Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities.


In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, PA SHPO is highlighting some of these “Favorite Pennsylvania Places” on this blog and across PHMC’s social media accounts on Mondays and Fridays in May and June. This series will run in addition to our regular Wednesday posts.

We have asked a few of our statewide and regional partners to share with our audience one of their favorite neighborhood older or historic places they are looking forward to connecting with again once it is safe to do so.

Today’s Spotlight: Nancy Moses

Our first entry to kick off this Preservation Month series is Nancy Moses, Chair of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, talking about why Old Economy Village in Ambridge, Beaver County is one of her favorite Pennsylvania places.

Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village is one of the PHMC’s historic sites. Harmonists, a Christian communal society, founded the village in 1824. The entire village was designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) district in 1966. You can read the NHL nomination and other information in the PA SHPO archive on CRGIS for Key #001269.

Old Economy Village is currently closed because of COVID-19. You can learn more about this interesting Pennsylvania place and plan for a trip after it re-opens for visitors by checking out the Old Economy Village website.

Share your #FavoritePAPlace

What older and historic places in your community are you looking forward to connecting with again?  Share your answer with us in the comments or email us at

Use the hashtags #FavoritePAPlace and/or #PreservationHappensHere and your entry just might be featured, too!