Monongahela Area Historical Society
Monongahela Area Historical Society
230 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063
Phone: 724.292.8247
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Susan Bowers, President
Martha Muniz, Vice President
Jim Steiner, 2nd Vice President
Carol Frye, Treasurer
Terrie Steiner, Recording Sec.
Kathy DeSantis, Corresponding Sec.
MUSEUM HOURS: Wednesdays 10-2
Saturdays 10-2 when volunteers are available
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Preserving the past for the future!
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The Commercial Hotel
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To the left is a short video explaining the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791-1794.
Thank you to all the members who attended our annual Christmas party. A great time was had by all! Hope to see everyone at the February meeting!
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The Monongahela Area Historical Society is now accepting dues for 2015. Please go to the become a member button above where you can pay with PayPal, Credit or Debit Card or send your payment in with the form that can be downloaded.
2015 DUES
There will be no meeting of the Monongahela Area Historical Society in January. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the parlor of the Monongahela Presbyterian Church, located at 609 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA. Hope to see you there!
All members are required to be a docent at our museum at least one time in the upcoming 2015 year. Please sign up for your day as soon as possible so that we may keep the museum open for visitors. It only takes one time for 4 hours from 10 am until 2 pm on a Saturday. If all members co-operate we can have the museum open all year long.
Thank You in advance!
January Historical Society
A hotel had been operated at the corner of Fourth and West Main Street since at least 1852. Over the years the streets have been renamed - Fourth Street having once been called Ferry Street. This was Lot 146 of the Wickerham plan of lots. William Ihmsen sold the property to James B. Mercer in October 1831. James Mercer built a brick building there in 1834. In 1852, the heirs of James Mercer sold the property, "occupied by Abraham Fulton as a hotel, and consisting of a brick tavern house, a comfortable frame dwelling, and extensive stabling. James Prescott Shepler pur-
chased "the Hempfield House" on the corner of Main and Ferry Streets in 1852. Shepler con- ducted the hotel there until 1883. By 1889 the hotel was known as the Hotel Wilgus and the upper stories of the hotel had a capacity of over 50 rooms. Oysters were served in the dining room in 1887 at 25 cents, and there was a separate entrance for the ladies through the hotel hall. The carriage house and extensive stables were attached to the riverside portion of the lot. By 1900 the building was called the Commercial Hotel. The property passed through a number of different proprietors and renovations. In 1907 over 100 guests were entertained in the dining room. Over the years several other business also used parts of the street level rooms. The Jones Brothers operated a grocery in 1884. A billiard room was attached to the reading room.
Research by Charles Talbert
Get involved now in the Monongahela Area Historical Society. We need more people involved to keep the Historical Society moving. We are planning a lot of fun projects for the new year.
We can't do it alone, we need your help.
Send us a message through the "Contact Us" button at the left and let us know how you can help.
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This month's old time photo!