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Depreciation Lands Museum

About Us

The Depreciation Lands Museum is a vibrant Colonial era living history settlement, that by 1805 was known as Talley Cavey. Staffed entirely by volunteers, our mission is to "Preserve and interpret the history of the Depreciation Lands and Hampton Township." Created by Hampton Township in 1973, the museum seeks to present the lifestyle, hopes and dreams, of the early European settlers in the Depreciation Lands.

In 1783, the state of Pennsylvania set aside 720,000 acres of land in western Pennsylvania to compensate its Revolutionary War soldiers for their services, since the dollar had depreciated drastically during the war. Known as The Depreciation Lands, the area included all of the North Hills of Pittsburgh, and further, to a line 4 1/2 miles north of the present city of Butler, thereby, also encompassing parts of Butler, Beaver, Lawrence and Armstrong Counties.

The Museum's peaceful wooded grounds transport the visitor into an earlier time, with costumed 18th century interpreters every Sunday afternoon during the season, which extends from May - October. The site includes the Pine Creek Covenanter Church, built in 1837, and the associated cemetery, the Armstrong log house, built in 1803, an herb garden, a replica school, circa 1885, working blacksmith shop, bee hive bake oven, smoke house and Tavern, an 18th century style gathering place. The Barn houses a Conestoga wagon, displays, workshop, and a replica Mercantile.

The Cemetery and peaceful, shady grounds, furnished with picnic tables, are open Sunrise to Sunset every day.

Dedicated Volunteers offer a variety of family friendly activities each Sunday throughout the season. Be sure to check our Hours of operation and the Calendar of special events.

If you like visiting, you may love volunteering to be part of things! Please visit the Volunteers Page to learn more! All of us were once visitors, too!

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