quecreek mine rescue site

Complimentary Admission for up to four people

Location

140 Haupt Road 

Somerset, PA 15501

Phone

815-445-5090

Website

https://www.9for9.org

Hours

Monument for Life Memorial Park

Dawn to Dusk (weather permitting)

Educational Visitors Center

Daily; Scheduled tours recommended

Closed Winter

The Quecreek Mine Rescue took place in Somerset County, PA, when nine miners were trapped underground from July 24-28, 2002. It was caused by an accidental breach of a flooded neighboring mine, and was first reported by miners who had escaped from another part of the mine. 

Rescue operations started immediately and continued for four days, while the world anxiously watched the rescue efforts on television. Although there were complications that occurred during the rescue, all nine miners were eventually rescued after the four-day ordeal. Since then, books, songs, and documentaries have been written about the event.

Construction for a memorial park was begun in March, 2003 at the Dormel Farm field where the drilling rescue operations took place, and a Monument for Life is being built to honor rescue workers and to serve as a tribute to coal miners.  When completed, it will be a five-acre site that will contain a Welcome Center featuring information and artifacts from the rescue.  It is supported by donations to the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization.

An affiliate of the Heinz History Center, The Quecreek Mine Rescue Site works to educate visitors, preserve the site, and celebrate this inspirational story.

The David bradford house

Complimentary Admission for up to four people

Location

175 South Main Street 

Washington, PA 15301

Phone

724-222-3604

Website

http://www.bradfordhouse.org

Hours

April through November

11 AM to 3 PM Wednesday - Saturday

With advance notice, tours can be scheduled 7 days/week throughout the year.

Check website for special tours and events!

David Bradford was a successful lawyer, businessman and Deputy Attorney General of Washington County.  The construction on his house began in 1786 and was completed in 1788.  His home reflected his high social standing, not only because of its size but also because of its construction.  It was an architectural showpiece, especially for the time period, and its rustic surroundings. 

The Bradford family lived in the house from 1788 to 1794.  However, their residence was cut short because of David’s leadership role in the Whiskey Rebellion, which was an uprising of farmers and distillers in Western Pennsylvania who opposed a whiskey tax enacted by the federal government.  When 13,000 troops were sent to end the protest, David fled south to present-day Louisiana to avoid being arrested. 

Over the years, the house sustained much damage.  In 1959, the PA Historical and Museum Commission took control of the property and supervised a complete restoration of the home, a log kitchen building, and the Sign of Seven Stars tavern exhibit. 

In addition to tours of the house, many special tours and programs are offered during the year: 

· Taste of Tavern Tour

· School Tours

· Combination Tour with the LeMoyne House

· Weddings

· Boy Scout Workshops

· Outreach Programs

· Symposiums

· Whiskey Rebellion Dinner

An affiliate of the Heinz History Center, the David Bradford House enables visitors to witness and experience the architecture, events, and atmosphere of Western Pennsylvania during the 18th century.  

harmony museum & historic district

Complimentary Admission for up to four people

Location

218 Mercer Street

Harmony, PA 16037

Phone

724-452-7341

Website

http://harmonymuseum.org

Hours

1 PM to 4 PM Tuesday - Sunday

Other tour times by appointment.

Check website for special tours and events!

Harmony, PA was founded in 1804 by Johann Georg Rapp and his religious community.  Known as the Harmony Society or Harmonists, Rapp and his followers fled Germany in search of religious freedom.  There were about 400 Harmonists who lived communally.  They were very industrious and built a strong economy. However, as the group grew, they needed more land, so they sold the community to a Mennonite, Abraham Ziegler, and moved to Indiana.

  

One of the primary stops in Harmony is the Harmony Museum, which was built in 1809.  It tells the story of the Harmony Society, the Mennonites who came after them, and those who have contributed to the community since then.  The museum also features information on George Washington’s 1753 visit to the area and the Ball collection of 19th century sporting rifles.

 

In addition to the Harmony Museum, Historic Harmony Inc. owns seven other properties in the area, including a Mennonite log cabin from the early 1800’s and a Mennonite Church and graveyard.  A visitor strolling around this quaint village will discover additional historic buildings, some of which house current businesses.  The Harmony Historic District is Western Pennsylvania’s first National Landmark District.

 

Monthly events are also offered by the Harmony Museum, including Harmoniefest, their Quilt and Coverlet Exhibit, Winefest, the Herb and Garden Show, Sleepy Hollow, and the museum’s primary annual fundraiser, their German-style Christmas Market.

 

An affiliate of the Heinz History Center, the Harmony Museum and the entire Harmony Historic District has something for everyone, so come and immerse yourself in 250 years of Western Pennsylvania’s history.

Old economy village

Complimentary Admission for up to four people

Location

270 Sixteenth Street

Ambridge, PA 15003

Phone

724-266-4500

Website

http://oldeconomyvillage.org/

Hours

April 1 through December 31

10 AM to 5 PM Wednesday - Saturday

12 PM to 5 PM                           Sunday

Closed                   Monday & Tuesday

Closed Holidays

Check website for special tours and events!

Old Economy Village strives to preserve and present the life, thought and material culture of the Harmony Society, a 19th century religious community.  The Society, led by George Rapp, endeavored to create a utopia, inhabited by German Lutheran separatists.  At Economy they waited for the second coming of the Messiah.

 

The Village was organized and planned for efficiency, with the church and leaders’ houses in the center of town, which were surrounded by a store, post office, a Feast Hall, and several businesses.  The members’ houses were then built around those buildings.  Finally, at the edges of the community were the barns, stables, tannery, blacksmith shop, etc.

 

The community was economically successful and remained in operation for 100 years, from 1805-1905 by creating, adapting, and adopting the new technologies of their day.  They were involved in manufacturing wool, cotton and silk textiles, plus in the production of wine and beer.  In addition, they had financial investments in railroads, river travel, coal, oil, and timber.

 

Visitors of Old Economy Village can tour the Visitor Center, and many of the settlement’s buildings such as the Carriage House, Mechanics
Building, Wine Cellar, Store, Post Office, Baker House, Bake Oven, Community Kitchen, Cabinet Shop, Blacksmith Shop, and Granary.  In these buildings, visitors can observe artifacts on display and learn about the daily life of the Harmonists.

 

A variety of programs and speakers are offered, such as “Saturday Spotlights,” which includes The Art of Blacksmithing, 19th Century Food Ways, 19th Century Trades and Crafts, Woodworking and Children’s Games, Meet the Gardeners, and Textiles.  Check their website for the monthly schedule.  School tours are also offered for every age of student.

 

An affiliate of the Heinz History Center, Old Economy gives us a glimpse into this fascinating culture from the past.