2016 Harvest Festival - Reenactment

The Civil War: A Harvest Festival Retrospective

Born from a fiery gospel writ from burnished rows of steel. Smoke lay heavy under the canopy of the trees and confusion was rampant. The order to “Fire at Will” was given, and shots rang out from all directions. It was difficult to see who was on your left and right. All you had to follow were the commands from the Captain, barely audible and muffled by the sound of rifles firing.  

Ghost in the Head at 2007 Harvest Festival

Fall into History and the Harvest Festival

History can be full of surprises and sometimes even a mystery or two. Maybe even a ghost. Greene County Historical Society has all of this and more. Its museum on Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg is filled with the trappings, tools, machines and artifacts donated by local families and intrepid history hunters. Visitors can time travel between the mid 1700s, through the gas and oil rich Victorian Age and even touch the museum’s crown jewel – “Waynie,” the original narrow gauge steam engine that made the last trip on the Waynesburg and Washington Railroad line in 1929, accompanied by the number six coach car that is being lovingly restored as part of the railroad exhibit.

Greene County Historical Society Museum

The Story of an Aged Institution

Just before the start of the Civil War legislation was passed in Pennsylvania, and many other states throughout the country, for each county to establish houses to care and support the poor. These houses often started out as converted family homes, usually beginning small in scale and expanding greatly over time.

Mail Pouch Barn

An American Heritage: Mail Pouch Barns

For more than a century, one advertising campaign used an unusual medium to feature the same message: “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco: Treat Yourself to the Best.” The ad and accompanying slogan – painted on barn sides first regionally, then across the country – was the marketing campaign of the Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company of Wheeling, West Virginia.