Scottdale Historical Society

Scottdale Historical Society We preserve and promote the history of the community of Scottdale, Pa. through community events and m Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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This group is the first step in preserving what was once one of the richest towns in America. Each distinctive building is woven into the history of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, an industrial town founded in 1874. Prior to 1874 Scottdale was named Fountain Mills.

Thank you to all of our hosts for opening their homes for the 2023 Christmas House Tour.  We hope everyone who came out ...
12/02/2023

Thank you to all of our hosts for opening their homes for the 2023 Christmas House Tour. We hope everyone who came out today enjoyed seeing inside these beautiful homes, and we thank you for supporting the Scottdale Historical Society at our annual fundraiser.

Here's a little sneak peek inside the historic Loucks House for today's Christmas House Tour. We also have a basket raff...
12/02/2023

Here's a little sneak peek inside the historic Loucks House for today's Christmas House Tour. We also have a basket raffle and items for sale for Scottdale's 150th Anniversary. Tickets are available online or cash sales at the door. Tour starts at 2p.m. and ends at 6p.m.

Wow! What an amazing turnout we had in participation for the Deck The Meters decorating contest!! There are 6 total cate...
12/02/2023

Wow! What an amazing turnout we had in participation for the Deck The Meters decorating contest!!

There are 6 total categories that the entries will be judged on. Our panel of judges have taken care of picking the winners for 5 of the categories but we need YOUR help with the 6th one, The People's Choice Award.

Below, you'll find pictures of all of the beautifully decorated meters.

To vote all you have to do is simply like the picture that you love best! The contest will run through next Saturday and the winner will be announced on Sunday.

Happy voting!! ❤️

**This will be shared to multiple groups as well as our FB page. The total number of votes from all pages/groups will be tallied together to find the winner.

*** Helpful Hints for the Christmas House Tour ***• Start the Tour at the Loucks Homestead, located at 527 North Chestnu...
12/01/2023

*** Helpful Hints for the Christmas House Tour ***

• Start the Tour at the Loucks Homestead, located at 527 North Chestnut Street.
• The Tour is self guided and homes will open at 2 p.m.
• Tickets are $20 each and can still be purchased the day of. If buying at the Loucks House, we accept cash only. Credit card sales can be made online by using the link below. Tickets prior to 2 p.m. can be purchased at The Stepping Stone Too
• Parking - At the Loucks House, please park along the streets as space is limited in our lot. For the home along West Pittsburgh Street, please follow directions to park at 1416 West Pittsburgh Street.
• If you are coming into town for the Start the Season Festivities, additional details on everything going on in and around town can be found on Scottdale's 150th Anniversary page.

https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/christmas-house-tour/

The Scottdale Christmas House Tour is just days away and we can't wait to see you!  The self-guided tour begins at the H...
11/30/2023

The Scottdale Christmas House Tour is just days away and we can't wait to see you! The self-guided tour begins at the Historic Loucks Homestead, located at 527 North Chestnut Street, where you will receive directions to the other stops on the tour.

Tickets are $20 each and are available online, a The Stepping Stone Too bookstore, or they can be purchased the day of at the Loucks House beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. In-person ticket sales are cash only.

The Federal style Loucks Homestead was built in 1835, and was remodeled in the 1880’s popular Victorian style. The home has maintained many of the original 1830’s architectural details and boasts many of the 1880’s embellishments. The home will feature its decorated parlors, an elaborate holiday village display and our summer kitchen and spring house will also be open to view inside.

https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/christmas-house-tour/

11/30/2023
Leading up to our  Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop ...
11/27/2023

Leading up to our Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop on the tour. Buy your tickets in advance online or at The Stepping Stone Too.

If you saw the inside of the former Scottdale Savings and Trust building during the Scottdale Fall Festival, you will want to come back and see the new display for the holiday season! Built in 1901 by the Kiester family the lobby was remodeled in 1930 and is now a time capsule featuring original bank archives, Scottdale history and family tributes. Holiday features include Christmas decor of trees and toys from various decades and the bank's memorable train display.

A kids' craft area will be hosted by the Jacobs Creek Watershed Association and the Kiwanis Club of Scottdale, PA will offer gift-wrapping.

To learn more about the tour or to purchase tickets, please visit our website https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/christmas-house-tour/

Leading up to our  Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop ...
11/26/2023

Leading up to our Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop on the tour. Buy your tickets in advance online or at The Stepping Stone Too.

Many of the architectural details are attributed to Wright's designs. His prairie style is seen in the exterior details of the lo-pitched roof, mix of masonry and wood and the horizontal spread of windows on the north side of this home. Interior details include the arched opening of the fireplace and interior finishes.

To learn more about the tour or to purchase tickets, please visit our website https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/christmas-house-tour/

Leading up to our  Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop ...
11/24/2023

Leading up to our Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop on the tour. Buy your tickets in advance online or at The Stepping Stone Too.

This circa 1955 home was built by Ray and Tottie (Kiester) Kiefer. Called "Dun Movin Two" was custom designed by the school of Wright's designs. The corner windows, a Wright feature, and full gable windows maximize great vistas. The living room's beamed cathedral ceiling easily handles the 12ft Christmas tree.

To learn more about the tour or to purchase tickets, please visit our website https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/christmas-house-tour/

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Scottdale Historical Society.As you gather with your family a...
11/23/2023

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Scottdale Historical Society.

As you gather with your family and friends this holiday season, we wanted to share this video from Whispers of the Past, on a Scottdale notable, Walter "Jack" Rollins.

Scottdale will be celebrating Jack and Frosty the Snowman during the Winter Light Celebration parade on Saturday, December 2.

Join us in town that day for all of the festivities with the Christmas House Tour and all of the other Start the Season in Scottdale events that are part of Scottdale's 150th Anniversary.

Walter "Jack" Rollins was born in West Overton, Pennsylvania but grew up in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. Rollins lived a tough life working for the circus and th...

Leading up to our  Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop ...
11/22/2023

Leading up to our Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop on the tour. Buy your tickets in advance online or at The Stepping Stone Too.

Built by the Kiester family, circa 1910, this home is a tribute to the Arts and Crafts style showcasing simple and elegant millwork and wood finishes. Some of the electric light shades are made by Tiffany. Engraved on the mantel is the slogan "Dun Movin" because the owner was done moving.

To learn more about the tour or to purchase tickets, please visit our website https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/christmas-house-tour/

Leading up to our  Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop ...
11/20/2023

Leading up to our Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2023 we want to give you a little preview of each stop on the tour. Buy your tickets in advance online or at The Stepping Stone Too

This magnificent Federal Style mansion, circa 1890, will feature a few of the 27 rooms and 13 fireplaces located within! The original millwork, grand staircase and stained glass windows are just a few of the period details of this home.

To learn more about the tour or to purchase tickets, please visit our website https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/christmas-house-tour/

The Scottdale Historical Society Christmas House Tour is just two weeks away, on Saturday, December 2 from 2-6 p.m.  Thi...
11/18/2023

The Scottdale Historical Society Christmas House Tour is just two weeks away, on Saturday, December 2 from 2-6 p.m. This is your opportunity to see inside five homes and a downtown building decorated for the holidays.

Tickets are on sale now online or you can purchase them at The Stepping Stone Too bookstore in town.

While in town, be sure to take part in all of the festivities as we Start the Season in Scottdale as part of the Scottdale's 150th Anniversary celebration!

For tickets and more information, visit our website.

The Scottdale Historical Society holds its annual Christmas House Tour in December and features homes in Scottdale, Pennsylvania decorated for the holidays.

You can check out all of the entries during our Christmas House Tour.  Tickets for the tour are on sale now! https://www...
11/08/2023

You can check out all of the entries during our Christmas House Tour. Tickets for the tour are on sale now! https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/christmas-house-tour/

Looking for a fun holiday activity with your family, friends or other organization? Our first "Deck the Meters" contest is taking place in the Scottdale Business District. Registration is open through Friday, November 17. Check out the additional details on the flier or on our website. https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/scottdale-150/150th-anniversary-events/

11/02/2023

Reminder of tonight's Speaker Series event at West Overton Museums featuring Mr. Jim Hyde at 7 p.m.

Jim will be presenting his research on Scottdale's Industrial History and how it made us one of the most prosperous towns in America for its size.

Mr. Hyde is an accomplished Scottdale historian on a variety of subjects and his love of history is instilled by two Southmoreland teachers, Mr. Bob Percy and Mr. Joe Hawk.

We look forward to seeing you tonight!

The Scottdale's 150th Anniversary Speaker Series continues this week with Jim Hyde on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. pre...
10/31/2023

The Scottdale's 150th Anniversary Speaker Series continues this week with Jim Hyde on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. presenting on Scottdale's Industrial History at West Overton Museums.

This presentation is a very thorough and well researched recap of Scottdale's industrial history that made it one of the most prosperous towns in America for its size. Jim will share where Scottdale ranked in relation to all other cities which will surprise and impress all.

For a complete list of upcoming speaker series events, please visit our website.
https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/scottdale-150/150th-anniversary-events/

A limited number of tickets remain for our 7:30 p.m. Shadows of Scottdale Tour tonight and we have opened up our 8 p.m. ...
10/27/2023

A limited number of tickets remain for our 7:30 p.m. Shadows of Scottdale Tour tonight and we have opened up our 8 p.m. tour for ticket sales. The weather is looking great for a walk around downtown this evening.

Tickets remain for our final day of tours on Saturday, October 28.

Get your tickets before it is too late and we hope to see you this weekend!

The Scottdale Historical Society is hosting scary walking tours of downtown Scottdale. Called “Shadows of Scottdale”, these tours are not ghost stories, but real, horrific events that happened in town.

This Friday & Saturday are the final nights for Shadows of Scottdale 2023. Get your tickets online before they sell out!...
10/25/2023

This Friday & Saturday are the final nights for Shadows of Scottdale 2023. Get your tickets online before they sell out! Tour times are at 7p.m., 7:30p.m. and 8 p.m. based on demand.

This year's tour includes new stories involving a mysterious death, murders at Central and Kifertown, explosions, curiosity, S-K-E-E and a classic tour favorite!

Tours will meet at Bad Rabbit Cafe and Roastery and will take approximately one hour.

https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/shadows-of-scottdale/

If you missed out on night one of Shadows of Scottdale, don't worry! There are a limited number of tickets remaining for...
10/21/2023

If you missed out on night one of Shadows of Scottdale, don't worry! There are a limited number of tickets remaining for our tours this evening and we'll continue to add more times for next weekend too!

We are keeping our fingers crossed 🤞 that the weather forecast changes to our favor tonight (we lucked out for the majority of our tour time last night) but bring the umbrella just in case.

https://www.scottdalehistoricalsociety.com/events-projects/upcoming-events/shadows-of-scottdale/

Don't let the weather forecast this weekend be the only thing that frightens you!  A limited number of tickets remain fo...
10/19/2023

Don't let the weather forecast this weekend be the only thing that frightens you! A limited number of tickets remain for our Friday and Saturday night Shadows of Scottdale tours. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

The Scottdale Historical Society is hosting scary walking tours of downtown Scottdale. Called “Shadows of Scottdale”, these tours are not ghost stories, but real, horrific events that happened in town.

Our annual Shadows of Scottdale tours start in two weeks!  Have you bought your tickets yet?This guided one-hour walking...
10/06/2023

Our annual Shadows of Scottdale tours start in two weeks! Have you bought your tickets yet?

This guided one-hour walking tour features historically accurate stories of tragic accidents, mysteries and more that happened in and around Scottdale.

Tickets and additional tour details are available online!

The Scottdale Historical Society is hosting scary walking tours of downtown Scottdale. Called “Shadows of Scottdale”, these tours are not ghost stories, but real, horrific events that happened in town.

During the Scottdale Fall Festival, Jim Hyde, a Southmoreland graduate and knowledgeable Scottdale historian, made a don...
09/21/2023

During the Scottdale Fall Festival, Jim Hyde, a Southmoreland graduate and knowledgeable Scottdale historian, made a donation to the Scottdale Historical Society of a display he built of Scottdale's professional baseball history.

The display includes memorabilia of the Scottdale Giants of the West Penn League shortly after the turn of the century, as well as the Scottdale Young Cardinals of the late twenties. Also included in the display are contracts, team photos, programs, autographs and much more.

The highlight of the display is a baseball bat used by the Young Cardinals at Scottdale Athletic Park. The bat was manufactured in St. Louis bu is embossed "Scottdale Baseball Club".

We thank Jim for his donation and the work he has done to preserve our baseball history.

09/21/2023

After a wonder weekend at the Scottdale Fall Festival, I think our group of volunteers finally had a chance to get some rest 😄

Words cannot express the amount of gratitude from the 150th Anniversary Committee for everything that was done to hold this successful community event.

A special thanks to the Kiefer family for allowing the 150th Anniversary Committee to use the former Scottdale Savings & Trust Building, sharing so many of the bank archives, their family memories and history, artifacts from the fallout shelter and so much more!

To the volunteers of the Festival Committee who organize and execute the event and to the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department, Jacobs Creek Watershed Association and Scottdale Borough Crews who took care of the cleanup and setup around the gazebo park, truly a job well done by all!

Thank you and we can't wait to see you at the next event!

Be sure to stop in this weekend and see what has been put on display during the Scottdale Fall Festival as we officially...
09/15/2023

Be sure to stop in this weekend and see what has been put on display during the Scottdale Fall Festival as we officially kick-off the celebration of Scottdale's 150th Anniversary

09/07/2023

Join our joint forces and help tidy up the town before the start of Fall Festival.

Scottdale's 150th anniversary committee and Jacob's Creek Watershed Association are teaming up to clean up and we need your help.

When? Sept 14th at 6pm.

Jacob's creek will be providing some supplies, but we strongly encourage bringing disposable gloves, trash bags, trash grabber sticks, and any personal refreshments you may want.

Our goal is to strengthen our community by bringing more people together and polishing up our already beautiful Scottdale. Please share and invite your friends and neighbors!

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527 N Chestnut Street
Scottdale, PA
15683

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