Calendar of Events

Jan
1
Sun
2017
Closed for the Winter
Jan 1 – Mar 31 all-day

Old Economy Village is closed from January 1st until March 31st for regular tours.  The historical site and museum will re-open for normal hours on April 1, 2017.

Hours for April 1 to December 31:

Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m..

Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

See the tour schedules.  Please arrive 1/2 hour before tours begin.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Apr
1
Sat
2017
The Art of Blacksmithing @ Old Economy Village
Apr 1 – Apr 2 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  Blacksmithing is the theme today.  Come see a volunteer blacksmith hammering away at his forge.  He may even be making the nails we sell in The Village Rose store.  The demonstrator 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 blacksmithing 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, and Active Military

Click here for our Family Membership

Click here for our Business Membership

Opening Weekend
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Opening Weekend Festivities:

Opening of the new and improved blacksmith shop with demonstrations

BOGO admission for the first 50 families or groups to visit during the weekend

April Fool’s scavenger hunt

Zoar bicentennial exhibit in the Visitor Center classroom (Zoar Historic Village is a historic site in Ohio similar to Old Economy Village.)

April 1-2, 2017

Apr
2
Sun
2017
Opening Weekend
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Opening Weekend Festivities:

Opening of the new and improved blacksmith shop with demonstrations

BOGO admission for the first 50 families or groups to visit during the weekend

April Fool’s scavenger hunt

Zoar bicentennial exhibit in the Visitor Center classroom (Zoar Historic Village is a historic site in Ohio similar to Old Economy Village.)

April 1-2, 2017

Apr
5
Wed
2017
Lecture: Little Saw Mill Run Railroad @ Old Economy Village Granary
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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At the beginning of the 1850s Pittsburgh was on the verge of becoming the “Workshop of the World.”  The coal industry, the foundation of the area’s growth, needed to reach coal inland from the rivers. The Little Saw Mill Run Railroad’s three miles of track were not the first to wind between hills and run along and over creeks and streams to carry coal to market. However, to the folks living along its route, in the valleys of the Saw Mill and Little Saw Mill Runs, it was as important as any major trunk line hundreds of miles long.

Conceived by farmers and merchants, the Little Saw Mill Run Railroad was in large part financed and managed by the Harmony Society, a group of German Communist, Capitalist, and Celibate Christians. The life and times of the railroad and the residents of the valleys will be looked at in this talk, which covers approximately one hundred and ten years from the mid 1840s to the mid 1950s.

Operations on the Little Saw Mill Run Railroad’s 3.4 miles of track by its successors, the West Side Belt Railroad, and the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway will also be covered.

David Aitken will have copies of his book “The Little Saw Mill Run Railroad” for sale and to autograph.

Please reserve your seat by emailing or calling David Miller at (724) 266-4500, ext. 110.

About the speaker:

David Aitken is a retired Penn Central and Conrail Railroad Yardmaster who worked at many of the yards in the Pittsburgh area, but mainly at the Conway Yards. He is President of Beaver County N.A.M.I. (National Alliance on Mental Illness); an A.A.R.P. team leader in the nine counties of the northwest region where he teaches seniors safe driving practices. He is the past Vice- President of the Beaver -Lawrence Railway Historical Society, an organization dedicated to restoring the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad station at West Pittsburg. He is a member of many local historical societies and enjoys paddling on the Ohio River. He is a researcher and volunteer at Old Economy Village and is reported to have a striking resemblance to Belsnickel (the German helper of St. Nicholas), who can be seen around Christmastime at Old Economy Village. His 40 year interest and research of the Little Saw Mill Run Railroad has resulted in a new book on this Harmonist-owned railroad.

Apr
8
Sat
2017
19th Century Food Ways: Bread Baking and Cooking @ Old Economy Village
Apr 8 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  Today’s theme is food.  Come see how the Harmonists prepared food in the Community Kitchen and the Bake Oven.  There may be home-made bread and butter to try.  The demonstrator 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 foodways 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, and Active Military

Click here for our Family Membership

Click here for our Business Membership

Spring Garden Workshop @ Old Economy Village
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spring Garden WorkshopFour speakers: Doug Oster Home and Garden editor for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Karen Geiser from Lehman’s, Susan Parker, Penn State Master Gardener, and Dean Sylvester, OEV Historical Horticulturist.

Breakfast and lunch are provided. After-party with Doug Oster.  See the registration form for more information.

Garden Workshop 2017 Registration Form

Reservations required by March 31st.  Call Sandy Carroll at (724) 266-4500, ext. 120.

Major sponsors: Trib Total Media, Lehman’s, Avelli Corporation, Inches Nursery, Pitt Moss, Ambridge Do It Best

Also sponsored by: Janoski’s Farm & Greenhouse, McConnells’ Farm, Wholesale Mulch & GravelTribTotalMediaEverybodyGardens

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Apr
9
Sun
2017
Easter Egg Hunt @ Old Economy Village
Apr 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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New and Improved!

Children can hunt for Easter eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy a light snack in the Old Economy Village Feast Hall.

$5 per person if you register by March 31st. There will be admission at the gate the day of the event but it will be $7 person.

Limited to children ages 10 and under. Limit of twelve eggs per child.  Egg hunting begins anytime between 1:30 and 3:00 (i.e. there is no set start time this year).  Other activities end at 3:30.

Click here for  rules and guidelines

Reservations preferred.  Reserve your spot by March 31, 2017.

Sponsored by Anderson’s Candies, Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, Giant Eagle, and Shop ‘n Save.

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Grandpa Joes Candy Shop

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ShopnSave

 

Apr
15
Sat
2017
Niceties and Necessities: 19th Century Trades and Crafts @ Old Economy Village
Apr 15 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  The Harmony Society had cobblers, woodworkers, basket weavers, coopers, blacksmiths, and many others.  Today a trade such broom making, basket weaving, printing, or something else will be featured.  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, and Active Military

Click here for our Family Membership

Click here for our Business Membership

Apr
22
Sat
2017
Planes and Games: Woodworking and Children’s Games @ Old Economy Village
Apr 22 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  Today the original cabinet shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to demonstrate woodworking in the 19th century.  Children’s activities will also take place from 10 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 woodworking or the children’s activities 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, and Active Military

Click here for our Family Membership

Click here for our Business Membership