With spring comes flowers and warmer weather. It also thaws out our local museums and historical sites from a deep winter’s sleep.


Grab your spring jacket and take a step back into history with Washington County’s unique past!

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum: April 1

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Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Take the whole family to experience a bygone era of streetcars on the 4-mile scenic round-trip ride aboard one of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum's nearly 50 restored streetcars. Stop at the Trolley Display Building for a guided tour of the development of the streetcars.  See cars from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and more.


Finish off at the Visitor Education Center for exhibits including the trolley simulator, interactive items for children, orientation film, and more.


Be sure to stop by the Museum Store, where a variety of rail-related gifts and souvenir



Hours of Operation: April through May and September to December 16 Friday- Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., June through August Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bradford House Museum: April 6

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Bradford House Museum

The Bradford House Museum lies in the heart of downtown Washington, PA.  Completed in 1788, it was the home of David Bradford, a leader of the Whiskey Rebellion. This designated a National Historic Landmark has both architectural and historic importance.


Learn about 18th century life in Washington County as well the impact David Bradford had on the first test of federal authority in the United States-the Whiskey Rebellion.



Hours of Operation: April through November Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Whiskey Rebellion Education and Visitor Center: April 6

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Whiskey Rebellion Education & Visitor Center

Just across the street from the Bradford House Museum is the Whiskey Rebellion Education and Visitor Center, an expanded history of the uprising of local farmers and distillers against the 1791 liquor tax. Experience the importance of the Whiskey Rebellion and how it helped shape American history.


This late Victorian storefront turned museum showcases a collection of period exhibits, a historic timeline, an 18th century tavern bar, distilling displays, and other historic artifacts and settings.


First timers to the area, history buffs, or those attending the Whiskey Rebellion Festival (July 9, 2022) will drink in the fascinating history behind the rebellion.



Hours of Operation: April through November Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Duncan & Miller Glass Museum: April 7

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Duncan & Miller Glass Museum

Known as “the loveliest glassware in America,” the Duncan & Miller glass manufacturing company made gorgeous pieces in the 19th & 20th centuries. This glassware is still highly collectible today.


The museum preserves the rich history of George Duncan & Sons of Pittsburgh and the Duncan & Miller Glass Company of Washington, PA.


Tour a stunning collection of glass, glassmaking tools and memorabilia from 1870-1955 at their location on Ridge Avenue. Stop by the gift shop for a selection of antique and vintage glassware as well as glass reference books.



Hours of Operation: April through December Thursday- Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., year-round by appointment.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village: May 1

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Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village (1)

The oldest site of human habitation in North America is located right in our backyard in Avella, PA! Experience what life was like for prehistoric Americans 19,000 years ago at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter overlooking Cross Creek.


Explore three recreated historic villages to see what life was like in the Ohio Valley through the centuries: 16th century Indian village, 18th century Frontier Trading Post, and 19th century village.


The Trails to Trains exhibit transports visitors through time, exploring the evolution of transportation in Southwestern Pennsylvania using five vehicles from the collection.



Hours of Operation: May, September and October: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day:  Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The LeMoyne House: May 5

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Washington County Historical Society - LeMoyne House

Built in 1812 by Dr. John Julius LeMoyne, The LeMoyne House is Pennsylvania's first National Historic Landmark of the Underground Railroad, which provided a safe haven for slaves finding freedom.


This successful doctor and reformer also built the ​first crematory in the western hemisphere, which is also available for tours. The Frontier History Center, located in the Washington Park, was constructed to help visitors better understand 18th Century life in Western Pennsylvania. Call to schedule a tour of The LeMoyne Crematory and Frontier History Center as well.


Scheduled tours are preferred but drop-in hours of operation are available.



Hours of Operation: Thursday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., First Saturday of each month 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.