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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

2017 Admission Fees

18th Century Arms Living History

Stagecoach Adventurers Summer Camp

Field Trip Information

Call for Volunteers


 2017 Admission Fees

Adults - $10
Seniors - $9
Children 6-17 $6
Children 5 & under - Free
Members - Free
Active Military - Free

Call 724.238.4983 or e-mail mstevenson@compassinn.org for special pricing for groups of 20 or more.

 18th Century Arms Living History
Saturday, July 15 from 11 am - 4 pm and Sunday July 16 from 1 pm - 5 pm Ligonier Valley Historical Society's Compass Inn Museum will feature 18th century arms making during its July Living History Weekend. Jim Everett, an 18th century gunsmith and the sweet musical sounds of vintage musician Donna Weems will be featured along with tours of the inn and traditional children's games and crafts. Malori Stevenson, Program Coordinator and Innkeeper said, "This weekend will give visitors an up close look at how guns were made entirely by hand in colonial times. So come travel back in time with us as gunsmith Jim Everett demonstrates the operation of barrel boring and barrel rifling machines as well as the process for gunlock making." Residing in Mt Pleasant, Pennsylvania, Jim has been making reproduction muzzle loading guns for the past 43 years. His work is centered on using only original material, processes and tooling from the 18th century. His guns and rifles are entirely handmade using original wrought iron, brass and steel. The barrels and gunlocks are hand forged as well from wrought iron and all parts are handmade without the use of any modern tooling. The harmonious sounds of traditional music played by Donna Weems will be in the air as you tour the historic grounds of Compass Inn Museum. Sit a spell and enjoy the music as Donna sings Appalachian folk songs and more. Working on her third solo album, Donna has sung with Trillium, The Troubadours and different choral groups throughout the region. She has sung at Washington's Tavern, Prickett's Fort in Fairmont, West Virginia, and the Early American Fall Festival in Stony Brook, New York. "In addition to the arms demonstrations, the music, and the children's activities, this living history weekend will have something for the whole family including blacksmith demonstrations and a tastes of cooking," said Executive Director, Theresa Gay Rohall. "My sister Michelle Gay and I will be preparing a 19th century dinner in the 1820's cookhouse. So make sure you stop in and see us and enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells Compass Inn Museum has to offer."
 Stagecoach Adventurers Summer Camp
Looking for a travel adventure unlike any other? Join Compass Inn Museum's Stagecoach Adventurers, where children grades 4 through 6 experience the 19th century in this fun-filled hands-on day camp. Find out what life would have been like for kids at that time - through games, music, and new inventions. "Stagecoach Adventurers is a great way for kids to experience history," said Malori Stevenson, Program Coordinator and Innkeeper for the Ligonier Valley Historical Society "This year not only will we be exploring some of the inventions of the 19th century, but we will also be taking a look back in time through archaeology." Stagecoach Adventurers runs from July 17-21, 9:00am-2:30pm. The cost is $125 for non-members and $110 for members. Camperships are also available. Contact Theresa Gay Rohall at tgrohall@compassinn.org for an application.
 Field Trip Information

We have worked to develop an engaging field trip for students that is not only aligned to the Pennsylvania State Standards, but also provides an opportunity for students to practice their critical thinking skills in a fun and welcoming environment.

Our field trips engage students with history through interaction with primary sources such as artifacts and buildings while providing real life connections to the past. Costumed docents lead age-appropriate guided tours of our 19th century Inn, blacksmith forge, cookhouse, and barn including a restored stagecoach and Contestoga Wagon. Through tours, students strengthen their visual literacy and critical thinking skills by careful observation of the historic environment. Students' experiences are enriched through multi sensory activities: cooking over an open fire, dipping candles creating a tin punch lantern, or smelling burning coal from our 19th century blacksmith forge. Several activity options include crafts students may take home with them.

For more information or to schedule your field trip today, contact Malori Stevenson at 724-238-4983 or mstevenson@compassinn.org.

 Call for Volunteers

Do you love history and like talking to people? Do you enjoy working with kids? Become a volunteer at Ligonier Valley Historical Society's Compass Inn Museum. Compass Inn Museum is currently recruiting volunteers to help out with the 2017 season. Volunteer opportunities for the 2017 season include school tours, regular tours, and working in the gift shop. Contact Malori Stevenson at 724-238-4983 or mstevenson@compassinn.org for more information