Event: “ Gateways to Westmoreland County  - Saturday, September 15th, 2018  - 11:00  - 5:00 

Location: 5302 West Pike Street, Murrysville, PA 15668 -FREE  Festival parking at Triangle Business Complex between Cozy Inn Cut off and Rick’s Sports Bar - left turn at traffic light.  

Paths into the past...Shamokin...Frankstown...Kittanning...Sewickley...Forbes Road...the Northern Turnpike  take area now know as Murrysville from trails to turnpike. Event  C. 1750s to 1820.  Portrays aspects of pioneer life along the paths of time.  

Well Folks, on to 2018 and our next annual historical event. Note:  not a festival this year!   Save the date for Saturday, September, 15, 2018!  Don’t delay!  Sutlers, Settlers, militia, roving musicians, Native American portrayers and participants welcomed to return dressed in period attire this year! Coordinating the event committee in 2018 is Bob Learzof. Historic is the venue!  Time C. 1750 - 1820.

What is the date?  Saturday, September 15, 2018 ...3rd Saturday in September! 

Theme:  Gateways to Westmoreland County -   Native American pathways traversing Westmoreland County were simple as was native life living off and respecting the land.  To many tribes including Delaware, land along the Turtle Creek provided for a fine food source.  European settlers, Simeon and Nancy Clark, inhabited an earlier built log house and in later years became Toll takers along the PennsylvaniaNorthern Pike. Nancy Clark was one of the last to collect tolls and was permitted to  live in the tollhouse until her death.  Once again, Sharon Parker will portray Nancy Clark.  Watch her prepare hearthside fare to serve travelers along the pike who are stopping to pay toll and for a well needed respite. 

                                                       Sample of Turnpike Rates of Toll - 1819

For every score of swine.......................6 cents

\For every score of cattle.........................5 cents

For every carriage of pleasure.................50 cents

For every cart or wagon or other carriage burthen the wheel of

which do not exceed in breadth 4 inches per horse..............8 cents

       Pass through the Sampson/Clark toll gate on Saturday, September 15th!  Docents will welcome you on the path as you become a Time Traveler during this MHPS September 2018 historical event!  I will be there to meet you on the path into the past!


Photos here are of past historical events!  Perhaps you will be among Time Travelers at the September 15, 2018 GATEWAYS TO WESTMORELAND COUNTY!