Category: House History

The Downey House Fire: Locals Rally Christmas Spirit in Defiance of Tragedy

Beneath a cheery holiday banner, Christmas Eve headlines of 1925, reported a local tragedy that took the lives of five young, volunteer firefighters and destroyed an iconic corner of Waynesburg’s business district. In spite of the devastation, residents rose up to help their neighbors, often at their own risk, in acts of heroism and generosity befitting the Christmas spirit.

The House That Cyrus Built

The genealogy of a house. Built by Civil War veteran, Cyrus Pyle, in the early 1870s, this is the story of a Waynesburg house and how it matters to family and local history.