Mon Valley Road Tripping

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Enjoying the quirk, charm and stunning views along the Monongahela River

I’ve been planning the Come Down to the River and Play event weekend on behalf of the River Town Program and National Road Heritage Corridor. Special thanks to longtime River Town Program coordinator / cajoler / champion Cathy McCollom for involving me in this project!

Over a dozen events, openings and tours will be held May 30 and 31 in the Mon River Towns. My partner and I jumped in the car yesterday for a pre-trip and wanted to share some photos of our experience. We got to just four of the towns – Greensboro, Rices Landing, Fredericktown, and Coal Center. The photos below reflect the flavors of these particular towns through our own eyes. What a fantastic day! Loved enjoying some R&R in these quiet little towns along the river.

There’s going to be so much to see and do next weekend: children’s activities (including a book signing and “mermaid” sighting), a Mad Men-themed BBQ, a cigar party with wine tasting, paddle trip (register here), B&B tours, historic site tours (I highly recommend a stop at Friendship Hill National Historic Site, which includes 10 miles of hiking trails), a farmers market, and more. But for now…the photos:



 Quill enjoying the fresh air


Loved seeing so many fields and farm houses along the way!


Winding road down to Greensboro


 Mon River view from Greensboro


 Side porch of Captain’s Watch Inn (they’ll have an open house with tours on Saturday)


Most interesting window display – this space in Greensboro is fascinating!


 Historical Log Cabin in Greensboro (open for tours Saturday)


Just a little bit of pine cone appreciation


Enough said.



W.A. Young Foundry in Rices Landing, listed on the National Register of Historical Places

(will be open Sat. & Sun. for tours)


 Quill didn’t appreciate the historic significance of the foundry.


 Rices Landing knows how to sign!



 Kathi showing off the fish cutouts in Fredericktown

(we were invited to a bluegrass show by some boaters, but couldn’t go)


 A chicken and her flags, Fredericktown


 Kids fishing in Ten Mile Creek County Park

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 Back patio of Lagerheads in Coal Center



 Not pictured: two different servers brought water out for Quill (great hospitality!)


 Ghost sign on the side of Lagerheads



Heading home!

Photo credits: Kathi Radock

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