Latrobe in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Johnston House at Kingston
— Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor —
A residence and farm, a stagecoach stop, a tavern, an office building and a museum!
In 1812, Scotch-Irish immigrant Alexander Johnston (who lived to be almost 100 yrs.) began erecting this landmark structure. The stone for the building and five fireplaces was taken from the bed of the nearby Loyalhanna Creek. Alexander and his wife, Elizabeth, had eight sons and two daughters. Through the years, the house had many uses. In the 1820s, a large 1 1/2 story wing was added to the west end of the home as a tavern to accommodate the traveling public on the newly constructed Greensburg/Stoystown Turnpike. Presidents Taylor and Harrison were among those who stopped at the Kingston House, famous for its good meals and punch. The property's large barn served as a relay station for stagecoaches en route to Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.
Prior to 1954, when the roadway alongside of the Johnston House (the Lincoln Highway, then later Route 30) was two-way, the original front door was on the east side of the building. Now that the road is one-way, the main entrance is on the west side. Ligonier resident Victor Smith Sr. purchased
The deed transferred in 2011 to the nonprofit Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, who developed Lincoln Highway Experience museum, and uses this site as their headquarters for administering the Corridor from North Huntingdon in the west, to the York County line in the east.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Notable Buildings • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor, and the Lincoln Highway 🛣️ series lists.
Location. 40° 17.479′ N, 79° 20.525′ W. Marker is in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3435 Lincoln Highway, Latrobe PA 15650, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Johnston House (within shouting distance of this marker); Arthur Saint Clair (approx. 1.2 miles away); Saint Clair Hollow (approx. 1.2 miles away); Twelve Mile Camp (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fred McFeely Rogers (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Banana Split (approx. 2.9 miles away); William Findley (approx. 2.9 miles away); Right Reverend Boniface Wimmer, O.S. B. (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Latrobe.
Also see . . . Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on October 23, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on February 23, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.