Facts about Greene County, Pennsylvania

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  1. First permanent settlement is believed to have been the Swan-VanMeter-Hughes party from Virginia, in 1767.
  2. Greene County was established on February 9, 1796 when Washington County was divided into two counties through an act of the Legislature.
  3. Waynesburg is the County seat, and was laid-out in 1796 and incorporated as a borough in 1816.
  4. Greene County is named after General Nathanael Greene; while Waynesburg is named for Major General Anthony (Madd) Wayne.
  5. John Minor is considered the "Father of Greene County" because he sponsored the bill that made the division of Washington County a reality.
  6. The County as well as the entire state of Pennsylvania was granted to William Penn on March 4, 1681 by King William II.
  7. Until 1850, judges were appointed to office, but an Act passed in 1850 required judges to be elected by the people and would server a 10-year term of office.
  8. The Honorable Alexander Addison (1796—1803) served as our first President Judge of the Fifth Judicial District at the formation of Greene County.
  9. There are 26 municipalities (20 townships and 6 boroughs) within Greene County.
  10. These 26 municipalities have their own elected official ... the County Commissioners do not oversee the municipalities. The County maintains a close working relationship with the municipalities; however, the Commissioners do not have jurisdiction over local municipal matters.
  11. There are five (5) school districts within the boundaries of Greene County: Carmichaels School District, Central Greene School District, Southeast Greene School District, Jefferson-Morgan School District, & West Greene School District.
  12. Students from each of our school districts attend our Career & Technology Center (Vocational Training School), located near Waynesburg Central High School.
  13. Waynesburg is the Home for Waynesburg University, a Christian institution that held its first classes in September 1849; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania chartered Waynesburg College on March 25, 1850. Waynesburg College became a university in 2008, celebrating over 150 years of service.
  14. Franklin Township is the largest municipality within Greene County.
  15. Greene County is in the 12th U.S. Congressional District
  16. Our county government is comprised of 5 departments: Finance & Administration, Human Services, Law & Order, Economic Development, and Recreation.
  17. Because if its location in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, Greene County is considered the cornerstone of the keystone state.
  18. Greene County has 389,120 square acres of surface, or about 578 square miles of land and 2 square miles of water.
  19. Greene County was formed from Washington County in order to benefit small farmers; beginning with the Merino Sheep bonanza of the 1820, and wool became a major product.
  20. Greene County developed its economic base historically through mining and agriculture. Gas wells, coal mining, and wool production provided the early forms of growth in Greene County.
  21. Greene County has the largest bituminous coal reserves in the state.
  22. There are four (4) public libraries throughout Greene County plus a bookmobile. Our public libraries are: Eva K. Bowlby Public Library in Waynesburg; the Flenniken Public Library in Carmichaesl, the Thomas Hughes House in Jefferson, and Jacktown Township Reading Center in Holbrook, PA. Our bookmobile serves many of our municipalities.
  23. Our county as a Greene County Library System to serve all patrons living in the county—through reading centers and/or the bookmobile.
  24. Bituminous coal mining in Greene County began in 1902.
  25. The Jacktown Fair is known as the oldest continuous fair in the United States. It has been running annually since 1865 and draws close to 15,000 participants each year.
  26. The tradition that it rains somewhere in the county every July 29, is a popular myth that began by a local pharmacist in the 1870s.
  27. The Greene County Historical Society is an organization formed to promote an interest in and an appreciation of the history of Greene County; by preserving and interpreting objects of our past, presenting them in a way that accurately tells something about ourselves, our history, and our everyday life, and to leave a useful record of what has been collected and learned for future generations to use and expand.
  28. The Cornerstone Genealogical Society is housed in the original Log Cabin, that was used as the first Greene County Courthouse. The building houses general and family genealogy, personal family files, records on microfilm, as well as obituary, cemetery, church and census records.

For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399.
County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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