Ten miles from the illustrious city of Pittsburgh is a five-mile island on the Ohio River known as Neville Island. On April 8, 1856, the island was officially named a township and a community was born. The island’s fertile soil was rich with produce, and farms grew asparagus, strawberries, and corn. The island became known as the market basket of Pittsburgh with its produce being sold in the most prominent hotels and restaurants. However, at the birth of World War I, the island experienced a drastic turn of fate. Industries arose, and the farms became extinct. Neville Island features over 150 years of obscured history, including the lost Sunshine Island and the failed attempt of Coney Island Park, documenting the community’s journey of change under the influence of the Ohio River.
About the Author
Gia Tatone, educator, author, and deputy director of the Young Preservationists Association, along with Dan Holland, founder and chief executive officer of the Young Preservationists Association, began the journey with the island’s environmental group, Neville Green, to reveal the concealed history of Neville Island. Neville Green currently ensures beautification efforts for the island and is the founder of the Neville Naturalists educational program for children.
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