The Oliver Miller Homestead is an 18th century historic site that is open to the public every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 PM (except Mother’s Day and Father’s Day) from the beginning of May until the first Sunday in December with the last admission at 4 PM. A SPECIAL EVENT is held once a month with the exception of August.
Tours are self-guided. Miller Homestead docents dress in period attire, give information about the Miller family and the history of the area. Guides demonstrate crafts, cook outdoors and over the open hearth, and answer questions. There are six buildings located on the property that are open to the public. Two are original stone buildings.
ADMISSION: $2.00 /person for Special Events ~ $1.00 on other Sundays.
Phone 412-835-1554 – Special weekday group tours or school tours may be arranged in advance.
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SPECIAL EVENTS FOR 2017
May 7 The Homestead Awakens Meet individual members of the Miller family as they go about their spring chores. All the buildings will be open and the gardens will be in their spring glory. All 2017 events will be previewed.
May 20 & 21 Frontier Militia Encampment
The Miller boys were members of the local 18th century militia, men who were expected to protect the frontier. A militia encampment will be held on the grounds of the Miller Homestead. Expect to be recruited!
June 11 Into the Gardens The Homestead boasts a variety of gardens – medicinal herb, kitchen, perennial, woodland wildflower, grain, a raspberry patch and a dye patch. A docent will be stationed at each one to show the plants and answer questions. A plant sale will also be held.
July 2 Liberty Day The Millers recall the family’s service in the Revolutionary War. The Declaration will be read and celebrated. George Washington is expected to visit Mansfield.
July 16 Whiskey Rebellion Day The Whiskey Rebellion was the most significant domestic disturbance until the Civil War. The Miller family’s involvement in this historic event is reviewed with the aid of three short skits, “Serving the Writ”, “The Women Speak” and “William Miller is Kentucky Bound” which will begin at 2:30 PM.
September 17 Living off the Land From fixing a shelter and foraging for food to building a home and planning to have enough to eat over the winter, our forefathers and mothers possessed a number of skills that have been lost to us today. See how these remarkable people were able to survive and later thrive as they settled on the frontier in the late 18th century.
October 15 Children’s Harvest Festival Children can try their hand at 18th century games and crafts such as tin punch, corn crafts, doll making, butter churning, writing with a quill, bobbing for apples, sack racing & more. You are encouraged to come early in order to experience all the activities.
November 5 (special time – 4:30-7:30 PM) An Evening at Mansfield In November of 1794, Federal troops were in the area, eager to arrest anyone who was suspected of participating in the past summer’s violence of the hated whiskey tax. Join the Miller family and their neighbors as they gather at Mansfield, the home of James Miller. This is the only day when you can see the Homestead illuminated by candlelight and cressets. Warm cider and cookies will be available in the barn.
November 19 Giving Thanks on the Frontier The Miller family and their friends will gather to give thanks as a feast is prepared at the open hearth and bake oven. John McMillan, an 18th century Presbyterian minister who founded a number of churches in the area, will be on hand to conduct a short church service.
December 3 Hogmanay This festive Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration shoos out the old and welcomes the new. Haggis will be prepared at the open hearth. Participate in Highland games and join the Scottish dancers in the barn.
Click here for: 2017 OMH Special Events Sheet
Click here for: Trifold Brochure 2017