Washington County

Ideally located in a charming and safe residential area, W&J College's hometown - Washington, PA - boasts a history of progressive leadership and a healthy contemporary lifestyle. With a mix of opportunities for work and play, you can find a way to spend an hour or spend a day. Take a study break at a local coffee shop, cheer on the Washington Wild Things at a minor league baseball game, try Escape Room South with a group of friends, head to a concert at The Meadows Casino, or enjoy any number of outdoor activities.

A Progressive Town

Progressive from the start, the founding of Washington, PA included setting aside outdoor recreation space for the public, an unusual move in 1781. Progressive early leaders include the founder of the Abolition Society, Dr. Francis J. LeMoyne, whose home was part of the Underground Railroad and David Bradford, who led the Whiskey Rebellion protesting the 1791 tax on whiskey. Both of their homes are now National Historic Landmarks. Today, Washington, PA still maintains plenty of green space for outdoor recreation and supports entrepreneurship with a small business incubator space. Learn more about our hometown's attractions below:

Built in 1788, this home was the original residence of David Bradford, a successful lawyer, businessman, and Deputy Attorney General of Washington County. Bradford was involved in the Whiskey Rebellion, which started right here in the Washington area.


Washington, PA by the Numbers


Acres of parkland for outdoor recreation


Number of retail stores at Tanger Outlet Mall


Number of local restaurants and shops that offer discounts to W&J students

5,000Acres of parkland for outdoor recreation
75Number of retail stores at Tanger Outlet Mall
60Number of local restaurants and shops that offer discounts to W&J students.

Connecting with Washington Businesses

As a vital part of the community in Washington, PA, W&J College students enjoy the local businesses for shopping, dining, and working. The W&J Local Business Ambassador Program connects students to local businesses with a student discount. The program is a great way to explore town and try local restaurants, shops, and services. Employment in town is also available to students.