|Earliest known image of the main street of Waynesburg, an engraving by Sherman Day, 1843. On the left is the original brick courthouse built on the Public Square in 1800. (Historical Collection of the State of Pennsylvania, www.greeneconnections.com)
Driving through Waynesburg, have you ever thought about when and how the streets and lots were laid out? I have, because I love the way High Street follows the crest of the hill, intersected by parallel streets and alleys that descend each side. Waynesburg is beautifully laid out. Its plan was created 220 years ago, and it continues today in nearly perfect, original condition.
|Historic image of the current courthouse, built in 1850-1851, with the statue of General Anthony Wayne on the cupola. The building on the left, known as "Sayers Corner," is also extant. (www.greeneconnections.com)
According to Helen Vogt, author of Westward of ye Laurall Hills (1976), both Jenkinson and Gapen were qualified draftsmen and deputy surveyors of Washington County. Jenkinson had earlier surveyed and platted Fredericktown in 1790 and Carmichaels about 1791. He was one of the first merchants in Fredericktown and a founding trustee of the Quaker Westland Meeting House in Centerville. Both he and Gapen had been frontier soldiers during the Revolutionary War. In the early 1790s, Gapen was one of the surveyors who had mapped Donation and Depreciation Lands given to war veterans by the newly formed U. S. government.
|Paving of the interesection of High and Richhill Streets a century after Waynesburg was founded. (www.greeneconnections.com)