VISITING TOUCHSTONE
The Laurel Highlands
The Touchstone experience can be all-inclusive. We offer three delicious and wholesome meals per day, comfortable accommodations, a woodland campus, and inspiring and informative craft workshops. Additionally, Touchstone hosts numerous exhibitions that include handmade artwork, which is available for purchase in our Bea Campbell Gallery Store and Iron Gate Gallery. We also encourage you, either before or after your time at Touchstone, to explore the many exciting amenities that the Laurel Highlands has to offer. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, Touchstone is close to a wide variety of the region’s most interesting cultural, recreational, historic, and artistic attractions. Within a short distance of our campus, you can:


> Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpieces, Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob

> Explore the subterranean wonders of the Laurel Caverns

> Experience the region’s dynamic history at Fort Necessity State Park

> Relax in style at the Summit Inn or Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

> Raft or kayak the whitewater rapids at Ohiopyle State Park

> Discover a new family heirloom at one of the region’s many antique shops

> Sample the “fruit of the vine” at one of several local wineries


Touchstone does not currently have scheduled tours; however, visitors are welcome to tour Touchstone's campus at their own leisure. Visitors are asked to check in at the office in Blaney Lodge upon entering campus. Visitors may request a campus map and weekly schedule for their self-guided tour. You may also call our office in advance of your visit to inquire about activities for the week. Visitors are also welcome to view workshops in session (observation only. Please be courteous—do not interrupt workshops, do not linger in studios, and remember that students have invested a great deal of time, funds, and energy into their workshops. If you are from a group or an organization that is interested in receiving a guided tour of Touchstone, please contact our office for more information. 


Directions

Note: DO NOT follow GPS or online directions leading to Touchstone via Scott Run Road. This road is in a state of severe disrepair, and is not the recommended route for driving to Touchstone. Please refer to the directions below when traveling to campus.


> From the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Exit the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Exit 75. Take the exit ramp to Route 119 South toward Connellsville. Follow Route 119 South to Uniontown. Stay on Route 119 South to Route 40 East. Do not take any exits off of Route 40. Follow Route 40 to the top of the mountain. The Summit Inn Resort will be at the top of the mountain on the right-hand side. Continue on Route 40 East for another ½ mile, then make a right turn onto Wharton Furnace Road. Travel on Wharton Furnace Road for 5 miles. You will see a small white church on your left. Turn right into Touchstone’s entrance, about 100 yards past the church.


> From Washington, D.C.
Take I-495 (D.C. Beltway) to I-270 northwest to I-69 West at Hancock, Maryland. Follow I-68 West to the Uniontown/Route 40 exit. Take Route 40 West to Farmington, Pennsylvania. Stay on Route 40 West approximately 5½ miles. When you see a sign that reads “Dangerous Mountain Ahead,” get into the left lane. About ½ mile after you pass the sign, make a left turn from Route 40 onto Wharton Furnace Road. Travel on Wharton Furnace Road for 5 miles. You will see a small white church on your left. Turn right into Touchstone’s entrance, about 100 yards past the church.


> From Baltimore, Maryland 
Take I-70 West and exit the I-68 West/US 40 West exit. Take the US 40 West exit, Exit 14B, toward Uniontown. Stay on Route 40 West for approximately 20 miles. When you see a sign that reads “Dangerous Mountain Ahead,” get into the left lane. About ½ mile after you pass the sign, make a left turn from Route 40 onto Wharton Furnace Road. Travel on Wharton Furnace Road for 5 miles. You will see a small white church on your left. Turn right into Touchstone’s entrance, about 100 yards past the church.


> From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Airport)
Take route 60 East to I-79 South to Washington, Pennslyvania. Take I-70 East and exit at the Route 51 South exit. As you approach Uniontown, you will see a Giant Eagle and Hollywood Video shopping plaza. About ½ mile past the plaza, bear right onto the Route 119 South/Route 40 East exit. Take Route 119 South to Route 40 East (do not get off on the Route 40 Main Street exit). Follow Route 40 East to the top of the mountain. The Summit Inn Resort will be at the top of the mountain on the right. Continue on Route 40 East for another ½ mile, then make a right turn onto Wharton Furnace Road. Travel on Wharton Furnace Road for 5 miles. You will see a small white church on your left. Turn right into Touchstone’s entrance, about 100 yards past the church.


> From Morgantown, West Virginia

Take I-69 East out of the Morgantown area. After 2.7 miles, take exit 10 toward WV 857/Cheat Lake/Fairchance Road. Turn left onto WV 43 North and continue 2.7 miles to PA 43 North. Follow PA-43 North (partial toll road) for 11.8 miles and exit onto US 40 East toward Hopwood, Pennsylvania. Drive up the mountain, approximately 6 miles, and note the Summit Inn Resort at the top of the mountain on the right side. Travel another ½ mile, then turn right onto Wharton Furnace Road. Follow Wharton Furnace Road for 5 miles. You will see a small white church on your left. Turn right into Touchstone’s entrance, about 100 yards past the church.



Touchstone's Main Campus Entrance


Bridge to Blaney Lodge Chimney 


McIntire Run

Touchstone Center for Crafts
1049 Wharton Furnace Road
Farmington, PA 15437
T: 724.329.1370
T: 800.721.0177 
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