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Landis Valley Museum

2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602
717 569-0401
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Ranked #11 of 35 Attractions in Lancaster
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Children can discover a one-room school house, try their hands at woodworking and mingle with lambs in this recreated 19th- century Pennsylvania Dutch... more » Owner description: Children can discover a one-room school house, try their hands at woodworking and mingle with lambs in this recreated 19th- century Pennsylvania Dutch village. « less
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New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I was very surprised to find out how many Germans came to settle in Lancaster area as farmers. I thought the Pennsylvania Dutch referred to the Amish and Mennonite, however there I realized how many German farmers came to this Lancaster area. It was a very informative place. Loved that they had people explaining so many things from cooking, farming,... More

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Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We went on a Sunday afternoon and they had five volunteers (tinsmith, blacksmith, country store owner, tavern maid and wagon driver) to guide us through various aspects of 18th and 19th century life in a small Pennsylvania village. We also experienced an ice cream social with period live music. The chair display of local craftsman in the visitor center is... More

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Suffield, Connecticut
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212 reviews 212 reviews
86 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The museum has a very large collection of antique and old building and dwellings. We arrive mid morning and just in time for one of the guided tours. The guided tour was worth it. It is free and offered at specific times during the day. The guide was very knowledgeable and took us through some of the key buildings throughout... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Amazing collection of structures illustrating farming life and town pre-20th century. Costumed inturpreters explain well and answer questions. Demonstations. Special week-ends for many events. Wonderful gift shop. Good place for kids.

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Chestertown, Maryland
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I love this museum -so many attractive objects well displayed in 'natural' settings and historic buildings. The staff are polite, friendly, and knowledgeable. The grounds are lovely - it's a great place to wander around on a clear afternoon.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Wonderful living museum. Most of the buildings were open with 5 or 6 with docents. As with anything most of the docents were excellent and some were not so great. One in particular said next to nothing unless we pried it out of him. They docents go to lunch between 12 and one, I found this awkward as we had... More

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Covington, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Have been to similar museums of this type. The craftspeople were what made this one stand out. We had interesting discussions with the tavern keeper, rifle maker, textile person, and the blacksmith. All were not talking from a script, but from their passion for the craft. Note that not all exhibits or crafts are available everyday.

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Winchester, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We liked the museum, but many of the listed activities were not accurate, some of the buildings listed as 'open' were closed, etc. However, there was one Victorian-era house which had an informative docent that walked us through the home & gave us an engaging narrative.

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Senior Contributor
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10 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Thanks to the landis brothers for collecting all these artifacts. The Conestoga wagon was amazing to see. The blacksmith was a wealth of knowledge. The broom makers were talented and friendly. It was an enjoyable history lesson. Not good for very young children but 7 or 8 year olds would enjoy a lot of the presentations by the craftsmen.

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Lady Lake
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34 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The map they supply is very inadequate for the confusing layout and multiple sites. It would be easy to navigate if all the exhibits were open by simply going door to door, but they regularly close almost half and leave you to wander around trying to match the open exhibits with the buildings and pathways. I would avoid it if... More

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