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Mount Lebanon History

Mount Lebanon is spread across more than six square miles of Western Pennsylvania’s hills, but it once was contested land.Surveys were made on May 25, 1770, for James McFarlane’s “Black Oak Hill” within what was to become Mount Lebanon and a neighboring tract, probably now in Dormont, occupied by an individual named Price. A Pennsylvania patent for the McFarlane land was not received until November 27, 1788, perhaps because Virginia had included this territory in the western part of its County of Augusta and, later, the County of Youghioghenia.

Our History

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Our success depends on the support and involvement of people, businesses, and organizations. Each member adds strength to our organization, and together they provide a strong collective force toward accomplishing our purpose. The society is classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization.

Membership Benefits
  • Subscription to The Cedar Tree, published quarterly.
  • Flyers announcing our bi-monthly programs.
  • Access to The Historical Society of Mount Lebanon’s collections (upon application to the collections committee chairperson).
  • Savings on tours, publications, and educational programs.

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Historical Society of Mount Lebanon Museum

The History Center — Temporarily closed during history center renovation

794 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(at the corner of Washington Road across from Southminster Church)

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Upcoming Events
May
23
Wed
6:00 pm Neighborhood Spotlight: Mission ...
Neighborhood Spotlight: Mission ...
May 23 @ 6:00 pm
Neighborhood Spotlight: Mission Hills (with Library!) 6 pm, Wednesday, May 23 You’ll start this 90-minute walking tour with a quick behind-the-scenes look at the library led by former Mt. Lebanon Library Children’s Librarian Judy Sutton.[...]
Jun
4
Mon
6:00 pm Saints & Stained Glass Walking Tour
Saints & Stained Glass Walking Tour
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
Saints & Stained Glass Walking Tour @ St. Bernard's Church | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
Back by popular demand! Take a tour inside two of Mt. Lebanon’s most historic churches—Saint Bernard’s and Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian.  This 90-minute tour covers the history of both churches with a focus on their stained glass. Meet[...]
Aug
4
Sat
10:00 am Neighborhood Spotlight: Virginia...
Neighborhood Spotlight: Virginia...
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am
Neighborhood Spotlight: Virginia Manor 10 am, Saturday, August 4 Prepare yourself for in-depth 90-minute look at the history and architecture of Virginia Manor. On a mile-long circuit of the area, you’ll see a variety of[...]
Sep
15
Sat
10:00 am Washington Road Walking Tour
Washington Road Walking Tour
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am
Washington Road Walking Tour 10 am, Saturday, September 15 Returning favorite, the 90-minute Washington Road tour explores the architecture of the buildings and the history of Mt. Lebanon’s business district, including a stop at the Municipal[...]
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