A major edition to Old Economy this year is the redevelopment of the Blacksmiths Shop. Over the winter months the entire interpretive area has been reworked. A new double forge has been created so that multiple blacksmiths can be demonstrating at one time. Additional visitor space is also available inside the shop. This project was made possible thanks to a generous anonymous gift, support from the Pittsburgh Area Artist-Blacksmiths Association, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania resources. Volunteer labor was also a key part of the project.
Visitors to Old Economy Village on Saturday and Sunday will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for two family memberships to the Friends of Old Economy Village. Each membership provides admission to OEV, a 10% discount in The Harmonist Rose Museum Store, discounts on summer camps and FOEV programs, and a quarterly newsletter. These memberships were donated by Carol Yaster and William Levant.
A wide variety of programs and events have been planned for 2017 at Old Economy Village. For more information on these events, please visit oldeconomyvillage.org
Historic Railroad Lecture at Old Economy Village
Old Economy Village in Ambridge will have an historic railroad lecture in the Granary building (near 14th and Church Streets inside the Village) on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. David Aitken will talk on “The Little Saw Mill Run Railroad”. 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 from the mid-1840s to the mid-1950s.
David Aitken is a retired Railroad Yardmaster, researcher, volunteer and author. Forty years of interest resulted in David writing a book on this railroad. Copies of his book “The Little Saw Mill Run Railroad” will be for sale and there will be a book signing.
Want to attend?
This program is free of charge, but you must reserve a seat. Light refreshments will be provided. To reserve seats or if you have any questions please contact David Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 266-4500 x 110.