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Fall & Winter 1997
Fall and Winter 1997

Our Henry Clay Frick Heritage

In 1909, 34,100 Coke Ovens created Dante's Inferno here. Visit the era of the Robber Barons and our rich heritage of the Patch Town, and the Coal (Black Diamonds) mines. Over 200,000 immigrants came to this area looking for a better life "For;" as they were told, "the streets are paved with gold."

From West Overton Museums to Smock

The birthplace of Henry Clay Frick opened for the 1997 season on May 13th. Tours will include the Abraham Overholt Homestead (1838), Distillery/Gristmill Museum, Hay Barn, Smokehouse, Summer Kitchen, and the Birthplace Home of Henry Clay Frick. The award winning movie, "Pillars of Fire" is also included in the tour.

The museum now boasts a newly remodeled and newly stocked gift shop. No reservations are requested for groups of 10 or less. Motorcoashes and larger group requests are always welcome.

The Distillery museum is prepared with exhibits of western Pennsylvania crockery and pottery, coal and coke exhibits, weaving exhibits, and Frick memorabilia, including the chair he sat in during his assassination attempt.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM, and on Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. Admission is $3, children 7-12 are admitted for $1. West Overton members are not charged.

West Overton is located on Route 819 coming into Scottdale on your right. From New Stanton, Exit 8 take 119 South to the Route 819 exit and turn left. For more information call 724-887-7910.

20th Annual West Overton Museums Heritage Plays

The award winning Heritage Singers of the West Overton will present a new production entitled, "Wayfarin' Stranger", written by Nelson Waybill, a long time member of the Singers, with choral arrangements written by Rod Sturtz, Music Director of the singers and Executive Director of West Overton Museums.

The settings is 1933, with a local resident, "Carl" who is unemployed and thinking of becoming a "hobo." The music involves railroad songs that pluck at the heart strings, haunting and beautiful spirituals, as well as period popular songs such as "Ain't She Sweet", "Apple Blossom Time", and "Don't Bring Lulu".

Performances will be Friday September 19th through Sunday September 21st, and Thursday September 25th through Sunday September 28th. The evening performances will begin at 7:30 and the Sunday matinee programs begin at 2:30.

The programs will be in the newly air conditioned theater at West Overton.

Tickets are available at West Overton Monday through Friday between 10 AM and 4 PM, and at the Provident Bookstore in Scottdale. Tickets may be ordered by mail by sending a check, a note on the date and number of tickets, and a self-addressed envelope. Order tickets early, only 140 seats available per performance.

Smock - The Company Store

Since April of 1995, the Smock Historical Society has been renovating the 2nd floor to house the Smock Heritage Museum, which will tell the story of the men, women and children of Smock who worked during the hard times of the Coal and Coke era.

For more information call Pat Meyers at 724-677-2528.

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