Visit the Museum now open February – April.
Thursday: 12:00 – 6:00
Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 3:00
CLOSED: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving day, and Christmas day. Homestead tours to resume in late May 2019.
Adult $8; senior and military $7; student $5
Group with more than 10 visitors $6 each; advanced reservations required.
Touring West Overton Village & Museum
Step into the Distillery Museum, built in 1859, in which Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey was once produced to take in two World War II Exhibits!
What can you expect to see on exhibit?
From February 9- March 26, we are hosting the Heinz History Center’s traveling exhibit, We Can Do It: WWII, sponsored by Erie Insurance, The Eberly Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Visitors to the Heinz exhibit will learn about the development of the jeep, a uniquely American invention produced by the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, Pa., and hear the stories behind Rosie the Riveter and the local Tuskegee Airmen whose contributions helped to turn the tide of the war.
The exhibit will showcase four lifelike museum figures of local WWII heroes:
- General George C. Marshall
- Tuskegee Airman Lt. Carl J. Woods
- Iwo Jima hero Sgt. Michael Strank
- The Westinghouse Company-inspired Rosie the Riveter
In addition to the traveling exhibit, we have created a World War II exhibit of our own. Our exhibit will be up Feb. 9 – Oct. 31. Explore the revival and decline of local coal and coke industries, the surprising jobs of our distilleries and breweries, and the important work of rationing, buying war bonds, and scrap drives. 10 local organizations have helped us display more than 100 artifacts from Scottdale, Mount Pleasant, Connellsville, Perryopolis, and other towns near and far. Catch a glimpse of popular 1940s films like Casablanca and Rebecca, and listen as local homefront veterans share their stories. Then, relive your childhood and challenge your friends to a slinky race or take a look through a real 1940s View-Master. Finally, share your own memories of the war or loved ones who served with us on an antique typewriter.
Children at the 3rd ward school in Mount Pleasant after completing their scrap drive. Image courtesy of Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society
Miner Andy Newsome stands proudly at the Colonial #3 Mine. Image courtesy of Coal and Coke Heritage Center at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
Homestead Reopening in late May
Visit the historic Abraham Overholt Homestead, built in 1838, and step into the very rooms where Abraham and Mariah Overholt lived their lives; you will see the accounting desk used by Abraham along with the preservation efforts made by Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Industrialist Henry Clay Frick, upon her purchase of the site in 1922.
You can see how the village represents the transformation of American culture from an agrarian society with the production of the coverlets manufactured at West Overton and the distilling operation to the Industrial society with the excavation of coal and ultimately the production of coke, a necessary ingredient for steel. Step into the Spring House where Clay Frick was born in 1849. Walk around the grounds, where hundreds of couples have said “I do” in our gardens or in front of the mansion.
Thanks to a grant from the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau Hotel Tax, upgrades were completed in September of 2016 and the Overholt Room and Distillery Museum are now available for rent for non-wedding events such as baby showers, reunions, seminars, parties and business meetings and events.