History & Heritage
Carmichaels Area Historical Society has over 250 years of Carmichaels and Cumberland Township in their archives. They are preserving the past for past and present residents to see.
Some items include vintage school photos, military documents, sports team photos, and memorabilia from the area. All these items can be used to trace your family history.
They offer a full service genealogical research. From not knowing where to begin, to the person that is stuck finding something, Carmichaels Area Historical Society can help you. They use websites like Ancestery.com, Newspapers.com, and many other websites to help with your search.
Carmichaels Area Historical Society is bridging the past with the future by preserving the history of Carmichaels and the towns of Cumberland Township.
Located in the Greene Academy of Art: From Carmichaels town square exit the traffic circle toward N. Market Street and the destination will be on your right in .2 miles. (Pass the Carmichaels post office)
Cornerstone Genealogical Society is housed in Greene County’s first court house. The log structure was built around 1800 and they have resided in that building since 1975.
The non-profit is dedicated to preserving the history of Greene County and areas around the county. They have records of obituaries, wills, funeral home, and Greene County park records.
Cornerstone Genealogical Society will assist you in finding the history of your ancestors who lived in or around Greene County.
Use 1-79 Exit 14 and keep right at the fork following signs for Waynesburg PA-21 West. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto East High Street. Turn left onto N. Morgan Street, turn left onto Greene Street. Shortly after the Fire Department, turn right onto N. Woods and the destination will be on the right.
Greene Academy of Art is housed in the first school of higher learning west of the Allegheny Mountains. The academy was open from 1790 to 1893. The building was restored in the 1970’s and then it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Many Greene County Greats attended the academy. Albert B. Cummins a politician who was an Iowa Governor and a United states Senate member representing Iowa. A.B. Miller was one of the first graduates of Waynesburg College and president of the college from 1859-1899.
The academy holds various events throughout the year. They have free art classes that include painting, scrap-booking, crafting and more. They also hold craft shows and other bigger events throughout the year.
Tours of the academy can be scheduled by calling (724)966-2731. You can also visit during the special events.
From Carmichaels town square exit the traffic circle toward N. Market Street and the destination will be on your right in .2 miles. (Pass the Carmichaels post office)
Greene Connections is an online archive project, that lets residents of Greene County and people outside Greene County find out about the rich history of the county. They have rare photographs and many documents accessible for you.
They help identify people in historical photos for you to view for free. There are also many other records on the website, like courthouse records, legal and vital records for Pennsylvania and West Virginia, maps, military records and newspaper clippings all for you to access.
You can also view blog style posts on different topics on the website. Topics include family history, finding forgotten people in cemeteries and much more.
Visit our website to find out about all of this, also your contribution to Greene Connections can help find out much more.
Greene County Historical Society and Museum sits on a 17-acre piece of historical land that has a 52-room museum, restored cabin, agricultural barn, print house and a railroad house. GCHS houses well over 30,000 artifacts that pertain to Greene County and the surrounding areas.
Visit the website or the museum to view and learn about the artifact of the week. The museum also features many different exhibits, like historic bedrooms, Victorian Parlor rooms, general store and the Poor House Cells.
During the year GCHS holds monthly lectures on many different topics, these topics all pertain to Greene County. Some of the other events that are held at GCHS are a car cruise, Stone to Steel Native American Weekend, steam punk garden party, the Harvest Festival and the annual Christmas Open House.
Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday April 27- October 31. November 1- April 21 is by appointment only. Admission to GCHS is $7 for adults, children (6-12) and seniors (60+) $5, and children under 6 and members are free.
From Exit 14 turn left on to PA-21 East for 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Curry Road and follow that for .6 miles. Turn right onto Rolling Meadows Road and you have reached GCHS.
Greene County Legacy Association is here to protect, enhance and support projects that are about Greene County History. The main projects that they have worked on are the Rain Day Boys and the WW I memorial.
The Rain Day Boys are 18 Greene County soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during WW I. On July 28-29, 1918 the Rain Day Boys were in the French countryside near Germany. They went in to relieve a French regiment in German Territory. During the early hours of the morning was when the assault started and they were met with the Germans. Only a couple hours had passed when 17 of the boys were dead or wounded. The Rain Day Boys are remembered yearly at the Rain Day Festival that happens in Greene County.
The WW I memorial is located near the Greene County Historical Museum and behind the Greene County tennis courts. This memorial honors the 58 Greene County soldiers who lost their life during WW I.
These two projects tell the stories of Greene County. To learn more about both projects visit raindayboys.com for more information.
From Exit 14 turn left on to PA-21 East for 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Curry Road and follow that for .6 miles. Turn right onto Rolling Meadows Road and you have reached your destination.
The King Coal Association was formed in 1953. They formed to remember the history of mining in Southwestern Pennsylvania. They are a nonprofit and benefit three local organizations, Carmichaels Chamber of Commerce, Carmichaels-Cumberland Twp. volunteer fire company, and they help those in-need in the area.
The King Coal Association puts on the King Coal Show every year in August. The week-long event holds different events throughout the week, like a 5K race, the State Bituminous Coal Queen Pageant, a carnival, a car, motorcycle, and tractor show and different types of parades throughout the week.
Other coal show events are the annual golf outing that is held at Carmichaels Golf Club. Exhibits that share the rich mining history of Greene County. The Eastern Mining Collector’s show, where collectors show their collections of mining history.
The King Coal Show is about celebrating heritage, community, family, and the legacy of the Southwestern Pennsylvania coal mining industry.
Mason-Dixon Historical Park was founded in the 1970s. The park includes many different attractions, from basketball courts and baseball fields, four shelters to rent, an amphitheater for live shows, six hiking trails and one mountain bike trail.
Dunkard Creek is a great fishing destination for all skill levels. The creek winds through both PA and WV. The other water feature you can see on this hike is Tucker Falls and it is named after Dr. Eldon P. Tucker founder of the park.
Each trail has a unique view for the hiker to experience. On the Mason-Dixon Marker Trail see the original stone that was placed by Mason and Dixon. Then, on the West Side and Blue Trail see the beautiful West Virginia sunset.
All these trails show some amazing views and some amazing history all in one park. Join us at Mason-Dixon Historical Park for all the fun.
Parking is available at the park. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. There are public restrooms at the park.
Take exit 1 toward Mt Morris/US-19 S, turn right onto Locust Ave, drive 0.5 miles, slight right onto T329/Wades Run Rd. go 308 ft., turn left onto Buckeye Rd., drive 3.5 miles, turn right, destination will be on the left.