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“Requires a lot of time.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Landis Valley Museum

Landis Valley Museum
2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602
717 569-0401
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Ranked #12 of 29 Attractions in Lancaster
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.
Hempfield, Pennsylvania, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Requires a lot of time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Plan on spending an entire day here. There is a lot to see. We really enjoyed learning about the flax spinning and talking to the gunsmith.

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English first
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152 reviews 152 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Lots of history here”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

A great short film describes how the Germans settled in the Lancaste area and what they did for farming. We were there on a week day shortly after Labor Day and the place was very quiet with only three buildings with interpreters open and another two or three open with no one there. Being farmers we were most interested in the large building housing their collection of old farm machinery which was quite extensive. However, almost none of the machines had dates or their use and we were guessing what many did. A staff person we saw at the administration building did say they were working on signage. Perhaps during high season one could interact with more people and learn more in many of the other buildings.

Visited September 2012
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Campbelltown, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
“Take your kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Do you want to take the family out for the day and have the kids learn about life in the past. This is the place! Go for their Harvest Days in the fall. Hands on demonstrations, yummy food, free horse drawn wagon rides. The staff are very informative and couldn't be nicer. Also look for their classes...I took the one on how to drive the wagons and had a blast! The instructors couldn't have been more patient with me.

Visited May 2012
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Conowingo, MD
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Weekends great, but weekdays even better!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is an historic farm museum (1740 to 1940), arranged sort of like a mix between an actual large self-sufficient farm and village. It has a central visitor center, where special attractions are changed over as collections become available. A recent one of long rifles was one of the best I've ever seen, and others commented that even the Smithsonian has never had such a fine display. There are numerous outbuildings, such as a cookhouse, blacksmith shop, gunsmith, barnyard, homestead, etc. where people in period costume demonstrate various crafts. In the fall, they have a BIG to-do, including heirloom apples you can buy (awesome), soap making, yokes of oxen trundling around (they are HUGE), and other extras that may not be typically available the rest of the year. It is a busy place on the weekend (the Hands-On House Childrens Museum is very close by)--be prepared to be a bit crowded in the outbuildings to watch and speak with artisans (hence my four stars--not fond of crowds). I like going during the week; although I may not get to see all my favorite skilled craftsmen, those I do see I have elbow room to speak with. The farm is generally handicap accessible, and has lots of shade even on the hottest day. There are plenty of restrooms. They have snacks and drinks, and maybe ice cream or hot dogs at a vendor in front of the gift shop--plan to get lunch elsewhere. Get a map at admission--it's a BIG place! One price for adults, then lesser prices for seniors, kids, and then under two are free. They have special workshops--Heirloom Seed Project, and Spring and Fall Workshops for special interests, like blacksmithing or hearth cooking. If you join up, you get first sign-up and a discount on these. Also lectures on a variety of topics, especially on local history. Bring the kids. Wear comfortable shoes. Watch out for "turdles".

Visited July 2012
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Fountain Valley, California
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28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“great historical experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

The day we visited, there was a civil war encampment and many people dressed up in period costumes who were able to tell us about their role in the war. For instance, the company cook showed us his wagon and supplies and explained how he cooked for the soldiers. A park ranger provided a great presentation about a young girl named Tilly who helped care for wounded soldiers during the war. We saw a woman making lace, and another man explained how baking was done back then. We loved the replicas of a German homestead and the various gardens, too.

Visited July 2012
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