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Monday, September 30, 2013

Historic Johnston House Program

Over the last 200 years, thousands of stagecoaches and millions of automobiles have passed by the Johnston House located near Kingston Dam in Unity Township. Who built the massive stone structure? How was it used through the years? What were some of the early political discussions that occurred in the parlor? Was there one kitchen or two, and where are they now? Who were these Scots and why was their clan heritage so important to them? What are some of the architectural details of the building? Is it true the front door was once the back door? Why are the ceilings so high, and the doorways so low? On Sunday, October 13, 2013, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is hosting a program by the Johnston House descendants. Because of the great interest in this historic structure and the people who lived here, two sessions (each accommodating 32) will be conducted at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cost is $10 each, which includes tour of museum and fall refreshments. Pre-registration is necessary and can be completed online at or by calling 724-879-4241; 3435 State Route 30 East, Latrobe, PA 15650.
The nonprofit Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor purchased the historic structure on November 11, 2011 and created the Lincoln Highway Experience museum, which tells the story of America’s first coast-to-coast highway, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.