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 BRADDOCK'S CROSSING 

THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR
The War for Empire

    France and Great Britain were the two European super powers of the mid 1700s.  Both countries wanted to control as much land in the world as possible.  In North America, the French controlled Canada, and the British were located in the 13 Colonies along the Atlantic coast.

    In 1753, this area along the Youghiogheny River was inhabited by native Americans of the Iroquois, Delaware, and Kanhawhas tribes.  The river made the area particularly attractive to French trappers trading for furs with the Indians.  The English, who had been content to stay east of the Appalachians prior to the 1750s, were now looking for fresh, cheaper land and fur trade also.

    The French attempted to control the rivers and lakes of the interior of North America because they served as natural highways for their fur trade with the natives.

    Our area, here in the Ohio Valley, was claimed by several colonies, Virginia being the most dominant.  In an attempt to determine French involvement in the Ohio Valley, Governor Dinwiddie of Virginia sent Major George Washington to find the French and deliver a message for them to leave this British land.  Along with local pioneer, Christopher Gist, Washington traveled through our area in 1753 - 1754.  Washington returned to the area in the spring and summer of 1754, where the incident at Jumonville precipitated the French and Indian War.

    To drive the French out of the Ohio Valley, a British army under the command of Major General Edward Braddock achieved "mission Impossible" and brought a large force of British and colonial troops along with artillery and wagons through the wilderness.

    On the way to Fort Duquesne at the forks of the Ohio, Braddock's army crossed the Youghiogheny River at Stewart's Crossings (Connellsville) on June 29-30, 1755.  The army spent two days here in Connellsville, and on the second day, they baked bread for the last time before the attack on the French.  The attack resulted in a major defeat for the British army.

    The Connellsville Area Historical Society will sponsor the 15th Re-Enactment of the historic crossing of the Youghiogheny River at Stewart's Crossings (Connellsville) on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 - 24, 2018.  British, French, Colonial and Native American re-enactors were invited to participate in the festivities.  Volunteers are always welcome.

   

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CONNELLSVILLE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
217 West Patterson Avenue
Connellsville, PA 15425
Phone: 724-628-5640
Email:
chs@connellsvillehistoricalsociety.com


 

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MT. VERNON IRON FURNACE STAINED GLASS WINDOW

Click on the link above (a new window will open) to view the newly installed stained glass window depicting the Mt. Vernon Iron Furnace placed in the Society's future home - THE GIBSON HOUSE on West Patterson Avenue.  It was designed and crafted by Society Member and Fayette County Cultural Trust Executive Director Daniel Cocks.  The stained glass was purchased through Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass in Connellsville and Dan donated his skill, craftsmanship and time.  It was installed by Dan and Michael Edwards on Saturday, April 25, 2009.