The Whiskey & Wagons Trail

HHT Opening Day 2014.JPGStart the trail with a visit to Revolutionary War site, Historic Hanna’s Town, the former county seat of Westmoreland County, from 1773-1786. Historic Hanna’s Town offers visitors guided tours of the site and gives you a glimpse of what life was like on the frontier in the late 18th Century. The site hosts a reconstructed 18th Century tavern, jail, kitchen garden and fort, two original early 19th Century dwellings and an original Conestoga wagon used during the Whiskey Rebellion. At the peak of its existence Hanna’s Town was a thriving community with three operating taverns, an estimated 30 buildings and quarterly county court sessions. There is also a picnic pavilion for the opportunity to stop for lunch and a geocache on the grounds to be discovered! During the season Historic Hanna's Town hosts several living history events notably their Frontier Court Reenactment in late June and for those that enjoy browsing antique shops, there is a Antiques & Collectibles Market, every second Sunday from May through to October. Admission is only $3.00/vehicle and opens 7:30am rain or shine.

front of compass inn.jpgAfter lunch, follow the Lincoln Highway (Route 30 East) and make your way to Compass Inn Museum, an original Coaching Inn dating from 1799 in the small town of Laughlintown, 3 miles east of Ligonier. Compass Inn Museum is warm and welcoming and offers the visitors an insight into Coaching Inn life with fascinating stories told by costumed docents. As well as the Inn, the museum consists of a working forge and barn that holds an original stage coach and Conestoga wagon. Feeling hungry after your visit? The Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown, directly opposite the Museum, is highly recommended! Yummy donuts, cookies, and the fruit pies are to die for! Don’t miss the opportunity to do some pie tasting… If you enjoy browsing antique shops, Laughlintown also has several exceptional antique shops in the town… Enjoy!

2015-08-04_15.18.19.jpgAfter a day out, enjoy an overnight stay at one of the local hotels or bed & breakfasts in the area. Ligonier is a delightfully quaint town that boasts several restaurants and cafes for dining out and many unique, independent shops. The following day continue the Whiskey & Wagons Trail with a ‘must’ visit to West Overton Museums, located in Scottdale. Learn the history of rye whiskey distilling at their distillery museum, which showcases Old Overholt Whiskey. Did you know that West Overton was also the birth place of famous industrialist Henry Clay Frick, partner to Andrew Carnegie? Visit the homestead, Overholt House and see the Springhouse where Henry Clay Frick was born. Enjoy wandering through West Overton Village, consisting of eighteen remaining buildings, some of which are thriving local businesses; Sonia’s Shabby ChicOld Overholt MetalcraftsTomahawk Coin & Antique Co.  All three sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and West Overton is a stop on the American Whiskey Trail. 


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