Snyder: Historic Rices Landing site benefits from $65,000 state grant

W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop preservation effort gets boost

CARMICHAELS, June 13 – State Rep. Pam Snyder today announced that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has awarded $65,000 to the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp. for a project in Greene County.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant will be used toward Phase 3 of the historic restoration of W.A. Young and Sons Foundry and Machine Shop, located in Rices Landing.

“All of the structure's windows and frames, and some of the clapboard siding, have deteriorated to a critical stage,” Snyder said. “Also, many glass panes are missing or broken, creating several ports of entry for wildlife and the weather to disturb the national treasures housed inside the machine shop.”

Snyder said the work fits well within the intended scope of PHMC grants, which are used to support projects that identify, preserve, promote, and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the public and the revitalization of communities.

The money comes from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which is supported annually from a portion of the state realty transfer tax revenue, and requires a 50/50 cash match.