Get Your Cameras Ready For The Great Photo Ops Available At This Year's National Pike Road Festival at Nemacolin Castle!
Pike Days - May 15-16-17!
Pike Days returns to Nemacolin Castle Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16-17. The annual castle event brings in hundreds of tourists to check out the array of free entertainment, open air markets, Colonial and Civil War encampments, food stands, and castle and ghost tours (there is a fee for castle and ghost tours).
Events begin Friday, May 15th, when the castle opens its doors from noon to 5:00 pm for History Tours, a guided tour through the castle's 22 authentically decorated rooms from back when the Bowman family owned the property in the 1700's. History Tours continue Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The fee for History Tours is $8.00 for adults/$4.00 for children 12 and under.
Ghost Tours take over the castle Friday & Saturday evenings, May 16-17, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Also guided, this tour concentrates on the spiritual aspects of the castles dimly lit rooms and hallways. Lots of ghost documentaries have been shot here and there's plenty of mystery and dark stories to get your spine tingling. Tour fees are $9.00 for adults/$4.00 for children 12 and under.
Pike Days activities will begin on the castle grounds both Saturday & Sunday starting at 10:00 pm. Make sure to check out all the food, entertainment, Colonial and Civil War encampments, and craft vendors. Lots of good buys to be found!
Remember to always check the schedule page for future events. The castle always has something going on for the public at large. The castle grounds are open to the public for rest, relaxation and some really great family photo ops at no charge (except tours). Capture the 1700's in the background of your pics with the beauty of the castle or the 2010's and modern architecture with the Lane Bane Bridge crossing the exquisite Monongahela River.
Special arrangements for year round group tours (20+) can be made by calling tour coordinator Amanda Moser at 724-785-6882,
Check out our Twitter feed at @nemacolincastle for event updates. Remember, #nemacolincastle on event days for live coverage!
For additional information regarding upcoming activities at the castle call 724-785-6882, or check this website for updates at www.nemacolincastle.org. This website can also be accessed via smartphone or tablet.
Do you have a special event coming up such as a wedding (check out our pictures of the Gadish wedding on castle grounds), large family gathering or other photo opportunity where the historic backdrop of Nemacolin Castle might serve to enhance the celebration? For instance, a graduation photo session on the spacious castle lawns combined with a picnic and tours of the registered landmark's interior, transforming a normally a long, grueling day into a fun filled family afternoon. Or perhaps the castle's gazebo can serve as center stage for a meeting of your public service organization. Contact Nemacolin Castle's tour coordinator at 724-785-6882 to make arrangements and discuss available dates and fees, should any apply. Permission for organized events held on castle grounds must be secured and approved by the Historical Society in advance (at least a week, two or more weeks for complicated projects, such as concerts).
The Brownsville Historical Society operates historic Nemacolin Castle at 136 Front St. in Brownsville, Pa. Come visit us! Take a tour. Shop the gift shop. Step back in time to America's frontier period. Located just off U.S. Route 40 (locally called Market St.) in Brownsville, PA, Nemacolin Castle is also a registered Pennsylvania historic landmark. Tours of the castle interior and its spacious grounds are provided by enthusiastic groups of volunteers throughout the year (see schedule page).
Brownsville, PA has the distinct honor of listing two of its districts in the National Register of Historic Places: the downtown Brownsville Historic District and Brownsville's Northside Historic District. These areas includes 315 unique structures inside a two square mile area. Within this boundary, four sites have National Register of Historic Places registration: Nemacolin Castle, the Historic Church of St. Peters, the Dunlap Creek Bridge, and the Intercounty Bridge.
The castle is always looking for volunteers (both young and old) interested in preserving Brownsville's living history. If you would like to join this elite group who are the caretakers of your past, become a member of the Brownsville Historical Society. Fill out an application today.