The Dean Family Massacre

Dean Family Memorial, Keller Cemetery As I finished paying my respects to William Donnelly, whose 1832 murder remains unsolved, I noted a nearby memorial and instantly knew this was the other monument that had brought me to the historic Keller Church and Cemetery. I walked carefully among the older stones to the monument to the … Continue reading The Dean Family Massacre

The Enoch Brown Massacre

Sadly, in the modern world violence has become such a common event that many have become insensitive to the horrific acts that permeate the news. While some are quickly forgotten, others remain fresh in our minds, especially when it comes to major acts of senseless violence that haunts our schools. The history of school violence … Continue reading The Enoch Brown Massacre

Fort McCord and The Battle of Sideling Hill

Leaving Chambersburg, I headed northwest toward the distant mountains. I was taken in by the beauty of the rolling hills of the Cumberland Valley as I made my way toward the memorial to the fort that once stood in the shadows of the Blue Mountains. No wonder the early pioneers had the desire to settle … Continue reading Fort McCord and The Battle of Sideling Hill

Fort Bigham

It’s easy to find. It’s along Route 75 roughly four or five miles from Route 322. Glancing at the odometer, I knew something was definitely not right – five miles had passed five miles ago and the monument was not in sight. I had already made a stop at the familiar blue Pennsylvania Historical Marker located … Continue reading Fort Bigham

The Battle of Blanket Hill

Markers for Blanket Hill, Kittanning Zech spotted the familiar blue historical marker in the distance. We had been following Route 422, headed westward towards Kittanning. The route, though it doesn't follow the exact route of the Frankstown Path, still gives a sense of the long journey that the captives were forced to take and Colonel … Continue reading The Battle of Blanket Hill

The Destruction of Kittanning

The town was preparing for a festival the day Zech and I arrived in Kittanning. Parking for a place near the monument was non-existent. Most of the parking spaces were filled with vendors preparing for the events of the weekend but the traffic and crowds were not going to deter me from my goal. I finally … Continue reading The Destruction of Kittanning