The Village is celebrating its annual Hands-on History Weekend, May 6 and 7, with a variety of hands-on activities for young and old alike. Try your hand at weaving and silk reeling, use a wood plane or drill in the Cabinet Shop, dip candles, make rope, help with cooking and baking, write a letter and seal it with wax, and try your hand at printing on a printing press. Many demonstrators will be on hand to show you what life was like in Economy.
The 6th annual Garden Mart will also be held at Old Economy Village on Saturday May 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event, held in the OEV Garden, is free of charge. A wide variety of plants will be available for purchase from Old Economy. Additional vendors at the Garden Mart include: Enon Valley Garlic, Barbara Cox (plants and garden furniture), Laura Russell (beadweaving jewelry), Compliments of Sugar (goatsmilk soap), Young Living Essential Oils, LivLuvLaxher (soap, bath, & body products) , Brian Niedermeier (hand-carved wooden spoons), and Stangl’s Bakery.
Old Economy Village is a historic site of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The site preserves and presents the life, thought, and material culture of the Harmony Society, a highly successful and entrepreneurial 19th century religious community. Old Economy was the heart of the Harmony Society’s community of Economy from 1824 until the commune was dissolved in 1905. It is part of Ambridge’s Economy National Historic Landmark, and is among the region’s most important historic sites. 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.
For a complete schedule for these events and other activities at Old Economy Village visit oldeconomyvillage.org. or call (724) 266-4500.