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Landis Valley Museum

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Landis Valley Museum

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2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601-4809
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Lancaster Station61 min
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Premium Amish Country Tour including Amish Farm and House
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Premium Amish Country Tour including Amish Farm and House

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Immerse yourself in the customs and traditions of Amish country during this 3-part tour. Explore a farmhouse dating from 1805 where you will listen to narrative on the customs, culture, and traditions of the Amish. In a minibus, enjoy a scenic ride through the Amish countryside, complete with photo ops. Then take a self-guided tour through an historic farmstead that includes a schoolhouse, a craft market, and a variety of farm animals.
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Karen C wrote a review Feb 2020
Racine, Wisconsin6 contributions1 helpful vote
There’s so much to do, see and experience at the Landis Valley Farm Museum. We visited the first time in April to attend the museum’s annual Spring Benefit Auction where we discovered a wonderful array of reproduction and interpretive crafts by skilled artisans, antiques, art and other items of interest to historically minded people, plus gift baskets and certificates from local and regional businesses who support historical preservation. We returned later in the Summer for Civil War Days and then in the Fall for Harvest Days, which showcases how early farmers and their families harvested their crops, celebrated the end of summer and lived as a community. In December, with Christmas coming, we enjoyed the Belsnickle, the Pennsylvania German character who quizzes children to see if they've been naughty or nice. The “interpreters” – those people who demonstrate and discuss the crafts and skills of the 18th and 19th century life – are volunteers, so they are not on duty every day of the week. If you are particularly interested the interpreters, who are excellent, you may wish to call ahead to find out which buildings are staffed. We expect to return for this year's Spring Auction, looking for bargains and special gifts for friends and family, since we support historic preservation. P.S. Fun fact: This is the place where the movie “Beloved” was filmed since its character is so true to the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Leo H wrote a review Feb 2020
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania31 contributions12 helpful votes
Great place to visit. We went when they had their end of season festival. We enjoyed all of their home-made recipes of Apple Cider and Sour Krauts! Told my wife how to prepare it herself! Great stuff!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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hobolinda wrote a review Dec 2019
Torrance, California141 contributions35 helpful votes
From other reviews, I can see this museum would not be as enjoyable if there are hoards of people. When we went, on a chilly Saturday in mid-November, there were very few visitors, yet many buildings were staffed and we listened to many interesting stories of life back when. The best open air museum I have been to in the US thus far.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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rangyhulu wrote a review Dec 2019
Belgrade, Serbia78 contributions51 helpful votes
My spouse and I went there on a cold winter day. We were the only ones at this very interesting living history museum. The experience starts with a 13 minute film explaining the history of the Landis brothers. Both were collectors, maybe even what we would now call hoarders, of artifacts from the local area with the aim of preserving and understanding the history of Lancaster county. You will see the gunsmith shop and learn how rifles were fabricated before automation. We learned the process took three months per rifle. There are many buildings each displaying a certain aspect of life in the Landis Valley over the last several hundred years. We learned how clothing was made from hemp. Again, a lengthy process taking many months to make one garment. Our excellent tour guide, Nancy, made the experience memorable. Be sure to take the tour with a guide.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Craig B wrote a review Dec 2019
Owen Sound, Canada368 contributions102 helpful votes
Nancy, our guide, made all the difference. She was very knowledgeable about each of the five buildings we toured with her, ones which in early December are otherwise closed. Also, she was very patient with our two grandchildren each under the age of four. The facility shows treasured artifacts of the development of German heritage settlers who came to this part of the state hundreds of years ago, and a family struggle to preserve this heritage.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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