"Slippery Rock--George Washington Slipped Here..." Slippery Rock by VeronicaG

Slippery Rock Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 27 photos

A Country Weekend in Pennsylvania

A weekend in the country sounded like a great idea, so on my recent visit to Pittsburgh Mom and I took to the road, visiting some of Western Pennsylvania's small towns along our way.

As children, my brother, sister and I spent many an afternoon looking for fossils along the tributaries of Slippery Rock Creek. Our parents often brought us to the forested beauty of this gorge.

Large boulders told an ancient story, for we discovered fossilized ferns, shells and other bits of nature imprinted on their stony face.

One summer we dammed a narrow part of a side stream to create our private swimming hole. These visits were always fun and peaceful forays into nature.

Slippery Rock was once named Centreville. Before 1796 there were only temporary settlements here, but after 1796 the earliest permanent settlers appear to be Nathanial and Zebulon Cooper, son and nephew of Stephen Cooper, who joined them a few years later in 1800*.

The area's first industries were ironworks, a fulling and carding mill, woolen factory, tanneries, a grist mill and a saw mill.

It's said that the town of Centreville was changed to Slippery Rock in the 1790's when George Washington's troops slipped in the creek when attempting to pursue local Indians.

The town is home to Slippery Rock University, first established in 1889.

*from the History of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania published by R.C. Brown Publishers, 1895

  • Last visit to Slippery Rock: Nov 2008
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    What a wonderful trip for you and your mother. The Bed/breakfast sounds marvelous with the added pleasure the the beautiful b/w cat. Truly an enjoyable read/view. I've always wondered about the college.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2008 at 6:19 AM

    What a nice trip, for you, down memory lane. Slippery Rock seems to be a nice place for quiet week-end.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Lots of history around here The old stonehouse is interesting had a giggle at no more than 5 to a bed!!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Howdy, Veronica ! Such a special place with a peculiar name... Thanx for sharing!


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