Open House

Saturday June 15, 2023  1-4 pm Hoey/Staymates Cabin

4515 Round Top Rd. Export. Pa. 15632, Parking on Staymates Court

Murrysville Historical Preservation Society is excited to announce our first Open House of the year at Hoey/Staymates Cabin & Barn on June 15th from 1-4pm. We will be dedicating 2 plaques commemorating Forbes Road and a local Washington encampment, both made possible by the Hoey Family Trust.

In celebration of George Washington, we are excited to welcome a Young George Washington interpreter at 2pm. Join us to ask questions and speak with a young Washington as he finds himself recently returning from war to his home in Virginia, circa 1759.

Questions, contact Sam at 724-331-6661 or email


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Hikes and History Poker Hunt

August 10, 2024
Free & Family Friendly

Visit selected Historical Sites and Westmoreland Conservancy Reserves to collect playing cards

Locations open at 10am. Begin at any of the 5 sites, visit as many locations as you can by 2pm, turn your poker hand in at the Tollhouse by 3pm.
Best hand wins!

Snacks, games, and festivities until 4:00pm

All participants are invited to enjoy the Sampson/Clark Tollhouse and Schoolhouse grounds after the poker hand is submitted

Pre-Registration required before August 2, space is limited to the first 50 cars

Email :
or call 724-516-0126 to register.  More details will be sent upon registration.

Presented by Westmoreland Conservancy, Murrysville Historical Preservation Society, and Export Historical Society.


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Open House at the Sampson/Clark Tollhouse and Schoolhouse Saturday, September 21, 2024, from 1pm - 4pm

Living history, reenactors, period demonstrations and

1800’s school life in a one room schoolhouse

Free Admission

Parking: 5332 West Pike, 15632 or Triangle Lane, Route 22, Murrysville

Christmas in the Cabin

Saturday, Nov 23, 2024  1-4 pm Hoey/Staymates Cabin

4515 Round Top Rd. Export. Pa. 15632

Come enjoy the sights and aromas of Christmas past in our beautifully decorated home with holly greens, candle glow, music, sweets and savories with warm cider as you tour our 18th – 19TH century homestead.

As you enter you will hear the story of the Bedford Tree, experience a visit from St. Nicholas and learn about his life and legacy. The docent will showcase a Victorian Christmas tree, vintage holiday cards, an antique toy display and a rare bell symphonium music box, as well as the history of the prespi.

There will be a demonstration of rope making and a discussion on flax scutching. You may purchase colonial toys, note cards, historical books of Murrysville.  Free Event, Donations always welcomed.

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Questions call Sam Staymates 724-331-6661

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Clark School

The Clark School

The original school was built prior to 1836.  In 1929, the family who’d purchased the property discovered the school’s original foundation.  By that time, it had been rebuilt and relocated twice, first to the northwest corner of Kistler Road and West Pike Street — the former McCall family farm — and then back near the toll house.

In 2020, the school was rebuilt again.  The society uses the toll house property for its annual Heritage Festival and other programs throughout the year, of which will include an actual colonial school lesson experience as well as colonial family living.

Due to current conditions, no date is specific, but a fall grand opening is being planned.  Please watch the papers and our website for details.

Due to COVID-19, MHPS had a private school opening for Murrysville officials of the colonial school house.

Keep checking our website for upcoming public open house tours.


The Murrysville Historical Preservation Society, Inc. was founded in April 1987 by Roger T. Reiner, Jackie Wimer, Joan Kearns, Claire Bassett, Sandra Friesell and Eric Rogers who had unsuccessfully attempted to prevent the demolition of the stately 170 year old Bossart House in Murrysville Town Square.


The mission of the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society is to promote and educate residents through the discovery, collection and documentation of historical data, as well as support the preservation and refurbishing of historical structures, monuments and landmarks in the Murrysville area.


Our intent is to provide Murrysville residents, future generations and visitors of all ages with a better understanding of our rich heritage, colonial life and unique contributions of Murrysville in the history of Western Pennsylvania and the United States.