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Mt. Saint Macrina

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Mt. Saint Macrina

Once named Oak Hill, this was the palatial estate of former weathy coal baron, J.V. Thompson, one of the leading figures in the great coal and coke boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Thompson had dealings in coal lands all over Southwestern PA (Friendship Hill was once his summer home), but financial reverses eventually forced him into bankruptcy.

In 1933 the Byzantine Catholic Order of Sisters of St. Basil acquired the property. The Thompson mansion, visible from Route 40, is now the Sister's retreat center. The annual Labor Day weekend pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help draws thousands of visitors and is open to the public.

Tours of the mansion only occur occasionally thoughout the year, most notably on Labor Day weekend. However the grounds of the former estate are open to the public and are spectacular.

Contact Information

The Retreat Center receives visitors when not in use for programs, but advance calls are required.

Byzantine Catholic Order of Sisters of St. Basil
Route 40, National Road
Uniontown, PA 15401

Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice

  • Turn Left on SR21 East
  • Travel 3.7 mi East on SR21 to intersetion of Main St (US40)
  • Turn Left on Main (US40West)
  • Travel 0.7 mi on Main (west)
  • Turn right at traffic light (at Uniontown Mall) into St. Mt. Macrina

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