A friendly resource of information
encompassing parts of Westmoreland,
Fayette, and Somerset Counties in
Southwestern Pennsylvania

Chestnut Ridge Historical Society Inc. 1698 State Route 711, P.O. Box 242
Stahlstown, PA 15687
- Office: 724-593-3102

Join us at Our Monthly Meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7pm!

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Our CRHS 2019 Christmas Dinner
will be at Brady's Restaurant
December 1
7th at 5:30pm

We will be Ordering from the Menu...!
Members and Guests Welcome!

Directions to Brady's Restaurant:

2020 Regular Meetings
will continue through March

  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17. 2020

There will be no speakers scheduled until our April meeting, although we will
continue our monthly meetings during the winter months, weather permitting.

Past Meeting Details: November 19, 2019

Captain Sam Vaughan was the guest speaker at the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society Tues, Nov.19th meeting.  He is the commanding officer of the Carpenter's Battery of the Confederate Army and participates in Civil War Reenactments held throughout the country.
He shared his collection of flintlocks, hand guns, rifles, and carbines along with specific ammunition used during the Civil War.   His presentation also included some war stories such as how "Stonewall" Jackson died of pneumonia and an infection caused by a bullet wound from "friendly fire".

Past Meeting Details: October 15, 2019

On Tuesday, Oct. 15th, the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society hosted Russel Love. Russell is a local historian who has researched and explored the unfinished and abandoned South Pennsylvania Railroad. (A dream of Vanderbilt that never came true.) Mr. Love had maps and aerial photos in a slide presentation that he shared with the group of interested attendees. For 26 years he has tramped the hillsides uncovering and photographing the proposed site, surveys, and history. He has written several books on the subject that includes many of his photographs and maps.. 

Past Meeting Details: September 17, 2019

Dale Dix, a resident of Greensburg and an avid biker was the guest speaker at the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society September 17th meeting. A member of the America by Bicycle organization, he provided a power point presentation of his cross-country 50 day cycling experience in the summer of 2017.  He shared a display of his bicycle and some of the items needed for safe riding.   His journey began in Astoria, Oregon, where he dipped his bike in the Pacific Ocean and ended in New England and dipped it in the Atlantic Ocean having travelled a total of 3653 miles,  He raised over $1200.00 for "Feeding the Spirit" a charity group that feeds the Homeless.

Past Meeting Details:
August 20, 201

On Tuesday evening August 20th, Running Bear and his wife, Lynn, were the guests of the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society.  Running Bear was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  He is a member of the Oglala Nation.  The topic he chose was, "My People's History- How They Lived Then and Now ".  Running Bear shared with us his experiences growing up and how he had to earn his badges of honor.  He also showed us some items that he made from natural resources to use in his hunting and fishing skills.  His profession is an electrical engineer obtaining his degree from the University of South Dakota in Rapid City, SD.  He has participated in many area events, including the filming of "The Seven Year War" that was shot locally at Fort Ligonier and  Bushy Run.  He plans to attend the Flax Scutching  Sept 14 and 15th and set up his TeePee.

We ALL had Fun on our Trip to Branson!


...Anyone, Anyone...?
Does anyone have a FIRST EDITION
Chestnut Ridge Historical Society THROW
from many years ago?
The First Edition THROW portrayed
Brown's Store, Plank Road School,
County Line Church, Sparks Supply, etc.
Seeking Original Throw issued for sale by CRHS

CRHS is requesting that anyone who has
to please contact us. If those Original Version
CRHS Throws (now second-hand) would be
available to CRHS, it would be appreciated.
CRHS has had several requests
for second-hand throws.
Seeking Original Throw issued for sale by CRHS

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Open Saturday: 10am to 2pm
Wednesday: 11:00am to 3:00pm

CRHS Cook Book
Only $10.00!

Our CRHS Cook Book
is now available
for only $10.00!

It is plum full of great recipes
from our members.
Pick up your copy at the center
on Wednesdays or Saturdays
at a cost of only $10.

These CookBooks make great gifts too.
Great Gift!
Give this Great Cookbook!

Thank all of you for your great response
regarding this great CRHS project!

CRHS Throw with
Historical Throw Companion Booklet

(Reg. $27.50) NOW Only $25.00
(Limited choice of colors)

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CRHS Throw with Historical Throw Companion Booklet: Softcover 31 page booklet containing
a brief history of the illustrations depicted
on the throw.

This beautiful heirloom throw was designed and commissioned by the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society. Woven with pride in the United States by Mill Creek Design from We Love Country Inc., the two-layered, 100 percent cotton Jacquard is color-fast and preshrunk. Measuring approximately 50 inches by 70 inches, the throw is fringed on all four sides and is machine washable.

The 14 illustrations provide but a brief glimpse of the historical richness of the area that we of the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society are dedicated to preserve.

Many Thanks to Our CRHS Business Members
who support our Chestnut Ridge Historical Society!

We appreciate your memberships and your offered resources.

Brady's Restaurant

Champion Lumber Company Inc.

Charles Z. Keslar Agency Inc.

Connie Dennison, Tax Preparer

David W. Sadler  Erie Insurance Agency

Donegal Auto Body

Donegal Dairy Queen

Fay-West Copier Service

Foggy Mountain Lodge & Restaurant

Gearhart Electrical Contractors

Harbor Inn Restaurant

Highlands Heating Inc.

Hoffer's Ligonier Valley Packing

Laurel Highland Total Communciation Inc.

Laurel Valley Hardware Inc.

Loyalhanna Veterinary Clinic Inc.

Main Street Wine Bar

Old General Store

S&S Communications Service Inc.

Sarnelli's Corner Market

Shari Bukovac Bookeeping

Somerset Trust Bank

Springer's Cove  (Tall Cedars) 

The Country Pie Shoppe

Whispering Pines Antiques


Of the 67 Counties of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
we maintain historical data for
part of the Southwestern Region

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Our CRHS Newsletter,
"Down Memory Lane", is now available!
Newsletters are available at the Office, or if you
become a Member, then a Newsletter is mailed!

Our Mission
The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society is dedicated to
collecting and preserving the oral and written history and
artifacts of a portion of the Laurel Mountains that is
known as the Chestnut Ridge!

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