West Overton Museums

West Overton Museums Historic Distillery and Homestead 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.
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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.

Operating as usual

Here is a sneak peek at some of the vendors & items that will be sold at the Makers Market, this Saturday, May 8th. 👀Not...
05/05/2021

Here is a sneak peek at some of the vendors & items that will be sold at the Makers Market, this Saturday, May 8th. 👀

Not only is West Overton selling a variety of flowers & plants!

You can also expect perennial flowers, courtesy of Witt’s Nursery, along with succulents, tomato plants & perennial flowers, courtesy of Plants We Like. 🌸🌺🌼

WE HAVE PLANTS & FLOWERS! 😍Stop by our Makers Market event this Saturday, May 8th from 10-5 & buy something nice for mom...
05/05/2021

WE HAVE PLANTS & FLOWERS! 😍

Stop by our Makers Market event this Saturday, May 8th from 10-5 & buy something nice for mom for Mother’s Day! 💕

West Overton will have the following flowers for sale:
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- Hanging Baskets (12inch)
- Impatiens
- Petunias

We will also have the following vegetable plants for sale: 🍅🥒🍓
- Tomatoes
- Cucumbers
- Zucchini
- Yellow Squash
- Lettuce Mix
- Cabbage
- Strawberries

**We will have a LIMITED selection of flowers & plants.**

This year, flowers & plants will be sold under the front porch of the Overholt homestead.

We're finally back! After shopping at this year's Makers Market on Saturday, take a tour of the Overholt Homestead, WWII...
05/04/2021

We're finally back! After shopping at this year's Makers Market on Saturday, take a tour of the Overholt Homestead, WWII exhibit in the Museum, and the new West Overton Distilling Co. Our new hours are Thursday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. It's been awhile. Visit and see what's new.
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We're finally back! After shopping at this year's Makers Market on Saturday, take a tour of the Overholt Homestead, WWII exhibit in the Museum, and the new West Overton Distilling Co. Our new hours are Thursday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. It's been awhile. Visit and see what's new.
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Join our docent Doug and our friends at Jacobs Creek Watershed Association for a historical nature walk down to Alliance...
04/29/2021

Join our docent Doug and our friends at Jacobs Creek Watershed Association for a historical nature walk down to Alliance Furnace! May 13, 6-8pm. See JCWA for more info.

Join JCWA and @westovertonvillage for a historical nature walk on May 13th as we walk 1.25 miles (2.5 miles round trip) down to the Alliance Furnace which was the first iron furnace built west of the Allegheny Mountains.

A speaker from West Overton Museum will be joining us during our nature walk to speak about the Alliance Furnace and local history.

We will be walking a gravel path in scenic State Game Lands to reach the furnace and a beautiful section of Jacobs Creek.

Please note, this walk is not for the faint of heart as there are a few steep inclines along the way.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Wearing a mask and social distancing are also required during this event.

Pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alliance-furnace-nature-walk-tickets-152378110029?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

We’re still accepting vendor applications! Call 724-887-7910 today to sign up 📞
04/27/2021

We’re still accepting vendor applications!
Call 724-887-7910 today to sign up 📞

We’re still accepting vendor applications!
Call 724-887-7910 today to sign up 📞

Now Hiring Custodial Staff: 🧼 🧹 🧽 -evening & weekend cleanup of facility rental spaces-routine cleanup of office space
04/16/2021

Now Hiring Custodial Staff: 🧼 🧹 🧽

-evening & weekend cleanup of facility rental spaces
-routine cleanup of office space

Now Hiring Custodial Staff: 🧼 🧹 🧽

-evening & weekend cleanup of facility rental spaces
-routine cleanup of office space

Urgently Needed: Tour Guides! 10-6 Thursday & Friday availability preferred 🗓
04/16/2021

Urgently Needed: Tour Guides!
10-6 Thursday & Friday availability preferred 🗓

Calling all vendors!! 📞************************Are you an artisan, crafter, maker or creator? 🙂   Vendor spaces at West ...
04/09/2021

Calling all vendors!! 📞
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Are you an artisan, crafter, maker or creator? 🙂 Vendor spaces at West Overton’s 2021 Maker's Market are just $40.

Sign up here:https://www.westovertonvillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/May-Mart-Makers-Market-Application-2021.pdf

Calling all vendors!! 📞
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Are you an artisan, crafter, maker or creator? 🙂 Vendor spaces at West Overton’s 2021 Maker's Market are just $40.

Sign up here:https://www.westovertonvillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/May-Mart-Makers-Market-Application-2021.pdf

❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️Love is always in the air here at West Overton & wedding season is right around the corner! 💍
02/14/2021

❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️
Love is always in the air here at West Overton & wedding season is right around the corner! 💍

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃
11/26/2020

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

❤️🤍💙 Thank you for your service ❤️🤍💙
11/11/2020

❤️🤍💙 Thank you for your service ❤️🤍💙

11/02/2020

Tour season is almost over ☹️. Come take advantage of our last four days of operation!

We’re open for tours from 10am - 3pm:

-November 7th & 8th
-November 14th & 15th

As of November 16th, we’re closed for the 2020 season.
Thank you to all of our supporters!

We're SUPER happy to spend the word: The Cookie Cottage is now open! Come by and pick up delicious goodies (I can person...
10/17/2020

We're SUPER happy to spend the word:
The Cookie Cottage is now open! Come by and pick up delicious goodies (I can personally attest to the AH-MAZING Buckeye Balls - they're my fav!)
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Opening day is here! See everyone at 9am!

Free hot chocolate on this frosty morning, while supplies lasts.

Don't forget to enter in the drawing!

No matter the season... winter, spring, summer, fall. The village is always a beautiful sight to see! 🍁🍂
10/12/2020

No matter the season... winter, spring, summer, fall. The village is always a beautiful sight to see! 🍁🍂

10/07/2020

Dearest Friends and Supporters, the West Overton Museums Board of Directors has unanimously decided to cancel this year's Whiskey Smash and Holiday Market/Open House. This wasn't an easy decision to make. We look forward to bringing back these events better than ever in 2021. Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times.

So...ever wonder what's happening with the West Overton Distillery? What's going on there? What's the status?....Well! F...
09/02/2020
An Accidental Distiller

So...ever wonder what's happening with the West Overton Distillery? What's going on there? What's the status?....

Well! Follow along with us as our Accidental Distiller documents her journey to reviving Rye Whiskey at West Overton

🌱❤️🥰🥃 ->>>That's my attempt at emoji-ing "seed to sip" - I added the love in there to represent the crazy hard work (and LOVE) that distillers add to the mix every day

https://medium.com/@ally0C/an-accidental-distiller-b110c247ee04

Today I spent 12 hours creating a mash for Rye Whiskey. Maybe creating isn’t the right word. Mashing is a strange blend of cookery…

07/22/2020

We are frequently asked about the availability of Rye Whiskey tastings and sales at West Overton Distilling. Although we are nearly ready to launch our White Rye and an aged Rye Whiskey, the current pandemic guidelines won't allow us to have visitors in the distillery for the foreseeable future. Once restrictions have relaxed we will be sure to post business hours and distillery tour times here on our Facebook. The museum remains open and you can visit us there for a Pour Tour sticker Thurs - Monday, 10 - 3. Thanks for your patience

What’s in the box? 🤔 First person to guess correctly will receive $10 off any item valued at $20 or more in our giftshop...
07/20/2020

What’s in the box? 🤔
First person to guess correctly will receive $10 off any item valued at $20 or more in our giftshop!

We are excited to announce that we are opening for the season this Thursday, June 18. Because our World War II exhibit i...
06/16/2020

We are excited to announce that we are opening for the season this Thursday, June 18. Because our World War II exhibit is packed full of touchable, interactive opportunities, we’ve had to make some changes to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. We’ve committed to sanitizing touchable surfaces in the museum frequently and have placed hand sanitizing stations throughout the exhibit floor. Masks are recommended but not required.
Your experience in the historical house will remain the same, but we’re limiting tours to 8 people.
You can visit Thursday-Monday, 10am-3pm. Tours begin at 11, 12, 1, and 2.

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05/25/2020

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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! 🎄🎁

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109 W Overton Rd, POBox 3
Scottdale, PA
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Will there be a May Mart?
is May mart Makers market still on for Sat May 9th?????
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!