North Hill District
The North Hill Historical District is the third largest historical district in the state of Pennsylvania. It includes large Victorian Mansions, Traditional Four Squares, and Craftsman Style Homes.
Share in the history of the mansions and homes at the crest of the North Hill, learn about the creation of the Masonic Scottish Rite Cathedral and view the Greer-Clavelli Mansion, home to the Lawrence County Historical Society.
This tour is considered strenuous and includes a steep uphill walk that may not be suitable for everyone. $15/person
Before the Civil War, New Castle was a hotbed of abolitionist activity. The Free Soil Party held meetings in the county courthouse. Members of the First Presbyterian Church, unhappy with the church's view on slavery, broke away to form the Free Presbyterian Church. Business men hid slaves in their cellars and stables. Wagons traveled to and from New Castle, transporting slaves from the Pittsburgh area to Ohio and northern Pennsylvania where they would cross Lake Erie to freedom in Canada.
Walk the same routes that escaping slaves used as they made their way to freedom. Hear some of the first hand accounts related by Underground Railroad Conductor Joseph S. White. This walk includes a trek up the North Hill at the tour's end which is considered strenuous. You may chose to opt out of the final segment. $15/person
Tours are over for the season