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“Really stepped up their game!”

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 28 June 2018

They have really stepped up their game since the last time we were there. There is a new Visitor Center with two rooms of exhibits, a model layout of the original city plan, a movie room, and a museum store. The docents seemed much more knowledgeable this time and there seemed to be more Harmonist furniture and artifacts than before. The gardens were beautiful, although the rest of the grounds needed some work. There also seemed to be more buildings open to the public this time. They are preparing for their bicentennial (in a few years) so a few areas are blocked off. We were there @ 4.5 hours and didn't get to see (and read) everything. With Senior and Kids discounts, it was well worth the price of admission.

Thank Mike G
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Upon driving up I was a little skeptical at al the photos I had seen, a nice parking lot that led to a newer building. When you enter there is a gift shop, 2 small displays and a video...you then walk 2 blocks tot he actual village. The walk was nicely marked and it was a beautiful day so that worked out well. We may have been a bit early in the season, so some things were open and there were some guides but it was mostly a self guided tour. Very interesting to look at though.

Thank Jennifer L
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

I have been here several times, but the latest trip was to take our four kids (ages 16-10) for a Cyber school field trip. We started out with a tour guide dressed in period clothing. He introduced us to the village at the visitors center and took us to the entrance to the village. After that we split up into smaller groups and went at our own pace to tour the different houses and areas. The highlight for our kids were the blacksmith barn, which had two talented local craftsman showing us the art of blacksmith while discussing the history. They were entertaining yet informative. All the VOLUNTEERS were very knowledgeable in the areas they were stationed. They cared about the kids and wanted to make sure their interest was kept. A lot of them had been in some sort of education in the past. And they were all passionate about Old Economy and the history that was told about Beaver County and the surrounding area. I highly recommend a visit.

Thank PAFamily97
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Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

I had never heard of this German commune prior to visiting but I’m glad I got the opportunity to get a tour. The docents were equipped with a wealth of knowledge so I would highly recommend a tour over just walking around.

Thank sazm42
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

If you're into recreations and local history, go for it. Otherwise, I would rather watch paint dry. Not a good place for kids or school field trips as kids get bored quickly watching actor churn butter or paint barn, so you will literally watch paint dry.

Thank BBBLUNA
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