The Depreciation Lands Museum

The Depreciation Lands Museum Costumed Demonstrators bring to life our settlers' world in this small village nestled on the edge of Route 8, just north of Pittsburgh, PA. Open Every Sunday 1-4pm May through October.

Depreciation Lands Museum "...A Village Where History is Real Life" The Depreciation Lands Museum is located in western Pennsylvania, approximately ten miles north of Pittsburgh. Created by Hampton Township in 1973, the museum seeks to preserve and interpret the early years of European settlement in the Depreciation Lands. In 1783, the state of Pennsylvania set aside 720,000 acres of land in western Pennsylvania to compensate its Revolutionary War soldiers for their services, since the dollar had depreciated drastically during the war. Known as The Depreciation Lands, the area included all of the North Hills of Pittsburgh, and further, to a line 4 1/2 miles north of the present city of Butler, thereby, also encompassing parts of Butler, Beaver, Lawrence and Armstrong Counties. The Museum's peaceful wooded grounds transport the visitor into an earlier time, with costumed demonstrators every Sunday afternoon during the season, April - November. The site includes the Pine Creek Covenanter Church, built in 1837, and the associated cemetery, the Armstrong log house, built in 1803, an herb garden, a replica school, circa 1885, working blacksmith shop, wagon house which houses a Conestoga wagon and displays, and a meeting building. Dedicated volunteers and staff offer a variety of family oriented activities through out the year. Be sure to check our weekly Hours and the Calendar of special events. There are special group activities for school, scout, and adult groups.A Living History Museum Located in Western Pennsylvania,just north of Pittsburgh, at 4743 S Pioneer Rd, in Allison Park, PA

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo
02/07/2020

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo

II would like to thank all that joined us this afternoon for our special tea. We had a wonderful time dancing with an en...
01/26/2020

II would like to thank all that joined us this afternoon for our special tea.
We had a wonderful time dancing with an enthusiastic group of girls.
Thank you to all the volunteers that gave from their time and talent.

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo
01/25/2020

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo

Photo by Jonathan Klemens
01/25/2020

Photo by Jonathan Klemens

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo
01/25/2020

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo

The Depreciation Lands Museum
01/10/2020

The Depreciation Lands Museum

History LectureEager to Serve: The Indomitable George WashingtonHis Seven Historic Trips to Western PennsylvaniaWednesda...
12/17/2019

History Lecture
Eager to Serve: The Indomitable George Washington
His Seven Historic Trips to Western Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 19, 7-8:30 pm
* Pre-paid registration required *
Join us for an evening of history!

Destiny ensured that George Washington's life was inexorably intermingled with Western Pennsylvania. He was beckoned to visit our area seven times in a forty-one year period. He responded, eager to serve and graciously accepted the challenges.

From spying on the French in 1753 at the young age of 21, to the taking of Fort Duquesne, to suppressing the Whiskey Rebellion as president, Washington narrowly escaped with his life over 10 times! These monumental trips (1753-1794) contributed greatly to weaving the fabric of western Pennsylvania history.

Visit the Depreciation Lands Museum for an exciting and informative evening of history with Jonathan Klemens, local author and 18th century historian. The evening will also include a display of 18thc century artifacts.

** Pre-paid registration is required for the lecture, and seating is limited.**

General Admission: $8.00, DLMA members: $5.00
Space is limited, so register on-line, today at https://reg.planetreg.com/LECTURE

Lectures are held in the Museum Tavern and are appropriate for adults and teens

2020 Full Schedule
12/06/2019

2020 Full Schedule

Hear ye, Hear ye, young ladies! You are cordially invited to attend A Doll Tea, to be held at the Depreciation Lands Mus...
12/02/2019

Hear ye, Hear ye, young ladies! You are cordially invited to attend A Doll Tea, to be held at the Depreciation Lands Museum!

Did you know that girls just like you have lived, learned, and played right here in western Pennsylvania ever since America was born? You and your doll companion can learn all about a Pennsylvania girl’s life in the early days of settlement at our delightful Doll tea.

Enjoy an afternoon of Tea and treats, follow by activities and 18th century style dancing, accompanied by live traditional fiddle music! While Dolls of all shapes and sizes are most welcome, the afternoon will be geared toward dolls about 18 inches tall.

Admission per child: $15/$12 members
Space is limited, so register soon. Register and pay on-line here.

For more information, email e-mail or call (412) 486-0563 and leave a message.

This event is geared to children, without adult assistance, however one adult per family is invited to stay, at no charge, and observe the festivities, or children may be dropped off and picked up an hour later.

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11/05/2019

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo

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11/03/2019

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10/28/2019

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo

Verdict on Mary Bliss Parsons is overwhelmingly Not Guilty of Witchcraft, as judged by the good people who visited the V...
10/27/2019

Verdict on Mary Bliss Parsons is overwhelmingly Not Guilty of Witchcraft, as judged by the good people who visited the Village of Talley Cavey during Lantern Tours.

Verdict on Mary Bliss Parsons is overwhelmingly Not Guilty of Witchcraft, as judged by the good people who visited the Village of Talley Cavey during Lantern Tours.

We would like to thank everyone that came out for the Lantern tours.  We appreciate the patience of those that waited in...
10/27/2019

We would like to thank everyone that came out for the Lantern tours. We appreciate the patience of those that waited in line last week and those that braved the weather last night. The fate of Mary Bliss Parsons has been determined -she is innocent! By an overwhelming vote of 3:1.

Ever wonder what people did for recreation in the 18th century? Come to the museum today and watch or even participate i...
10/27/2019

Ever wonder what people did for recreation in the 18th century? Come to the museum today and watch or even participate in coffee house and tavern games. We will be here until 4:00PM today.

Prior to Saturday’s Lantern Tour
10/22/2019

Prior to Saturday’s Lantern Tour

10/20/2019

We sincerely thank the A. W. Beattie, Pastry Arts Program, for providing the delicious cookies for our two
Lantern Tours!

10/17/2019

Last Costume workshop of the year tonight. Hope to see you there.

10/13/2019

Don’t be a scaredy-cat!
Come to one of our famous
Lantern Tours.
(I double - dog dare you!)

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10/09/2019

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo

Congratulations to our winner of the Apple Head Doll Contest. Miss Hannah M. brought a lovely apple head doll complete w...
10/08/2019

Congratulations to our winner of the Apple Head Doll Contest. Miss Hannah M. brought a lovely apple head doll complete with pipe cleaner arms, a bonnet, and dress. Great job! Thank you for participating.

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10/07/2019

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo
10/07/2019

The Depreciation Lands Museum's cover photo

The Depreciation Lands Museum
10/07/2019

The Depreciation Lands Museum

SEE YOU AT THE LANTERN TOUR!
10/07/2019

SEE YOU AT THE LANTERN TOUR!

10/06/2019

TIME TO CELEBRATE!
We reached 1000 followers!
Thanks to all who support the DLM!

10/04/2019

The last question of the week for this year.
What is the origin and meaning of the word
HYDREF?
The answer can be found tomorrow at admissions.

09/30/2019

I apologize for forgetting to post the last Question of the Week.
I will instead ask a question on Friday October 4th that can be answered by visiting us during Hydref next Saturday.

The weather will be fabulous tomorrow. Bring your kids !!
09/21/2019

The weather will be fabulous tomorrow. Bring your kids !!

In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox we have two questions this week?

1. What now extinct species was used to make "Pigeon Pie?"

This next one is for the children.

2. Who was the vice president under George Washington?

Children, join us tomorrow at the schoolhouse where you will get to use a quill pen and parchment paper to write your answer.
Correct answers will receive a special reward !!

In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox we have two questions this week? 1. What now extinct species was used to make "Pi...
09/21/2019

In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox we have two questions this week?

1. What now extinct species was used to make "Pigeon Pie?"

This next one is for the children.

2. Who was the vice president under George Washington?

Children, join us tomorrow at the schoolhouse where you will get to use a quill pen and parchment paper to write your answer.
Correct answers will receive a special reward !!

09/19/2019

Reminder for all Sunday volunteers.
Tonight is Costume Workshop at 7:00

This week’s question is a true or false. Wool must always be washed before spinning.
09/15/2019

This week’s question is a true or false.
Wool must always be washed before spinning.

Hope to see YOU there!
09/14/2019

Hope to see YOU there!

09/10/2019

THE HYDREF IS COMING SOON!
Fall in love with our
autumn festival!
October 5, 11am - 4pm

09/09/2019

The Hydref- a Fall Festival & Market Faire
Saturday, October 5, 11am - 4pm

Rain or Shine - there will be plenty to see and activities for everyone! See you there!

Traditionally the entire town and country side turned out for the annual Market Faire. You will meet skilled 18th c crafts people, re-enactors, and "sutlers", purveyors of 18th c goods. Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, live music, great food and activities for the children - you will find it all here at the Hydref!

Children's contest! - Make an Apple Head doll at home and bring it to Hydref for the Best Apple-Head Contest! Awards in two categories, ages 5-9 & 10-17.
All! - purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a lovely woolen scarf, hand spun and hand woven right here at DLM!

*** The winners of the contest and the raffle will be announced at 2 pm ***

Hydref, which means "autumn", in Welsh, was named to commemorate the Welsh heritage of some of our early settlers. Come to shop, come to enjoy the 18th century village in real life!

You will be glad you came to the Hydref!
Admission: $5/adult, $3/children, DLM Members free
For more information e-mail the Museum or call 412-486-0563 and leave a message.

We heartily welcome 18th century Vendors, Craftsmen & Blanket Traders to our events.
--Please visit our Vendor and Demonstrator Information Page to register and for more information.

09/09/2019

The Hydref- a Fall Festival & Market Faire
Saturday, October 5, 11am - 4pm

Rain or Shine - there will be plenty to see and activities for everyone! See you there!

Traditionally the entire town and country side turned out for the annual Market Faire. You will meet skilled 18th c crafts people, re-enactors, and "sutlers", purveyors of 18th c goods. Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, live music, great food and activities for the children - you will find it all here at the Hydref!

Children's contest! - Make an Apple Head doll at home and bring it to Hydref for the Best Apple-Head Contest! Awards in two categories, ages 5-9 & 10-17.

All! - purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a lovely woolen scarf, hand spun and hand woven right here at DLM!

*** The winners of the contest and the raffle will be announced at 2 pm ***

Hydref, which means "autumn", in Welsh, was named to commemorate the Welsh heritage of some of our early settlers. Come to shop, come to enjoy the 18th century village in real life!

You will be glad you came to the Hydref!
Admission: $5/adult, $3/children, DLM Members free
For more information e-mail the Museum or call 412-486-0563 and leave a message.

We heartily welcome 18th century Vendors, Craftsmen & Blanket Traders to our events.
--Please visit our Vendor and Demonstrator Information Page to register and for more information.

“Pocket” Pistol - Circa 1799-1801
09/08/2019

“Pocket” Pistol - Circa 1799-1801

The question for this week.What by product of flax-linen spinning was used for cleaning gun barrels? To find the answer ...
09/08/2019

The question for this week.

What by product of flax-linen spinning was used for cleaning gun barrels?

To find the answer join us tomorrow at the museum for the Spinning Wheels and Flintlock event.

This month, the bi-annual edition of the museum's newsletter went out to members. Inside, was a fun article for young pe...
09/04/2019

This month, the bi-annual edition of the museum's newsletter went out to members. Inside, was a fun article for young people about Apple Head dolls. As promised, here are some examples of Apple Head dolls.

Remember, there is a contest for BEST APPLE HEAD DOLL at this year's Hydref, October 5th!! Be sure to bring an
Apple Head doll that day by Noon. Contest is open for ages 5-9 and 10-17.

Instructions for making Apple Head dolls were included in this month's edition. If you are NOT a member and would like to get the bi-annual newsletter and this month's Apple Head Doll Instructions, please send an email to [email protected] : Subject: Newsletter

09/01/2019

What modern day salad bar staple was introduced by Hessian Soldiers, and rejected by their British counterparts based on color? Pickled Eggs (green actually)

09/01/2019

For the month of September we will be posting a trivia question on Saturday evening. To find the answer, visit the Museum that following Sunday .

09/01/2019

Have you ever wondered how wool is prepared for spinning and then made into cloth? Sunday September 1st come see this unique process .

The Depreciation Lands Museum
08/21/2019

The Depreciation Lands Museum

Spinning Wheels and Flintlocks!
September 8, 1-4 pm

A gathering of Wheels! All Spinners, bring your wheels and join us! Visitors young and old - come watch and try your hand at this traditional skill!

ALSO SEE A GREAT DISPLAY OF PERIOD FLINTLOCKS!
THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Gather 'round as the locals and visitors in Talley Cavey Village bring their Spinning Wheels to spin wool yarn and linen thread.

Great Wheels, also called Wool Wheels or Walking Wheels are familiar to most of us as decorative items, but rarely are they used for their original intended purpose: to spin wool yarn. More familiar, are the small Flax wheels, now used to spin all fibers. Today we will gather everyone who spins for a Gathering like you have never seen! Join us! See these wheels in actions! Have a try at this 18th century everyday skill!

Do you spin with a Wheel, Great or Small? Please bring it along to our gathering and spin with us! Even if you don't spin, bring your wheel to the Gathering!

As always, you will find our village bustling with residents carrying on their everyday lives. Attend school, visit the blacksmith, and stop in to see what is happening in the log cabin. There will be plenty for all to keep busy today!

Admission: Free when accompanied by a spinning wheel, $5/adults, $3/children under 12, DLMA members free
For more information e-mail [email protected] or call 412-486-0563 and leave a message.

Spinning Wheels and Flintlocks!September 8, 1-4 pmA gathering of Wheels! All Spinners, bring your wheels and join us! Vi...
08/20/2019

Spinning Wheels and Flintlocks!
September 8, 1-4 pm

A gathering of Wheels! All Spinners, bring your wheels and join us! Visitors young and old - come watch and try your hand at this traditional skill!

ALSO SEE A GREAT DISPLAY OF PERIOD FLINTLOCKS!
THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Gather 'round as the locals and visitors in Talley Cavey Village bring their Spinning Wheels to spin wool yarn and linen thread.

Great Wheels, also called Wool Wheels or Walking Wheels are familiar to most of us as decorative items, but rarely are they used for their original intended purpose: to spin wool yarn. More familiar, are the small Flax wheels, now used to spin all fibers. Today we will gather everyone who spins for a Gathering like you have never seen! Join us! See these wheels in actions! Have a try at this 18th century everyday skill!

Do you spin with a Wheel, Great or Small? Please bring it along to our gathering and spin with us! Even if you don't spin, bring your wheel to the Gathering!

As always, you will find our village bustling with residents carrying on their everyday lives. Attend school, visit the blacksmith, and stop in to see what is happening in the log cabin. There will be plenty for all to keep busy today!

Admission: Free when accompanied by a spinning wheel, $5/adults, $3/children under 12, DLMA members free
For more information e-mail [email protected] or call 412-486-0563 and leave a message.

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4743 S Pioneer Rd
Allison Park, PA
15101

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Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(412) 486-0563

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A Real Community Gem! Depreciation Lands Museum, Celebrating 46 years of Living History! “A Colonial Village Where History is Real Life"

We are a non-profit, all-volunteer Living History Museum located in Western Pennsylvania just north of Pittsburgh, at 4743 S Pioneer Road, in Allison Park, PA.

Created by Hampton Township in 1973, the Museum seeks to preserve and interpret the early years of European settlement in the Depreciation Lands and the development of Hampton Township. We are honored to be a Heinz History Center Affiliate.

In 1783, the state of Pennsylvania set aside roughly 134,800 acres of land in western Pennsylvania to compensate its Revolutionary War soldiers for their services, since Pennsylvania notes and Continental script had depreciated drastically during the war. Known as The Depreciation Lands, the area included all of the North Hills of Pittsburgh and north to a line 4 1/2 miles north of the city of Butler, extending over to the Ohio line, thereby encompassing parts of Butler, Beaver, Lawrence and Armstrong Counties.

The Museum's peaceful wooded grounds transport the visitor into an earlier time, with 18th century dressed volunteers interpreting local history every Sunday afternoon during the season, April - November. The site includes the Pine Creek Covenanter Church, built in 1837, and the associated cemetery, the Armstrong log house, built in 1803, an herb garden, a replica school, circa 1885, a working blacksmith shop, wagon house which houses a Conestoga wagon and displays, a replica 18th C mercantile, and the Deacon Tavern. In 1805, the area was named Talley Cavey after a village in Northern Ireland meaning “hill over the borough" in Gaelic.

Our dedicated volunteers, in 18th C clothing, offer a variety of family oriented activities through out the year. The year portrayed is 1792, the Era of the New Republic. Be sure to check our weekly hours and the calendar of special events. There are also special group activities for school, scout, and adult groups.

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wow I just looked and you really raised prices on your lantern tours this year !!
Looking forward to seeing everyone and the many great crafters.
Bake Oven sketch by Jay Hughes
Sketch from the museum.
THIS SUNDAY!
OPENING DAY! CHILDREN'S HERITAGE DAY - Sunday, May 6, 1-4pm SPECIAL GUEST, historical author and award winning storyteller, Robin Moore will be visiting Talley Cavey Village! Travelers, especially those who can spin glorious tales, are a much welcome diversion from settlers' busy lives. Do gather with us to hear Robin's wonderful tales and to talk to him about 18th century life in Pennsylvania. ** AT 2pm - STORIES WITH ROBIN MOORE, following by book signing and demonstrations of historic life. Admission: $5/adults, $3/(No registration required) Please visit the website at www.DLMuseum.org for more details, or call the museum at 412-486-0563.
Children's Heritage Day! Sunday, May 6, 1-4 pm Celebrate our heritage through Children's eyes on this very special Opening Day of our 45th Season! Here in 18th century Talley Cavey, we look forward to having travelers stop by to share tales and news. This year we will welcome a special traveler, Award-Winning Author and Storyteller Robin Moore, to Talley Cavey Village! Join us at 2pm for a 45-minute storytelling performance which will feature traditional stories from the Pennsylvania frontier and demonstrations of old-time living skills. Following the Storytelling, there will be a Book Signing with the Author where you may purchase autographed copies of his books. Robin's books are focused on Pennsylvania frontier history and folklore and are designed to be read aloud by the whole family. His books include The Bread Sister Trilogy, a series of three historical fiction novels about women, both young and old, Native and European, on our 18th century Pennsylvania Frontier and several collections of stories collected from the Pennsylvania mountains. Robin Moore will also demonstrate essential living skills and give a hands-on experience as both adults and children pose for photo ops in traditional clothing and examine clothing tools and equipment used by frontier and native cultures in Western Pennsylvania. Rain or Shine, there will be plenty to do today! Join us for this very special Family oriented day, filled with Stories and hands on activities. Children's Heritage Day is a chance for both today's and yesterday's children to reconnect with the "pass times" of past times. For this day, you can go to school in a one-room schoolhouse, play games, visit the blacksmith and help your family with needed tasks such as gathering wood, carding wool and grinding corn. Event Admission charged: $5 adults, $3 children, Members: $3/$1 No registration needed - Just come! For more information e-mail [email protected] or call 412-486-0563 and leave a message.
Last evening, I presented "The Pennsylvania Frontier: The Depreciation and Donation Lands" for the Heinz History Center and the Bernard Osher Foundation of CMU. Good crowd!
Great attendance at my lecture last evening at the Depreciation Lands Museum! Standing room only! Thanks to all who attended.
Hi there! I hope you can help me with this quick question- Approximately what year is your living history exhibit set in? On your site, I see the land was set aside for Revolutionary War soldiers in the late 1700s, but many of your buildings/structures date from the mid-to-late 1800s. Thanks for your help!
We spent a lot of time at the Hydref Festival today. Loved it as usual; however, one of the best years. Thank you :)