We normally celebrate this anniversary at Rachel Carson’s birthplace when possible. This is where she discovered her sense of wonder and began to develop her environmental ethic. It’s difficult to imagine the world without the legacy of Rachel Carson.
There’s always something to do! If you are in the area, we welcome people like YOU to help with seasonal projects at the Rachel Carson Homestead. If you have “spare” time or money, you can help on-site, with sponsorships, or to consider certain in-kind donations. Contact via email. With hearty thanks!
A Girl Scout badge available in the Western PA area honors the legacy of Rachel Carson. The RC Homestead welcomes visits by scouts, schools, and adult organizations. Please contact us to schedule a visit with your group. We appreciate your interest and look forward to your visit.
The Rachel Carson Homestead is proud to have an alliance with the Rachel Carson Council. Each organization promotes information about the life and accomplishments of their namesake. The Rachel Carson Council, founded in 1965, is the national environmental organization envisioned by Rachel Carson to carry on her work after her death. We promote Carson’s ecological […]
Thank you to the Sierra Club and Pittsburgh’s East End Co-Op for joining us to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Rachel’s birthday. And, of course, to all those who stopped by – including out-of-town and first-time visitors. This year we had a performer, Joyce Rouse, who, while “teaching important concepts about sustainability, recycling, and eco-spirituality, Earth […]
Check out Pittsburgh Magazine‘s article A History of Pittsburgh in 50 Artifacts. We have uncovered some additional artifacts – notes and drawings from a young Rachel. They would make a unique display. A conservationist reviewed our materials and gave some guidance. Donations to help purchase materials for archiving and a proper display are appreciated. You […]
A SINCERE THANK YOU to all who invest in the Rachel Carson Homestead. We are grateful to everyone who continues to help make the birthplace of Rachel Carson a destination worthy of her stature. Donors and volunteers who invest time or money or give in-kind can be proud to add this site to their legacy. […]
Your investment in the Rachel Carson Homestead will help ensure the stability of the historic structure, that we can provide tours for visitors, develop and deliver programs for children and adults. This historically significant site is the ideal place to learn about Rachel Carson’s life, accomplishments, environmental ethic, and sense of wonder. Thank you for […]
The Homestead Restoration continues in phases. Over a decade ago, worn siding was replaced with reclaimed wood, and original doors and windows were repaired or re-milled. The next public grant permitted replacement of the roof, a ramp for better accessibility, and other improvements. In 2022, we plan to rebuild the historic front porch, execute exterior […]
The Rachel Carson Homestead is the birthplace and childhood home of Rachel Carson. Rachel was born on May 27, 1907 in this humble four-room farmhouse. The Carson homestead included nearly 65 acres along the Allegheny River in what is now Springdale Borough, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The original four rooms and a spring-house are intact. A […]