West Overton Museums

West Overton Museums Historic Distillery and Homestead
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West Overton is the only intact, pre-Civil War era Village in PA. The birthplace of coal and coke magnate, Henry Clay Frick, WO also features the historic Mennonite homestead of Abraham Overholt and the original distillery where Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey was produced. WO will begin distilling its original recipe again in the near future. The village is an homage to the period between 1800 and 1919 and delves into coverlet weaving and whiskey distillation. Hundreds of couples have said "I do" at our distinctive historic venue: brick barn, mansion lawn, gardens, and museum spaces.

We can sympathize with these coke workers at Hecla who were looking forward to "full employment for all, thicker bread a...
04/01/2020

We can sympathize with these coke workers at Hecla who were looking forward to "full employment for all, thicker bread and new clothing." Following the economic panic of 1907, many of Hecla's 700 coke ovens were shut down. In this article dated August 1908, miners and coke workers anxiously awaited the arrival of a new efficient engine that would allow them to light the majority of their ovens for the first time in 10 months. This article is another artifact from our digital collection. You can find more pieces like this at https://wovdighistory.psc.edu/

Although you can't visit right now, you can still enjoy our digital collection. Thanks to an ongoing digitization projec...
03/25/2020

Although you can't visit right now, you can still enjoy our digital collection. Thanks to an ongoing digitization project with University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg's history department, our archives are slowly being put online. Digitization limits how often we handle the artifacts so they survive longer, and it helps more people see and learn from them. Here's a highlight from the digital collection. It's an ad for Old Farm whiskey, produced by West Overton Distilling Co. in the early 1900s. You can see more digitized items at https://wovdighistory.psc.edu/items/browse

“Think of your children, your grandchildren, your friends down the road, who will ask you what was it like during that p...
03/20/2020
‘Write It Down’: Historian Suggests Keeping a Record of Life During Pandemic

“Think of your children, your grandchildren, your friends down the road, who will ask you what was it like during that pandemic – What was it called? Corona-something? You know, the one that was named after a Mexican beer … back then in 2020 or ’21. When was it?”

Not only is journaling an enriching writing exercise and therapeutic during these stressful days, but it also helps us record history. Usually the only reason we know something happened in the past is because someone bothered to write it down.

https://news.virginia.edu/content/write-it-down-historian-suggests-keeping-record-life-during-pandemic

Tico Braun offers many suggestions to create a record of what’s happening – for the sake of history and to be part of a different kind of community.

Some of your normal groceries might be in short supply these days, so you may be interested in how you can make your own...
03/19/2020

Some of your normal groceries might be in short supply these days, so you may be interested in how you can make your own goods at home. Well that's exactly what most folks had to do in the 1800s. This is a recipe for "Crock Cheese" from the diary of Karl Frick Overholt, great-grandson of Abraham and Maria. This was likely a family recipe passed down to him from his mother and is something folks at West Overton enjoyed in the 19th century. Although we don't necessarily recommend trying to make it, let us know if you do!

To save you from trying to read his handwriting, here is a transcription:

Crock Cheese
Put thick milk in a large pot. Heat and remove curds with skimmer. Put same in cheese cloth + drain dry. Then place same in crock + rub by hand the cheese inside the cloth.

Then place in flat 1/2 gallon crock, tying a cloth over the top of the crock and placing in a warm place.

Stir each day. After 3 days or more when it commences to have an odor, put butter in a skillet on the stove + place cheese in it, with a little salt sprinkled over the cheese and with half a cup of cream added.

Then heat until all dissolved and smooth, then place in a crock to cool.

The last few days might have you wondering, what on earth did people do before toilet paper was invented? People have be...
03/14/2020

The last few days might have you wondering, what on earth did people do before toilet paper was invented? People have been...going long before the luxury’s invention in the late 1800s.

The Chinese were the first to use a form of paper, as early as the 6th century. But it took a long time to catch on everywhere else. The ancient Romans used a communal sponge on a stick; the Greeks used stones or pieces of clay; sailors used a rope that was left hanging in the ocean until it was needed; in colder climates, a clump of snow was the go-to for number 2.

What about in the US? Well, folks at West Overton and other rural areas likely used what they had on hand: corn cobs, newspapers and magazines, sticks and leaves, and even their hand. Even into the 1900s, especially during the Great Depression, the Sears Roebuck Catalogue and Farmers’ Almanac were commonly used.

Among the first commercially produced toilet paper was Gayetty’s Medicated Paper. Introduced in the mid 1850s, Joseph C. Gayetty marketed his new product as a convenient luxury that could help prevent and cure diseases and deodorize the water closet, and he warned consumers of the dyes and poisons in printed paper. As convenient as the new paper was, Americans didn’t get their first splinter-free paper until the 1930s.

So even if you can’t get Charmin right now, you have options. But whatever you use, just wash your hands.

Are you an artisan, crafter, maker or creator? 😊Vendor spaces at West Overton’s 2020 Maymart & Maker's Market are just $...
03/12/2020

Are you an artisan, crafter, maker or creator? 😊Vendor spaces at West Overton’s 2020 Maymart & Maker's Market are just $40.
Sign up now at westovertonvillage.org/vendor

Now scheduling interviews with smiling faces! 😊Are you dedicated & inspired to do good for our community? We’re looking ...
03/10/2020

Now scheduling interviews with smiling faces! 😊
Are you dedicated & inspired to do good for our community?
We’re looking for your resume! 📝
➖ Monday & Friday availability preferred ➖
For more info, visit:
www.WestOvertonVillage.org/jobs/

“Do you still have that two-headed calf?” Yes, we do! Stillborn in 1922, Jasper is our most famous artifact and he (they...
03/10/2020

“Do you still have that two-headed calf?” Yes, we do! Stillborn in 1922, Jasper is our most famous artifact and he (they?) has been watching over the museum as long as anyone can remember. He needed a little work to keep looking good (he is 98 after all), so thanks to Hutch's Taxidermy, he will live on for the next generation of visitors to appreciate. If you love Jasper as much as we do, you can now get your very own t-shirt or pin in the museum gift shop!

If you are excited to visit our new educational distillery, Wake up West Overton! is your first chance. On Saturday, Mar...
03/05/2020

If you are excited to visit our new educational distillery, Wake up West Overton! is your first chance. On Saturday, March 28, 5-8:30pm, you can see new additions to the WWII exhibit in the museum and then take a tour of the distillery. Experience how we make whiskey, and sample some of the first whiskey made at West Overton in 100 years!

Happy National Bootlegger's Day! 100 years ago today was the first day of Prohibition in the United States. After Januar...
01/17/2020

Happy National Bootlegger's Day! 100 years ago today was the first day of Prohibition in the United States. After January 17, 1920, many Americans who wanted to drink relied on bootleggers who illegally transported booze. The date also marked the end for the distillery at West Overton and distilleries all over the US. This photo is of the Gibson distillery and the town of Gibsonton Mills, near Monessen and Belle Vernon. In the late 1800s, this distillery was one of the largest rye whiskey distilleries in the world.

Happy New Year! 🥂🥳
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! 🥂🥳

Happy Holidays from West Overton! 🎄🎁
12/25/2019

Happy Holidays from West Overton! 🎄🎁

If you need assistance, please call our office at 724-887-7910 ❄️⛄️❄️
12/23/2019

If you need assistance, please call our office at 724-887-7910

❄️⛄️❄️

12/17/2019

Do you know anyone with the name Jim Laton or Jason Sheppard? They attended our Whiskey Smash in November. We’ve been trying to reach them because they both won a basket from our basket raffle! ☺️ Please have them call us at 724-887-7910.

Let’s make 2020 even better! ☺️
12/10/2019

Let’s make 2020 even better! ☺️

Special thanks to the following businesses who sponsored our Holiday event over the weekend: Duraloy Technologies, Figg ...
12/09/2019

Special thanks to the following businesses who sponsored our Holiday event over the weekend: Duraloy Technologies, Figg & Associates & Graft-Jacquillard Funeral & Cremation Services. 😊

It was our best year yet! ❤️💚

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 What’re you thankful for?
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 What’re you thankful for?

Have a safe and happy holiday! 🍂🧡
11/27/2019

Have a safe and happy holiday! 🍂🧡

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/scottdale-house-tour-west-overton-holiday-market-to-get-you-in-the-spirit/
11/27/2019
Scottdale house tour, West Overton holiday market to get you in the spirit

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/scottdale-house-tour-west-overton-holiday-market-to-get-you-in-the-spirit/

Area residents and visitors will have several upcoming opportunities to enjoy the holiday season in the Scottdale area. The West Overton Village and Museums hosts its annual free Homestead Holiday Open House and Market and the Scottdale Historical Society holds its annual Christmas House Tour, both....

We are happy donate the Overholt Room for 2019 Toys for Tots sign ups. Please see below for Scottdale info and contact w...
11/19/2019
Westmoreland County US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots

We are happy donate the Overholt Room for 2019 Toys for Tots sign ups. Please see below for Scottdale info and contact [email protected] with any questions.

West Overton Museum in The Overholt Room
109 W. Overton Rd Scottdale
Wednesday November 20th - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday December 3rd - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You may only sign-up at 1 location (If you sign-up at more than one you will only receive toys at one location)

THE ELIGIBILTY GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS: (READ THROUGH CAREFULLY THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CHANGES)
MUST HAVE ALL INFORMATION BELOW TO SIGN UP!

§ MUST BE RECEIVING SOME TYPE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (ACCESS, CHIP, MEDICAL, ETC.)

§ ID REQUIRED AND MUST MATCH ACCESS CARD

§ CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 0-12 YEARS OF AGE ARE ELIGIBLE.
(MUST HAVE BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR ALL CHILDREN!!!!!)

§ MUST HAVE CHILDS SOCIAL SECUITY CARD TO SIGN UP
(Either original or a copy or can use tax return form from SSN)

§ PHOTO COPIES OR PHONE PICTURE OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR SSN'S WILL BE ACCEPTED BUT MUST HAVE ID TO USE

Each Child can only be registered ONCE within the program!

PLEASE HAVE ALL INFORMATION WHEN YOU GO TO THE SIGN-UP LOCATION. IF YOU NEED A LETTER FROM THE SCHOOL, JUST CALL THEM AND THEY WILL GET IT FOR YOU OR CONTACT YOUR CASE WORKER TO GET VERIFICATION FROM THEM. A LETTER WILL ALSO DO IN THIS CASE.

West Overton Museum, SCOTTDALE is local to:
East Huntingdon Twp
Mt. Pleasant Boro
Mt. Pleasant Twp
Scottdale Boro
South Huntingdon Twp

2019 Signup dates, times, and locations!!!

There will be "NO" Last Chance Sign ups this year, Please make sure you make it to one of the locations below to signup for this year!!!

WESTMORELAND TOYS FOR TOTS SIGN-UP LOCATIONS

Greensburg Dates and Times
(Westmoreland Mall Upper Level Center Court)
Saturday November 23rd - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday November 24th - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday December 7th - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday December 8th - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Latrobe Dates and Times
(Latrobe American Legion, 1811 Ligonier St. Latrobe)
Saturday November 16th - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday November 17th - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday November 23rd - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday November 24th - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Irwin Dates and times
(Calvary Church Preschool - 8653 Pennsylvania Ave behind Kohls)
Saturday November 30th - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Preschool)
Sunday December 1st - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Preschool)
Saturday December 7th - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Preschool)
Sunday December 8th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Church Foyer)

Cook twp dates and times
(Cook twp. Community Center - Rt. 711 Stahlstown)
Saturday November 16th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday November 24th - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday December 11th - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Scottdale Dates and times
(West Overton Museum – 109 W. Overton Rd Scottdale)
Wednesday November 20th - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (in Overholt Room)
Tuesday December 3rd - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (in Overholt Room)

Trafford dates and times
(Christian Life Church - Rt. 130 across from Trafford B.Y. Park)
Sunday November 17th - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday November 30th - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Check Below to see where to sign-up and what information is needed to sign-up
This is just a guide if you would prefer a different location or closer to a different location you may go there
You may only sign-up at 1 of these locations (If you sign-up at more than one you will only receive toys at one location)

THE ELIGIBILTY GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS: (READ THROUGH CAREFULLY THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CHANGES ON WHATS REQUIRED)

ALSO IF YOU SHOW UP AND DO NOT HAVE ALL INFORMATION YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SIGN UP UNTIL YOU BRING EVERYTHING REQUIRED!

§ MUST BE RECEIVING SOME TYPE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (ACCESS, CHIP, MEDICAL, ETC.)

§ ID REQUIRED AND MUST MATCH ACCESS CARD

§ CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 0-12 YEARS OF AGE ARE ELIGIBLE.
(MUST HAVE BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR ALL CHILDREN!!!!!)

§ MUST HAVE CHILDS SOCIAL SECUITY CARD TO SIGN UP
(Either original or a copy or can use tax return form from SSN)

§ PHOTO COPIES OR PHONE PICTURE OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR SSN'S WILL BE ACCEPTED BUT MUST HAVE ID TO USE

Each Child can only be registered ONCE within the program!

INDIVIDUALS SIGNING UP CAN GET THEIR INFORMATION OFF THE "COMPASS" WEBSITE IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT

PLEASE HAVE ALL INFORMATION WHEN YOU GO TO THE SIGN-UP LOCATION. IF YOU NEED A LETTER FROM THE SCHOOL, JUST CALL THEM AND THEY WILL GET IT FOR YOU OR CONTACT YOUR CASE WORKER TO GET VERIFICATION FROM THEM. A LETTER WILL ALSO DO IN THIS CASE.

SIGN-UP LOCATION FOR CALVERY CHURCH, IRWIN
Irwin Boro
Manor Boro
North Huntingdon Twp
North Irwin Boro
Penn Twp
Sewickley Twp
Sutersville Boro

SIGN-UP LOCATION FOR CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH, TRAFFORD
Export Boro
Murrysville
Penn Twp
Trafford Boro
SIGN-UP LOCATION FOR COOK TWP COMMUNITY CENTER
Cook Twp
Donegal Boro
Donegal Twp
Ligonier Twp

SIGN-UP LOCATION FOR LATROBE
Bolivar
Derry Boro
Derry Twp
Fairfield Twp
Latrobe
Laurel Mountain Boro
Ligonier Boro
Ligonier Twp
Loyallhanna Twp
Mt. Pleasant Twp
New Alexandria
New Florence
Seward
St. Clair Twp
Unity Twp
Youngstown Boro


SIGN-UP LOCATION FOR WESTMORELAND MALL, GREENSBURG
Adamsburg Boro
Arona Boro
Delmont Boro
East Huntingdon Twp
Export Boro
City of Greensburg
Hempfield Twp
Hunker Boro
City of Jeannette
Madison Boro
Mt. Pleasant Boro
Mt. Pleasant Twp
Murrysville
New Stanton Boro
Penn Boro
Salem Twp
Sewickley Twp
South Greensburg Boro
Southwest Greensburg Boro
Sutersville Boro
Youngwood Boro


SIGN-UP LOCATION FOR West Overton Meseum, SCOTTDALE
East Huntingdon Twp
Mt. Pleasant Boro
Mt. Pleasant Twp
Scottdale Boro
South Huntingdon Twp

FOR SIGN-UP INFORMATION CHECK

tarentum-pa.toysfortots.org
Allegheny Twp
City of Arnold
Avonmore Boro
Bell Twp
East Vandergrift Boro
Hyde Park Boro
City of Lower Burrell
City of New Kensington
Oklahoma Boro
Upper Burrell Twp
Vandergrift Boro
Washington Twp
West Leechburg Boro


FOR SIGN-UP INFORMATION CHECK

donora-pa.toysfortots.org
City of Monessen
North Belle Vernon Boro
Rostraver Twp
Smithton Boro
West Newton Boro

FOR ANY OTHER AREA/COUNTY NOT LISTED CHECK

www.toysfortots.org

ANY QUESTIONS ON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED, PLEASE EMAIL US AT [email protected]

First snow of the season looks lovely this chilly morning ❄️❄️❄️ need a dram to warm up!
11/12/2019

First snow of the season looks lovely this chilly morning ❄️❄️❄️ need a dram to warm up!

Something exciting is coming to West Overton at this year's Whiskey Smash! Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of...
11/11/2019

Something exciting is coming to West Overton at this year's Whiskey Smash! Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of history! Tickets still available at westovertonvillage.org/smash5

Congratulations to our winner, Mike Davis! You won two general admission tickets to the Whiskey Smash 🥃. Please pm us wi...
11/04/2019

Congratulations to our winner, Mike Davis! You won two general admission tickets to the Whiskey Smash 🥃. Please pm us with your mailing address so we can send you your tickets! Special thanks to all participants. Be sure to watch for our next contest 😊.

Enter our drawing for a chance to win two general admission tickets to the Whiskey Smash! The same drawing will be on our Instagram page as well. You must follow these steps to enter:

🥃 LIKE & FOLLOW our page
🥃 LIKE & SHARE this post
🥃 TAG who you'd bring in the comments

This drawing will end on Friday, November 1st. The winner will be announced Monday, November 4th.

Good luck! 😃

A look at our lovely fall carpet of leaves before the high winds carry them away.
10/31/2019

A look at our lovely fall carpet of leaves before the high winds carry them away.

Awesome news about the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau #PourTour Thanks for the great write up Mary Pickels  Loving our...
10/25/2019
Pour Tour maps out Laurel Highlands’ craft beverage purveyors

Awesome news about the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau #PourTour Thanks for the great write up Mary Pickels Loving our region and the cool folks making it even more excellent! All Saints Brewing Company Greendance Winery

Invisible Man Brewing Bloom Brew Helltown Voodoo Brewery New Kensington Tall Pines Distillery LLC Country Hammer Moonshine Ridge Runner Distillery Bella Terra Vineyards Arrowhead Wine Cellars Winslow Winery Glades Pike Winery
Tattiebogle CiderWorks Laurel Highlands Meadery

West Overton Village and Museums in East Huntingdon anticipates reviving its own history by producing and selling whiskey by next year. Already, though, the historical site is a designated stop on the new Laurel Highlands Pour Tour, which offers free passports visitors can take to many of the region...

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Scottdale, PA
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Pup has been sighted on your property in the field behind the house/out building. Please contact the number on the flyer if you see her. She is very young and skittish so please do not chase. Thank you.
Can you list the results of the people’s choice award? Interested to see the # of votes for each distillery. Thanks.
Is PTL featuring you today?
You know I always share interesting things I find. Here is a pic I found on ebay of Atlantic City, but the cool part is look at the HUGE Old Overholt Sign! Pretty awesome, if I do say so!
Thank you for your pictures of Overholt descendants! Because of y'all we found are cousin Judi Overholt Smith, who lives near me in the Nashville Tennessee area and we were able to get together today on cousins day! And by chance my sister was out here as well! Fun day getting to know my cousin!
How's the whiskey business coming along? Curious! We're planning a cousin return this summer!!! Bringing even more! I hope! We're hoping for some of that new Rye ya'll are gonna make!
Took a walk around the village after last week's snow. Beautiful!
Hello! I’m glad I found you! During my genealogy research last night, I stumbled upon information that lead me to a website called karensbranches.com. I had Googled Andrew Dillon and distillery. Written in a brief family history that is in my possession, it mentioned that his name was written above a doorway on the distillery. So I started searching and ended up here! Andrew Dillon is a maternal 4th great grandfather. Just wondering if there is anymore information out there on Andrew and his family and how I might be able to get it. I live in Florida and won’t be making a trip up there anytime soon. 😕 any help you could give would be really appreciated!
Thought this might interest you. My sis, Bonnie Anderson, saw this on the news in MT. Of course, we wonder if any Old Overholt, Old Farm or Old Monangahela is there!!