Events

Jul 4 Sat
Closed for Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day

Old Economy Village will be closed for Independence Day in observance of the State holiday on July 3rd and the actual holiday on July 4th.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Niagara Open for Tours
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jul 11 Sat
Meet the Gardeners @ Old Economy Village
Jul 11 all-day

Mandy Working in the garden Old_Economy_Village Pat watering plants

 

 

 

 

 

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 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 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.

Jul 16 Thu
FOEV Members Social @ Old Economy Village
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join in the camaraderie with other members of the Friends of Old Economy Village.  Find out what’s new at the village and museum.  Learn new things from a different presenter every month.

Third Thursday of every month, 7 PM – 8 PM

Jul 18 Sat
The Fabric of Their Lives: Textiles @ Old Economy Village
Jul 18 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 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 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

Click here for our Business Membership

Jul 20 Mon
Summer Camp @ Old Economy Village
Jul 20 – Friday all-day

Happy Ways of Olden Days:

Learning 19th  Century Life Through a Child’s Eyes

 

Children will learn about 19th  century life through art, crafts and music.

Attendees will:

  • Bake bread in an outdoor oven and churn butter;
  • Draw a flower from the garden and then paint it in watercolor;
  • See examples of original Harmonist artwork;
  • Card wool and use a drop spindle;
  • Visit  the Natural History Museum to learn about butterflies and make a butterfly kite;
  • Make a song book and learn the song “Simple Gifts”; and,
  • Learn about how the Shakers and Harmonists interacted with each other.

There are two weeks of summer camp to choose from, either July 20 to July 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or July 27 to July 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost is  $40 for FOEV members, each additional child will be  $35 and  $50 for non-members, each additional child will be  $45

Registration due by July 1, 2015

Download a summer camp brochure including registration form and send it to Old Economy Village Summer Camp, 270 Sixteenth Street, Ambridge, PA 15003.  For questions, please contact David Miller at davmiller@pa.gov  or call 724-266-4500 ext.110.

See the information for the second week of summer camp.

Jul 25 Sat
Focus on Decorative Arts @ Old Economy Village
Jul 25 all-day

 

 

 

 

 

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 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 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

1940s Weekend @ Eckley Miners' Village Museum
10:00 am – Sunday @ 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 25 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 26 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Experience an overview of the WWII era in a coal mining town setting-
Visit Allied and Axis forces as they take up camp at Eckley for the weekend, see military vehicles and antique cars, civilian life on the home front, enjoy music of the Big Band era, food, vendors and so much more.
New, interested re-enactors are asked to contact eckleymuseum@gmail.com for more information. Registration forms are available here.
This event is held in conjunction with the 4th Annual 1940s Swing Dance in the Freeland Public Park Pavilion – July 25 at 6 p.m.

Fourth Annual 1940s Swing Dance @ Freeland Public Park Pavilion
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 25th from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Grab your dancing shoes, and make plans to cut a rug at the historic Freeland Public Park Pavilion for Eckley’s 4th Annual 1940s Swing Dance!

 
Enjoy music by the Hazleton Philharmonic Big Band Sound, with special performances by The Blue Notes – it’s sure to be a swingin’ time!
 
Dance Admission:
$10 regular
$8 for those wearing 1940s attire/uniform
No ticket pre-sales.
All veterans in attendance will be recognized.
Concessions will be sold.
This swing dance is held in conjunction with Eckley’s 1940s Weekend event, held Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th at the Eckley Museum.

Jul 27 Mon
Summer Camp @ Old Economy Village
Jul 27 – Friday all-day

Happy Ways of Olden Days:

Learning 19th  Century Life Through a Child’s Eyes

 

Children will learn about 19th  century life through art, crafts and music.

Attendees will:

  • Bake bread in an outdoor oven and churn butter;
  • Draw a flower from the garden and then paint it in watercolor;
  • See examples of original Harmonist artwork;
  • Card wool and use a drop spindle;
  • Visit  the Natural History Museum to learn about butterflies and make a butterfly kite;
  • Make a song book and learn the song “Simple Gifts”; and,
  • Learn about how the Shakers and Harmonists interacted with each other.

There are two weeks of summer camp to choose from, either July 20 to July 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or July 27 to July 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost is  $40 for FOEV members, each additional child will be  $35 and  $50 for non-members, each additional child will be  $45

Registration due by July 1, 2015

Download a summer camp brochure including registration form and send it to Old Economy Village Summer Camp, 270 Sixteenth Street, Ambridge, PA 15003.  For questions, please contact David Miller at davmiller@pa.gov  or call 724-266-4500 ext.110.

See the information for the first week of summer camp.