Historic Perryopolis

         
 

When George Washington owned a portion of the land that is now Perryopolis, it was destined for a major role in history: Washington had planned to make it the capital of the United States and had even drawn up specific plans for the layout of the streets. These plans didn't materialize because Washington's estate sold the land after his death and history passed the small town by. In 1814 Perryopolis, previously known as New Boston, was officially laid out using Washington's plans and named for Oliver Hazard Perry for his victory on lake Erie during the War of 1812.

George Washington purchased 1,644 acres here when land first became available. He visited in 1770 and said, "as fine a land as I have ever seen, a great deal of rich meadow; it is well watered and has a valuable mill seat." The mill would eventually be completed in 1776. Once the mill was finished, it encouraged other business to come to the area to support and augment the business of the mill.

16 marked sites including the Perryopolis Historic Area. Two blocks surrounding the town center diamond feature:

   

 

 

 

 

Old State Bank Museum Built 1814, housing items of early Perryopolis. Plans are to restore front to an early 1800's Jacksonian bank. Donations.

Mary Fuller Frazier House Built circa 1815, being refurbished in early Victorian period; office of Perryopolis Area Heritage Society, 724-736-8080.
 

 

Blacksmith Shop Oldest frame blacksmith shop still standing in USA. Interior and bellows intact.

Gue House A two story log house built circa 1820, reconstructed in 1970's, Currently an information center and craft/souvenir shop.
St. Nicholas Byzantine Church Built in 1912, it features mural and crystal chandelier from Czechoslovakia; bell, which must be rung in unison by two people, was brought from Moscow.
  Quaker Church Meeting House & Cemetery Stone chapel intact, door and windows are boarded up. Headstones dating to late 1700's.
 

 

Indian Rock Carvings Dating to 1400's, located one mile from Perryopolis.

 

 

Just outside of town is Washington Grist Mill Park, where a host of other historic attractions awaits.

         
 

Directions From the Inne at watsons Choice
234 Balsinger Road, Uniontown, PA 15401
Follow Denney Rd, Stoney Point Rd and Haddenville Rd to US-40 W in Menallen Township 7 min (3.7 mi)
Head east on Balsinger Rd/Old State Rte 21 toward S&T Dr 0.2 mi
Turn left onto Denney Rd 1.0 mi Slight right to stay on Denney Rd 0.2 mi
Continue onto Stoney Point Rd 1.1 mi
Turn right onto Haddenville Rd 1.3 mi
Turn left onto US-40 W 2 min (1.3 mi)
Take Keisterville Upper Middletown Rd to PA-51 N/Pittsburgh Rd 6 min (2.9 mi)
Turn right onto Canistra Rd 0.8 mi Continue onto Baer Rd 0.7 mi
Turn right onto Keisterville Upper Middletown Rd 1.4 mi
Turn left onto PA-51 N/Pittsburgh Rd 10 min (9.0 mi)
Follow Independence St to your destination 1 min (0.5 mi)
Turn right onto Independence St 0.5 mi
Enter the traffic circle 105 ft
Perryopolis, PA

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  While you're in the area, you might check out these attractions.

Washinton's Grist Mill Park
Linden Hall
Hazelbaker's
Historic Dawson


     
         
 

Related Links

perryopolis.com

     
         
         
   

   
   
234 Balsinger Road
Village of Balsinger
Uniontown, Pa 15401
 
724-437-4999
or
1-888-820-5380
 
 

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