Antique Show & Sale - 2016
September 17th & 18th. Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. Sunday 11 am - 4 pm. Admission $5 for Adults. Students & Children FREE.
A wide variety of quality items await enthusiasts at the Harmony Museum’s annual antique show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at the museum’s 303 Mercer Rd. barn annex.
Lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase. All admission proceeds support museum operations.
Antiques offered by selected dealers from three states include advertising, country and period furniture, ephemera, folk art, glass, jewelry, lighting, oriental, paintings, pottery, primitives, textiles, tools, toys and smalls. The show is organized by Tammy Gallagher of Sanford’s Antiques.
Goods will be presented in the region’s oldest barn, erected in 1805 to shelter sheep owned by the communal Harmony Society of German Lutheran Separatists who founded Harmony late in 1804. Within a few blocks along Mercer and Main streets in Harmony, a National Historic Landmark, is the Harmony Museum (guided tours 1-4 p.m. daily except Mondays and holidays), specialty shops, and a restaurant, coffee shop and bakery.
The Harmony area’s recorded history began in 1753 with an Indian village visited by Virginia Maj. George Washington during his mission to demand French withdrawal from British-claimed territory. The French responded that the British should stay out of New France, resulting in the French and Indian War, whose first shot was fired at Washington by a French-allied northern Indian two days after Christmas near today’s Evans City. War erupted formally five months later southeast of today’s Pittsburgh with clashes between Washington’s troops and French soldiers from Fort Duquesne.
The Harmony Society of Germans from the Stuttgart area who founded Harmony a half-century later believed Christ’s return was imminent, sought freedom of religious with separation of church and state, as pacifists refused military service, and adopted celibacy. After they moved to southwest Indiana Territory in 1814-15, resettlement was led by Mennonites from eastern Pennsylvania. Their meetinghouse, on a hilltop overlooking the barn and also a museum property, was the first Mennonite church west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Harmony, adjacent to Zelienople, is at I-79 exits 87-88, about 10 miles north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 30 miles south of I-80.