The Fabric of Their Lives: Textiles

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July 15, 2017 all-day
Old Economy Village
270 16th Street
Ambridge, PA 15003
$10 adults (12-64); $9 seniors (65+); $6 children (3-11); free for FOEV Members and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders
David Miller
724-266-4500, ext. 110







Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September. Today’s featured craft is textile production.  The Harmonists were known worldwide for the quality of their textiles and clothing until 1845 when they closed the cotton and woolen mills.  The Harmonists started the process of creating cloth from crossbreeding merino sheep from Spain with local Pennsylvania sheep.  When cotton became more readily available they purchased cotton from the southern plantations.  They used these raw materials and created the wool in their woolen and cotton mills.

The demonstrators will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds and focus solely on the trades and crafts they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

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