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Closed since December 2012, the historic George and Frederick Rapp Houses will be reopening to the public on November 8, 2014.  The $1.2 million capital project for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission through the Department of General Services to restore the interior of the Rapp Houses to the time period of 1828 until 1847 is reaching its completion. The restoration was based on a historic furnishings plan generously funded by the Richard C. Von Hess Foundation and developed by Gail Caskey Winkler, PhD, FASID.

With the support of the Von Hess Foundation, Old Economy Village has worked with Laura McCoy Designs, Inc. of Newport, New Hampshire and Adelphi Paper Hangings, LLC of Sharon Springs, New York to reproduce the historic wallpapers from the original documents that were found on the walls during the first restoration of the Rapp Houses that took place in the 1960s.

In addition to the wallpapers, the houses have received new window treatments and period-appropriate floor coverings from Langhorne Carpet Company of Penndell, PA, and Family Heirloom Weavers of Red Lion, PA. There has also been painting, plaster, and electrical work, as well as more significant architectural changes, including closing doorways between the houses that did not exist in the original drawings of the houses.

For more information, call (724) 266-4500




Old Economy Village was the home of the nineteenth century Christian communal group, the Harmony Society. Established in 1824, Economy was known worldwide for its piety and industrial prosperity.  Click Here to Learn More…

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