Ambridge in Beaver County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The large, two-story Blaine House was dismantled and reassembled here some time after the June 1824 arrival of the Harmony Society at Economy. According to tradition, the building was used as one of the places for the first Harmonists in Economy to stay while they built the town. It was later used as a school, and eventually a warehouse. After the close of the Society in 1905 it served as a Presbyterian church for a short time and later as an apartment building with major renovations (circa 1930).
The Harmony Society built a new school in 1884. Many Harmonist hired workers' children attended this school. Prior to becoming trustees of the Harmony Society, John Duss (1860-1951) and his wife Susie Duss (1859-1946) taught school in this building. After the Society closed in 1905, the structure stood vacant until it was turned into an apartment building around 1930.
Constructed in 1904, the third school was the Economy Public School, also known as the Fourth Ward School of Ambridge. The building was designed by the first female architect in western
Erected by Ambridge Historic District, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Ambridge Rotary Club, Old Economy Village.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1824.
Location. 40° 35.883′ N, 80° 13.939′ W. Marker is in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, in Beaver County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Church Street and Laughlin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ambridge PA 15003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Harmonist Church and Fire Department (within shouting distance of this marker); Distillery, Cider Press, and Laundry (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blacksmith and Wagonmaker Shops (about 500 feet away); Economy Hotel (about 700 feet away); Harmonist Church / St. John's Lutheran Church (about 700 feet away); Water Pump, Bank, Restaurant, Croatian Club (about 700 feet away); Harmony Society Church (about 700 feet away); Carriage House and Summer Kitchen (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ambridge.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2022, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 13, 2022, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.