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“Beautiful setting... rather strange history”

Old Economy Village
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Ambridge
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed May 20, 2017

We visited Old Economy Village for their children's day activities this spring. I've always seen the signs along the highway and wondered what the place was about. It does have beautiful gardens and can give you 1800s history (candle dipping, writing with a quill pen, etc.), but the religious communism aspect of the place is a bit distracting. We stumbled into a docent led tour of Father Rapp's house. The docent was awesome. The house was pretty average. The stories about Father Rapp's theology, etc. were very weird. Personally I'd rather visit the Depreciation Lands Museum or Meadowcroft for a taste of the same era.

All volunteers we encountered were super friendly and everything well maintained.

Thank Joey R
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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

We visited the Old Economy Village on a beautiful Saturday morning in Spring. This is a very interesting story and many lessons to be learnt here. From the persecution of the Lutheran church in Germany this group of devout Christians found there way to this spot in Pennsylvania and built a better life for themselves, there only mistake being Celibacy! The visitor center gives you the history for the tour and is free. If you want to visit the buildings of these industrial group and have a tour the cost is $10.00 per person and well worth it. We took the tour and pleasantly we're the only 2 people so it was a personal tour and we got a lot out of it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we asked some tricky questions that she answered. She also had a deep knowledge of the area and history. We thoroughly enjoyed the buildings, the history and the das story of what happens when you don't bring children in to this world.

Thank KMW007
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Reviewed February 16, 2017

Old Economy Village has a great welcome center that was built in the last 10 years. The tours of The Village are very informative and interesting for the whole family. The tour guides/dosins actually dress in period costume. We love it here; in fact one of our daughters had her wedding in the gardens 20 years ago.

Thank Doug L
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

Very unique historical and religious settlement from the 18th century on the Ohio River. Tour the maintained buildings were the Harmony Society lived and prospered acquiring much wealth. Beautiful gardens. Very special place to visit and get married!!!

Thank Mary B
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Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

We're traveling across the US for four months. The Old Economy Village has been one of our favorite stops yet. Sandy us an excellent docent. She spent lots of time answering our questions. LOVED IT!

Thank Susan O
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