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Historical candlelight tours set

December 3, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Washington County Historical Society will hold its annual candlelight tours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday of the historic LeMoyne House located at 49 E. Maiden St.

As part of the tour, the time capsule placed in the city hall cornerstone in 1869 will be on display.

The Martha Washington Garden Club decorated exterior and parlor of the LeMoyne House, and the interior of the house will be decorated with tabletop Christmas trees, holly, ivy and mistletoe, as it would have been in 1869. The "LeMoyne ladies" will discuss issues of the day, including women's rights, and the city's social scene - including President Ulysses S. Grant's visit to lay the cornerstone of the city hall being constructed. Dr. Francis Julius LeMoyne contributed $10,000, one-third of the cost, toward the construction.

LeMoyne participated in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves reach freedom in the North, and founded LeMoyne-Owens College in Memphis to educate freed slaves. He also promoted women's rights, founding the Washington Female Seminary, and was a supporter of education, founding a free public library in the city and giving funding to Washington & Jefferson College.

The cost is $5 for adults and $4 for students. For a dual package to tour the Bradford House by candlelight as well, tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.

For questions or information, please call the Washington County Historical Society at (724) 225-6740.

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