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Wagner-Ritter House & Garden

Wagner-Ritter House & Garden

From the 1860s to the 1990s, the Wagner-Ritter House and Garden was occupied by three generations of a steelworking family. The Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) has opened the house and garden to the public, interpreting the home lives of the thousands who toiled in "the shadow of the mills."

Most house museums showcase an architecturally distinguished home, or were the homes of famous people -- or both. The Wagner-Ritter House and Garden tells a very different story - the story of a modest, working-class family who spent their lives in "the shadow of the mills" in Johnstown's Cambria City.

Detailed life stories about individual members of the working class are rare, because most such Americans didn't leave a documentary trail of evidence. The Johnstown Area Heritage Association has worked to reconstruct the lives of the Wagners and the Ritters, using tax documents, census information and other public records. The resulting tale of one family's experiences provides a fascinating glimpse into Johnstown's common past - and is told in the house's permanent exhibit, The World of the Wagners.

The World of the Wagners gives the history of this working-class family. The exhibit illuminates the family's domestic life, covering topics such as housework, gardening, 19th-century childhood and the material culture of everyday life. The exhibit is located in the visitors center, a building next door that will also provide restrooms, ticketing, a gift shop and wheelchair access to both floors of the house.


  • 416 Broad Street , Johnstown, PA 15901 (Cambria)
  • GPS Coordinate: LAT 40.3395 LONG -78.9286
  • P: 814-539-1889
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  • 1.5 Hours
  • Wednesday-Sunday during season
    • 12:00PM
    • 5:00PM
    • April 1-May 31: Saturdays and Sundays only, 12:00-5:00 pm June 1-October 31: Wednesday-Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), 12:00-5:00 pm. November 1-March 31: Closed for the winter season except for groups that have made prior arrangements. During the off-season or closed days, the house will open for group or school tours with prior arrangements; please contact Kim Baxter, visitor services director, at 814-539-1889 for details.
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  • Children Welcome
  • Guided Tour