West Overton illustrates the rise of the American Industrial Revolution. The Overholts, a Mennonite family who purchased the property in 1803, transformed their small family farm and an industrial powerhouse throughout the 1800s. West Overton supported a distilling complex that produced one of the country’s oldest and most renowned rye whiskey brands, along with a commercial coverlet factory, a gristmill, a cooperage, a coal mine with 110 coke ovens, and a community of agricultural and industrial workers. West Overton native Henry Clay Frick left his fortune to his daughter, Helen Clay Frick, who purchased the property in 1922 as a way to memorialize her father. West Overton Village has been a museum since 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Discover the Overholt family's enterprise centered around whiskey production and explore how changes in technology, industry, and labor affected businesses and workers. Step onto the grounds and into the past as you are surrounded by 20 original, historic buildings set on 40 acres.
Your experience at West Overton will be fascinating and fun. We celebrate the robust history of entrepreneurialism and our regional cultural heritage.