McCandless hosting free program about historic Old Economy Village settlement
A representative from the Old Economy Village historic settlement in Beaver County will conduct a free program in McCandless on Thursday about the last of three settlements established by the Harmony Society in the United States.
David Miller will lead the discussion about the Harmonists, a 19th century communal religious group that sought to create a utopia inhabited by German Lutheran separatists.
The Harmonists were followers of the mystical teachings of George Rapp and awaited the second coming of the Messiah.
The village’s stately brick buildings and quaint wooden homes have been preserved and a glimpse into daily life in the community is provided by volunteers who don period costumes while they perform daily chores.
Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Old Economy Village was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1966.
Old Economy Village preserves and presents the life, thought, and material culture of the Harmony Society,
The Aug. 8 program starts at 7 p.m. in the McCandless/Northern Allegheny Heritage Center, located off Grubbs Road between town hall and the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority building.
Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .