The William Balsley Pavilion was completed in June of 2011. The previous pavilion (picture to the right) was destroyed by the severe snow storm of February, 2010. The construction of the pavilion was made possible by grants from the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau Hotel Tax and the Community Foundation of Fayette County. The pavilion was built by contractor Keith Miller of Connellsville. We use our pavilion for Society and civic programs; most notably for the yearly Braddock's Crossing festival. But we also make the pavilion available for rental on a daily basis. The rental fee is $75.00 per day. This gives you access to the pavilion with six (6) picnic tables and the Springhouse (pictured below) for restroom facilities and the refrigerator. Rental time runs from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. An application can be obtained in person by visiting our office at the Gibson House at 217 West Patterson Avenue, Connellsville, PA 15425, by calling the office at 724-628-5640 or by clicking on the link below to download an application to your printer.
The hours of operation at the Gibson House are: Tuesday from 10 AM to 3 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
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.