AMBRIDGE, Pa. -- Old Economy Village will have a Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27.
Blacksmithing, tailoring, lace making, paper making, silk reeling, weaving and other activities, many of which were part of the daily life of Economy in the 1800s, will be featured. In addition, there will be German storytelling, as well as toy making and children's crafts.
Economy was built by the Harmonists, a German religious and communal society, in 1824. Members constructed houses, barns, a store and textile factories, maintained gardens and sustained a level of industriousness that made the society one of the most prosperous in the United States in the 19th century.
The Harmonists were among the first to construct a scientifically based Natural History Museum west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Natural History Museum was reopened in March 2002 as it looked more than 177 years ago, including a full-size elk, alligator and black bear. The museum will be open for the Family Festival.
In addition, there will be German and American foods for purchase. The Village Rose Museum store will feature educational and old-fashioned toys for children, as well as books, crafts and reproduction items of interest for adults. There will be an exhibit of dolls, "Little Ladies of the Past," in the store.
Admission for the all-day event is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 18, and free for children under age 3. Old Economy Village is at 14th and Church streets.