Beaver County Then & Now: Bell Telephone Building
We are fortunate to have a number of buildings that remain standing well over a century after they were built; several are on the National Register of Historic Places to ensure their protection and preservation for our own children and grandchildren to appreciate. This article premieres our “Then & Now” series, a walk through Beaver County history and its connection to the present.
November’s Beaver Moon
This article is presented by Beaver County Auto and Rochester Manor+Villa History of the Beaver Moon The next full moon will rise this Friday, November 3rd, 2017 and crest on November 4th at 1:23 AM. Native Algonquian tribes living in New England gave the Beaver Moon its name, which was later adopted by European settlers. Native Americans named […]
5 Halloween Symbols and Their Origins
This article is brought to you by Beaver County Auto and Rochester Manor+Villa You’ve probably seen witches and black cats associated with Halloween roughly thirty times today. Jack-O-Lanterns, bats, ghosts, and skeletons are all symbols famously related to Halloween, but did you ever wonder where these associations originated? Here are five Halloween symbols and their histories. 1. […]
Beaver County’s “Old Glory”
This article is brought to you by our friends at Rochester Manor+Villa It’s nearly impossible to claim to be from Beaver County – or to even drive through the county – and not ever witness the giant flag that flies high above the confluence of the Beaver and Ohio rivers. The Beaver County Flag Plaza was […]
“Second Chance” Bus Tour of Historic Ambridge Churches this Friday
Legend has it that at one time, our adopted hometown of Ambridge once held a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most bars AND the most churches per capita. Priorities, right? But also a sign of a community that values connection: with friends or fellow workers, sharing drinks and stories, […]
YBC Photo of the Week: First National Bank/Young’s Jewelry Store
This week’s photo is brought to you by our friends at Rochester Manor+Villa. You can visit them on Facebook by clicking here. This beautiful building, established in 1883, that sits at the intersection of Brighton Ave, Connecticut Ave, and Pinney St. was once the third oldest bank residing in Rochester. Though most of the original architecture and floor plan […]
Laughlin Memorial Library
This week’s photo is brought to you by our friends at Rochester Manor+Villa The Laughlin Memorial Library located in Ambridge is one of eleven libraries located in Beaver County. It was established by Alexander Laughlin, Sr., founder of Ambridge’s Central Tube Company, and dedicated to his son in 1929. Today the library is home to […]
Richmond Little Red School
Richmond Little Red School is the only one-room schoolhouse, out of six that were located in Brighton Township, still standing today. For 106 years, from 1844-1950, the schoolhouse was home to first through eighth grade students taught by one teacher. Nineteen years after it’s last class, it was restored as a museum. Many of the original […]
McKinley School No. 3
This photo is brought to you by our friends at Beaver County Auto. Check them out on Facebook by clicking here McKinley School No. 3 was one of four one-room schoolhouses in Chippewa Twp. Built in 1872 and located at the junction of 37th Street Extension and McKinley Road, McKinley School housed grades first through eighth, […]
This article is brought to you by our friends at Rochester Manor+Villa. You can visit them on Facebook by clicking here Greersburg Academy, located in Darlington, was a college ‘prep’ school. Originally built as a seminary, it was the first academy west of the Allegheny Mountains. The building, or the ‘stone pile’ was built in 1806, […]
Everything You Wanted to Know About Orthodox Christmas But Were Afraid to Ask
Confession time: I’ve always been fascinated by Orthodox Christmas, but never knew much about it. Aside from being a handy defense for leaving decorations up well into the New Year, I was embarrassingly ignorant about this special celebration and decided it was time to learn. Having made some friends at St. John the Baptist Orthodox […]
11 Kennywood Rides We All Miss Dearly
From restaurants, local shops, even the Beaver Valley Mall… we at YBC have really enjoyed digging up some old memories and reminiscing about those places that we all miss.
It’s in that same spirit, and the fact that I have an unhealthy love for Kennywood, that I thought it would be fun to do the same thing with some of our favorite throwback rides at the greatest place on earth!
What are some of your favorites? Make sure to share any memories that you have so we can all enjoy 🙂
Then & Now Series: Ghost Signs in Beaver County
What are ghost signs, you ask? You’ve seen them: the remnants of past commerce that remain as faded murals that decorate the brick on the sides of buildings. In most cases, the businesses on the other side of the wall have changed dramatically over the years, but not always…
From Hospital to College Campus: Beaver County Sanatorium
The 105 acres of land that now occupies the campus of Penn State Beaver in Center Twp has quite a history. While I was student at the campus, there were many stories and legends about the land and even some of the buildings being haunted.
While ghost stories are often passed down from class to class at places of higher education, these stories might have more reason to be somewhat true. The land and buildings that were offered to the University to build the campus was once the home of the Beaver County Tuberculosis Sanatorium.
The Amazing Journey of the Freedom Boat Yard Bell
A retired teacher from the Freedom School District told me about this bell and it was a really neat story so I thought I would share! The Freedom Bell has a long and interesting story that includes being lost in West Virginia for years before being returned to it’s home in Beaver County!