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History Speaks Series

May – October 2019 (Select Dates)

7 p.m.


$10 in advance OR

$12 at the door for individual programs OR

$35 for entire series

10% discount for BRBHS Members

Join us for four entertaining and informative programs covering historical and cultural aspects of early life in Western Pennsylvania.

May 15: “The Shawnee” by Tom Vecchio    

June 19: “The Jacobites: History and Culture” by Thompson Highlanders

September 18: “Distilling Whiskey” by Aaron Hollis

October 16: “Sheep to Shawl” by Loyalhannon Spinners 

Contact Bushy Run Battlefield at 724-527-5584 for tickets and reservations, and see individual event postings for more details!

Bushy Run Market

May – September 2019 (4th Saturday of every month!)

8:00 a.m. – noon

Cost: FREE to all visitors!

Join us for Bushy Run Battlefield’s newest event, the Bushy Run Market! Beginning  Saturday, May 25, the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society, Inc. (BRBHS) will host an open air market the fourth Saturday of every month during the 2019 season. A variety of vendors of all sorts of wares will be featured. Our concession stand will also be open offering limited food items and FREE coffee and tea to visitors!

For Prospective Vendors:

On each Bushy Run Market day, the battlefield gate will open at 7 a.m. for vendors to set up in their 10′ designated space. There will be two designated spaces for vendors including our ‘Memory Lane’ next to the pavilion and the wooded area directly next to the Visitor Center and Museum.  Vendors will be grouped according to the items being sold. There will be no set up after 7:30 a.m.  Vehicles will be allowed only to ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ during set up and closing time, depending on weather and ground conditions. Vendors are responsible for all tables, tents, and other equipment. No electricity will be provided. Products NOT acceptable at the market include the sale of: live animals, firearms (or ammunition, explosives, etc.), third party sales, or contract sales (products must change hands on the day of the market).

2019 Vendor Fees:

$50.00 to reserve spot for entire market season (5 Saturdays)

$20.00 per individual market day

Contact for all space requests and other questions. NO reservations are to be made through the society or museum operations.

*NEW* – Historical Sewing Courses

(First Course) Thursday, September 26

Remaining courses will meet the second Thursday of every month.

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Bushy Run Stone Room

Cost: $20 for both instructional course & open studio; $10 for open studio only

Instructor: Jessica Young, Penny River Historic & Custom Costumes

Come learn historical sewing techniques in this NEW, hands-on seminar series! Each class will be comprised of one hour of formal instruction and one hour of open studio time that will allow any and all levels of sewers to come work on projects of their choice or practice their stitching in a group setting.

Classes will focus on the basics of hand sewing from a historical perspective and will be appropriate for all sewing levels, from true “never held a needle” beginners to proficient craftspeople. Participants will study and practice the most common stitches and their uses with instructional materials dating to the 18th and 19th century (as well as modern sources). All class participants will be given the chance to create a sampler book with their own work as a reference for future projects and are welcome to stay for the Open Studio hour following class. Students are welcome to work at their own pace, and ample hands-on instruction will be provided.

Sampler instruction books, needles, thread, and fabric swatches will be provided for all paid class participants.

The historical sewing open studio invites craftspeople from all eras to meet and work in the company of each other and experts.  It’s nearly impossible to make well fitting clothes for yourself *by* yourself, and this is the perfect place to get help fitting your corset, setting a sleeve, or making sure that hem is even!  All levels of proficiency, and all eras of history are welcome in this BYO Project cooperative atmosphere.  Sewing machines, irons and boards, and other equipment will be available for use for studio participants.

Coffee/Tea and light refreshments will be available for the duration of both the instructional and open studio course components.

Courses will take place once a month beginning on Thursday, September 26. Following this first course, all remaining courses will take place the second Thursday of every month beginning October 10 unless otherwise noted. Each course will be led by expert, historical seamstress Jessica Young, owner of Penny River Historic & Custom Costumes. Her work can be viewed and purchased at

To preregister for each course, please contact or call 724-527-5584. While preregistration is recommended, walk-ins are welcome! Payment will be collected upon your arrival to the course and/or open studio session.  

Games Day at Bushy Run

Saturday, October 5

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $5.00 includes admission to the museum and a battlefield tour

Games Day is back at Bushy Run battlefield on October 5!  We will have a variety of historical miniature war-games ranging from fights between groups of tough foot-sloggers to aerial combat over the skies of the pacific.  If you are an experienced war-gamer and want to bring a game to run at the convention, please contact us at  If you would just like to play in one of our games all you have to do is show up.

If you have never played a war game before, there will be people to help you learn the ropes and explain how the games work.

Food and drink are available for purchase on-site.

Fall Tea

This event is SOLD OUT.

Saturday, October 12

1 – 3 p.m.

Cost: $25 per person

Experience the beauty of Western Pennsylvania along with the pleasures of a lovely afternoon tea in the elegant Stone Room at Bushy Run Battlefield. Tea, soup, salad, sandwiches, and pastries will be served.

History Speaks: “Sheep to Shawl”

Wednesday, October 16

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Bushy Run Stone Room

Cost: $10 in advance or $12 at the door

10% discount for BRBHS Members

Join us for the fourth program in our 2019 History Speaks Series, and learn about a variety of colonial fiber arts!

Listen to a presentation given by Deborah Hart and the Loyalhannon Spinners. During this program, the group will discuss a wide variety of fiber arts including spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, dying, crochet, rug hooking, and basket weaving. They will show a short video on their own shearing process. The audience will also have the opportunity for some hands-on participation using spinning wheels, carders, looms, and various types of equipment.

The Loyalhannon Spinners, a fiber arts group from Westmoreland and surrounding counties, has been together for 17 years and share a common interest in everything related to fiber arts. Their Sheep to Shawl team has participated in the Pennsylvania Farm Show and the Fiber is Beautiful Festival held in Waynesburg, PA. For more information on the group, visit their Facebook page, Loyalhannon Spinners, or their website,

Contact Bushy Run Battlefield at 724-527-5584 or stop by the Visitor Center during our operating hours for tickets and reservations!


Haunted History Hayride


If you are interested in being placed on our waiting list, please email or call the site at 724-527-5584. You will be notified if there are any cancellations or if we are able to add any seats to any of the wagons. 

Saturday, October 19

7 – 10 p.m.


Adults- $10

Children (ages 4-12)- $5

No one under 4 permitted.

Experience the battlefield from an entirely new perspective at night! Guided hay wagons will take visitors back in time as they stop along the trail where reenactors will portray the story of the Battle of Bushy Run. But beware! Ghosts and goblins are lurking in the woods and are too scary for those children under the age of 4. Admission includes entry to the Visitor Center and Museum.

There will be concessions available as well as ghost stories and children activities in the Stone Room. Remember to bring a flashlight to help navigate your way in the dark!

*Reservations are required for this event. Reservations begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, October 2nd and are on a first come first serve basis.

NEW THIS YEAR: Reservations will be taken online ONLY. Please do not call or email the site to book a reservation (unless you are calling to be placed on our wait list).

Click HERE to purchase your tickets starting October 2 at 9:00 AM!

If the event sells out, you may call the site at 724-527-5584 to be placed on a waiting list. If someone should cancel, we will promptly contact you with available seating information.

If you need to cancel your reservation, you may do so. No refunds will be given unless the event is cancelled by the BRBHS because of inclement weather. The rain date for this event is set for Saturday, October 26th.

Contact us at 724-527-5584 or email with any questions, comments, or concerns.