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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

Harvest Candlelight Tours

Holiday Candlelight Tours

Festival of Lights

Toast to the Trees Gala & Auction

2017 Admission Fees

Field Trip Information

Call for Volunteers


 Harvest Candlelight Tours
Ligonier Valley Historical Society's Compass Inn Museum hosts Harvest Candlelight Tours Saturdays November 4, 11 and 18 from 3-7 pm. Come celebrate the bountiful harvest with us at the historic Compass Inn Museum. Experience the inn's rustic charm while adorned with natural autumn accents, cheery glowing wood fires, and the flickering of candles in every room. One of your stops during your tour will be the 1820's cookhouse. Step back in time with Compass Inn Museum's masters of open hearth and beehive oven cookery. There experience the sights and smells of scrumptious food being prepared using recipes and ingredients inspired by the cuisine of the 18th and 19th century. At the end of your tour, relax by the warm crackling fire glowing in the 1862 Room's Rumsford fireplace while toasting to a good harvest with a cup of hot mulled cider and a cookie. "This is a great way to enjoy and celebrate the harvest season with your family," said Malori Stevenson, Innkeeper and Program Coordinator of Compass Inn Museum. "From the cresset lined walk to the delightful aromas coming from the cookhouse to the beautifully decorated inn, visitors can experience the warmth of an old fashioned country Thanksgiving." On Saturday, November 18, to celebrate Thanksgiving, the string band, The Riverside Players will be on hand in the Inn's Common Room to entertain and delight visitors during their tour. The Riverside Players are dedicated to the playing of "Old Time" music. Their play-list includes songs from the early periods of development of the United States: The Colonial, Pre-Civil War, Gold Rush, Civil War and Frontier Expansion periods. Members of the band come from Derry Township and the Blairsville area. They play a variety of string instruments including: mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, mandolin, resonator guitar, and washtub bass. Tickets for adults are $10, senior $9, children 6-17 $6 and children 5 and under are free. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to reservation time; tours begin every 20 minutes.
 Holiday Candlelight Tours
Enjoy a special holiday treat in a charming country setting. While touring the historic Compass Inn Museum the glow of candles and warm flickering fires will transport you back to a more gentile time. The spirit of the Christmas season is reflected in the simple but charming décor, traditions and hospitality of days gone by. This Holiday season at the end of your tour take a respite from the all the hustle and bustle to relax with us by a crackling fire, sip a cup of hot mulled cider, and enjoy a tasty treat. $10 per adults (18-61) $9 per adults (62+) $6 for Children (6-17) Free for children 5 and under and active military. Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Last tour begins at 6:30 pm.
 Festival of Lights
December 2 through 5, 2017 10 am to 5 pm daily, except Sunday, December 3 the Festival will close to the public at 4:30 pm. Kick off your holiday season and enjoy the Festival of Lights: The Art of Christmas . . . Trees, Wreaths and Other Treasures. This annual four-day Festival, now in its 35th year, is a magical holiday event that is sure to delight and awe all who walk through the door! The magnificent display of artfully decorated trees and dazzling creations transforms the Ligonier Town Hall Community Room into a Christmas wonderland. Stop by and explore the indoor forest of creatively decorated trees while enjoying a holiday beverage and a tasty bite. The Festival of Lights also features a holiday outdoor sleigh scene where you can have your picture taken with a Christmas princess or other holiday character. It also features a lottery tree raffle, a restaurant tree raffle, a merchant basket raffle, and more! The Festival of Lights and Toast to the Trees is a fundraiser by and for the Ligonier Valley Historical Society and Compass Inn Museum. Local artists, families, businesses, groups, and individuals have generously donated their time and talents to decorate the fabulous trees, wreaths and other treasures. So do not miss this holiday tradition. For more information, please call 724-238-6818. Admission: $5 per person; Youth 5 to 12 years of age - $1 per child; Free under 5 years of age.
 Toast to the Trees Gala & Auction
The holiday tradition continues with Toast to the Trees Gala and Auction Sunday, December 3 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. During this winter-tide night of light and enchantment, you will be able to bid on and possibly win one of the fabulous holiday creations displayed during the Festival of Lights. This memorable evening will feature delicious hardy, gourmet hors d'oeuvres presented by Myriam's Table and a special holiday libation served by a guest celebrity bartender. The evening also includes a silent auction with a wondrous array of amazing items to spoil yourself and your loved ones. Tickets are $55 for Ligonier Valley Historical Society members and $60 for non-members. Please make advanced reservations for Toast to the Trees by calling 724-238-6818. The Festival of Lights and Toast to the Trees is a fundraiser by and for the Ligonier Valley Historical Society and Compass Inn Museum. Local artists, families, businesses, groups, and individuals have generously donated their time and talents to decorate the fabulous trees, wreaths and other treasures. So do not miss this holiday tradition. For more information, please call 724-238-6818.
 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.

 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