From rolling farmland in the summer to snow-covered hills in the winter, from breathtaking vistas in the spring to stunning foliage in the fall, Greene County has it all.
Predominantly rural but overwhelmingly charming, a trip to Greene County is a return to simpler times. Generations call this land home and are proud of its rich agricultural and coal mining history. Outdoor recreation is also a key part of Greene County’s appeal, offering dozens of activities and facilities to keep the young – and the young at heart – at play.
Located in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, Greene County is approximately one hour south of Pittsburgh, with Interstate 79 running through the central portion of the county. The county is bordered to the south by West Virginia, and the Monongahela River borders Greene County to the east, creating a collection of river towns and communities.
In addition to numerous historical sites, integral elements of Greene County’s heritage include its seven covered bridges (Carmichaels, Cox Farm, King, Scott, Shriver, White, and Woods), most of which are more than 100 years old. The Carmichaels and White bridges are two of the 10 sites across Greene and Washington counties that participate in the annual Covered Bridge Festival, held every September.
Greene County is also home to a dozen Mail Pouch barns (an early-1900’s advertising campaign for Mail Pouch Tobacco) and 10 general stores, offering one-stop shopping for residents in the county’s outlying areas.
Celebrating Greene County’s farming industry is the main focus behind agricultural tourism, or agritourism, a unique promotion of the county’s most natural resources. Among the county’s keynote annual events are the Greene County and Jacktown fairs, taking place each summer.
Coal has been king in Greene County for decades, and the Bituminous Coal Show held every August is one way the area marks this valued piece of its identity. Greene County contains six underground coal mines, which produce more than half of all coal mined underground in Pennsylvania. The county is also located above the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves.
In addition to mining, healthcare and education are two other top industries in Greene County. Five school districts, one private university, and one community college ensure that residents can be educated from kindergarten through a master’s or doctoral degree, all within the county. One hospital and several healthcare clinics are also located within Greene County.
The chief governing officials of the county are the three-person board of commissioners, elected every four years. Greene County contains 26 municipalities – 20 townships and six boroughs – and the county seat is Waynesburg Borough. Greene County was formed in 1796.