Compass Inn Museum

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GeekHistory
Dover, DE792 contributions
Excellent small town museum
Sep. 2019
Another excellent small town museum full of history, this is one of those stops where the guided tour adds so much more to the experience. Had we walked through the place it would have been a 15 minute walk, but the tour guide explains the history of the Compass Inn as a stagecoach stop. Well decorated and restored to the decor of the era. The day we were there we also saw a live lesson from the local blacksmith.

A bit out of the way, a few miles from Ligonier on Route 30, but worth a stop if you love history.
Written August 9, 2020
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ALocksley
Stafford, VA286 contributions
Nifty!
Nov. 2019
The Compass Inn Museum is a terrific interpretive museum offering visitors a look into an 18th century stagecoach stop. Yep, stagecoaches existed before the days of the wild west. Back before the highway, before the railroad, stage was the way to travel. At the Compass Inn, you'll learn all about the stagecoaches and what it was like to travel in them. The inn itself has several rooms: a dining area, a meeting area, and a couple of bedrooms upstairs (wait 'til you hear how many people could occupy each one). But your visit isn't over yet! Stop by the free-standing kitchen, where interpreters offer samples of period recipes prepared on the premises. Then, there's the blacksmith shop - pretty snazzy compared to others - where demonstrations are offered. There's also a barn, which wasn't open when we were there. During the off-season, the inn offers candlelight tours on weekends, providing even more atmosphere for the visitor. And, like every good museum, there's a gift shop. Indoor photos of the inn are not permitted in order to protect the large collection of original artifacts (this, despite the fact that they burn two fireplaces and a large number of candles this time of year!). There is a small-ish parking lot but extra parking is available in the adjacent field. The Compass Inn Museum is certainly worth your time if you're in the area.
Written November 11, 2019
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Amber G
Butler, PA66 contributions
Living history
Aug. 2019 • Family
Unique stage coach stop from 1700-1800!!! Wonderful tour guide who walked us thru the tavern, the house ,the cook house ,barn, blacksmith shop and grounds.she was an excellent story teller and we were able to ask questions and understand what life was like in those days. They also were having a camp for children and were teaching them how to dip candles and make things out of tin like the pioneers did. A wonder couple of hours I recommend to everyone to experience!!!
Written August 10, 2019
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RTreptow
Indianapolis, IN71 contributions
Surprising Gem in PA!
Jul. 2019 • Family
We got an excellent and thorough guided tour of a part of American History that was just excellent! Interesting, enlightening, intriguing, and educational, I learned things I had never thought of or imagined. I would highly recommend this as a must see spot for history buffs.
Written July 23, 2019
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PatP905
Johnstown, PA44 contributions
More to see that we first thought
May 2019 • Couples
We took advantage of Free Museum Day to visit this attraction because we had believed it to be just another museum with stacks of artifacts. However, we were pleasantly surprised by our experience here. Because this former stagecoach stop remained in the same family for several generations, a lot of the furnishings and other artifacts were authentic to the location, including some stagecoach tickets found during renovations.
The guides provided lots of interesting facts and stories, and the blacksmith re-enactors were especially interesting. Although it was free on the day we visited, this attraction is well worth the normal admission charge.
Written May 6, 2019
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nurse15601
Greensburg pa102 contributions
Halloween weekend visit for ghost tour
Oct. 2017
Kinda cheesy, stories were pretty cool. Really enjoyed the blacksmith demo.
Storytellers need to check their facts.
Written November 12, 2017
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Judy W
69 contributions
Lots of History
Sep. 2017 • Couples
As a volunteer guide at a local historical site near my home which also deals heavily with transportation, I had a keen interest in seeing this museum. I was not disappointed. Their collection of artifacts is very extensive and spread throughout several buildings. Things are displayed in a very logical fashion as if they were going to be used “today”. And I must say, I saw a couple of things that I had never seen before in my 70+ years. The guides dress in period costume to add to the experience. Don’t miss this stop if you are in the area.
Written October 3, 2017
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Bob B
Fredericksburg, VA29 contributions
Neat place!
Jun. 2017 • Couples
Very interesting and nice to see so many local antiques/artifacts still with the inn. The guide was very knowledgeable. Awesome that the log part has been there since 1799!
Written July 6, 2017
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dunald0
Ligonier, PA203 contributions
Family
May 2017
The family went to visit on free museum day May7. Saw the inn and community building and the blacksmith building then the stable. All had people explaining things in each of the buildings.
Written May 8, 2017
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Larry C
Hannibal, NY36 contributions
Old Stage Coach stop
Jul. 2016 • Family
Very interesting and informative tour of an old stage coach stop dating back to the early 1800's. Tour takes about an hour and the the original Compass inn is still there. The other buildings have been recreated to be authentic. There is the stage coach barn, the cook house, and a blacksmith building. Guide was very knowledgeable.
Written July 26, 2016
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