Everything You Need to Know About the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

As the crisp winds of autumn cool our area from summer, the Laurel Highlands is the scenic backdrop for seasonal events like the fun-filled 4 Fall Festivals. The second cultural showcase in the series is the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival on September 16-17, 2017! When you attend this event, you’ll see the intricate process of scutching and taste provisions made from 19th-century recipes. What’s the best part? It’s only 3 miles from Oak Lodge at Monticue’s Grove!Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

If you want to experience the Laurel Highlands to the fullest, let us help you plan the perfect getaway. We have created a free Online Vacation Guide that highlights area attractions, special events like the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival, and informative museums. When you request 24-hour access, you’ll have directions to our favorite places at your fingertips as well as details about the featured accommodations at our rustic bed and breakfast!

Experience the 110th Annual Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

As you walk around the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival, you’ll see locals dressed in traditional attire from the late 1800s and providing a glimpse at life before the Industrial Revolution in the Laurel Highlands. We urge you to bring cash and read over our local insights before attending this year’s festivities!

When It All Began

In 1907, Elmer N. Miller, the Justice of Peace in our town, instituted the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival. The cultural celebration continued but took a hiatus during World War II but returned in 1948 and has been continued every year since. If you have not heard of “scutching,” the process of scutching began in ancient India and other parts of Asia and eventually was introduced to our ancestors at the turn of the 20th century. In layman terms, it’s four-step method of harvesting flax plants and spinning the fibers into clothing. As you walk around the festival, several locals have perfected this craft and will perform live demonstrations to teach you about the process!

Festival Happenings

In addition to the cloth-making demonstration, there are several other exciting events at this year’s Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival. As you walk around, you’ll hear the sounds the live music playing, the sights of craft booths lining the grounds, and the smells of homemade foods. When you walk around, visit the Civil War and covered wagon exhibits as well as watch a staged Indian raid. You don’t want to miss out on this fascinating cultural display!

The Car, Motorcycle, and Truck Show is typically held in June. This special event begins at Montique Grove and is a caravan down Route 711 in Stahlstown. All proceeds from this car showcase benefit the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival!

Enjoy the Other Three Fall Festivals

Each of the 4 Fall Festivals showcases live demonstrations, interactive displays, and culinary treats to teach you about our history. These celebrations are held over the weekends in September and offer insights into the progress of our community. Each of these fascinating celebrations offers a glimpse into the simpler lives and times of the 19th century.

If you are visiting us during the month, consider extending your getaway with one of our specials. Each of these tantalizing offers makes it easier to enjoy more of culture, the 800 acres of Oak Lodge, and spend a little extra time away from your daily routine!  

Plan Your Getaway With Oak Lodge

Once you experience the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival, unwind in your luxurious accommodation at our bed and breakfast. We invite you to browse our gorgeous selection of luxurious suites and reserve the ideal one for your getaway. Here at Oak Lodge, our stunning retreats exude the essence of rustic elegance with touches of natural wood, stunning masonry, and beautiful antiques. You’ll also be delighted by the private deck, which showcases views of our property and is one of the best places to enjoy a sunrise or sunset in the Laurel Highlands.

Book your autumn vacation with us this year!