Ligonier Valley Vignettes


Ligonier Valley Vignettes




Ligonier Valley Vignettes: Tales from the Laurel Highlands written by Jennifer Sopko

Forward by Shirley G. McQuillis Iscrupe

From the cover: “Secluded between Laurel Mountain and Chestnut Ridge, the Ligonier Valley has been the mountain playground of western Pennsylvania since the nineteenth century.  Yet this picturesque retreat was at the tumultuous center of history – during the French and Indian war, Fort Ligonier was key to the British strategy, and in the late nineteenth century, the Ligonier Valley Rail Road helped transform the industry of the region.  Author Jennifer Sopko traces the history of the valley and its residents through series of fascinating vignettes.  From the earliest histories to nostalgic reminiscences of the Ligonier Opera House, social at the Valley Dairy ice cream parlor and bygone days at Idlewild Park, Sopko captures the history and spirit of the Ligonier alley and its communities”.