Weapons of War at Penn’s Colony


Bagpipes in morning sun rise at Penn’s Colony.

SAXONBURG, BUTLER COUNTY (Sept. 25, 2015) – The stirring harmony of bagpipes will open the festivities Saturday at the annual festival that commemorates the region’s early American history of the 1750s. The act of playing the bagpipe was banned in Scotland after the Battle of Culloden in 1745, when it was classified as an instrument of war by the British court. However, a decade later, the ban was lifted when the British enlisted the Scots to fight for the British Empire during the French & Indian War which had its flashpoint in western Pennsylvania.

This is one of the many quirky, yet important facts of our Pittsburgh history that one discovers at the 32-year-old Penn’s Colony Festival which continues this Saturday and Sunday, Route 228 Saxonburg, just north of Pittsburgh.

The festival weaves French & Indian War era (1754-1760) history through a recreated colonial marketplace of 185 craftsmen in the midst of “PublickTymes,” an 18th century community harvest-time celebration of dancing, galas, theatre and shopping. This year’s festival features Irish and Scottish music, Bagpipes and Drums and 18th century Circus and Magic shows and continuous activities in the 18th century living history encampments and throughout the festival village.

.Penn’s Colony also spotlights another aspect of American history – quality hand craftsmanship. “The village marketplace presents handmade artisan quality wares from local resources which are the top trending concerns, said spokesperson Beth Rush. Not only do Penn’s Colony artisans compare their handwork to any imported item, most of them offer a lifetime guarantee.”

Eighteenth century living history adds French Calvary, and French Artillery to the French, British and Scottish re-enactor groups who present French and Indian era events with battle re-enactments.

There also will be horse-drawn surrey rides, food booths, participation activities with sing-a-longs and magic acts, and demonstrations of various trade and home crafts such as blacksmithing, carving, needle arts, silversmithing, and glass-blowing.

Rain or shine, the family-oriented event will be held September 26, 27 on the easy walking, tree-lined grounds of Penn’s Colony Village, 365 Saxonburg Blvd., Saxonburg, Butler County. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Ticket cost is $8 for adults (ages 16-59); $6 seniors (age 60 and over); $5 children (ages 8-15); free for children age 7 and younger. For directions, ticket prices and festival overview, visit www.pennscolony.com. For questions, send email to [email protected] or call 724-352-9922

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