African-American Settlement in Cambria County

This Settlement was founded in the late 1790's by Edinborough Smith and William Harshberger - whose families have called the Johnstown Area home for over 200 years.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Bad Boy - William Smith - 1894

Meet William Smith the son of John E. Smith the Civil War Vet. As you will read - good old William was a very bad boy indeed....but I don't think a little thing like a $300 fine stopped him from having a little fun.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

John Brown - Runover by Wagon

The date of this clipping is from around 1870 or so. John Brown was run over  by his own wagon. But he ended up - none the worst for wear.

Monday, April 18, 2011

John Brown - Knife Fight - 1875

Interesting newspaper clipping from the Johnstown Democrat - July 23, 1875. John Brown got sliced in a knife fight. Double click on the picture to enlarge.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Native American Mound

There are so many different elements that make up Browns and this is just one element of the history of the site - in fact - Native Americans called this section of the mountain home for centuries.