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Old Economy Village
Ranked #1 of 6 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 26 April 2014 via mobile

We looked this up on TripAdvisor and was surprised with the history. We went on a Saturday at 1 and was not crowded at all. The garden was just blooming and my husband loved the wine cellar part of the tour. I loved some of the hands on activities that were directed towards children and adults. We will definitely be going again.

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Reviewed 8 December 2013

Hidden within a town that has fallen on hard times following the collapse of the steel industry there lies an historical landmark on par with Williamsburg, if not much smaller. The quality of the displays and the preservation of the structures if first rate. The window this village provides into the lives of the Economists, their culture and lifestyle, is compelling. Go see it and support their iefforts.

2  Thank Millionmiles2013
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

This village/museum is an interesting piece of history and the freedom this group sought to live their lives practicing their beliefs is so American. It is a wonderful history lesson, enterprising, hardworking, faith driven people creating all that they did is awesome. Be sure to watch the film before your tour and yes take the tour! The dressed in period clothing woman, Elaine had a good knowledge of the workings of this place. I want to go back to the church across the street and get a tour by the pastor. Such a progressive society and enlightened regarding education and natural science. Loved the Wine cellar, communal kitchen, music room and the houses. I'm bringing all my guests to PA here!

3  Thank 59galtraveler
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

I went here on a whim because Kennywood was closed. I love living history museums and this one is no exception. It was quiet the day I went and my companion and I had our own private tour. The guide was in period clothing and was knowledgable about the place and the people that lived there. She answered all of our questions and gave us time to peruse each building. This place has an interesting history and many things to see. There was even fruit in the garden that we were allowed to eat. The gift shop had nice souvenirs too.

2  Thank bjoy4131
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

I visited Old Economy Village with friends and family and the young boys were delighted with most of the village grounds, but they were a bit too young to appreciate the full historical accuracy and representation of the era. A must see for adults who enjoy reliving the past and learning about religious sects and their economics during the 1800's.

2  Thank Marigatta
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