Inne at Watson's Choice

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Historic Dawson

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Addison Toll House
Bear Run Nature Reserve
Braddock's Grave
Christmas Shoppe
Coal & Coke Heritage Ctr
Country Charm
The Cross
CW Klay Winery
Dunlap Creek Bridge
Flat Iron Building
Fort Mason Museum
Fort Necessity
Friendship Hill
Historic Brownsville
Historic Connellsville
Historic Dawson
Historic Perryopolis
Historic Uniontown
Historic Hopwood
Inne at Watson's Choice
Jumonville Glen
Jumonville Methodist Youth Ctr
Kentuck Knob
Laurel Caverns
Linden Hall
Meason House
Mt Saint Macrina
National Road
Nemacolin Castle
Nemacolin Woodlands
New Geneva Stoneware
Ohiopyle State Park
Pennsylvania Room
Point Lookout
Scenery Hill
Searight Toll House
State Theatre
Stone House
Summit Inn
Touchstone Center for Arts
Village of Shoaf
Washington Grist Mill
Washington Tavern
West Overton Museums
Wharton Furnace
Youghiogheny River / Lake
Youghiogheny River Trail
Youghiogheny Station

Coal and Coke Era
Early Local History
Fall Foliage
French & Indian War 250th Anniversary
Gen. George C Marshall
Morgantown WV
Mountain Area
National Road
Opulence of Coal & Coke Era
Geo. Washington Slept Here
Whitewater Adventures


Historic Dawson

Dawson is a quaint little village along the Youghiogheny River that saw its peak during the heyday of the Coal and Coke Era. Here you can get a glimpse of the opulence of the Coal and Coke Era by visiting the former residences of coal barons, including that of "Little Jim Cochran," now a bed and breakfast. "Little Jim" was the pioneer and prototype of all the coal and coke barons. Along with a brother and uncle, he made the first commercial sale of coke outside this region, floating two boatloads down the rivers to Cincinnati in 1843 and selling it for seven cents a bushel. He developed mines and cokeyards in his native Dawson area and became the largest operator of the early boom times when he built the Washington Run (Star junction) mine with 999 coke ovens. He was the father of Philip Cochran, whose wife Sarah built Linden Hall and the Philip G. Cochran Memorial Methodist Church. Tours daily 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. phone 724-529-2368. Main and Railroad Streets.

National Bank Historic Room A collection of photos and maps of Dawson area from the turn of the century until the present. Located in Bank and open to visitors daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Phone 529-2933. Main Street (Route 819).

The Cochran House 12-room Victorian Style house being refurbished for use as a Bed and Breakfast Inn. Former home of James Cochran's brother, William. Reservations only. Tours available. Phone 724-529-2726 or 724-438-8711. Railroad and Griscom Streets.

Phillip G. Cochran Memorial Methodist Church Built in 1927 at a cost of about $325,000 in memory of Phillip and James Cochran, this gothic sanctuary and social auditorium, made of Beaver and Indiana County limestone, features hand made tile in the nave, stained glass windows by Henry Hunt, a copy of the Sistine Madonna by L. Sturn, and a pipe organ especially designed for it. It is a National Register site. Howell and Griscom Streets.

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Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice

We strongly advise using a map from going from attraction to attraction in this area. The following directions are fine if Dawson is your first stop from the Inne at Watson's Choice.

  • Turn Left [East] on Route 21 East
  • Travel 3.1 mi to traffic light at Route 119
  • Turn Right and stay to left following on-ramp sign to [US 119 North Connellsville]
  • This is the Uniontown By-Pass.
  • Travel 1.5 mi Exiting to PA51
  • Turn Left [North] on PA51 North
  • Travel 8.0 mi to PA201 East
  • Exit Right to PA 201 East
  • Travel 6.2 mi to SR819 at Vanderbilt
  • Turn Left on SR819 North
  • Travel 1 mi to Dawson



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