West Overton is closed for walk in tours until Spring 2020.
Schedule your winter season group tours for 10 or more people by calling us at 724-887-7910. We feature hands on activity options for visitors of all ages as well as breakfast or luncheon services for up to 130 guests.
CLOSED: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving day, and Christmas day.
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 our World War II Homefront Exhibit!
What can you expect to see on exhibit?
Our WWII exhibit explores 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
Guided Tours of The Overholt Homestead
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.