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Connellsville

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Connellsville is a city in Fayette County, and a gateway via 711 to the Laurel Highlands recreational areas of Ohiopyle and Seven Springs Ski Resort and Conferenece Center.

Understand[edit]

Founded as a township in 1793 and then a borough in 1806 by Zachariah Connell, joined with New Haven in 1911 to become the first city in Fayette County. Located at the center of the Connellsville Coal Field, it became famous as the Coke Capital of the world, due to the coke produced in the industry's many beehive ovens. Like a number of smaller area towns, it went into hibernation when the coal and steel industries declined. Recently, several buildings have been renovated or torn down, and many volunteers are working hard on creating new opportunities for growth.

Currently experiencing a resurgence of culture and new businesses, Connellsville is a Great Allegheny Passage Trail Town, and is becoming a bedroom community for the shale industry. Situated at the heart of history-rich Fayette County, it offers many nearby opportunities for outdoor recreation. Cobblestone Inn & Suites expects to open a hotel directly on the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-GAY-nee] River Trail in spring of 2015.

Get in[edit]

Rt 119 passes through the center. Two lanes each direction. Many lights.

Rt 711 or Crawford Ave is the main thoroughfare through town, continues on up the mountain to Ohiopyle.

Pittsburgh St, perpendicular to Crawford, another main business artery, library location.

Rt 201 begins in Connellsville, out to Adelaide, Vanderbilt and on out to link up with Rt. 51.

Get around[edit]

Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation Buses offer service to other Fayette cities and a commuter bus to Pittsburgh leaves from the Connellsville Airport at 5:30 AM.

It is possible to bike from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath. Spartan Adirondack camping shelters can be reserved at the Martin's market parking access. Bicycle service and repairs available at Bikes Unlimited, 503 W Crawford Ave. 724-628-2453. Also bicycle sales and rentals.

Amtrak's Capitol Limited train recently started offering roll-on roll-off service for bicycles. It connects Washington D.C. and Chicago, with a stop in Connellsville.

Joseph A Hardy "Connellsville Airport" Public use airport, not very busy. FACT bus hub.

See[edit][add listing]

A walking tour of historical sites in Connellsville has been set up by the Fayette Cultural Trust. There is a map showing where all of the yellow "Connellsville: A River Runs Through It" - historical interpretive signs are located.

Youghiogheny River Park features the restored 18th century Colonel Crawford's Cabin, and in late June of every year, the two day reenactment of Braddock's Crossing is held there. General Braddock crossed the Yough at the point which became known as Stewart's Crossing. Participants may cross along with the actors, who also fire muskets overhead. Art on the Yough is also held the same weekend, with music. A polar bear plunge is celebrated every new year.

  • Connellsville Canteen, 131 W Crawford Ave, [1]. 10AM-2PM. Open with limited hours, the building is finished but the coffee shop portion is not open yet. Harry Clark's handcrafted Indian Creek Valley Railroad Display is open and worth the visit, 2$ admission. Stage Door Canteen hosts events, walls are overflowing with local WWII memorabilia.  edit
  • Connellsville History Museum, 299 S Pittsburgh St (2nd floor Carnegie Library), 724-628-1380, [2]. A one-room self guided tour of Connellsville history with many photographs and artifacts.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • City Lanes Bowling Center, 125 W Apple St, 724-628-9972, [3]. A smaller but very friendly, positive place located on the second floor. A full-service USBC certified bowling alley with leagues, cosmic bowling, and a snack bar.  edit
  • Connellsville Community Center, 201 E Fairview Ave, 724-626-0300, [4]. Many businesses with opportunities for recreation exist in the Center. There is wrestling with One Shot Club, Art & Wine Fridays, other craft nights with Liz Jones Arts, building blocks with Brooke's Block Party, learn to act with Project Talent Theatre Workshops. Also the Porter Theater was recently remodeled, with shows featuring Harold Betters and The Skyliners upcoming.  edit
  • Great Allegheny Passage, (Crosses through the town along 3rd Street), [5]. Known locally as the Youghiogheny River Trail, it is a non-motorized bike/hike trail. Nearly level, it follows old railroad grades and winds alongside the river. You can also jump on a spur trail to Dunbar known as the Sheepskin Trail from the southern end of town.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Artworks Connellsville, 139 W Crawford Ave, 724-320-6392, [6]. An art gallery and learning center, features works by local artists. Items accepted and sold on consigment.  edit
  • Hobby's N Stuff, 119 W Crawford Ave, 724-628-0228, [7]. This shop is crammed full of plastic models, die cast kits, paint and glues and assorted items for constructions hobbies.  edit
  • Lid'l Lyn's, 601 W Crawford Ave, 724-628-6672, [8]. Children's Clothing Boutique which specializes in formal wear and holiday outfits for the little ones.  edit
  • Martin's Food Markets, 800 Vanderbilt Road, 724-626-8025. Grocery store right by Yough River Park, with trail parking in the rear. Offers a decent selection of organic items, not everything but better than none. Great produce section, olive bar, fancy cheeses.  edit
  • The Book Case, 809 Blackstone Rd, 724-628-9181, [9]. Small book shop with a few new books, but mostly used books. Strong history section, offers a variety of genres, trade credit offered for books.  edit
  • Wavy & Jane's Emporium, 121 W Apple St, 724-626-1268, [10]. This store sells seasonal items, many different types of gift items.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • El Canelo Mexican Restaurant, 130 W Crawford Ave, 724-626-0808, [11]. 11-10. Small, family run restaurant in downtown Connellsville, with very friendly servers. Bike rack available on sidewalk. $$.  edit
  • Hutch's Tap Room, 1099 University Drive, 724-628-9962, [12]. Try Chef Hutch's famous cheese sticks. NY strip steak is fabulous, every Wednesday is the 9.99 Delmonico steak special. Micro Brews on tap, interesting decor.  edit
  • Italian Oven, 623 Highland Ave, 724-626-6836, [13]. Fine italian food, great service. Catering service available for events. Can be pretty busy, sometimes there is a wait.  edit
  • York Bar, 403 York Ave, 724-628-9752. Excellent place to get wings, wing nights on Monday and Wednesday, try the House flavor. Reasonably priced beers, two pool tables, occasional hosting DJs and karoake.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Bud Murphy's Sports Bar & Grill, 718 McCormick Ave, 724-628-9884, [14]. Murphy Hall and Shamrock Room available for events.  edit
  • Lynn's Pub & Grill, 205 W Wine St South Connellsville, 724-628-2620, [15]. Occasionally hosting live music. Portion of first Monday of every month's sales donated to Connellsville Parks & Recreation.  edit
  • Riser's Pub, 1508 E Crawford Ave, 724-628-4242. Dart boards.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 325 N. First St, (888) 693-8262, [16]. Coming in spring 2015, directly along the Youghiogheny River Trail.  edit
  • Connellsville Bed & Breakfast, 316 W Crawford Ave, 724-603-2533, [17]. One block from the Youghiogheny bike/hike trail.  edit
  • Fox Castle Bed and Breakfast, 1131 S Pittsburgh St, 724-603-3699, [18].  edit
  • Melody Motor Lodge, 1607 Morrell Avenue, 724-628-9600, [19]. Clean, modern, comfortable. Reasonable flat room rates. Ed's Diner, a family owned diner is located on the premises.  edit
  • River's Edge Campground, 1101 Riveredge Rd, 724-628-4880, [20]. A KOA campground with cabins and RV sites.  edit

Contact[edit]

Brooke Deason Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce Office Manager. 724-628-5500.

Michael Edwards Connellsville Redevelopment Authority. 724-628-1645.

Greg Lincoln Mayor. 724-628-2020 ext. 203.

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