Visit life in 1820 at living history event Aug. 16-17


LAUGHLINTOWN, Pa. – Compass Inn Museum, a restored 1799 stagecoach stop, will host a living history weekend Aug. 16-17.

Various 19th century crafts will be demonstrated, including woodworking, blacksmithing and coopering. Gun making and the associated art of powder horn decorating will also be demonstrated.

The woodworker will have his pit saw on the grounds to show how it was used and a map maker will be on hand to discuss how he created his latest work, a 1770s map of West Pennsylvania.

Other domestic chores will also be demonstrated, including open hearth cooking, making soap, spinning, weaving & lace making. Children can help dip candles and churn butter.

Military encampment. In addition to the demonstrations, there will be an encampment of the 60th Royal American Regiment of Foot.

The Royal Americans was a force composed of mostly non-English speaking men recruited in the Colonies and led by officers commissioned by the King of England. These troops served during the French and Indian War and Pontiac’s War.

Discussions of their engagements and demonstrations of drill techniques are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

These special activities are free with admission.

Compass Inn is located in Laughlintown, three miles east of Ligonier on U.S. Route 30.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $6 for adults ; $3, students; and free for children 5 and under.

For information call 724-238-4983 or visit


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