Places of Interest
The Greene Academy (Carmichaels) a unique historic structure which housed the first female department among higher education facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Greene River Bike Trail is moving its way through the county with stops in Rices Landing and Crucible. Hikers and Bikers welcome to visit their quaint shops and hospitality areas.
Ryerson State Park (western Greene County) with its fishing, swimming, hiking and camping facilities is a perfect retreat for family get-togethers and weekend adventures.
The Greene County Historical Museum (Waynesburg) stands proudly as your doorway to the past featuring colonial to victorian displays and specialty exhibits.
Special Events in the County
Throughout its rolling hills, you will find discover Greene County’s rich culture and heritage. Fun festivals and year round fun includes the King Coal Show in Carmichaels (see special section on web site) which celebrates our coal mining legacy; the Arts in the Park Festival in Ryerson State Park which serves as a showcase for local artisans; and the Covered Bridge, Pioneer, Rices Landing and Harvest Festivals which celebrate and preserve our proud history. One Greene County festival, Rain Day, has even generated national recognition which showcases our sense of humor and quest for good family fun.
Refer to the Greene County Visitor’s Guide for more recreational and fun-filled events. Available in most retail and community locations.
The Greene Academy
The academy is a unique historic structure of native fieldstone and brick. The original fieldstone section was built in 1791 as a Episcopal Church on land owned by James Carmichaels. In 1810, the church trustees offered the use of their building for a school and the brick addition was added. As a pioneer in co-education, the Greene Academy had a Female Department as early as 1837. It continued to serve as the educational center of the county until the founding of Waynesburg College in 1849. With the building of the Carmichaels Borough School in 1893, the Greene Academy closed.
It became a GAR post and was later converted into three apartments. Through the efforts of many volunteers and community groups, the building was restored and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the Greene Academy functions as a community center and as the headquarters of the Greene County Council on the Arts.
Located on North Market Street in the Old Town section of Carmichaels, the Greene Academy is open to the public by appointment. Tours may be arranged by calling 724-966-2731 or 724-627-3204.
Covered Bridge Festival
The Washington and Greene County Annual Covered Bridge Festival is an event which showcases the rich heritage and expert craftsmanship of the past. The festival, held the third weekend of September each year, celebrates what is arguably the area’s most beautiful season, Autumn.
Of the 218 bridges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are 23 in Washington County and 7 in Greene County. The country’s first covered bridge was built in Philadelphia by Timothy Palmer. The greatest period of covered bridge building activity took place from the 1820’s to the end of the 19th Century.
The Covered Bridge Festival offers a chance to truly relax and enjoy the rolling hills and gentle streams of scenic Southwestern Pennsylvania. Last year nine bridges were featured. Visitors can browse through distinctive craft booths, eat homestyle food and see unique entertainment. Each bridge offers its own natural flavor.
Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency