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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Halloween Hauntings Storytelling Tours

Harvest Candlelight Tours

Holiday Candlelight Tours

Festival of Lights

Toast to the Trees

2018 Admission Fees

Field Trip Information

Call for Volunteers


 Pumpkin Carving Contest
IT'S PUMKIN CARVING TIME AT COMPASS INN MUSEUM Help Ligonier Valley Historical Society light the walk during Compass Inn Museum's annual Halloween Hauntings Storytelling Tours. The Third Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest will take place Saturday, October 20th at Compass Inn Museum. Families and individuals are encouraged to participate! Design it, carve it, and display it. There is no fee to enter. It is your chance to show off your most artistic, inspired, piece de resistance. Carve your pumpkin free hand, use a pattern or kit, paint it, or decorate it. Winners in each category will be chosen by the attendees during the Halloween Hauntings Storytelling tours that evening. Then all entries will be on display during the tours the following weekend, Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29. First, Second, and Third Place winners will be voted on in each of three categories. Categories include Juniors (ages 12 & under), Adults (ages 13 & up) and Families (mixed ages). First Place winners will receive $75, Second Place winners will receive $50, and Third Place winners will receive $25. In addition, each winner will receive 2 free admissions to the October 27th or 28th "Halloween Hauntings" Storytelling Tours. Drop off your masterpiece between 11 am and 2:30 pm Saturday, October 20 at Compass Inn Museum. Pre-registration is encouraged or you may register onsite when delivering your carving. Visit www.compassinn.org to download the registration form and contest rules. Everyone who drops off at carved pumpkin will receive a pumpkin cookie and a cup of hot chocolate. "Enter today to show off your great carving skills. We know you are looking forward to getting up to your elbows in a pumpkin", said Theresa Gay Rohall, Ligonier Valley Historical Society's Executive Director. "It is going to be so much fun to see everyone's creativity and all of the carvings will help light our way during Halloween Hauntings", added Program Coordinator and Innkeeper, Malori Stevenson. Halloween Hauntings Storytelling Tours are "hauntingly good" fun! Enjoy the fascinating stories of the various inhabitants and travelers who stayed at the inn and hear the fabled ghost stories that surround them and others. This unforgettable and ethereal entertaining excursion includes a candlelight tour of the inn, cookhouse and blacksmith shop. So while you are visiting the past, you might just feel a presence as you explore the buildings and grounds of Compass Inn Museum. Family friendly Halloween stories will be told during the 6 to 7:30 pm tours and haunted stories for more mature audiences will be told during the 7:30 - 9 pm tours each night. Special Halloween Pricing: $8 per person ages 13 - 61, $7 per person ages 62+, $5 children 5 -12, Free children 5 and younger. Come in costume if you like. Tours are conducted between 6 - 9 pm October 20, 27 & 28. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Contact: Compass Inn Museum 724-238-4983. See the contest rules.
 Halloween Hauntings Storytelling Tours
"Halloween Hauntings" Storytelling Tours are "hauntingly good" fun! October 20, 27 & 28 from 6-9 pm. Enjoy the fascinating stories of the various inhabitants and travelers who stayed at the inn and hear the fabled ghost stories that surround them and others. This unforgettable and ethereal entertaining excursion includes a candlelight tour of the inn, cookhouse and blacksmith shop. So while you are visiting the past, you might just feel a presence as you explore the buildings and grounds of Compass Inn Museum. Family friendly Halloween stories will be told during the 6 to 7:30 pm tours and haunted stories for more mature audiences will be told during the 7:30 - 9 pm tours each night. Special Halloween Pricing: $8 per person ages 13 - 61, $7 per person ages 62+, $5 children 5 -12, Free children 5 and younger. Come in costume if you like. Tours are conducted between 6 - 9 pm October 20, 27 & 28. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Contact: Compass Inn Museum 724-238-4983.
 Harvest Candlelight Tours
November 3, 10 & 17 3 to 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." Tickets for adults are $10, senior $9, children 6-17 $6 and members, active military 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. Compass Inn Museum is located at 1382 Route 30 in Laughlintown, PA, three miles east of Ligonier. Call 724.238.4983 or visit www.compassinn.org for more information.
 Holiday Candlelight Tours
3 to 7 pm November 24 & 25 and December 1 & 2 and December 8 and 9. The glow of candles and warm flickering fires will transport you back to a more gentile time while you tour the historic Compass Inn Museum. As in the 18th and the 19th century, the spirit of the Christmas season is reflected in the simple but charming decor, traditions and hospitality of days gone by. So take a respite from the hustle and bustle of the season and relax with us at the end of your tour by a crackling fire and sip on 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 Active Military, Members and children 5 and under Walk-in are welcome. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Contact: Compass Inn Museum 724-238-4983 or mstevenson@compassinn.org. Last tour begins at 6:30 pm.
 Festival of Lights
Start your holiday season and enjoy the Festival of Lights: The Art of Christmas . . . Trees, Wreaths and Other Treasures, December 1 through 4. This annual Festival, now in its 36th year, is a magical holiday event that is sure to delight and awe all who walk through the door! This magnificent display of artfully decorated trees and dazzling creations transforms the Ligonier Town Hall Community Room into a Christmas wonderland. So stop by and explore the indoor forest of creatively decorated trees while enjoying a holiday beverage and a tasty bite. Admission $5 adults, $1 children 5 to 12. 9 am - 5 pm daily For more information call 724-238-6818.
 Toast to the Trees
The Toast to the Trees Gala and Auction held Friday, November 30 beginning at 6:30 pm kicks off the Festival of Lights with a winter- tide evening 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 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.
 2018 Admission Fees

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

Call 724.238.4983 or email to 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 2018 season. Volunteer opportunities for the 2018 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