The Sunday Heritage Market is a Farm and Artist Market sponsored by Rivers of Steel Heritage Area. This Spring marks our second year of operation. The Market takes place every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm beginning May 6th, and runs through October. We are located at the Pump House in the Waterfront of Homestead. The site is a trail head for the Great Allegheny Passage, and brings a high volume of traffic to the market.
Rivers of Steel Heritage Area interprets and develops historical, cultural and recreational resources throughout western Pennsylvania, including the eight counties that comprise the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. You can find more information about them at www.riversofsteel.com
The Historic Pump House is the site of the 1892 Homestead Strike and Lockout, one of American Labor's bloodiest battles.
History In the early morning hours of July 6, 1892, at the Pump House of the Carnegie Steel Company's Homestead Works, thousands of workers, their families and supporters, armed with sticks, rocks, and guns rushed to meet two barges coming up the Monongahela River. The barges carried 300 Pinkerton guards who had been sent to protect the works during the Homestead Strike and Lockout. After a bitter day of conflict that left seven strikers and three Pinkerton men dead and dozens of others wounded, the guards surrendered. They were then forced to "run a bloody gauntlet" while being lead to a temporary jail at the Homestead Opera House until they were sent out of town by rail the next morning.
Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Carnegie's partner, convinced Pennsylvania governor Pattison that Homestead was under "mob rule" and on July 12, 1892 8,000 state militiamen entered Homestead. The strike and lock out continued until November when unskilled laborers asked to be released from their strike pledge. Two days later, the strike ended - the union had been broken. The Battle of Homestead signaled the end of union activity in the steel industry until the 1930s.