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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
November 9, 2004
It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 for the Edgar J. Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh. The building was built over a waterfall on Bear Run Creek and followed the natural lines of established rock ledges.
Located on a side road off SR 381 (with clear signs), only guided tours are allowed and must be booked weeks in advance. We were there on Easter Sunday, and when we called to book two weeks before, we still could not get the time slot we wanted.
From journal Weekend Getaway from Pittsburgh
January 22, 2001
Upon entry, there is a small type of guard box, for the collection of tour monies.
Seasonal tours starts April 1st.
The price of entry is ten dollars per adult, Monday through Friday and fifteen dollars per adult on weekends for the 45-minute tour. There is also a longer tour of a couple hours available for more money, but the basic tour is fine in its own, for seeing the house and its surroundings.
I went there before they opened to the public since I already was at the Yough, and gained entry to see the house (but not inside), though could view the highlights of all except the second floor. The first floor has very large walls of glass, and the gates were up in the surrounding balcony, which would have permitted a more detailed view.
The falls running under the house could be viewed along the vegetation.
When you enter, the parking area is extremely large and you walk not far to see the house. The vegetation is abundant as it is throughout the areas of Youghiogheny.
When their tours are full, one can visit the surrounding areas for less than ten dollars.
HOURS: April 1 to mid-November and Christmas Day to New Years Day Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm for the 45-minute tour; weekends only the rest of the year. The 2 hour in-depth tour begins at 8:30 am. Reservations are required to guarantee admission.
To locate the area from Pittsburgh, PA Turnpike Exit 9 south Left on Route 31 East, then right onto Route 381 South. Fallingwater is located midway between Mill Run and Ohiopyle.
From Washington D.C., go on Interstate 68 Exit 14 onto Route 40 West to Farmington. Turn right onto Route 381 North.
They do require that all children less than nine, remain in a supervised Child Care area, playing games etc.
There are foreign language prerecorded tours also available for renting if you are not familiar with English.
And lastly, after your tour you may visit the Visitors Pavilion, which has that cup of coffee and souvenirs.
One final note is that pets are not permitted.
From journal Whitewater and Endless Family Fun
by Amy Travels
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
November 17, 2000
From journal Weekend in the Laurel Highlands