Compass Inn Museum and Historic Site is an authentically restored stagecoach hostelry and tavern. From 1799 until 1862 it served as a popular inn for travelers on the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Turnpike. The original Inn is constructed of logs with a stone wing added in 1820 and is furnished with an extensive collection of period pieces. While George Washington never stayed at Compass Inn, other noteworthy folks such as Henry Clay, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson, and President-elect Zachary Tyler were listed among the guests.
Enjoy “history with a smile” at Compass Inn Museum. Dressed in 1830's period clothing, our docents will lead you on an entertaining and informative tour through our original Inn and 3 reconstructed outbuildings. They will tell stories of transportation and life in the early 1800s while conveying word and phrase origins. . . . keeping our history alive. Our cookhouse features an authentic functioning beehive oven and hearth. The blacksmith shop has a working forge, and our barn houses an authentic, restored stagecoach and Conestoga wagon, complete with a Six-horse Bell Hitch.
Compass Inn Museum is a project of the Ligonier Valley Historical Society. It is located on Route 30, just 3 miles east of Fort Ligonier.
Please do visit our Museum Store where you will find handcrafted items made by local artisans.
Exciting times to visit and tour Compass Inn Museum:
Living History Weekends – Third weekend of the month - June, July & August
Halloween Storytelling – Last weekend of October
Harvest Tours – First thru third Saturdays in November
Holiday Candlelight Tours – Saturdays & Sundays from the Saturday after Thanksgiving thru the second Sunday in December
Festival of Lights - First weekend in December
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GROUP TOUR FEES
Our basic tour includes a docent lead tour through the barn with the authentic stagecoach and wagons, the Inn, the cookhouse, and the blacksmith shop. Demonstrations in the cookhouse and blacksmith shop can be arranged for groups of 10 or more for an additional fee of $1.50 per person per demonstration.
Basic tours last 90 minutes, add an additional 30 minutes if requesting demonstrations in our cookhouse and blacksmith shop. And make sure you leave time to visit our Museum Store where you will find handcrafted items made by local artisans.
$9 per adult and $5 for youth, 6-17 years of age, for groups of 20+ participants
$10 per adult and $6 for youth, 6-17 years of age, for groups under 20 participants
Tour guides and bus drivers are always complimentary, children 5 and under are free.
Reservations required 1 month prior to visit.
Mid-April thru last weekend in October
Tuesday - Saturday . . . . 11 am - 4 pm
Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 pm - 5 pm
***Special tour times can be arranged for groups of 20 or more***
Exciting times to visit and tour Compass Inn Museum and Historic Site
Living History Weekends – third weekend of the month - June, July & August
Halloween Storytelling – Last 2 weeks of October
Harvest Candlelight Tours – First full weekend in November thru third weekend in November
Holiday Candlelight Tours – Tuesday after Thanksgiving thru third Saturday in December
Festival of Lights – First Saturday in December through the next Wednesday at Ligonier Town Hall
Shorter or Longer Tours Available:
The Pale Blue Eye Book Club
Hop thru History, A Brewing Event, Returns to Compass Inn Museum