Old Economy Village, Ambridge

#112 of 357 in Museums in Pennsylvania
Old Economy Village preserves and presents the life, thought, and material culture of the Harmony Society, a highly successful and entrepreneurial 19th century religious community. Old Economy Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Friends of Old Economy Village which is a non-profit community-based organization.

To view the historic 19th century village, you must purchase your ticket at the Visitor Center. Friends of Old Economy Village members and Ambridge Resident Pass holders must present their card at the Visitor Center. After watching the 13-minute video, guests may walk or drive 2 blocks to the historic site. Guests will begin their visit to the historic site by entering the Natural History Museum/Feast Hall. After touring this building, guests will enter the Village grounds and have a variety of options to tour the remainder of the Village. Several zones will provide mini-tours such as the Cobblestone Street Buildings or the George and Frederick Rapp Houses. Additional buildings, such as the Blacksmith Shop, Cabinet Shop, Community Kitchen, and Carriage House are set up as self-guided displays. Some of these may be staffed with a craft or trade demonstrator depending upon the day. Please check the calendar prior to your visit.
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  • I love to learn about the history of the places we visit. This community was certainly unique. The buildings have been well preserved and the story of the Harmony Society is a fascinating one. The gui...  more »
  • This is a very interesting place for those who study American history. Not so much a cool place for kids. A German Lutheran Commune around 1750-1850, fairly successful.  more »
  • My first visit. I loved it I want to go back again. Any history buffs would love this. Very educational. I love the garden area. It was a beautiful day for it. I highly recommend going here.
  • I love this place! A blast from the past! And these folks are so nice here. The last place that I went on this Earth with my mother was old economy last Christmas. I just went a week or two ago to take a beer brewing from scratch class there. They also offer other classes that have to do with older type technologies. If you are wondering if you should go or not just go. You will be glad you did

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