For a long time, a woman's place was in the home; she kept busy taking care of the family. Oftentimes, it meant long hours at the spinning wheel. But, at the turn of the 20th century, a different kind of wheel got her attention. The automobile set women on the road toward greater freedom and work opportunities. Some little known facts about Women at the Wheel: In 1916, the Girl Scouts started their 'Automobiling Badge' for girls who could demonstrate their driving skill, basic auto mechanics, and first-aid skills. Henry Ford began hiring widows and single women in 1922 to work in his automobile factory 'so they could dress attractively and get married'. In 1955, Dodge introduced the La Femme - a pink, two-door coupe for women, featuring a matching pink calf-skin purse! The beloved Ford Mustang was created not as a muscle car, but to reach the female market. Who knew? In 1984, out with the station wagon, in with the mini-van by Chrysler. The term 'soccer mom' was coined as mothers had a roomy vehicle with easy access to haul kids, sports equipment, and groceries.
The Pie Shoppe
Serving the Lincoln Highway since 1947, The Pie Shoppe is home to the famous cinnamon rolls that derive from a family recipe originated on a Navy battleship that was part of the fleet escorting the U.S.S. North Carolina. This classic bakery situated on the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is a tasty and comforting addition to any tour. Be amazed by the aromas and options of sweet treats and delicious meals! Did you know? With 66 years of serving hungry travelers and locals, many of the original recipes were those that fed Pennsylvania Turnpike workers constructing one of the main arteries through the Laurel Highlands region in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Compass Inn Museum
The Compass Inn, a restored stagecoach stop along the Historic Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is where you can experience the lifestyle, open hearth and cook ovens, the kitchen and gadgetry used back in the day! Here, using word etymology, the costumed docent's share why we call a toaster a toaster, and so much more. Enter the rooms separating the ladies and the gents, where women spent much of their time - Spinning at the Wheel. Did You Know? Adjacent to the Compass Inn Museum, is the barn that features an authentic stagecoach, a Blacksmith shop, and a Cookhouse which is fully functioning and used during special events.
Historic Ligonier Shopping District
Experience 'Main Street America' in charming historic Ligonier. Equine Chic to the finest Gift Shoppes, Chocolate, Yarn and Jewelry; there is truly something for everyone to enjoy! Did you know? In 1894, the Diamond was transformed from a corral for horses and wagons into the beautiful bandstand and park you see today!
Lincoln Highway Experience
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, Route 30, our country's first coast-to-coast highway, celebrated its 100th Anniversary year in 2013. Welcome to the almost 200 year old building that houses the Lincoln Highway Experience, where you will be greeted by Miss Manners herself - Emily Post! She will regale her 1915 automobile trip across the United States with her nephew, Ned. Include an entertaining video presentation on the Lincoln Highway, a photo exhibit of the historic route through Pennsylvania, several interpretive exhibits on Roadside Architecture, and impressive artisan items in the Gift Shop! Did you know?The first woman, a 22-year old, drove across the United States in 1909.
Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery
The impressive Foster and Muriel Coverlet Gallery is presented in the Fred Rogers Center on the stunning Saint Vincent College Campus. Brilliantly crafted textiles, the history of the weaving industry, stunning examples of folk art and design. A collection of almost 400 hand-woven coverlets made in America during the first half of the nineteenth century are showcased on a rotating exhibits. This collection is one of the most prominent displays of 'figured and fancy' coverlets in the United States. Did you know? A love of American history led the McCarls to purchase their first historic coverlet in 1959.
Historic Hanna's Town
Historic Hanna's Town, where you will not only have a 'spot of tea', the ladies will share their stories of time spent at the Spinning Wheel. This village offers much more, but is a very nice way to pull your days together, weaving your way through Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands! Did you know? Hanna's Town features three vintage 18th century log houses, a reconstruction of a Revolutionary-era Fort, a Blockhouse and a Conestoga wagon.