Old Economy Village

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Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village is part of Ambridge's National Historic Landmark District. "We entered Economy and our surprise grew," reported a visitor to the home of the religious and communal Harmony Society in 1831. Visitors today are just as surprised. The Harmonists, of German heritage, lived a lifestyle sharing their work and wealth. Their work ethic was evident in the remarkable successes in textile manufacturing, agriculture and investments in coal, oil, and railroads. Their legacy is found in their architecture, gardens, music and craftsmanship, as well as their gifts to charities in America and abroad.

Crafter and Demonstrators at Old Economy Village  Gertrude Rapp's Birthday Party   Old Economy Village gardens  

The site comprises 17 buildings furnished with thousands of original objects purchased or made by the Harmony Society, as well as historic gardens. The Society's 1827 Natural History Museum, large Feast Hall, and George Rapp's impressive house and formal garden are just a few of the site's many unique highlights. Tours begin at the Visitor Center and are provided by interpreters in Harmonist attire who bring the site to life.

ANNUAL PROGRAMS (Please visit our website here for more details regarding our programs):

March: Charter Day

May: Garden Mart/Spring Garden Workshop

Summer: Summer Camps and the first and third Saturday of the month are living history days.

July: Americanfest

August: Gertrude Rapp's Birthday

September: Autumnfest

December: Christmas Dinner and Christmas at the Village