Introduction to Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 6 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Part of the surrounding Pittsburgh metro area, the town is not isolated and is home to some 19,196 residents.
Dunning McNair, who arrived in 1788 and constructed a log cabin, planned a village which came to be known as "McNairstown". Samuel A. Rippey and his wife established the Rippey's Tavern in the early 1800s. Over the years, this tavern became so popular that people began to refer to the area itself as "Rippeysville". By the 1810s, the region's name had changed again. According to some historians, the place was christened "Wilkinsburgh" in honor of Judge William Wilkins, who served as President Tyler's Secretary of War. However, according to another tradition, the community was named after John Wilkins, Jr., Judge Wilkins' brother who served in the Revolutionary War and later became the Brigadier General of the Allegheny County militia. By the 1870s, the town had separated from the city of Pittsburgh and was incorporated on October 5, 1887. In 1893, the town was officially named "Wilkinsburg". Because many Protestant churches are located in the town, it is commonly referred to as "The Holy City".
Wilkinsburg and Nearby Attractions
- Old Economy Historical Site
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Westmoreland Museum of American Art
- National Aviary
- Point State Park
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Things To Do In Wilkinsburg
Wilkinsburg is home to numerous parks and recreational areas including the Hunter Park, Taylor Park, Whitney Park, and Park Avenue Park. The area is also known for its high concentration of churches and other places of worship like the Wilkinsburg Baptist Church, Shaare Torah Congregation, and Prince Hall Masonic Temple. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, and Frick Art & Historical Center showcase artifacts reflecting the region's natural, historical, and cultural heritage. Old Economy Historical Site, Bushy Run Battlefield, Rachel Carson Homestead, and Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate are historic sites located within 20 miles of Wilkinsburg. National Aviary, another popular attraction in the area, is home to more than 500 endangered and exotic birds.
Air transportation is available from Pittsburgh International Airport.
Wilkinsburg Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny County, and Chatham College.