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.
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.
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, . 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, . A one-room self guided tour of Connellsville history with many photographs and artifacts.edit
City Lanes Bowling Center, 125 W Apple St, ☎ 724-628-9972, . 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, . 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), . 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
Artworks Connellsville, 139 W Crawford Ave, ☎ 724-320-6392, . 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, . 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, . 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, . 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, . This store sells seasonal items, many different types of gift items.edit
El Canelo Mexican Restaurant, 130 W Crawford Ave, ☎ 724-626-0808, . 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, . 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, . 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
Bud Murphy's Sports Bar & Grill, 718 McCormick Ave, ☎ 724-628-9884, . Murphy Hall and Shamrock Room available for events.edit
Lynn's Pub & Grill, 205 W Wine St South Connellsville, ☎ 724-628-2620, . 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