Built in 1900, the shop produced parts for steamboats, coal mines, railroads, and for local businesses. The Machine Shop, as it’s known, received recognition as a National Historic Landmark in 2017.
W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop
The Machine Shop
The W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop is a prime example of America’s industrial heritage. William A. Young, owner and operator of the business built the Machine Shop in 1900 with lumber from the family farm. In 1908, the shop expanded to include the foundry. The other major change to the shop occurred in 1928 when it was electrified.
Sunday Open House
Tours of the Machine Shop are available most Sundays throughout the year from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and are staffed by Rivers of Steel’s dedicated volunteer crew of George “Bly” Blystone and Gary Shriver. During the winter months, be sure to call ahead to confirm availability. Bly can be reached at 724.710.4898.
For more than 30 years on the third Saturday in April, blacksmiths from all over the region gather at the W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop for the annual Hammer-In Festival.
Blacksmithing demonstrations led by members from the Pittsburgh Area Artists Blacksmiths Association and the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association occur throughout the day. Handcrafted artworks are auctioned off to support the Machine Shop, PAABA and ABA.
These events are complemented with a hot metal pour by Rivers of Steel Arts and tours of historic landmark-complete with demonstrations of the line-shaft driven machinery!
Rivers of Steel offers a variety of ways for groups to experience our attractions – and locations throughout the eight-county National Heritage Area.
See our group tours page for more information on how to incorporate your specific interests and customize your group’s visit.
Location & Directions
What to Know Before You Go
The Machine Shop is located in the Rices Landing Historic District, on the Monongahela River in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1992, the town is recognized as a river port and early industrial town.
Hours are generally noon–4 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting. Contact George Blystone at 724-710-4898 for reservations.
While there is no admission fee for Sunday Open House sessions, the Hammer-In Festival or during the Riverfest open house, donations are welcomed and help to support the preservation of the National Historic Landmark.
At this time, there are no concessions or restroom facilities on-site.