125 Lewis Drive
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814) 445-8788
Fax: (814) 445-9245
125 Lewis Drive, Somerset, PA, US, 15501
- Phone: (814) 445-8788
- Fax: (814) 445-9245
Arts & Museums
Housed in an authentically restored stagecoach stop that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Compass Inn Museum offers informative and entertaining one and a half hour tours of period furnished rooms, which include the common room, serving kitchen, four bedrooms and three reconstructed outbuildings: a cookhouse, blacksmith shop and a barn. The Compass Inn Museum is open daily from May through October.
"Dedicated to making its programs and activities accessible to the people of the southwestern area of central Pennsylvania," the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art "exists to preserve, exhibit and advance American art." Modeled on an authentic log cabin design that reflects the historic community, the Ligonier Valley facility features the Walter Carlyle Shaw Paperweight Collection, which is on permanent display in a custom installation that frames the exhibition gallery.
Come to Fort Ligonier and step into a time warp that takes you back a couple of centuries to the days when King George II reigned over England. Modeled on the original, this life-sized replica, situated on the top of a hill in the Laurel Highlands, is one of the most magnificent in the United States. Bring the family along to relive the days of old. Artifacts relating to George Washington and General John Forbes are featured here, as well as memorabilia from the country's early warring days. A short video kicks off a very comprehensive tour, which takes visitors through the awesome site. Stroll through an array of paintings at the site's museum, or attend one of the special activities held on certain days. Stop at the store on your way out, to take home a piece of history.
Western Pennsylvania's Rural Heritage Museum, the Somerset Historical Center is a regional museum that offers exhibits that relate to the development of southwestern Pennsylvania from the end of the 17th century to the 20th century. Topics include the effect of the Industrial Revolution on area rural farmsteads and early settlers' soil-exploitive agricultural practices. A mail buggy, restored general store, Walter's Mill Bridge, the Adam Miller Farmstead log barn, smokehouse and log house, a maple sugar camp, drop reaper, and more can be seen. The Historical Center also serves as the headquarters of the Historical & Genealogical Society of Somerset County.