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Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation
Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation is a private, non-profit educational organization that encourages the preservation of buildings, landmarks and structures deemed representative of the culture, architecture and history of Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Programs and Services
- WCH&LF holds programs, workshops and tours to educate our members and public about Washington County's historic structures. Programs have included farms and their support buildings, historic districts, one-room schoolhouses, log structures, churches, river towns, local women of note, history of the African American community, Underground Railroad, National Road and the history of agriculture in our region, and most recently hands-on restoration workshops with do-it-yourself instructions.
- One ongoing program - Landmark Registry - recognizes those structures and sites that best represent our local history in architecture, person or event. Approved applicants are issued a Certificate that records the property location, original and current owners, and established date of construction. Purchase of a metal "L" plaque is optional and meant for display on their structure to signify this honorary designation.
- The Landmarks Foundation offers free services to property owners who seek advice or recommendations on preserving/restoring their historic structures. Periodic workshops are held on restoration topics, including windows and doors, roof repair, masonry work, proper cleaning and appropriate painting, as well as research on identifying a property's history and early ownership.
- Printed material is available upon request, including annual newsletters that highlight events and current topics; the 1976-published "Preserving Our Past: "Landmark Architecture of Washington County, Pennsylvania," that contains more than 400 photos and history of their evolution (reprint can be purchased); full-color researched brochures on county log buildings, farmhouses, barns and outbuildings, one-room schoolhouses and historic churches; and a pamphlet on H&L's own history and projects.
- The 1806 stone John White farmhouse on the county fairgrounds, has served as WCH&LF headquarters since the late 1990s. It contains displays of historic topics, and the Charlotte Lane Memorial Library, housing records from the multi-year Survey of Historic Structures, and a collection of books, maps and printed material for public use upon request and our organization's research. The library is named for our co-founder who served for numerous years as director of Washington-Greene Tourism Agency.
Primary Revenue Sources
Membership, donations, fundraisers
Primary Fundraising Event
WCCF Gives Day
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