Old Economy Village: The Centennial of the First Site on the Pennsylvania Trails of History

One hundred years ago, on February 3, 1916, the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas, in an escheat case, awarded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 6 acres of land that had been part of the town of Economy. World War I was raging in Europe, and with the United States’ entrance in the war the following year, the state had little time or money to deal with a newly acquired historic site. In 1919 the...
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Bookshelf

Harmony in Wood: Furniture of the Harmony Society by Philip D. Zimmerman published by the Friends of Old Economy Village, 2010; 214 pages, cloth, $60.00 Creators of an immensely successful nineteenth-century utopian society, the Harmonists, led by George Rapp (1757–1847), emigrated from Germany and first settled Harmony in Butler County in 1804, moved west to Indiana ten years later where they...
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Ornate Looking Glass at Old Economy Village

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), observing “William Penn’s Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity” as its annual theme for 2011, has no paucity of objects, artifacts, documents, even buildings and structures, associated with a wide array of faiths. PHMC’s Old Economy Village in Ambridge, Beaver County, developed between 1824 and 1831, was home to the Harmony Society,...
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