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An 18th century time of visiting and thanksgiving for the harvest will be observed at the Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park on Sunday, November 23, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The "Miller family" and their friends - volunteers dressed in period attire - will prepare and display foods common to the times using the open hearth, bake oven, and fire pit. Past celebrations have included dishes such as colonial game pie, roast venison, and pumpkin soup.

At 2:30 guests are invited to meet at the log house to learn about a typical church service of the late 18th century. The "Rev. John Macmillan" - an 18th century minister - will be present with Biblical readings and a portion of an actual sermon of his from 1780.

Historic crafts such as spinning, weaving, quilting, and blacksmith work will be demonstrated. Tours of the Stone House, Log House, springhouse, forge, and barn will be given throughout the afternoon.

Come experience the atmosphere of the Oliver Miller Homestead at twilight as you wander the grounds of this fine old home at the end of the day. The homes, buildings, and grounds will be lit by candles and lanterns and the Miller family and their friends will be seen as they rest and prepare for the end of the day. For one Sunday only, November 2, the Homestead will be open from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m.

The gentlemen will be found around the fire at the fire pit as they discuss the politics of the day and wonder about what course they should follow. In the Stone House, the ladies will also discuss these events and will be doing stitchery, cooking, and sharing neighborhood news.

On the porch of the Stone House, guests may purchase warm cider and cookies of the type appropriate to the Miller times.

Other activities will allow guests to learn how to start a fire with a striker and flint and the making of balls for shooting. In addition, the forge will be open and working. The barn will be open and will hold displays relative to the Whiskey Rebellion.

The Oliver Miller Homestead, a historic landmark and Whiskey Rebellion site, is located on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle in South Park. It is open every Sunday through December 7 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. An admission of $2 is asked. For more information and a map, visit our website at www.15122.olivermiller.org or contact us at 412-835-1554.

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