DescriptionIf you're traveling along I-79 or I-80 and have an itch to go shopping for something special that can't be found in every mall or chain store, take the nearest Volant exit to visit this quaint town with nearly two dozen specialty shops lining Main Street (SR 208). The focal point of the old-fashioned small town is Volant Mill, which dates back to 1812. Volant had a flourishing business district in the late 19th- and early 20th centuries thanks to the mill and the railroad, but with the Great Depression came less growth; the mill eventually closed in the 1960s, the trains ceased in the mid-1970s and Volant settled into its new role as a typical small rural town. However, in 1984 an antique and country gift store opened up in the Volant Mill building. More shops gradually opened along Main Street, creating a specialty shopping district which is a popular destination still.
Amish families reside on nearby farms, so horses and buggies are common sights in the area. Neshannock Creek, excellent for trout fishing, runs through Volant and fly fishing is quite popular. Also popular is the annual trout stocking day in March, which is just one of many planned festivities in a busy calendar of events schedule where almost every month offers at least one way to celebrate a holiday or the arrival of a new season.
ShoppingThe Volant Village Shops include nearly two dozen specialty shops along Main Street (SR 208) with a wide assortment of merchandise, including furniture, leather goods, rugs, kitchen supplies, soaps and lotions, garden flags, scrapbook materials, collectibles, home furnishings, jewelry, handmade Amish goods and artwork by regional artists. There also are coffees, teas, spices, jams, relishes and nostalgic candies. During autumn, which is a particularly lovely time to visit the area, many of the shops' inventories are enhanced with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations.