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Washington County Tourism Marks 50th Anniversary

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WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — The man who allegedly chopped down a cherry tree serves slices from 50 cherry pies at the Tanger Outlets of Washington, Pennsylvania.

Born in 1732, the President’s Day host is pretty spry for an elder statesman.

“Two-hundred-eighty years doesn’t feel like, you know, it’s the new 50,” laughs “George.”

Tourism Director J. R. Shaw says 50 is an important number in Washington County this year.

“This is the big one for the tourism. This is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency,” he said.

Ditto for harness racing in the county.

“The Meadows is also 50 years old this year and next year. And Adios Week, they draw 20,000 to 30,000 people in here that week at the Meadows just to watch harness racing.”

The LeMoyne House in Washington is celebrating a milestone of its own. Once a stop for slaves escaping to the north on the Underground Railroad, the National Historic Landmark was built 200 years ago.

The Washington County Visitors Guide lists destinations ranging from the county’s 23 covered bridges, to the famous National Road, commissioned by George Washington himself.

For more information log on to: www.visitwashingtoncountypa.com