On episode 1 of the Allegheny Valley History Podcast, guest host Dave Holoweiko of the Little Beaver Historical Society talks with Jeff Jones of the Burtner House Restoration Society about the 1821 historic landmark and the importance of volunteers to help maintain the house and keep it open to the public.
This episode was recorded March 15, 2019 at the Rachel Carson Homestead, Springdale, Pennsylvania. Host: Dave Holoweiko. Audiography: Kevin Farkas, Dave Holoweiko. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Prism Shard (“Lone Star Intro”), Zach Will (“Output 1-2”), Keys of Moon Music”(“ Easy Thoughts - Ambient Piano”). Other sound (available on YouTube): Project IDEA (“What is history?,” “US History & Pathways to Citizenship: What is History?”), corbettreport (“History Is Written By The Winners”), vlogbrothers (“How Young Is History?”), Martin Olliff (“Mod 1.2 What IS Local History”). ©Allegheny Valley History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.
Jeff Jones is the long-time president of the Burtner House Restoration Society. Originally from Natrona Heights, he is a life-long resident of the Allegheny Valley. His passion for local history and preserving our heritage for future generations inspires Jeff to keep the Burtner House open to the public.
The Burtner House
The Burtner House (also known as Burtner Stone House) is located on Burtner Road in Harrison Township, Pennsylvania (Exit 15 of the Allegheny Valley Expressway [Route 28]).
Constructed from 1818 to 1821 by Phillip Burtner, along Little Bull Creek
, the property was originally a working farm and residence of the Burtner family. Through the years, it served as an election polling station and as the setting for town meetings, including the discussions that lead to the construction of the Pennsylvania Canal
. The house served four generations of the Burtner family. Spared from demolition for the construction of Pennsylvania Route 28
, the Burtner House was added to the National Register of Historic Places
in 1972 and to the List of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks
The site is home to an annual strawberry festival in June and an annual harvest festival.
Support Local History
The Burtner House is cared for by volunteers and relies on its membership and the public for support. To find out how you can support the Burtner House, contact:
Jeff Jones (724-493-9678, BHRS1821@gmail.com) or Lucy Mahdik (724-224-7118).
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Dave Holoweiko hosts the Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast. He is a long-time local historian, performing artist, and producer with The Social Voice Project.
Dave is on the board of directors of the Little Beaver Historical Society in Darlington, Pennsylvania, and he is a representative of the Beaver County History Coalition. At Little Beaver Historical Society, he gives tours, coordinates exhibits and displays, and manages the museum’s social media. In 2017 at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Dave produce the award-winning historical play, Soldier, Come Home!, by Frank W. Wicks. His other credits include producing the History Radio Show for The Social Voice Project.
Dave is a 1978 honors graduate of Beaver Falls High School and attended the Community College of Beaver County. He spent 25 years traveling the country remediating hazardous waste sites. He lives in Ohioville, Pa with his wife Diana and his American Eskimo dog Cookie and his cat Cole.
The Allegheny Valley History Podcast explores and showcases topics celebrating the cultural, industrial, and ethnic heritage of the Allegheny River Valley of Western Pennsylvania.
Produced by The Social Voice Project as part of its Local History Podcast Initiative, this podcast helps promote local history organizations and museums throughout the Allegheny region.
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The Social Voice Podcast Network hosts the Local History Podcast Initiative--an innovative public-interest media project creating podcast partnerships with local history organizations, programs, and individuals throughout Western Pennsylvania and beyond.
Many communities have museums and historical/heritage societies abundant with amazing artifacts, wonderful exhibits, and incredible stories that reveal our shared heritage. But too often these organizations struggle:
very little public awareness and few visitors
not enough volunteers
younger generations not interested in local history
lack of financial support
Public interest and support for local historical societies and museums is on the decline, and many organizations will soon shut their doors if they do not do a better job attracting and inspiring the public’s interest in local history—especially our younger generation.
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