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.
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.
Group Tours are available May - September. Call 724-651-1233 for information.