Calendar of Events

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

LSMRRRThe Little Saw Mill Run Railroad

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
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.

Andersons Candies
Grandpa Joes Candy Shop

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ShopnSave

 

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Meet the Gardeners @ Old Economy Village
Apr 29 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 our volunteer gardeners are eager to show off the elegant 19th century gardens.  They will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..  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.  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 gardening 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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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 used to be an Old Economy Village employee and has maintained the Baker House garden since the 1980s.

May
6
Sat
2017
Garden Mart @ Old Economy Village
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Old Economy Village greenhouseOld Economy Village will be selling heirloom varieties of plants raised in its greenhouse as part of the 6th Annual Garden Mart.  Other vendors will also be available to sell plants and garden-related items.

Free admission.

Enter through the gate closest to 13th Street on Church Street.

Concurrently, the Hands on History Days will be going on in the historic village from 10:00 until 2:00 for regular admission.

Hands-On History Days @ Old Economy Village
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Olivia's toysThis event brings history to life for visitors of all ages. Come try your hand at a variety of nineteenth century crafts, trades and games.

May 6-7, 2017

 

May
7
Sun
2017
Hands-On History Days @ Old Economy Village
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Olivia's toysThis event brings history to life for visitors of all ages. Come try your hand at a variety of nineteenth century crafts, trades and games.

May 6-7, 2017

 

May
13
Sat
2017
The Fabric of Their Lives: Textiles @ Old Economy Village
May 13 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 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

Click here for our Family Membership

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May
20
Sat
2017
Focus on Decorative Arts @ Old Economy Village
May 20 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 topic is the decorative arts.  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 today.

The interpreters 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 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

Click here for our Family Membership

Click here for our Business Membership

May
27
Sat
2017
Spotlight on Natural History @ Old Economy Village
May 27 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 topic is the 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.

The interpreters 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 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