The far southwestern corner of Pennsylvania looks on the surface to be a pleasant rolling, river-cut landscape carpeted with vegetation and trees. But underneath is a bloody history and a supernatural reality brimming with ghosts, aliens, and unknown creatures.
The Harvest Festival has long been a treasured tradition in Greene County since the museum open its doors in 1971, and those who attend this event while visiting this beautiful part of southwestern Pennsylvania will be treated to a full slate of appealing attractions, such as encampments with reenactors and skirmishes, Native American reenactors, demonstrations, entertainment, retail and food vendors and much, much more.
For nearly 70 years, Greene County, Pennsylvania has been home to a very special week-long celebration recognizing the rich coal mining history and heritage of the area and Southwestern Pennsylvania region.
Rain Day is special not just because it has been a tradition for more than a century and a half, but also because it is an event where people throughout the county and even around the globe hope for rain to fall in Waynesburg.
Founded in 1796, Greene County was established when Washington County was split as an act of Legislature. That brings over two centuries of history and mystery from the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania. Travel around the County with me as we explore a few historical sites.
Forming over 30 Baptist churches, aiding in the Whiskey Rebellion, as well as facing one of the most horrific tragedies in the region, Reverend John Corbly was an essential figure in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Driving through country roads and farmlands, one can get a clear view of Greene County’s historic heritage through its preserved buildings and landmarks. Rustic barns with the words “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco” painted across their sides are easy to spot surrounded by the scenic countryside.
Prior to the glaciers, the ancestral Monongahela River flowed from present day north-central West Virginia across Pennsylvania and northwest Ohio.
Cornerstone’s headquarters located at the first Greene County Courthouse, has its own genealogy to share with anyone who comes to the restored log courthouse and its research annex looking for a lost relative or a family attached to a gas and oil lease.
When it comes to taking its place in American history, Greene County is unparalleled. And it’s because of a parallel of latitude that Pennsylvania’s southwestern-most county stands above all others. The famous Mason-Dixon Line, run from 1763-67 by British astronomers and surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, ends its journey at the edge of Greene County.