PA Monuments - Greene County

  • Greene County Purple Heart Monument


Photo by Sgt. Damian-Jeffery M. Smith

This monument is located in front of the county court house.

  • Greene County Veteran's Memorial


Photo by Sgt. Damian-Jeffery M. Smith

This monument is located in front of the county court house

  • Dreamer Memorial Park

I.N. Dreamer erected in 1935 a monument in memory of all men who lost their lives in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781; the Civil War, 1861-1865; the Spanish-American War, 1898; and the World War, 1917-1918. Cornerstones honor sailors, soldiers, marines, and nurses.

The Dreamer's Monument was produced by the Marr & Gordon Shop in Barre, Vermont and was erected by the local firm Simon White & Sons.

The shaft is 35 feet high and the base is 7 feet, 6 inches square. The wing spread of the eagle is 4 feet, 2 inches. The monument weighs 55, 000 pounds. On September 14, 1935, the park was dedicated before a crowd of 500 people.

The Dreamer family graves are also located at this site, next to the memorial. Although Dreamer provided for perpetual care of the cemetery in his will, relatives contested the will and recieved the money. The Rose Hill Garden Club and the Richhill Township supervisors maintain and care for the park now.

Dreamer Memorial Park is located in a remote area of northwestern Greene County.

Taken from "Greene County History" by Lillian Potisek, Hilda Stull, and Thomas Vencek. Copyright 1976 used with permission.

  • Jessie Taylor Memorial, Gilmore Township

Jessie Taylor was the first Greene County soldier killed in the Civil War. A memorial, consisting of a statue, cannon, and two mortars, was erected in his honor in Jolleytown.

The cannon was originally at West Point and was known as Hoover's Battery. It was moved to New York Harbor to defend the Harbor during the Civil War. After the Civil War, a political group obtained the cannon from the government to use at political rallies. It somehow ended up in Greene County and was abandoned.

Local veterans found the cannon in a junkyard and restored it. The cannon was again abondoned and was picked up by a local medicine show as a curiosity. After several years, veterans' organizations, headed by Colonel Charles I. Faddis were instrumental in placing the cannon at the Jessie Taylor Memorial.

Taken from "Greene County History" by Lillian Potisek, Hilda Stull, and Thomas Vencek. Copyright 1976 used with permission

  • Laurel Point Cemetery Memorials

Laurel Point Cemetery has two monuments to veterans. First is the Veterans Memorial, which is dedicated to veterans of all wars. The monument is comprised of four granite slabs arranged opposite one another on a cyllindrical base. Each side of a granite slab represents a conflict the U.S. has been involved in.

The recently dedicated memorial to Specialist Gregory A. Cox, who lost his life in 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom also is located in the cemetery. This monument is a large marble panel with an etched image of Specialist Cox and an inscription bearing the unit he was assigned to while serving in Iraq, as well as the date he was killed. The official seals of each military branch of service are directly below the inscription along with a quote from the Bible.



The monument honors not only Specialist Cox, but all of those who have lost their lives in support of our nation's defense.

  • Route 188 World War I Marker

The World War I Monument on PA Route 188 was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in memory of the soldiers from Greene County who made the supreme sacrifice in that war.

An elm tree was planted alongside the highway for each person who died in the war. The area became known as "Memory Lane." Because of Dutch elm disease, all the elm trees were cut down.

Taken from "Greene County History" by Lillian Potisek, Hilda Stull, and Thomas Vencek. Copyright 1976 used with permission

  • Waynesburg University Campus Civil War Memorial

Waynesburg University is home to the Waynesburg Civil War Memorial. It is a large stone tower surrounded by figures from the Civil-War era Army and Navy of the Union.

Photos from PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs


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