Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village, Ambridge: Hours, Address, Old Economy Village Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Economy Village
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Old Economy Village is a gemstone site of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Old Economy Village interprets the history of the Harmony Society, a highly successful nineteenth century religious communal society, and preserves and interprets the unique material culture of the Society during its period of residence in Beaver County, Pennsylvania for citizens of and visitors to the Commonwealth. Old Economy Village was the heart of the Harmony Society's home from 1824 until the commune was dissolved in 1905. Old Economy Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with the Friends of Old Economy Village. It is part of Ambridge's Old Economy National Historic District and is among the region's most important historic sites
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vtpittfan
Sarasota, FL54 contributions
Worth a Visit!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Arrived late and only had about 1 1/2 hours. We will definitely return. Our tour guide, Chris Fox, was excellent. Beautifully restored—a real treasure
Written November 1, 2021
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,119 contributions
Something out of nothing at all
Oct 2020 • Solo
I didn't see a museum when I came. If I would have, I might have stopped. I came on a Saturday, and everything was closed even the visitor's center - maybe because it's a COVID year. Yeah next one's too. I picked up a map and it showed where every historical place was located in town, but they were just old buildings that could have been in any old town. Glad I just decided to drive by them and not walk the town. I saw only one information panel and a mapboard the whole time. I picked up a map and went around but there was nothing to see. Just the old buildings most not even restored. I guess you got to really dig deep to get any information cuz the map didn't provide any. I don't know, I don't want to be rude or anything, but maybe it's just better to let this history fade away. Don't see any reason to keep it alive. Kept playing that song "Making Love out of Nothing at All" by Air Supply in my mind over and over while I was driving around. They tried to make something out of nothing here.
Written October 19, 2020
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madenuzzio
Ambridge, PA17 contributions
Wonderful for an event or tour
Jun 2019
I have been coming here for more than a decade as a neighbor, visitor and wedding vendor. It's wonderful to see a place so lovingly preserved by a dedicated team of volunteers and staff. The gardens are gorgeous, particularly in the spring and summer. It's a calm place to walk around, learn about a unique community and get a glimpse at a time not so long past. It's an outstanding place to hold an event, especially a wedding. There are few spots for an outdoor ceremony that rival it in Beaver County.
Written January 27, 2020
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John B
Panama, NY7 contributions
Wonderful facility
Dec 2019
Congrats to all the volunteers of this historical society. everything was well maintained and docents were fantasitic.
Written December 9, 2019
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DebraChester
Chester, UK57 contributions
A hidden gem
Jul 2019 • Couples
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 guides were well informed. The only thing missing was a tea shop for refreshments.
Written July 29, 2019
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PennHillsTraveller
Penn Hills, PA37 contributions
Early American history
Jul 2018 • Family
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.
Written June 15, 2019
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psptraveler
Palm Springs, CA17 contributions
Fascinating historic compound
May 2019 • Solo
Religious sects flourished in the early years of the U.S. This one was built by the Harmonist Society, a German Christian group that was sure the return of Christ was nigh. The Harmonists were very industrious, largely self-sufficient, and destined not to last because they believed in celebacy. The various buildings are well preserved and offer a glimpse into what life was like in Western Pennsylvania 200 years ago. Great for history buffs, schoolkids, and families.
Written May 8, 2019
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Ed h
Pittsburgh, PA16 contributions
What a great place to visit !!
Apr 2019
Wonderfull people to share our heritage and community !!
It's great to see and learn from our past!!
Make a day trip or weekend !!!
Written April 23, 2019
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Judy S
Arden, NC167 contributions
Prosperous communal village founded in 1820s
Apr 2019 • Couples
A leisurely visit through one of the first communal village founded in PA with religious freedom. The community provided all food, housing, education and medical care free of charge. They grew their own crops, made clothing from cotton, silk and merino wool, cobbled shoes, made wine, whiskey, beer, smithing, printing press and post office. Later getting involved with railroad systems of the area. The volunteer guides where well informed and friendly.
Written April 17, 2019
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ajayhawkfan
Kansas City, MO601 contributions
Been here a couple of times
Apr 2019 • Solo
The first time here I took the tour and greatly enjoyed it. My last visit the visitor center was closed so I couldn't take the tour again so I walked up and down every street enjoying the nice spring day and the historic architecture. A very pleasant day.
Written April 17, 2019
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Old Economy Village is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM