Events

July – September 2014

Jul 28 Mon
Interactive Summer Camp: With Heart, Hands And Harmony @ Old Economy Village
9:00 am – Friday @ 12:30 pm

Children ages 6-12 spend a week exploring Old Economy Village with volunteer artisans and demonstrators. Children will get a chance to try their hand at various trades and activities of the past, including soap making, candle making, baking in an outdoor bake oven, sculpting with clay, stenciling, tinsmithing, and lots more!

Times are 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM every day.

See the brochure and register.

Aug 2 Sat
Planes and Games: Woodworking and Children’s Games @ Old Economy Village Visitor Center
Aug 2 all-day

Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April thorugh 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 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 a.m., 11 a.m. , Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.  If people want to merely 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

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

Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April thorugh September.  Today from from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. textiles is the feature craft.  After your tour of the historic Village visit the weaver and learn learn how clothes were made.  Tours begin at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  Tour times are: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

The Harmonists were known worldwide for the quality of their textiles and clothing until 1845 when they closed the cotton and wool mills.  The Harmonists started the process of creating cloth from the a crossbred morino sheep from Spain with local Pennsylvania sheep.  When cotton became more readily available they purchased cotton from the souther plantations.  They used these raw materails and created the woold in their woolen and cotton mills.

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Aug 13 Wed
Lecture by Joe White @ Old Economy Village Visitor Center
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Check back for more information.

Aug 16 Sat
The Art of Blacksmithing @ Old Economy Village Visitor Center
Aug 16 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April thorugh September.  Blacksmithing is the theme today.  Come see a volunteer blacksmith toiling away at his forge.  He even be making the nails we sell in The Village Rose.  The demonstrator will be avilable 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 a.m., 11 a.m. , Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.  If people want to merely 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

Aug 22 Fri
River City Brass Concert @ Old Economy Village
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug 23 Sat
19th Century Food Ways: Breadbaking and Cooking @ Old Economy Village Visitor Center
Aug 23 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April thorugh September.  Today food is the theme.  Come see how the Harmonist prepared food in the Community Kitchen and the Bake Oven.  There may be home made bread and butter to try.  The demonstrator will be avilable 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 a.m., 11 a.m. , Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.  If people want to merely 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

Gertrude Rapp’s Birthday Party @ Old Economy Village
Aug 23 all-day

Come celebrate the birthday of Gertrude Rapp, the granddaughter of the founder of the Harmony Society.  Enjoy ice cream and ginger cookies.  There will be demonstrators and artisans throughout the Village.

Aug 30 Sat
Niceties and Necessities: 19th Trades and Crafts @ Old Economy Village Visitor Center
Aug 30 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April thorugh September.  Today a trade such broom making, basket weaving, printing etc…will be featured.  The demonstrator will be avilable 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 a.m., 11 a.m. , Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.  If people want to merely 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

The Harmony Society was known for their master crafts.  The master craftsmen wore a silk vest to denote his rank.  The Harmonists had cobblers, woodworkers, basket weavers, coopers, blacksmiths, and many others.

Sep 6 Sat
Meet the Gardeners @ Old Economy Village Visitor Center
Sep 6 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April thorugh September.  Today our volunteer gardeners are eager to show off the elegant 19th century garden.  They will be avilable 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 a.m., 11 a.m. , Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.  If people want to merely 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

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 Warrn Kinneer are the main volunteers from this group.  Pat used to be an employee and has maintained the Baker House garden since the 80s.