Travel Back in Time With the Ligonier Valley Historical Society

Laughlintown, PA has a lot to offer, including a rich history. The Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and demonstrate the historical heritage of the Laurel Highlands. In their quest to keep the memory of the past alive, The Ligonier Valley Historical Society provides educational and entertaining value for posterity. With a beautiful museum and several seasonal events, they are sure to bring an authentic touch to your stay at Oak Lodge. Start planning your visit and get ready to travel back in time!

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Go on a 19th Century Journey with the Ligonier Valley Historical Society

A Mission to Protect and Display the Local History

The Ligonier Valley Historical Society was founded in 1964 by the Ligonier Valley Women’s Club. Wanting to honor the community’s heritage, they set out to illustrate and protect its general history. Starting with the Compass Inn, a former stagecoach, the Ligonier Valley Historical Society continued to restore and maintain historical landmarks. Their most recent project was the preservation of The Laurel Hill Iron Furnace. Built in 1846 and operated until 1855, it’s one of Pennsylvania’s oldest iron furnaces.

The Compass Inn Museum

The Compass Inn Museum is an authentic stagecoach shop from 1799 bought and restored by The Ligonier Valley Historical Society in the 1960’s. History comes alive in this museum, which is entirely furnished with period pieces. Experience what it was like to be a guest in a 19th-century hotel for yourself! An hour-long tour takes you through the barn, the blacksmith shop, and the cookhouse, and gives you valuable insight on what travel looked like 150 years ago.

The Compass Inn Museum is open May through October. This marvelous place offers field trips, lectures, as well as a small historical library. They also host seasonal and social events in the fall and winter.

Events at The Ligonier Valley Historical Society

Every year, The Ligonier Valley Historical Society organizes several exclusive events to promote their conservation work. This holiday season, they are offering the public two wonderful experiences you don’t want to miss.

  • Candlelight Tours of The Compass Inn

A special candlelight tour welcomes the spirit of the holiday season every Saturday and Sunday from mid-November to mid-December. Discover The Compass Inn in a charming and exclusive setting. Visit the museum surrounded by candles and get into the old Christmas carol spirit while sipping a cup of hot mulled cider.

  • Festival of lights

The Festival of Lights is a fundraiser event that has been going on for 35 years. Marvel at a magical indoor forest of decorated Christmas trees. This winter wonderland experience is a great way to contribute to The Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s mission while enjoying beverages and delicious treats!

Have a Memorable Weekend at Oak Lodge

Dive into the history of our region with The Ligonier Valley Historical Society, and come back to your cozy room at Oak Lodge. Our stunning accommodations will help you experience the spirit of the historical past of Laughlintown, PA. Relax in our comfortable Dove’s Nest King Suite and enjoy a cup of tea on your private balcony. In the morning, treat yourself to a delicious breakfast and taste our own Jimberg Maple Syrup made on the Oak Lodge property. We look forward to hosting you at Oak Lodge!