Washington's Mill Festival

  • Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017
  • Recurring daily
  • Harry Sampey Park
  • Corner of Independence Street and Adams Street
  • Perryopolis, PA 15473

The American Revolution ended just in time for George Washington to celebrate Christmas with his family at Mt. Vernon. After the festivities, his mind turned to restoring his fortune, which had been depleted from supplying the troops for the last 8 years. On Feb 13, 1784, he wrote to Gilbert Simpson who was in what is now Perryopolis to ask for his share of the profits that should have accumulated over the past 8 years. Washington came to Perryopolis (the wilderness) to settle accounts with Simpson. When he came to Washington Bottom on Sept. 13 through the 15, he hoped to sell or rent the mill to help him regain his wealth.

Come step back in time with us this September to see Washington try to auction off his mill. Visit our citizens and see them the way Washington did in 1784. "Rangers of the Ohio" will be here to show you their everyday camp chores. Our residents will be making candles, paper, and ink. Someone will be doing the wash with her son helping by making the soap. We hope to portray many 18th century household skills from spinning to school teaching. Of course there will also be music, different ethnic foods, and kids activities to contribute to the experience.

Parade at 11 on September 16
Festivities scheduled 12-5pm

Washington's Mill Festival
Washington's Mill Festival
  • Harry Sampey Park
  • Recurring daily
  • Corner of Independence Street and Adams Street
  • Perryopolis, PA 15473