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The Waugh House:
Built in 1826 it is the oldest brick house in Greenville and one of the earliest brick houses between Pittsburgh and Erie. The Federal style architecture has been preserved and the stepped gables and tripartite window are original. It is within a block of the site of the first building (Shank's Tavern) in Greenville and is highly visible from the south or west. It is adjacent to two other vintage buildings - the Hillside Presbyterian Church and the former Margaret Brown School and until 2011, St. Michael's Elementary School.

Builders of the house were Waugh brothers, James Waugh and A.P. who was the first postmaster in West Greenville. Both were active in the business and civic affairs of the town. William Waugh, son of James, became an attorney, served as a associate judge and prothonatary, and as a businessman, was the first cashier of the First National Bank.

Upon the death of William Waugh the house was sold to Dr. Joseph Doyle who had his residence and office there. The house became a boarding house during World War II and many wives of servicemen stationed at Camp Reynolds stayed there when they came to see their husbands before the men were shipped overseas. After the war the house was divided up into apartments and its years of decline began.

In the early 1990's the First National Bank sold the house to the Historical Society for the sum of one dollar. A committee set to work, first raising money and then restoring as funds permitted. A committee set to work, first raising money and then restoring as funds allowed. The roof was stabilized, the interior cleaned out and returned to its original eight rooms, the windows and the front porch restored and the brick tuck pointed. A Historic Survey was completed and the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

In 2002 the Historic Society's Board chose the Waugh House as the new location for its museum. A fund raising campaign was launched; a sum of $110,000 would be required to complete the transformation of the Waugh House into a museum.

In June 2004 the Waugh House Museum opened its doors to the public.

Waugh House Restoration:
Click Here to view Photos of the Restoration

Waugh House Fund Raising Information:
The Greenville Area Historic Society welcomes your support of our project to restore the Waugh House as the future home of our museum.

Click Here to View and Print the Waugh House Gift Form
All gifts are deductible from income tax, to the extent provided by the law.
Checks should be made payable to the Greenville Area Historical Society.
Please mail form to: Greenville Area Historical Society PO Box 25  Greenville, PA 16125
 
 
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