Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Brownsville's Kennywood Day is Boon for Town's Museums

Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville Photo Credit Shauna Benz-Patterson

 Former Brownsville mayor, Norma Ryan, said the weekend after Brownsville Day at Kennywood is the time of year when most former residents return to their roots to join in the outing to the amusement park in Homestead. At Kennywood, both current residents and "ex-pats" take advantage of the event to renew old acquaintances and catch up with the latest news. The camaraderie doesn't end on August 6 (Kennywood Day this year), but will extend through the weekend.
 "This time of year when we gather for Brownsville Day  we also  have more class reunions than any other time," Ryan said. To keep everyone amused and entertained, the town's three historic museums will remain open for longer hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 7, 8 and 9. To make things even better, admission will be free of charge in two of the museums, although donations will be accepted. Nemacolin Castle will charge $8 for a guided tour..

A Room Inside the Castle Photo Credit Shauna Benz-Patterson
    Nemacolin Castle, located at 136 Front Street will be open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. all three days. The castle was built on the town's original trading post which was constructed  shortly after the Revolutionary War  Presently, the rambling crenulated  building has many rooms which are open to the public with guided tours. For more information, phone 724-785-6882.

    The Flatiron Heritage and adjacent Frank L. Melega Art Museum, located at 69 Market Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days. The museum has exhibits of artifacts about the town's heydays and displays of its coke and coal heritage, its role in Westward expansion of the early nation, as a hub for steamboat and barge production and a center of river and rail transportation.
Flatiron Heritage Center Photo Credit Shauna Benz Patterson

    The adjacent Frank L. Melega Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits the artworks of Frank L. Melega. A changing exhibition of contemporary artists promotes their talent and offers the public, through variety in style, medium, and subject matter, an open ended definition of art. 

    The Monongahela River, Railroad and Transportation Museum, located at 412 Church Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m al l3 days. The museum provides glimpse of the rich history of transportation in Brownsville. See various artifacts from the rail, river and local history. View many photographs and documents from this glorious transportation era in the development of our country. The museum proudly displays small model trains and various items from the boating industry, including tools and photos. It also houses a video viewing area to watch DVDs and VHS tapes about the railroad and sunken ships in the area.

The Monongahela River, Rail and Transportation Museum

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