Ed Behen had long wanted to visit the transportation-themed Lincoln Highway Experience along Route 30 in Unity Township.
âMy history teacher always talked about the Lincoln Highway when I was in high school in 1975,â said Behen, who moved to the township two decades later.
He took the museum’s open house on Wednesday night as the perfect opportunity to experience the attraction, which is built around the historic 1815 Johnston House.
Since the event featured seven artists from the region offering their works for sale, Behen was able to purchase a wooden âclose the boxâ game as a gift. It was on display amid wooden toy trucks and trains fashioned by John Sabatos of Latrobe.
Admission was free during the event, which also included holiday and classical selections from a quartet of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies were served in the restored 1938 restaurant, the centerpiece of the museum annex.
It was the very first such event for the museum, according to Lauren Koker, executive director of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, headquartered at the museum.
When bad weather this summer canceled several of SupperMarket’s weekly food and music nights on the museum grounds, Koker developed the open house as another opportunity to present live music while promoting the arts. and crafts from the region.
Koker said: âIt is part of our mission to promote the local economy and small businesses along the corridor,â which runs along the Lincoln Freeway between Westmoreland and Adams counties.
Another visitor to the open house was Rose Bartell, who lives nearby. His late aunt, Rebecca Johnston, was among the family members who lived in Johnston House before it became a museum.
âEventually it happened in the heritage corridor,â said Johnston. âMy aunt would be very happy. “