Thursday, March 13, 2014


Elizabeth, according to The History of Allegheny County (by Thomas Cushing), is "the oldest town on the Monongahela river above its mouth, and for many years the most important place on that stream." Boat building was the major industry. The town was founded in 1787 by Col. Steven Bayard. There were 35 houses in the town in 1819. Some of the early homes are still standing. 

Built in 1883

Early riverfront homes

Riverfront homes

Circa 1840s riverfront home

Early home with a facade addition

early double home

"M. E. Church, Built AD 1883"


  1. Thank you for adding Elizabeth to your list. I grew up in Bunola and spent a lot of time in Elizabeth with my grandparents and other family. I love that community!

  2. I grew up in the little town of Freeport - North of Pgh., along the Allegheny River. My parents restored an old Federal style home very much like the ones you have pictured here. Certainly once a common style from the early 1820's+ in this area.

  3. William PrinceMarch 16, 2014

    My hometown. Glad to see you made it to Elizabeth and found the graveyard. Be happy to give a personal tour. Come back to see a show at The Grand. Hopefully the Water Street house can be saved.