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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of Excellent Photos of the Past!

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2020 Regular Monthly Meeting List

  • February 18th - There will be NO Meeting in February
  • March 17th - Our Meeting will be to nominate new officers for 2020, and to update members on upcoming events. There will be no speaker at this meeting.
  • April 21st - Our speaker will be Ed Kelemen, an author who shares and writes about "paranormal activity". He will have copies of his book available at the meeting.
  • May 19th - Our speaker will be Duaine Fuoss who will be sharing his collection of Indian Relics and Artifacts.


New Bus Trips in 2020!

Our April 15th Trip is full,
however we are taking names
in case of any cancellations!

Our One-Day Bus Trip to
Lancaster
Sight and Sound!

Even though there is a
long waiting list, Please Call
Tom Dix at 724-593-2497
to see if there may be an
opening.

April 15, 2020

See the play "Queen Esther"

  • Stop at Sidling Hill on the PA Turnpike for a short stop

  • Then, on to Good and Plenty Restaurant for a Sit-Down Dinner before going to Sight and Sound around 2:00 PM

  • Show starts at 3:00 PM

  • Head for home after the show...!

Pick Up Times:
7:00am at Peebles Parking Area
and
7:30am at Acme Methodist Church

$125.00 Per Person due March 10th
Make checks payable to "CRHS"
Includes: Bus Fare, Show Ticket, Dinner,
all Taxes and Tips, including Bus Driver

Mail to: 
Tom Dix
3913 Route 31
Jones Mills, PA 15646

More information or questions, call
724-593-2497 or 724-423-3802

Good News!

Because of the overwhelming interest
in the April bus trip and a long waiting
list, another one-day bus trip has been
scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th,
  Same show, same price,
same pick up times and places.
Due date for check will be May 1st.

Join Us for a Fun Day!
Bus Trip to

Lancaster
Sight and Sound!


June 9, 2020

See the play "Queen Esther"

  • Stop at Sidling Hill on the PA Turnpike for a short stop

  • Then, on to Good and Plenty Restaurant for a Sit-Down Dinner before going to Sight and Sound around 2:00 PM

  • Show starts at 3:00 PM

  • Head for home after the show...!

Pick Up Times:
7:00am at Peebles Parking Area
and
7:30am at Acme Methodist Church

$125.00 Per Person due May 1st
Make checks payable to "CRHS"
Includes: Bus Fare, Show Ticket, Dinner,
all Taxes and Tips, including Bus Driver

Mail to: 
Tom Dix
3913 Route 31
Jones Mills, PA 15646

More information or questions, call
724-593-2497 or 724-423-3802


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
9

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
the FIRST EDITION of the CRHS THROW,
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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IMPORTANT

ANNOUNCEMENT

NEW HOURS OF OPERATION
Open Saturday: 10am to 2pm
and
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)

Click to see enlarged image!

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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"Down Memory Lane", is now available!
Newsletters are available at the Office, or if you
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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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