The Depreciation Lands Museum is a vibrant Colonial era living history settlement, that by 1805 was known as Talley Cavey. Staffed entirely by volunteers, our mission is to “Preserve and interpret the history of the Depreciation Lands and Hampton Township.” Created by Hampton Township in 1973, the museum seeks to present the lifestyle, hopes and dreams, of the early European settlers in the Depreciation Lands.
In 1783, the state of Pennsylvania set aside 720,000 acres of land in western Pennsylvania to compensate its Revolutionary War soldiers for their services, since the dollar had depreciated drastically during the war. Known as The Depreciation Lands, the area included all of the North Hills of Pittsburgh, and further, to a line 4 1/2 miles north of the present city of Butler, thereby, also encompassing parts of Butler, Beaver, Lawrence and Armstrong Counties.
The Museum’s peaceful wooded grounds transport the visitor into an earlier time, with costumed 18th century interpreters every Sunday afternoon during the season, which extends from May – October. The site includes the Pine Creek Covenanter Church, built in 1837, and the associated cemetery, the Armstrong log house, built in 1803, an herb garden, a replica school, circa 1885, working blacksmith shop, bee hive bake oven, smoke house and Tavern, an 18th century style gathering place. The Barn houses a Conestoga wagon, displays, workshop, and a replica Mercantile.
Sunday, Aug 19, 1-4pmFlax to Linen – a process indeed! Come to watch and perhaps to lend a hand!(admission charged)
Sunday, Sept 9, 1-4pmSpinning demonstrations using wheels Great and Small! Visitors invited to bring their wheel and join us! (admission charged)
Tuesdays, beginning in Sept, 6:30-9:30pm Gunn Klass: under the guidence of master craftsmen, you will learn to build an 18th century firearm, or other selected craft. Semester long classes
Saturday, October 6, 11am-4pmThe Hydref, the Museum’s Fall Festival. The Museum comes alive with re-enactors, demonstrators, crafts people, music, food and children’s activities. Come to the Hydref and step back in time!
Saturday, October 20 & 27, 6-9:00pm Lantern Tours at the Museum. A quiet, family oriented, historical alternative to Halloween. Learn about, and possibly catch a glimpse of the Deacon, the museum’s resident, benevolent ghost. Costumed guides and demonstrators in every building.
Sunday, October 28, 1-4pm Last Sunday to visit the museum for the season. Check this website for special events and classes throughout the winter!