Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village Old Economy Village interprets the history of the Harmony Society, a highly successful 19th century religious communal society, and preserves and interprets the unique material culture of the Society during its period of residence in Beaver County.
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Old Economy Village preserves and presents the life, thought, and material culture of the Harmony Society, a highly successful and entrepreneurial 19th century religious community. Old Economy Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Friends of Old Economy Village which is a non-profit community-based organization. To view the historic 19th century village, you must purchase your ticket at the Visitor Center. Friends of Old Economy Village members and Ambridge Resident Pass holders must present their card at the Visitor Center. After watching the 13-minute video, guests may walk or drive 2 blocks to the historic site. Guests will begin their visit to the historic site by entering the Natural History Museum/Feast Hall. After touring this building, guests will enter the Village grounds and have a variety of options to tour the remainder of the Village. Several zones will provide mini-tours such as the Cobblestone Street Buildings or the George and Frederick Rapp Houses. Additional buildings, such as the Blacksmith Shop, Cabinet Shop, Community Kitchen, and Carriage House are set up as self-guided displays. Some of these may be staffed with a craft or trade demonstrator depending upon the day. Please check the calendar prior to your visit.

This is a FREE event for any bride, groom, and their family. This is a chance to see a variety of wedding vendors and to...
05/07/2019
Wedding Showcase (2019-06-02)

This is a FREE event for any bride, groom, and their family. This is a
chance to see a variety of wedding vendors and to see how the spaces at Old Economy Village are set up for weddings and receptions.

For more information please contact Sandy Carroll at 724-266-4500 x 120 or at [email protected]

https://bit.ly/2Jdusov

Don't forget to register for Behind-the-Scenes!Please contact Chloe Thomas at (724) 266-4500, ext. 104 or c-chlthoma@pa....
05/06/2019

Don't forget to register for Behind-the-Scenes!

Please contact Chloe Thomas at (724) 266-4500, ext. 104 or [email protected] for more information and to register.

See behind the scenes at Old Economy Village. View artifacts in storage rarely seen by the human eye.

05/04/2019

Stop by for lunch today at Hands-on History and Garden Mart! We have food trucks on the street in front of the Village!

Ambridge Historic District EDC
05/04/2019

Ambridge Historic District EDC

Today is the day! Stop by.

We hope to see you all tomorrow and Sunday for this fantastic event!
05/03/2019

We hope to see you all tomorrow and Sunday for this fantastic event!

Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend will be bringing history to life for visitors of all ages on May 4-5. There will be 15 plus demonstrations and you will be able to try a variety of nineteenth century crafts & trades, such as blacksmithing, printing, cooking, textile production, laundry and more! The Garden Mart will feature a variety of heirloom plants for purchase. The event will also include food trucks on the street and 12 vendors throughout the Village. Admission to Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend is free, with a suggested donation to the Bringing History Alive fund.

Don't forget that Hands-on History & Garden Mart are this weekend! FREE admission, with a suggested donation to the Brin...
04/30/2019

Don't forget that Hands-on History & Garden Mart are this weekend! FREE admission, with a suggested donation to the Bringing History Alive Fund!

Hope to see you all this weekend! 😀

Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend will be bringing history to life for visitors of all ages on May 4-5. There will be 15 plus demonstrations and you will be able to try a variety of nineteenth century crafts & trades, such as blacksmithing, printing, cooking, textile production, laundry and more! The Garden Mart will feature a variety of heirloom plants for purchase. The event will also include food trucks on the street and 12 vendors throughout the Village. Admission to Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend is free, with a suggested donation to the Bringing History Alive fund.

FREE admission, with a suggested donation to the Bringing History Alive Fund.Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend wi...
04/26/2019

FREE admission, with a suggested donation to the Bringing History Alive Fund.

Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend will be bringing history to life for visitors of all ages on May 4-5.

There will be 15 plus demonstrations and you will be able to try a variety of nineteenth century crafts & trades, such as blacksmithing, printing, cooking, textile production, laundry and more! The Garden Mart will feature a variety of heirloom plants and seeds for purchase. The event will also include food trucks on the street and 12 vendors throughout the Village.

Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend will be bringing history to life for visitors of all ages on May 4-5. There wil...
04/25/2019
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Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend will be bringing history to life for visitors of all ages on May 4-5. There will be 15 plus demonstrations and you will be able to try a variety of nineteenth century crafts & trades. We will also be having a glass blowing demonstration that will be put on by Hot Wheels from the Pittsburgh Glass Center!

For more information about the glass blowing, check out their website.
https://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/

See behind the scenes at Old Economy Village. View artifacts in storage rarely seen by the human eye. The program will b...
04/24/2019

See behind the scenes at Old Economy Village. View artifacts in storage rarely seen by the human eye. The program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Participants are permitted and encouraged to bring along their favorite beverage (alcoholic or otherwise) to enjoy afterwards!

Caution: We will be traveling on old stone stairways as part of this tour.

Please contact Chloe Thomas at (724) 266-4500, ext. 104 or [email protected] for more information and to register.

Saturday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m. Old Economy Village Visitor Center. Registration required.

$16 for Friends of Old Economy Village Members; $20 for non-members

Happy Earth Day! Here are some lovely photos from the garden and the greenhouse!
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day! Here are some lovely photos from the garden and the greenhouse!

Just a reminder: We will be closed on Sunday, April 21, for Easter.
04/18/2019

Just a reminder: We will be closed on Sunday, April 21, for Easter.

Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend will be bringing history to life for visitors of all ages on May 4-5. There wil...
04/18/2019

Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend will be bringing history to life for visitors of all ages on May 4-5. There will be 15 plus demonstrations and you will be able to try a variety of nineteenth century crafts & trades, such as blacksmithing, printing, cooking, textile production, laundry and more!

Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend is May 4-5! We hope to see you all there!

The greenhouse is getting ready for Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend on May 4-5! A variety of heirloom plants wi...
04/17/2019

The greenhouse is getting ready for Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend on May 4-5! A variety of heirloom plants will be available to purchase.

The event is free, with a suggested donation to the Bringing History Alive Fund.

Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend will be bringing history to life for visitors of all ages on May 4-5. There wil...
04/17/2019

Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend will be bringing history to life for visitors of all ages on May 4-5. There will be 15 plus demonstrations and you will be able to try a variety of nineteenth century crafts & trades, such as blacksmithing, printing, cooking, textile production, laundry and more! The Garden Mart will feature a variety of heirloom plants for purchase. The event will also include food trucks on the street and 12 vendors throughout the Village. Admission to Hands-on History and Garden Mart Weekend is free, with a suggested donation to the Bringing History Alive fund.

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04/17/2019

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Our annual Easter Egg hunt is this Saturday, April 13! Children can hunt for Easter eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny, a...
04/11/2019

Our annual Easter Egg hunt is this Saturday, April 13! Children can hunt for Easter eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy a light snack in the Old Economy Village Feast Hall.

The admission is $7 person. Children under the age of 3 are free.

Limited to children ages 10 and under. Egg hunting begins upon arrival until 1/2 hour before the end of the event.

Hands-on History brings history to life for visitors of all ages. We will have 15+ demonstrations and you can also be an...
04/10/2019

Hands-on History brings history to life for visitors of all ages. We will have 15+ demonstrations and you can also be an apprentice to one of our trades/crafts. Come try your hand at a variety of nineteenth century crafts & trades, such as blacksmithing, printing, cooking, textile production, laundry and more!

While you’re here wander over to the garden for Garden Mart too, where a variety of our heirloom plants will be for sale!

More about Hands-on History here, https://bit.ly/2U6I3jp
More about Garden Mart here, https://bit.ly/2IsnoEp

We would love to thank everyone who brought a donation for the food pantry this past weekend! If you are interested in d...
04/09/2019

We would love to thank everyone who brought a donation for the food pantry this past weekend!

If you are interested in doing more, please check out the The Ladle's website to see how you can help.

https://bit.ly/2FV6Ku1

We hope to see you all again later this season! Thank you for making our opening weekend special!

Ambridge Regional Chamber of Commerce
04/09/2019

Ambridge Regional Chamber of Commerce

Our incredible community staple is officially open for the season. You don’t have to go too far to find a beautiful, picturesque, and peaceful place. Make plans to head over to Old Economy Village at least once this Spring 🍃

Where & When Pennsylvania
04/09/2019

Where & When Pennsylvania

Join in on the fun at the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Old Economy Village in Ambridge, PA on April 13th from 11-3pm 🐰

Children 10 & under will have the chance to hunt for Easter eggs and turn them in for prizes. There will also be crafts, face paintings, snacks and of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny!

For more information and how to register visit Old Economy Village

#whereandwhenpa

Keep an eye on both our Facebook Stories and our Instagram Stories to see what’s happening on site! Hope to see you al...
04/07/2019

Keep an eye on both our Facebook Stories and our Instagram Stories to see what’s happening on site!

Hope to see you all on this beautiful day! 🌞

Bring in a donation for the food pantry and receive FREE admission this weekend.

We have a couple demonstrations going on including, blacksmithing, cooking, and woodworking.

Come out and enjoy the nice weather with us! 🌸☀️

Bring in a donation for the food pantry and receive FREE admission this weekend. We have a couple demonstrations going o...
04/06/2019

Bring in a donation for the food pantry and receive FREE admission this weekend.

We have a couple demonstrations going on including, blacksmithing, cooking, and woodworking.

Come out and enjoy the nice weather with us! 🌸☀️

During our Opening Weekend, There will be a variety of demonstrations going on all weekend including, blacksmithing, sch...
04/05/2019

During our Opening Weekend, There will be a variety of demonstrations going on all weekend including, blacksmithing, schrenesh*tte, and more.

Don't forget to bring in a donation for the food pantry to receive FREE admission! Donations support The Ladle and the Hearth, Ambridge Soup Kitchen and Pantry! Please visit their website to find out what the most needed items are. On Sunday, April 7th, Stone Soup will be prepared in the Cauldron at the Community Kitchen. The story of Stone Soup will be read at 1pm and 3pm.

Hope to see you all there!

http://www.theladle.org/food-pantry.html

This past Saturday, we had our FREE Silk Reeling Class. We learned about the history of the Harmonists and the silk they...
04/02/2019

This past Saturday, we had our FREE Silk Reeling Class. We learned about the history of the Harmonists and the silk they produced, silk worms, and the process of getting silk. The class got a chance to work with silk cocoons and see silk be reeled from them.

This year we will be offering two classes a month that will cover a variety of topics, including blacksmithing, woodworking, broom making, and more.

Our next class will be a free Scherenschnitte Class on April 27! Register by April 20 by contacting David Miller at 724-266-4500 x 110 or at [email protected]

https://bit.ly/2Jl92HG

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt is April 13! Children can hunt for Easter eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy a ligh...
04/01/2019

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt is April 13! Children can hunt for Easter eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy a light snack in the Old Economy Village Feast Hall.

$5 per person if you register by April 9th. Children under the age of 3 are free. There will be admission at the gate the day of the event but it will be $7 person.

Limited to children ages 10 and under. Egg hunting begins upon arrival until 1/2 hour before the end of the event.

Please register by contacting Chloe at 724-266-4500 x 104 or at
[email protected]

https://bit.ly/2Fze6Di

There will be a FREE  Scherenschnitte class on April 27! This is your chance to learn and do this fancy paper cutting ar...
03/29/2019

There will be a FREE Scherenschnitte class on April 27! This is your chance to learn and do this fancy paper cutting art.

Space is limited to 12 people so please register by April 20th by contacting David Miller the Museum Educator at [email protected] or (724) 266-4500 x 110.

https://bit.ly/2upxkpX

Earlier this week, we had a members only event called, Coffee with the Curator. Members had the chance to view some arti...
03/28/2019

Earlier this week, we had a members only event called, Coffee with the Curator. Members had the chance to view some artifacts up close and even got to touch them.

If you want to be invited to exclusive events like this, become a member! All members receive free admission for regular site visits and free or discounted rates to special events. Members also receive other basic benefits in addition to various benefits based on your membership level.

If you are interested in becoming a member, you can sign up through this link https://bit.ly/2YtdsQB

During our Opening Weekend, bring in a donation for the food pantry and receive FREE admission! Donations support The La...
03/27/2019

During our Opening Weekend, bring in a donation for the food pantry and receive FREE admission! Donations support The Ladle and the Hearth, Ambridge Soup Kitchen and Pantry! Please visit their website to find out what the most needed items are. On Sunday, April 7th, Stone Soup will be prepared in the Cauldron at the Community Kitchen. The story of Stone Soup will be read at 1pm and 3pm.

There will be a variety of demonstrations going on all weekend including, blacksmithing, schrenesh*tte, and more. Hope to see you all there!

http://www.theladle.org/food-pantry.html

Celebrate spring with us during the Spring Garden Seminar March 29-30! There will be a wine and cheese reception, plenty...
03/21/2019

Celebrate spring with us during the Spring Garden Seminar March 29-30! There will be a wine and cheese reception, plenty of wonderful speakers from various organizations including, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Landis Valley Museum, and The Dawes Arboretum, as well as a historic garden tour, lunch and prizes!

You only have a few more days to register. Contact Sandy Carroll by March 23 at 724-266-4500 x 120 or at [email protected] to save your spot!

Continuing education credits are also available!

https://bit.ly/2Ul0rWy

Happy First Day of Spring! Spring is in the air at Old Economy Village. There are a variety of upcoming events including...
03/20/2019

Happy First Day of Spring!

Spring is in the air at Old Economy Village. There are a variety of upcoming events including, the Spring Garden Seminar, Opening Day, Opening Weekend, and our Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Hope to see you all very soon! 🌸

https://bit.ly/2Jl92HG

The Saturday Spotlight for opening weekend is The Art of Blacksmithing! There will be a variety of other demonstrations ...
03/19/2019

The Saturday Spotlight for opening weekend is The Art of Blacksmithing! There will be a variety of other demonstrations going on. Be sure to stop in Sunday to hear a reading of Stone Soup and don't forget to bring in an item for the food pantry!

The deadline to register for the Spring Garden Seminar is now March 23! Register soon. Seats are filling up!Continuing e...
03/18/2019
Spring Garden Seminar (2019-03-29)

The deadline to register for the Spring Garden Seminar is now March 23! Register soon. Seats are filling up!

Continuing education credits are available.

There will be a variety of speakers, lunch, and a historic garden tour. Don't miss out on all the fun!

To register, please contact Sandy Carroll at 724-266-4500 x 120 or at [email protected] 🌸

Seats are filling up! Register to save your spot! We've moved the registration deadline to next week!The Spring Garden S...
03/15/2019

Seats are filling up! Register to save your spot! We've moved the registration deadline to next week!

The Spring Garden Seminar is March 29-30. There will be a variety of wonderful speakers, lunch, and historic garden tour! Register by contacting Sandy Carroll at 724-266-4500 x 120 or at [email protected]!

More information at https://bit.ly/2Ul0rWy

Old Economy Village
03/15/2019

Old Economy Village

During our Opening Weekend, bring in a donation for the food pantry and receive FREE admission! Donations support The Ladle and the Hearth, Ambridge Soup Kitchen and Pantry! Please visit their website to find out what the most needed items are. On Sunday, April 7th, Stone Soup will be prepared in the Cauldron at the Community Kitchen. The story of Stone Soup will be read at 1pm and 3pm.

http://www.theladle.org/food-pantry.html

Don't forget to register for our Spring Garden Seminar by March 16!For more information or to register, contact Sandy Ca...
03/13/2019

Don't forget to register for our Spring Garden Seminar by March 16!

For more information or to register, contact Sandy Carroll at 724-266-4500 x 120

https://bit.ly/2Ul0rWy

During our Opening Weekend, bring in a donation for the food pantry and receive FREE admission! Donations support The La...
03/11/2019

During our Opening Weekend, bring in a donation for the food pantry and receive FREE admission! Donations support The Ladle and the Hearth, Ambridge Soup Kitchen and Pantry! Please visit their website to find out what the most needed items are. On Sunday, April 7th, Stone Soup will be prepared in the Cauldron at the Community Kitchen. The story of Stone Soup will be read at 1pm and 3pm.

http://www.theladle.org/food-pantry.html

This is the basket that will be made during our Introduction to Basket Weaving Class!The registration deadline for the c...
03/11/2019

This is the basket that will be made during our Introduction to Basket Weaving Class!

The registration deadline for the class is March 16! To register, please contact David Miller at [email protected] or (724) 266-4500 x 110. Space is limited, so register soon!

Sewickley Herald
03/08/2019
Sewickley Herald

Sewickley Herald

Want to learn to weave baskets? Interested in silk reeling? Old Economy Village will conduct two free classes this month.

We are looking for some Site Representatives to help out during weddings! You will be paid for your time. If you are int...
02/28/2019

We are looking for some Site Representatives to help out during weddings! You will be paid for your time. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Sandy Carroll at 724-266-4500 ext. 120

Cynthia Pagesh is a Beaver County Master Gardener volunteer, working projects in the garden at Old Economy Village since...
02/25/2019

Cynthia Pagesh is a Beaver County Master Gardener volunteer, working projects in the garden at Old Economy Village since 2012. She is also the Herbarium Assistant at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She will be talking about the herb of the year.

She graduated with honors from the Bidwell Training Center Horticulture Technology Program and is an award recipient of National Wildlife Foundation and Pollinator Project in America for wildlife habitat design and installation. She is a member of The Herb Society of America and the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association.

She is surprised and compelled by her plant activities and discoveries nearly every single day. She has adopted the motto, “Aspire to grow, together.”

Introducing another speaker for our Spring Garden Seminar, Peter Lowe. Peter is the Director of Landscape Operations at ...
02/21/2019

Introducing another speaker for our Spring Garden Seminar, Peter Lowe. Peter is the Director of Landscape Operations at The Dawes Arboretum. He will be speaking both March 29 and March 30. His keynote speech at the reception on Friday night will discuss Dawes Arboretum and the influence public gardens have on garden trends while, his Saturday presentation will focus on native alternatives to invasive plants.

As the Director of Landscape Operations, Peter leads the management of both collection and display areas by safety, utilizes the horticultural best practices, and much more.

Peter holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, where he majored in Landscape Horticulture, focusing on design and construction. During his time at The Ohio State University, he participated in a study abroad at Myerscough College in Preston, England concentrating on the estate gardens and landscape styles of a variety of famous landscape designers including Gertrude Jeykll. Peter has also been a member of the American Public Garden Association since 2008.

Peter resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Michelle, an elementary school teacher, and their daughter Ella. He is an avid sportsman and enjoys playing and watching soccer, swimming, biking and running. As an enthusiastic outdoorsman he loves camping, fishing, canoeing, and hiking with his family. He very much appreciates culture and regularly explores art museums, attends the theatre, and travels the globe.

The Spring Garden Seminar is March 29-30. Register by March 16!

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270 16th St
Ambridge, PA
15003

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Historic Site is CLOSED January 1 to March 31

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