A grandiose monument recognizing the 55th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment and “A” Company that was formed in Hemlock original Washington township by Colonel Richard White, a local farmer, was dedicated. A center panel recognized Sergeant Augustin Flanagan, A Medal of Honor Recipient, from that company.
Events of the Night of Saturday, April 5, 1924. The KKK from Johnstown PA. made plans to lease a Penna. Railroad train for the night, a train that became known as the “KKK Special.” Approximately 400 Klansmen came to Lilly that night. They arrived in Lilly and disembarked at the station, lining up four abreast on Cleveland Street for th
Events of the Night of Saturday, April 5, 1924. The KKK from Johnstown PA. made plans to lease a Penna. Railroad train for the night, a train that became known as the “KKK Special.” Approximately 400 Klansmen came to Lilly that night. They arrived in Lilly and disembarked at the station, lining up four abreast on Cleveland Street for their march to intersection of North Street (the old Plane 4 road) on Pipers's Hill. During the “KKK” ceremony they set off a dynamite blast and burned two crosses. Returning to the train they where confronted by angry townspeople.
Monument located at the corner of Cleveland and Railroad Streets.
On Saturday September 2, 2006, a memorial at the base of old Plane No. 4 of the Allegheny Portage Rail Road was dedicated. A large ‘bronze’ high-relief plague –depicting in four discrete sections: the View up Plane no. 4, the Engine House at the head of the Plane, the Hitching Shed at the foot of the Plane, and the View up the Plane - dominates the monument
Nestled within the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains lie the Communities of Lilly , and Washington Township, both rich in history, and an integral part of Pennsylvania railroad and coal industry. In 1831, Washington Township was formed from Allegheny, Cambria, and Summerhill townships. Lilly Borough was taken from Washington Township in 1883, ascending from the village names of Hemlock circa 1822, Lilly’s Mills circa 1849, and Laurel Run circa 1852. The series of eight monuments attest to that history and to the men and woman who strived to make it a vibrant community.
Michael and John Mazur have commissioned the building of the Memorial Community Center to serve the communities of Lilly and Washington Township. The property where the building resides was donated thru the generosity of Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church. The Memorial Community Center will be the new home of the Lilly-Washington Public Library and the Lilly-Washington Historical Society. In addition to the community’s historical memorabilia display, the auditorium within the building is slated to be used for educational purposes and community gatherings. The building will be approximately 3300 square feet.
Due to generosity of Al Tranquillo and Mike Mazur, the Miner's Memorial Park has been greatly enhanced. The brick wall and Butterfly sign was donated by Al Tranquillo. The gazebo is a gift from Mike Mazur.
The garden updates are still in progress, besides replacing perimeter mulch with river stone, trimming the hedges and trees, the gardens need to be updated. Master Gardeners from the Penn State Extension program will be assisting in the work of planning, weeding and planting the gardens.
There are eight monuments through-out the community of Lilly-Washington Township
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Breaking ground and starting the foundation.
Thanks to the Washington Township Supervisors, the residents of Lilly, Washington Township and the surrounding area have a wonderfully designed walking trail. An extension of 1.3 miles was added to the current trail making the trail loop just under 3 miles. The trail is 12-foot-wide and meanders along Bear Rock Creek via the old Piper railroad bed. It then turns right past the Twin Reservoirs and loops around and back to the War Memorial Complex.
If you are a Lilly-Washington area resident or organization and have information about an upcoming event, send us an email and we will try to post the information on our web page.
OUR BELIEF THAT THE LILLY-WASHINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S MISSION IS to DISCOVER, to ORGANIZE, to DISPLAY, to CURATE, and to PUBLISH the HISTORY of OUR COMMUNITIES.