Snyder announces $73K state grant to restore historic foundry in Greene County

CARMICHAELS, Sept. 11 – A $73,000 state grant has been awarded to preserve a historic steel foundry in Rices Landing, Greene County, state Rep. Pam Snyder has announced.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation, which is overseeing the historic restoration of the W.A. Young and Sons Foundry and Machine Shop, will use the funds to complete ongoing work on the structure, which includes the replacement of windows and frames and clapboard siding.

“This shop has a rich history, producing parts for everything from steamboats to railroads, coal mines and local businesses, and it’s also the site of the annual Hammer-In Festival, showcasing artwork and demonstrations of blacksmithing experts from around the region,” Snyder said. “It’s vital to support and invest in historic sites like this and preserve it for generations to come.”

This grant is part of $2.6 million awarded by the PHMC to help historical and heritage organizations, museums and local governments in 24 counties. Keystone Historic Preservation grants receive funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which is supported annually from a portion of state realty transfer tax revenue.

The grants support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic resources in Pennsylvania. Funding also supports municipal planning that focuses on historic resources or may be used to meet building or community specific planning goals, and construction activities at resources listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. 

A total of 52 grants were selected from 94 eligible applications. All grants require a 50/50 cash match and were awarded through a competitive selection process.

More information can be found by visiting PHMC online.