Calendar of Events

Aug
26
Sat
2017
Planes and Games: Woodworking and Children’s Games @ Old Economy Village
Aug 26 all-day

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The original cabinet shop will be open to demonstrate woodworking in the 19th century.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society. 

Sep
2
Sat
2017
Meet the Gardeners @ Old Economy Village
Sep 2 all-day

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Our volunteer gardeners are eager to show off the elegant 19th century gardens.  These volunteers spend a rather large number of hours tending to the garden and will be available for questions and to give a brief tour of the garden. 

There is not just one garden at Old Economy Village but several.  The Beaver County Chapter of the Penn State Master Gardeners volunteers and maintains the 19th century Herb Garden.  They also maintain the Baker House garden.  Pat Leiphart and her husband Warren Kinneer are the main volunteers from this group.  Pat retired from Old Economy Village and has maintained the Baker House garden since the 1980s.

Sep
4
Mon
2017
Closed for Labor Day
Sep 4 all-day

Old Economy Village will be closed for Labor Day.

Sep
9
Sat
2017
The Fabric of Their Lives: Textiles @ Old Economy Village
Sep 9 all-day

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See the process of making textiles.  The Harmonists were known worldwide for their quality cloth.  They crossbred merino sheep from Spain with local sheep.  The Harmony Society purchased cotton from the south and raised silk worms to make silk fabrics.  The cotton and woolen mills closed about 1845, and the silk mill closed about 1855.

 

Sep
16
Sat
2017
Focus on Decorative Arts @ Old Economy Village
Sep 16 all-day

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Harmonists made their own furniture and bought some from the local area.  They also purchased artwork early in the 19th century.  See these and other decorative arts of the Harmony Society.

Sep
23
Sat
2017
Spotlight on Natural History @ Old Economy Village
Sep 23 all-day

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Come see the re-created Harmonist natural history museum.  Under the direction of Dr. Johann Christoph Muller, the Harmony Society operated a public museum from the mid-1820s until it closed in 1850.  It was the first of its kind west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Sep
30
Sat
2017
The Art of Blacksmithing @ Old Economy Village
Sep 30 all-day

Seth_Blacksmith_Old_Economy_VillageRandy_Blacksmithing_Old_Economy_VillageCome see a volunteer blacksmith hammering away at his forge.  He may even be making the nails and other items for sale in The Village Rose store. 

Historic Trades Workshop @ Old Economy Village
Sep 30 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Oct
7
Sat
2017
Erntedankfest: A Harvest Festival @ Old Economy Village
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

applesThis event celebrates the fall harvest and many of the tasks done to prepare for winter. Artisans will be cooking, baking and demonstrating many different crafts and skills. Music, food and activities for the whole family make this a great fall tradition!

October 7-8, 2017

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.

Oct
8
Sun
2017
Erntedankfest: A Harvest Festival @ Old Economy Village
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

applesThis event celebrates the fall harvest and many of the tasks done to prepare for winter. Artisans will be cooking, baking and demonstrating many different crafts and skills. Music, food and activities for the whole family make this a great fall tradition!

October 7-8, 2017

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.