Experiencing the Old-Town Charm of the East
Even though it’s small by many people’s standards, Washington, Pennsylvania is bustling
with great opportunities to experience important parts of America’s history. If you’re
looking for a great location for a family vacation, look no further -- Washington is the place
for you. If you have kids, Washington can be a fantastic vacation spot, because you can
escape some of the fast-pace and difficult logistics of a place swarming with tourists or a big
city. Your kids will also get a chance to experience some of the history in their home
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
Experience the history of this valuable form of transportation in America’s history. On a
three-mile trolley tour through the city, you’ll have an opportunity to view the towns
beautiful, historic buildings. This museum also offers seasonal attractions, including a
Pumpkin trolley and pumpkin patch during autumn. In August, you can park at the Trolley
Museum and ride the trolley to the county fair.
The LeMoyne House
Francis Julius LeMoyne was a physician who, in the 1850’s, risked his home and practice to
do what he knew was morally right. He opened his home and properties to the
Underground Railroad and aided in the freedom of hundreds of African American slaves
during this fascinating time of U.S. history. His father and five sisters supported and
promoted education for women and helped found the Washington Female Seminary. The
house is a beautiful, stately stone house. Entering it is like stepping back in time. It was
declared a U.S. historical landmark in 1997 and features period furnishings. Be sure to make
an appointment for your tour.
Off the Wall Theatre
Some of the most consistently well produced plays and musicals in all of southwestern
Pennsylvania can be found by attending a show produced by Off the Wall Productions.
Recently, they have offered their services and produced many of the plays selected from
the prestigious Pittsburgh New Works Festival. The theatre company has won high praise
from critics and audiences alike.
Visit Local Shops and Restaurants
Washington’s buildings are full of history and charm. Be sure to visit the local antique
stores, gift shops, and restaurants to get a true taste of the area. Visit the Bovine Winery,
Mr. Gyro’s, or Osso’s Original Pizza for some local cuisine. Take some time to stretch your
legs and walk through the city. Be sure to talk to the locals to hear about everyday life in this
historic town. Who knows, you might just decide to move there.
About the Author:
Sage enjoyed a comfortable stay at the Cambria Suites in Washington Pennsylvania while
researching life in the historic East.
Thanks Sage for sharing some neat experiences to encounter in Pennsylvania. I do hope to travel there again since my one road trip during college was not enough to see all this fun and entertaining activities. :) Pennsylvania is a great place to travel to teach children some great history. Hope you all consider these places if you are planning a trip there anytime soon.
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