Cherry Pie

The Old Stone House is excited to once again host the cherry pie hike, sponsored by the Butler Chapter of the North Country Trail and the North Country Brewing Company! This program will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Visitors will be treated to complimentary cherry pie and coffee while enjoying a presentation by historian and author Brady Crytzer. Guests will then have the opportunity to hike a portion of the North Country Trail.
The event is free, but you are required to register in advance. There will be three sessions, beginning at 9:00, 11:00, and 1:00. To make a reservation, please email John Stehle at stehles@gmail.com or phone (724)-256-0674. Please indicate which session you will be attending. Hope to see you there!

Winter has arrived in force, and that means that Christmas is almost here! To celebrate the season, the Old Stone House will be hosting two awesome events! On December 1 and 2, the 10th PA volunteers will be at the Old Stone House to celebrate Civil War Christmas! This is a great chance to see how Civil War soldiers lived and drilled, and to talk to soldiers (and the families that had to spend Christmas without them!). The Old Stone House will be open to visitors from 9 am until 5 pm on Decmeber 1, and from 9 am until 4 pm on December 2.

The celebration of the season continues on December 15 with the Old Stone House’s Christmas Open House. Come see the house decked out with festive decorations, sample some holiday goodies, and learn about how early Americans celebrated Christmas! This event will be held from 5 pm until 8 pm.

Both of these events are completely free and open to the public! We welcome visitors of all ages!

The Old Stone House will again hold candlelit tours this November! Guests will enjoy the charm of the 1822 Inn lit only by firelight! Take a tour led by the innkeeper, and stay after for some light, seasonal refreshments and social merriment in the Tavern Room.

Candlelit tours will be offered Friday November 9, Friday November 16, and Friday November 30. Each tour begins at 8pm. The cost is $5 per person. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling Jake at 724-738-4964 or emailing oldstonehouse@sru.edu.

The Old Stone House will once again host its “Spooky Stories” Halloween program this year! This event is free and open to the public, and will be held on October 25 and 26, 6-9 pm both nights. We will be having an historical skit and some paranormal investigating (or “ghost hunting”). We will also be featuring professional storyteller Scott Pavelle, whose stories will make your spine tingle!

Children ages 10 and under are welcome to participate in our Halloween costume contest on October 26. Judging will be held at 7 pm, and prizes will be awarded for first and second places!

The Old Stone House during last year’s event.

The Old Stone House is proud to partner with three other Western Pennsylvania historic sites to offer “A Journey Through History” – a one-of-a-kind recreational bus tour on Saturday, September 8th.  The tour will give guests the opportunity to visit four of the area’s historic sites while enjoying historically-authentic meals that provide a true “taste of history.”

Tour guests will begin the morning with with a visit to Slippery Rock’s Old Stone House, where you’ll enjoy a full breakfast cooked by our expert tavern chefs on our open hearth.  The tour will continue to Providence Plantation, a frontier history center near Evans City, then on to the Depreciation Lands Museum in Allison Park for a delicious historically-authentic lunch menu, before closing the day with a visit to the 19th-century grist mill at McConnell’s Mill State Park.

Tickets are $85 per person. Ticket price includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, and all activities, meals, and afternoon refreshments.  Deadline for reservations is Monday, August 13th, and seating is limited, so don’t delay!  For ticket reservations or to request more information, please call 724-602-0595 or email historybustour@gmail.com


This Saturday, July 14 the Old Stone House will host a “rendezvous” encampment.  Like many readers, you may be thinking, “Sounds fun…I think.  Wait, what IS a rendezvous?”

The rendezvous was an annual event in the Rocky Mountain fur trade, and was a sort of marketplace, business meeting, and free-for-all carnival rolled into one.  Native American and white American fur trappers convened to trade furs to representatives from large fur companies, celebrate the successful trapping season, and reorganize trapping units for the coming year.  These gatherings took place annually from 1825-1840.

So, while a rendezvous never took place in western Pennsylvania, it’s a fascinating piece of America’s national history.  In addition, the fur trade was an important part of the economy of western Pennsylvania in the colonial period, when Iroquois and Delaware Indians, and British and French trappers and traders filled the ancient woods of the region.

If you’d like to know more, we suggest this excellent short description of Mountain Men and the Fur Trade.  For more on the fur trade in western Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley, see this brief history from the Ohio Historical Society.

Hope you’ll visit us this Saturday and experience this brief but colorful part of America’s history!

The Summer of 2012 at the Old Stone House has started with a bang! On May 12 over 200 visitors swarmed to our historic site to partake in a bit of Colonial History at our first ever Colonial Day. Guests enjoyed demonstrations in weapon making, glass blowing, and even open hearth cooking. Children got their hands in history dipping candles in a cast iron cauldron and played games popular in the late 1700’s. Everyone from our visitors to volunteers to the living history interpreters had a great time reliving history. And the weather wasn’t bad either!!

Three weeks later, on June 2, the Stone House began its second season of Early American Cooking Classes with Colonial Cooking. Seven students from around Butler County signed up and participated in the 4 hour hands on lesson in Open Hearth and Dutch Oven cooking. They spent two hours prepping and cooking Colonial recipes and spent the last two hours learning the customs and rigors of eating in 18th Century America and of course enjoying the fruits of their labor – the delicious meal!

The Stone House has high hopes that the rest of the summer will follow suit, with living history events and cooking classes taking place once a month. The next public event is Pioneer Day on June 16th from 12pm-5pm. Admission to this event is free and will highlight pioneer life and travel!  The next cooking class is scheduled for July 7th and will focus on Pioneer Cooking. Registration is required for Early American Cooking Classes. Cost is $25.00 per student. Spots can be reserved by emailing oldstonehouse@sru.edu.

Thanks to all of our Stone House visitors, reenactors, and volunteers for making the start of summer a blast so far!

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