West Overton Announces Plans for 2015 – Whiskey Production, Festival

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West Overton Village & Museums announced today that they will open a distillery and tasting experience for Old Farm Pennsylvania Pure Rye, which was originally made in West Overton around 1810.

“In 1810, Abraham Overholt decided to take the family’s private distilling practices public. At the family’s homestead here in West Overton, he began to produce Old Farm Pennsylvania Pure Rye whiskey. He began producing about eight gallons a day. We look forward to showcasing this part of history,” said Jessica Kadie-Barclay, managing director, West Overton Village & Museums.

The goal is to make Old Farm Pennsylvania Pure Rye as it was made in 1810. The rye will be grown on the property and the whiskey will be distilled at West Overton.

“Our visitors will be able to taste and buy the whiskey rig...

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Parlor Talk – Local Author Richard Robbins

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Richard Robbins has been writing professionally since 1970, principally with the Tribune Review newspapers. His work has appeared in Focus magazine, Pennsylvania Heritage magazine, The New Castle News, Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine and the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal.
His book. “Grand Salute”, is a collection of stories about the World War II generation in Western Pennsylvania, including the Connellsville Canteen.
Light refreshments will be served. Donation: $5 per person
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Homestead Holiday

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FireplaceFireplaceGroup PhotoOn Sat., Dec. 6, come and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at the West Overton Village & Museums. From 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., travel back in time to a Victorian Christmas and explore the history of Christmas celebrations and décor.

There will be tours, live Christmas music, and hot drinks and homemade treats.

The Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School Showstoppers under the direction of Mr. Nick Bell will perform from 5-6 p.m.

Bring your Christmas list, the gift shop is offering a 20% discount on all purchases.

Admission is $5 per person and benefits West Overton Village & Museums. Those who present a ticket from the Scottdale or Mount Pleasant home tours will be admitted for just $4.

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West Overton Parlor Talk Features Letters from a Civil War Soldier – Nov. 9

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Marge BurkeLong before the times of telephones, iPhones and Facebook, people wrote letters when they were away from their friends and family.

During the Civil War, when a soldier wasn’t involved in a battle, he most likely took the time to write to his wife or sweetheart that he left behind. These letters often told a story of war and suffering or sometimes they could be sweet and poignant.

On Sunday, November 9, at 2 p.m., author Marge Burke will present a Parlor Talk at West Overton Village & Museums. In her book, “Letters to Mary”, Burke tells the story of Mary Crouch of Erie County, Pa. and her two young children – Charlie and Alice...

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Museum Hours

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West Overton is now open daily 12 noon – 5 p.m. until October 24, when the Distillery Museum will close for the season. The Homestead will remain open through April/May.  (Please be sure to call ahead for hours.)

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