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Friday, June 27, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

Connellsville is celebrating its history this weekend.

Today and Sunday, the Connellsville Historical Society is welcoming visitors to the banks of the Youghiogheny River for its annual Braddock's Crossing. This event commemorates Gen. Edward Braddock's 1755 crossing of the Yough.

This event promotes an important part of our history when, to drive the French out of the Ohio Valley, a British army under the command of Gen. Braddock achieved “mission impossible” and brought a large force of British and Colonial troops along with artillery and wagons through the wilderness.

On the way to Fort Duquesne, Braddock's army crossed the Youghiogheny River at Stewart's Crossings (Connellsville) on June 29-30.

The banks of the Yough will come alive with memories of this Colonial era. There will be food, games and historical stories shared during the two-day event. And anyone interested can participate in the “crossing” of the Yough.

Also this weekend, the Fayette County Cultural Trust will bring a little culture to the event with its annual Art on the Yough, which will be set up at Yough River Park.

We encourage residents to support these local events. So let's crowd the banks of the Youghiogheny River and relive history.

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