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Location and Transportation

Waynesburg offers the best of small-town American life as well as convenient proximity to culture, entertainment, sports and higher education opportunities. Situated in the center of Greene County, with its rolling hills and forests that put on a brilliant display each fall, Waynesburg serves as the connector to dozens of interesting cities and towns in all directions.

Due north, the mid-sized city of Washington is about 20 minutes away, and you can be in downtown Pittsburgh perusing the dinosaur exhibits at Carnegie Museum, cheering on the Penguins or watching ballet at the Benedum within an hour via Interstate 79. The interchange is just 1.5 miles east of Waynesburg Borough and the Pittsburgh International Airport is just one hour away.

To the south, Morgantown, WV, is less than 20 miles down the road, via I-79 South, home of the West Virginia University Mountaineers, as well as numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities.

Route 21 East will take you to Uniontown in 40 minutes, where historic Route 40 cuts through the mountains to nearby Fort Necessity National Monument and Park. Another 30-minute drive will bring you to Connellsville where you can hop aboard an Amtrak train and chug through the scenic Cumberland Mountains to points southeast, including Washington D.C. in less than six hours.

By Cindy Bailey,
Editor/Publisher – GreeneSpeak Publications

To the west, in the West Virginia panhandle, the first stop is Wheeling, only 40 minutes from here via I-79 and I-70. I-79 and I-70 will then connect you to Holmes County, the heart of Amish Country, within three hours, and Cleveland in half a day.

Waynesburg is the kind of place where you want to raise a family and the closeness to several cities has made it an ideal home for commuters. The schools here are small enough for every child to get a great foundation, but also to have a chance to be an active player on a ball team, serve as an officer with their Student Council or receive personal instruction in music and the arts.

Numerous higher education choices lie within a 50-mile radius, including our own Waynesburg University, Westmoreland County Community College and SAGE Tech, as well as Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA; California University in California, PA and Penn State, Fayette Campus in Uniontown. In Pittsburgh, popular choices include the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, the Culinary Institute and the University of Pittsburgh. Numerous small, private colleges, such as Grove City and Geneva, are also located within a four-hour drive.

City dwellers from nearby metropolitan areas often move to Greene County in retirement. The lifestyle here offers plenty of shopping, dining and community service opportunities but less traffic and shorter lines at the grocery store. The bonus is that folks are close enough to maintain their ties with former colleagues and professional organizations.

Waynesburg is one of those rare communities that has maintained an old-fashioned, small-town flavor through its 200-plus-year history. Many residents feel that the nearby metropolitan areas are a nice place to visit, but they are glad to call Waynesburg their home.

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