Blackwood Theater Organ Society (Blackwood Arts)

Blackwood Theater Organ Society (Blackwood Arts) is a non-profit organization which promotes the appreciation and development of visual and performing arts.

Tucked away in northeastern Butler County lies an oasis for arts and culture enthusiasts; Blackwood Arts is defined by its rare artwork, beautiful landscaping, and most importantly, world-class organ music. While waiting for a performance to begin, guests are welcome to explore the Blackwood grounds. Each corner of the property is decorated with unique buildings and unexpected surprises. At the beginning of each hour, the sound of bells chiming through the air from the clocktower nestled in the trees. The brick, four-story building hosts a 1960s vintage Schulmerich carillon and a six-foot-wide clock face. The Spring House, distinguished by an arched bridge over a small pond, is a short walk on a path along the outskirts of the woods, its second-floor often occupied by the featured performer. The polished grounds provide a little something for anyone willing to venture along the paved, tree-lined pathways.

The main attraction is the theater organ performance in the Music Room. Known for accompanying silent films, the theater organ was initially created to replace the need for a full orchestra while giving life to motion pictures. This amazing instrument is able to replicate sounds from flutes to percussion and requires masterful musicians to utilize its full potential. The intention of Blackwood Arts is to showcase a traditional movie house experience as a work of art. Founders Ben Robertson and Don Fink purchased the property in 1970 and quickly began work designing and building their own structures among the rolling terrain. Soon, the pair bought and refurbished a Wurlitzer pipe theater organ and started to host concerts featuring internationally-acclaimed organists.

Concerts are held June through October, kicking off their season with a free recital performed by students receiving scholarships from Blackwood Arts, soon followed by a Make-A-Wish benefit concert. Oftimes, you can find a performance that accompanies a silent movie. If you love music, Blackwood Arts is a one-of-a-kind experience!

Blackwood Theater Organ Society (Blackwood Arts)
118 Blackwood Lane
Harrisville, PA 16038
Type of Attraction:

What's Nearby?


Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest is rated as one of the best, set under the tall trees in


Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest is rated as one of the best, set under the tall trees in

Willie's Smoke House, LLC has been a tradition in Western PA since 1972.  Willie's is a thre

Glade Dam Lake is found in State Game Lands 95 and is stocked with trout.

At DR Distillery, we proudly handcraft & distill whiskies & vodka using techniques handed down over the generations.

Come and visit the Glass Blowing Center’s gift shop containing glass gifts for every occasion, taste, and budget. The Glass Blowing Center is open seven days a week from 10am – 6pm. While at the gift shop, the public will observe live, narrated glassblowing demonstrations, set inside the Glass Blowing Center’s lecture hall, where guests may capture every step of the rare and extraordinary art of glass blowing.