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The interior of the Rapp Houses were restored between 2013 and 2014.  The houses finally reopened for tours in November 2014.  Read more about the restoration in the blog posts that were written during the restoration.

By | 2022-09-13T10:28:43-04:00 January 13th, 2016|Rapp Houses Restoration|0 Comments

Open for Tours!

How exciting!  The Rapp Houses are finally open for tours once again.  Reviews are glowing!  Time to come out to Old Economy Village again and see the magnificent changes.  Just to give you a glimpse of what you might see, look at the pictures below.  But, we don't want to give too much away, because [...]

By | 2022-09-13T09:51:37-04:00 November 7th, 2014|Rapp Houses Restoration, Uncategorized|0 Comments


This past week saw all of the large furnishings moving into the Rapp Houses.  Brian Howard of Carlisle, PA and his crew did the hard moving job.  Also this week, White Marsh Interiors installed curtains and bed hangings in George and Frederick Rapp's bedrooms.  Thanks to Bert Laudenslager and David Sell for their beautiful work! [...]

By | 2022-09-13T09:55:50-04:00 October 27th, 2014|Rapp Houses Restoration|0 Comments

The Carpet is Beautiful!

This week four of six rooms and two staircases received carpeting.  The room carpets are facsimiles of original ingrain carpet from the Old Economy Village collection produced by the Langhorne Carpet Company of Penndel, Pennsylvania.  The stair carpets were woven by Family Heirloom Weavers of Red Lion, Pennsylvania.  Two more carpets are still at the [...]

By | 2022-09-13T09:56:43-04:00 October 17th, 2014|Rapp Houses Restoration|0 Comments

Artifacts are moving in

  The staff at Old Economy Village has recently begun to move the historical artifacts back into the Rapp Houses.  Packing and removal of artifacts began in the summer of 2012. The house was closed in December 2012 when the large artifacts were removed.  The curator has started with the small items, and the large [...]

By | 2022-09-13T09:57:21-04:00 October 10th, 2014|Rapp Houses Restoration|0 Comments

The wallpaper is done!

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but yes, the wallpaper is done!  The wallpaper reproduction project began in 2002, and now, 12 years later, we are proud to show off the results.  And I might add that what you are going to see is BEAUTIFUL, especially to those with an early 19th century eye (wink, [...]

By | 2022-09-13T09:58:17-04:00 October 2nd, 2014|Rapp Houses Restoration|0 Comments


Yes, the wallpaper is finally being hung in the Rapp Houses!  Everyone is so excited to see it, because we've waited and worked on this for YEARS!  We are still in the production phase for three wallpapers, so more will come probably in September.  But for now, take a peak at the new look of [...]

By | 2022-09-13T10:00:26-04:00 June 19th, 2014|Rapp Houses Restoration|1 Comment


It has been eight long weeks since the last post (sorry about that - I've been extremely busy putting together two exhibits: Two Centuries of Music at Economy and A Style of Their Own: Clothing and Textiles of the Harmony Society - two must-sees!)  An update about the Rapp Houses restoration is LONG overdue. The [...]

By | 2014-06-17T13:18:47-04:00 June 13th, 2014|Rapp Houses Restoration|0 Comments

The Plastering Is Done (for now)

It's a little bit of a slow time for photographs inside the Rapp Houses right now.  The plaster work is done for now.  We're looking at a little bit more plastering before this project is complete.  The painters are still painting inside the houses.  Carpentry and electrical work also continues. Old Economy Village will be [...]

By | 2022-09-13T10:01:01-04:00 April 17th, 2014|Rapp Houses Restoration|0 Comments