Historic Attractions

The Pittsburgh area has more than its share of historic attractions. See history come alive, as western PA favorites such as Old Economy Village and Historic Hanna’s Town strive to keep things fresh with new events, re-enactments and family activities. Support these historic attractions and help to preserve Pittsburgh history for generations to come!

Pittsburgh History Center

Pittsburgh History Center

1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Officially known as the “Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center”, the History Center is one of the coolest attractions in the area and operates as both a museum and research facility.  It is housed in a converted 160,000 sf warehouse.  The exhibits are locally based, well done and in depth; plan to spend a whole day here.Read more…

Frick Art & Historical Center

Frick Art and Historical Center

7227 Reynolds St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Open to the public since 1990, the Frick Art and Historical Center is centered around “Clayton”, the mansion and Pittsburgh home of Henry Clay Frick and his family in the late nineteenth century.  Come enjoy a glimpse of the refined and cultured lifestyle of the Frick family in this historic setting.  Tours of Clayton are available, and admissions free for the Frick Art & Historical Center, Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum!  Reservations are recommended by not required.  Finish off your visit with a stop at the Frick Café and the Museum store.Read more…

Washington Grist Mill, Perryopolis, PA

Washington Grist Mill

411 Layton Rd, Perryopolis, PA 15473

Reconstructed in 1999, the Grist Mill is a close replica to the original that was owned by George Washington.  Washington had the mill constructed in 1774-1776 on land that he owned as an investment.  Although he didn’t run the day to day operations (he was busy being the first president), he frequented the site and inspected it.  The Perryopolis Historical Society offers tours of the Mill, as well as a Distillery, “Bake Shop” and other attractions on the site.Read more…

Somerset Historical Center

Somerset Historical Center

10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset, PA 15501

The Somerset Historical Center presents and maintains  the area’s rural history, from Somerset’s first farmers to present day.  Onsite, there is a large visitor’s center along with several historical buildings on the grounds which have been preserved and moved to this location.  There are educational programs and workshops on an ongoing basis, along with permanent and rotating exhibits.  The Visitors Center is also home to the Historical Society’s Genealogical Research Library, which is also open to the public.  Take a step back in time and visit this 150-acre history museum!Read more…

Old Economy Village

270 16th Street, Ambridge, PA 15003

In 1824, the Harmony Society returned to Pennsylvania, this time settling in Beaver County along the Ohio River. There they founded “Oekonomie,” now better known as Old Economy Village. It was here that the Society gained worldwide recognition for its religious devotion and economic prosperity.Read more…

Allegheny Portage Railroad Historic Site

Allegheny Portage Railroad Historic Site

110 Federal Park Rd, Gallitzin Township, PA 16641

The Allegheny Portage Railroad opened in 1834, providing the first direct rail route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It has had many uses over the years, but today offers many special events and tours as a National Historic Site, and has many trails and places to explore such as the “Lemon House” and “Engine House #6”.Read more…

Nemacolin Castle, Brownsville, PA

Nemacolin Castle

136 Front St, Brownsville, PA 15417

In Brownsville, situated high above the Monongahela River, sits this historic castle. Guided tours are offered along with many other events throughout the year.Read more…

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

223 New Geneva Road, Point Marion, PA 15474

Friendship Hill was the country estate of Albert Gallatin, well known especially for his service as Secretary of the Treasury for the Jefferson and Madison administration. His name is still prominent in areas across Fayette County. The 661-acre estate is now maintained and run by the National Park Service. An audio self-tour is available, as well as ranger tours. The grounds surrounding the homestead contain many nature trails that are open to the public.Read more…

United Flight 93 Memorial, Somerset, PA

United Flight 93 Memorial

6424 Lincoln Hwy, Stoystown, PA 15563

“On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted.” This quote is from the website, and says it all. The permanent memorial is now open, and the park is run by the National Park Service.Read more…

Windber Coal Heritage Center

Windber Coal Heritage Center

501 15th St, Windber, PA 15963

The town of Windber was created by the Berwind-White Coal Mining Company for the exclusive purpose of providing its workers a nearby place to live. Remnants of the old town are still visible today. The Windber Coal Heritage Center tells the story of the miners and their families and educates through interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits, media presentations and other archives.Read more…

Meadowcroft Village & Rockshelter

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Village

401 Meadowcroft Rd, Avella, PA 15312

In the quiet woods just outside of Avella, PA, lies the oldest known site of human habitation on the continent. A National Historic Landmark, the Meadowcroft Rockshelter is a 16,000 year old rock overhang that was used for shelter. Now under excavation, visitors can get a glimpse into the distant past and walk on the same ground as our ancient ancestors. Also on site is Meadowcroft Village, a museum and collection of building and structures from the 19th century. Take a step back in time and see what rural life was like 150 years ago in western Pennsylvania.Read more…

Historic Hannas Town

Historic Hanna’s Town

362 Sand Hill Rd #1, Greensburg, PA 15601

Known for being the first English court west of the Alleghenies, Hanna’s Town was founded in 1793 and today serves as a reconstructed frontier village, open to the public and active with tours and educational opportunities.Read more…