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Butler County, Pa

A few simple instructions are all you need to start your audio tour:


Go to the location on the map (or listen anywhere you desire!).


Dial the number listed on the front of this brochure.


Enter the audio stop number on your cell phone keypad. Audio stop numbers are displayed in your brochure.


To stop an audio tour clip, press any number on the keypad. (Press any key to start again).


Disconnect the call between stops and you can rejoin the tour as many times as you like by redialing.



TOUR PROVIDER This tour was developed by Washington’s Trail 1753, a non-profit group whose goal is to commemorate George Washington’s travels through western Pennsylvania in 1753, and his narrow escape from death, in Butler County, at the hands of a “French Indian assassin”. Discoveries made by Washington during his 1753 mission led to the outbreak of the French & Indian War in 1754. Learn more at and at

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When Washington passed through this area on December 27, 1753 he had just survived his first brush with violent death. More life-threatening dangers awaited him.

458 Cranberry Township

On December 27th 1753, in a clearing near here, George Washington narrowly escaped death at the hand of an Indian assassin.

457 Evans City

Before there was Prospect, this was a crossing of two important American Indian paths. George Washington used the Venango Path as he traveled south to the forks of the Ohio River.

456 Prospect

George Washington and his guide Christopher Gist walked past here on a blistering cold Christmas Day, 1753. Seventy years later the Old Stone House was built.

455 Old Stone House

Washington passed here twice on his mission, December 3rd heading north, and again on Christmas Day heading south.

454 Harrisville

George Washington camped about two miles south of here along the Slippery Rock Creek, December 1 and 2, 1753.

453 Slippery Rock

Washington’s wilderness guide, Christopher Gist, led the party through here on December 1, 1753.

452 Portersville

Washington and his party camped here on November 30, 1753. Fifty years later Lutheran separatists, the Harmonists, arrived from Germany.

451 Harmony

Washington passed through here on November 30, 1753, after several days meeting with local Indian leaders.

450 Zelienople

George Washington left Williamsburg, Virginia, the capital of the Virginia Colony, on October 31, 1753. He was on a mission for the Governor of the colony to investigate reports that the French were building forts in what is now western Pennsylvania. He had been traveling about a month when he reached present day Butler County.

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