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Old Economy Village

270 Sixteenth Street, Ambridge, PA 15003

Old Economy Village is a historic settlement in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, it lies on the banks of the Ohio River and is surrounded by downtown Ambridge. Established in 1824, the village is the last of three settlements built in the United States by the Harmony Society, a Christian theosophy and pietist group. The Harmonites named their last town Economy, after the spiritual notion of the Divine Economy. Here, under the business acumen and efficient management of Frederick Rapp, they enjoyed such prosperity that by 1829 they dominated the trade and the markets of Pittsburgh and down the Ohio River. The village was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1966 under the name of "Old Economy."

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