Welcome to Ridgway – the Lily of the Valley
The Ridgway Heritage Council is committed to supporting economic development in Ridgway through the preservation of our precious heritage and natural resources that were the original foundation of our community. Since 1997 the work of the council has resulted in millions of dollars of investments in residential and commercial real estate, projects to beautify streetscapes, and the recruitment of over 50 new downtown businesses. We believe in working hard and playing hard!
Tim Leathers (owner of the Clarion River Trading Company) and I (original owner of the Towers Victorian Inn) were the two founders of the Council in 1997, at the bleakest time in downtown Ridgway’s history. Empty buildings abounded, litter was everywhere and attitudes were truly hopeless. We personally donated thousands of volunteer hours to build a winning team and brought in significant economic development grants to help us down the revitalization path, which attracted great new businesses and resulted in tremendous investment in residential heritage homes.
During the past 17 years our team successfully created the Ridgway National Historic Register District, became a Pennsylvania Main Street Community which pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into downtown redevelopment, and have been recognized with numerous state awards. Our story has been published in many magazines and hundreds of newspaper articles.
Great downtowns don’t happen “by chance” – especially in rural areas. It takes a combination of sound economic resources combined with never-ending community events and marketing efforts. Our team never gives up, and it is that spirit that leads to continuous improvement and success. Enthusiasm is catching!
Please join us this year at our two signature events – the Annual “Tasting in the Wilds” wine and beer festival, and our Annual Historic of Homes (showcasing our heritage of the Hyde-Murphy Company, a nationally significant woodworking company who built most of our superb historic homes, and famous buildings throughout the U.S. and internationally). Both events have been big hits for years – don’t miss them!
Enjoy Ridgway! Buy a house! Start a business!
Dale E. Fox
President, Ridgway Heritage Council
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