BARC is a 501c3 non-profit community development corporation (CDC) serving the Brownsville Borough and its neighboring communities in Fayette, Washington, and Greene Counties in Southwestern PA. BARC’s offices are located in the Historic Flatiron Building, located along the Monongahela River and the National Road Heritage Corridor in Brownsville’s Downtown Commercial Historic District. Since 1989, BARC has worked to improve Brownsville’s economy by restoring buildings in the downtown and utilizing other resources in the community. BARC promotes recreational use of the Monongahela River, hosts community festivals, supports local artists, and operates two independent museums. BARC’s mission is to achieve economic development through historic preservation, heritage tourism, outdoor recreation, community stewardship, education, youth advancement and the arts..


The rental of commercial and residential properties is only one component of BARC’s strategy for revitalization and community development. BARC encourages a stronger sense of community through several fundraising events and festivals throughout the year. The Brownsville Community Festival hosts BARC’s annual Mon Ducky Race, which is always an event attended by the greater community. In the fall BARC hosts Taste of Italy, a food and wine tasting fundraiser that brings local winemakers and residents together. The final fundraiser every year occurs around the winter holidays, when BARC sells a sponsored lottery calendar. BARC also raises funds for projects and administration through its annual membership program, which is supported by current and former Brownsville residents. All of BARC’s fundraising and rental income goes toward the fulfillment of BARC’s mission statement.

Most recently, BARC has focused its efforts on what is dubbed “The Keystone Project” which addresses renovating both 25 & 27 Market Street, in the heart of downtown. BARC obtained these properties at a very reasonable price from a town resident who had faith in BARC’s mission and capacity to breathe new life in to Brownsville’s downtown. Upon receiving these properties, BARC committed to remediating them and turning the blighted properties into aesthetically pleasing structures that will contribute to rebirth of Brownsville’s urban core.

Don’t Forget

Please remember our Heritage Center Gift Shop for your historical gift giving needs. Located at 69 Market Street Brownsville, PA on the main floor of the Historic Flatiron Building. We stock many wonderful Brownsville and regional items! Gift wrapping and shipping is also available, please ask for details.

You can contact us by calling 724-785-9331 or by sending us an email Thank you for your interest!

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