The Birthplace of Henry Clay Frick

Memories of the Heirloom Tomato Festival

Last summer, I drove on down to the Heirloom Tomato Festival at the West Overton Village in Scottdale.(Scottdale is a few miles from Mt Pleasant.)  It’s here, in rural Pennsylvania, that  industrialist Henry Clay Frick was born.  If you’ve toured Frick’s  regal Clayton in the Regent Square neighborhood of Pittsburgh, then you  need to go back to the beginning at the West Overton Village.  Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until Spring, because the museum is closed for the season. Sorry about that.  But if you find yourself in the Scottdale area in the next month or so, all is not lost.(It’s not far from Sand Hill Berry Farm and  a nice little day trip from the Burgh.)   Scottdale is an old  town filled with beautiful architecture. They have  a great little architectural guide that’s available at most stores in town. And right on the main street of Scottdale  is Miss Martha’s Tea Room.

On a ice-cold, flurry filled afternoon, I opened to the door to a warm and bustling restaurant, filled with guests and decorated with carefully chosen antiques and florals, many of which were for sale.  And Miss Martha sure has good taste in the chandeliers.  I fell in love with the two that were shaped like giant acorns. Too bad they weren’t for sale.


The menu had High Tea as an option, but since two guests were required for that, I went for a grilled portabello panini instead.  My sandwich was toasty and filled with lots of  red peppers, mushrooms and spinach.  I sipped an apricot tea and  tried a slice of chocolate mousse pie (all desserts made in house) before I got on my way.  I’m going to round up some girlfriends and take a drive out again soon for their High Tea. I love that Henry Clay Frick was born just down the road, in the springhouse of a humble farm.