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SRU Old Stone House offers glimpse of pioneer life


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House will host “Pioneer Day” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 18, at the Butler County landmark offering a glimpse of pioneer life in western Pennsylvania.

The day will provide a way to see what it was like to have been a settler on the western Pennsylvania frontier. Demonstrations will include butter churning, candlemaking and historic cooking techniques – samples will be offered.

Living history interpreters will offer talks on the day-to-day life of pioneers and explain travel on the frontier.

Paintings portraying frontier life will be displayed and a master gardener will talk about how early pioneers lived off the land using herbs and plants as food and medicine.

The Old Stone House, Butler County’s most recognized landmark, will be open for guided tours.

 Admission to Pioneer Day is free, but donations are welcomed.  

The Old Stone House is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173, just south of Slippery Rock

The historic site is managed by SRU. Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history, is the facility’s curator.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives. -