For years, my friend Annette has been telling me about a great little museum near Ligonier, PA, called the Compass Inn. I finally got there over the weekend. What a hidden gem!!!! My daughter and I were practically the only folks there and so we had the docents to ourselves. Not a historical site gone wild, this old stagecoach stop is filled with original memorabilia and lots of history. I loved it. All of the rooms had treasures like the owner’s own beaver top hat, bone eating utensils and even an old stagecoach.
My favorite stops on the tour were the Common Room with its giant fireplace and both the inside and outside kitchens. The beehive oven in the outside cooking house is a bakers dream. Can you imagine the breads, pizzas and roasted chickens that could come out of that? Our docent mentioned special living history weekends where donuts and other goodies are made in the kitchens. At the end of August, they are having a brewmaster on site for demos. This museum is really a find. I’ve lived in the Pittsburgh area all my life and never even knew it was there until my friend who grew up in a nearby town kindly spilled the beans. They only take cash and checks, so don’t arrive penniless (or practically penniless) like we did because you won’t be able to buy all of the history and recipe packed little books in the gift shop. This place is real treasure.