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Founder's Day celebration slated for West Overton Villages

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer
Brian Corcoran, president of the West Overton Museums board of directors, stands by one of the many new displays now featured in the distillery museum

As a way to showcase the new renovations of the distillery along with the grandeur of the Overholt Homestead, the West Overton Villages will be holding a Founder's Day celebration this weekend.

A once annual event, the Founder's day celebration will be welcomed back to again be celebrated in the community.

“There will be free admission to the distillery and to the homestead both Saturday and Sunday,” said Jessica Kadie-Barclay, West Overton managing director. “There will also be a free gift for anyone who signs up for membership.”

Kadie-Barclay added memberships start at only $15 and the organization is always in need of interested members from the community who would like to be a part of the historic site.

The distillery will be open for self-guided tours, as groups and individuals make their way through the new impressive museum, one that depicts the village area and the distillery in its different eras and stages.

Now a wonderful open and inviting area, filled with separate areas of historic interest, the distillery offers up a plethora of information of historic value.

“It looks wonderful,” Kadie-Barclay said of the new museum area. “I think that people who visited it before will be surprised how much it has changed.”

There also will be tours of the homestead site, and guides will take visitors throughout the stately mansion, answering questions and giving out information.

If time allows, small side stop tours to the springhouse and summer kitchen also may be offered at the event.

“This is a nice outreach for us,' Kadie-Barclay said. “It's a way to reintroduce West Overton to the area.”

Brian Corcoran, president of the West Overton Museums Board of Directors, said the Founder's Day event will offer the community the perfect opportunity to visit the site and learn more about the historical treasure that is right here in the area.

“This is something that I am really looking forward to,” Corcoran said of the weekend event. “It's a great way to get the community involved and I think its going to be a nice event for everyone.”

The event is open to visitors of all ages who wish to learn more about our local history and the story of one of the most unique villages in the country, and membership forms will be offered to individuals and families who want to become more involved.

“This is the perfect opportunity for people in the area to join and to invest in this wonderful historic site that is right here in Westmoreland County,” said Susan McCarthy, West Overton public relations director.

The Founder's Day event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and there also will be light refreshments offered.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.