Washington’s Trail 1753 - Free Webinar

Washington’s Trail 1753 will be hosting a free webinar, “The Venango Path – Then and Now” on Thursday, February 11 at 10 a.m. The one-hour webinar will be held via Zoom, and Chuck Williams, Ph.D. will present “The Venango Path – Then and Now” as the first in a series of educational interactive programs during 2021 by Washington’s Trail 1753 and multiple partners linking ten counties in western Pennsylvania.

Charles E. Williams is an ecologist and archaeologist with particular interests in the past and present landscapes of Pennsylvania’s northern Allegheny Plateau and the Appalachian region at large. He was Professor of Biology at Clarion University of Pa. for 15 years and currently teaches biology and ecology online for Columbia Southern University. Dr. Williams earned his Ph.D. in ecology at Virginia Tech.

During this webinar, Dr. Williams will compare the current landscapes with the scenes which young George Washington and his contingent traveled during his 1753-1754 journey to oust the French from their forts in what is today known as the French Creek Valley.

For much of his itinerary in western Pennsylvania, Washington and his guide used the existing Native American pathway that ran from the Forks of the Ohio (present-day Pittsburgh) north to the village of Venango (today’s Franklin, PA) at the mouth of French Creek, and upstream through the French Creek Valley to Presque Isle on the banks of Lake Erie. The Venango Path was an important north-south “landscape of movement” for Native Americans and Europeans alike, facilitating trade, migration and settlement, and military activities.

Pre-registration is required and the deadline for registration is February 4. Prior to the deadline, interested people should send their name and email address to

leigh@visitbutlercounty.com with “WT 1753” in the subject line. Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting invitation several days prior to the webinar.

For more information about the webinar or other educational programs planned by Washington’s Trail 1753, please contact the Tourism Bureau at (724) 234-4619. Sponsors include WT 1753, Butler County Tourism, and Williams Ecological, LLC.

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