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.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Site of Edinborough Smith Murder

I find the mountain the most beauitful in the spring. Heading to the farm of free African-American Edinbourgh Smith who was a Rev. War Vet and later farmed by his son Civil War Vet John Smith. There were more houses up the mountain than people realize. Take for instance here - there were two small ones along side the road.
This large - reworked spring was the main water source for this part of the farm.
Smiths is on the upper right hand side of the road.
I believe this low to the ground wall - might just hold a Naive American burial. Note how the rounded part looks turtle like.
This is hard to see - from my photograph - but this slight hole in the ground once the site of where Edinbourgh Smith lived. Remember that Edinbourgh - served as a Teamster with Geo. Washington during the Rev. War. He was brutally murdered either in this house or nearby in 1865. For more on the murder - CLICK HERE.
An old and unused road - next to the cabin.
Nice small spring.
Nice size cairn near the well.
And a large north/south wall.
This is just a brief look at the old Smith site.

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