Mountain Craft Days coming to western Pennsylvania

The Somerset Historical Center, a 150-acre rural history museum located 4 miles north of the town of Somerset, Pennsylvania, is celebrating its 41st Annual Mountain Craft Days this weekend, Sept. 10-12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Mountain Craft Days is a three-day outdoor festival featuring 125 crafts persons, artisans, and entertainers interpreting the rural folkways of western Pennsylvania. The event is held annually on the first weekend after Labor Day and draws over 13,000 visitors to the site each September.

Over 125 craft artisans, musicians, and entertainers will be on hand to interpret the rich frontier heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania. Mountain Craft Days was founded in 1970 to preserve and interpret the wonderful historic craft and trades heritage of Somerset County, and with over 100 booths and a dozen outdoor performance sites located within walking distance of each other in gentle meadows and along wooded paths a wonderful mix of historical demonstrations, music and food is available for visitors to enjoy.

Area RV parks and campgrounds include Kooser State Park, Laurel Hill State Park, Pioneer Park Campground and Woodland Campsites. Pay close attention to the reviews of these campgrounds at, however, as several campers had specific complaints about some of them.

The event is rain or shine. Weather permitting, there will be free on-site parking at the Historical Center on Friday September 11. A weekend shuttle bus will transport visitors free of charge to the site from designated parking areas on Saturday and Sunday. Follow the directional signs to the designated free parking and shuttle areas. The quick and efficient shuttle busses will run continuously starting at 9:45 a.m. each day.

Mountain Craft Days is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County. Proceeds from the event benefit the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County and are used to help preserve and interpret Somerset County's history and heritage.

General admission is $7 for adults; children 6-17 are $4, and children under 5 are free of charge.

Persons who need special assistance or accommodation are encouraged to call the Historical Center at (814) 445-6077 in advance to discuss their needs.

The Somerset Historical Center preserves the history of life in rural southwestern Pennsylvania from the times of the region's first farmers to the present day through exhibits, workshops and educational programs. The Somerset Historical Center also serves as the headquarters of the Historical & Genealogical Society of Somerset County. Permanent orientation exhibits and videos can be seen in the Visitors Center, constructed in 1997. The Visitors Center is also home to the Historical Society’s Genealogical Research Library and additional changing exhibits.
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My family (wife and three kids, sometimes the dog) and I have been RV campers since 2007. We own a 2000 Trail-Lite B22 Bantam hybrid, our tow vehicle is a 2006 Trailblazer LT EXT (5.3 V8 with 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio), and our setup includes the Equalizer sway controller. Looking to upgrade the camper in the near future, but until then we get out 2-3 times a month in season.