West Overton Plans Day Trip to Antietam National Battlefield

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Antietam_National_Battlefield991Back by popular demand – another day trip sponsored by West Overton Village & Museums! This time the trip is on Tuesday, August 12 to Antietam National Battlefield.

The historic Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862 resulted in 23,000 soldiers that were killed, wounded or missing.

“This trip is kind of a kick-off of our September commemoration of the Civil War at West Overton. We have an exhibit coming from the Heinz History Center, reenactment encampments, a Civil War round table discussion and more...

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Wednesdays at West Overton – July 30

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BaileyOn Wednesday, July 30, 6-8 p.m., West Overton Village & Museums will celebrate the works of artist Barbara Bailey.

Bailey, a Connellsville native, is a self-taught pottery and clay jewelry designer. She started 20 years ago after being inspired by broken pieces of pottery that she found in sand dunes on a beach in Florida. She then purchased a kiln and started experimenting.

Bailey draws much of her artistic inspiration ancient art of Africa, natives of the Southwest “Hopi” and other indigenous groups.

Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.  There will also be live entertainment.

A $5 donation benefits West Overton Village and Museums.

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Legacy of Henry Overholt, Coverlet Weaver

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Holtz_Gallery_card_2014_frontOn June 20, 2014, the McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will host an opening reception that is free to the public to celebrate a new exhibit developed in conjunction with West Overton Village, The Legacy of Henry Overholt, Coverlet Weaver, Accompanied by Weavers from Westmoreland, Somerset, Bedford, and Washington Counties. The exhibit will run from June 20 to September 12, 2013.
The exhibit features the artistry of local coverlet weaver, Henry Overholt. Overholt is a cousin of the famed Henry Clay Frick, coke baron and business partner of Andrew Carnegie. Overholt wove coverlets in his waving shop that was located at West Overton Village. This exhibit will explore Overholt’s weaving and talk about the legacy of the Overholt family and their importance to the area...

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Yoga Mondays!

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Yoga MondaysStart your week off right with Yoga Mondays beginning July 7.  A one hour relaxing yoga class in the beautiful garden setting of West Overton (or in a historic rustic chic barn – depending on the weather).  Classes begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $10/person, per class.
Beginners are welcome.
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West Overton Celebrates Founder’s Day – June 21

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Homestead PhotoOn Saturday, June 21, West Overton Village & Museums will be celebrating their 86th anniversary.

Visitors to the village and museums on Founder’s Day will receive a free gift and be treated to cake and punch. There will also be scavenger hunts for both adults and children.

“Founder’s Day was established to be held the third Saturday in June in response to the wishes of Henry Clay Frick’s daughter Helen. It is our hope that families will come to West Overton and commemorate and celebrate this special day with us,” said Jessica Kadie Barclay, manager director, West Overton Village & Museums.

Hours of operation are Friday through Sunday, 12 noon – 5 p.m., or by appointment.  Admission is $8.

West Overton Village is listed on the National Register as an historic district and is on...

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