Light Up Night
Santa Claus, Light Up Night &
Candlelight Tours Return To The Castle!
Brownsville Light Up Night falls on Friday, Nov. 28th this year and Nemacolin Castle will host the festivities. The grounds open at 4:00 pm with Civil War encampments, vendors, food and music available to the public free of charge. Then, sometime after dusk, dozens of wailing fire trucks, ambulances and police cars will clear the luminary illuminated streets for Santa and Mrs. Claus as they are escorted through the streets of Brownsville and West Brownsville to their final destination, Nemacolin Castle. Here the big man himself will give away candy, take pictures with and hear the wishes of local youth. The event will take place no matter the reasonably inclement weather. Phone (724) 785-6882 for further info..
With the return of the Christmas season, Nemacolin Castle will open its doors for its popular Christmas Candlelight Tours, staged every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening beginning Friday Nov. 28th and running through December 28th (except Dec. 26th) . Come and be guided down the seasonally decorated hallways and through the 22 spacious rooms of Nemacolin Castle as the spirit of Christmas fills your heart. Christmas trees and lights are everywhere as you cuddle with friends and family against the chilling embrace of approaching winter, drinking free wassail to warm your bones as friendly guides relive for your imagination Christmases past of the 1700's. Every room is decorated by a local volunteer member of the National Historic Society. Bring your cameras (no video please)! Tour fees of $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under help maintain the castle and its grounds throughout the year,
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For additional information regarding 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.
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.