information

Call 724-225-6740 or email

Bradford House 1st Wine Tasting Event

Join the Bradford House Museum, The Washington Winery, and Chicco Bacello for an Unforgettable Wine Tasting Eventwine

The Bradford House Museum, in partnership with The Washington Winery and Chicco Baccello, will be holding its first wine tasting event on Friday September 26, 2014 from 5 – 7 pm at the Museum, 175 S. Main Street, Washington, PA.  Tickets are $25 per person for advance registration or $30 at the door.  Register at The Washington Winery, 415 S. Main St. or mail payment (with name, email address and phone number) to: Bradford House Historical Association, PO Box 537, Washington, PA 15301.  Ticket includes wine sampling, 18th century appetizers, a house tour and a glass of wine.  Local author A. Parker Burroughs will be present to sign his new book, Washington County Murder & Mayhem.  Violinist Anthony D’Orazio will be performing 18th century music.  The event is being sponsored by RG Johnson.  All proceeds benefit the Bradford House Museum.   You must be 21 years of age to attend.  Questions? Contact Angela, 724-222-WINE or Tracie,  Visit for details.

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