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“Landis Valley Museum: A Farm Town at the turn of the twentieth century.”

Landis Valley Museum
Ranked #7 of 72 things to do in Lancaster
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Owner description: Relax and roam through the authentic crossroads village and farms of Landis Valley as you learn the rich history of the Pennsylvania Germans of Lancaster County. Comprised of over 40 buildings on 100 acres, the museum is the guardian of 65+ varieties of heirloom seeds and the largest collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts in the U.S. Through costumed demonstrators, special events, group tours, award-winning exhibits, and educational programs for adults and children you'll come away all the more enriched by your experience here.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Landis Valley Museum: A Farm Town at the turn of the twentieth century.”
Reviewed June 18, 2011

My husband and I were looking for something to do while waiting for our hotel room to be ready. We happily stumbled upon the Landis Valley Museum. The Landis Family were collectors of all sorts of things and were very good at preserving their mementos. The area where they lived had been divided into lots and was home to several families and a real, town till the early 1960's. At that time, it was turned into a state operated park. However, people can see how a Pennsylvania-German farm was run. Many period-dressed guides were available to explain key elements of the town, the farm, and the Landis Family. We were able to preview an orientation video and then were given maps for a self-guided tour. Large collections of original tools, photos, letters, and portraits gave us a better idea of how the Family and their neighbors lived. There was also a children's version of the self-guided tour which allowed them to look for very specific artifacts. However, if this had been my own children when they were of an age to travel with us, I think they would just run from scene to scene and then say they were bored. It is an adult's exhibit and takes time to read, and ask questions. My husband and I had a very good time taking our time so we could experience the whole town. At the end, as in all good museums, there was a gift shop that sold drinks and ice cream in addition to all sorts of novelties pertinent to the Pennsylvania Dutch culture.

Visited June 2011
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“I went here in 6th grade with my school...”
Reviewed April 2, 2010

I went here in 6th grade with my school, and it was so fun and everyone had a great time. We got to go into the old schoolhouse and actually had a little school lesson, like we got to sit in the old desks and we had mini chalkboards we had to write stuff on and if we had to answer a question we had to stand up,also are teacher had to wear a dunce hat and stand in the corner, and they told us about how the kids had to drink out of one thing of water,and they had a outhouse the the kids had to go outside to use. Then we went to a bunch of different houses were in each house they told us different things that families did like the games kids played and we actually got to play the old games, and then how they had to hand wash clothes and then we had to do it, then we learned how they started fires and they had us do that, also we got to watch a blacksmith, and there are lots of animals, and I can not say how much different stuff there is to do here it would take hours to write everything, really you have to go here it's just amazing and interesting and like I said there is so much to see and do, it is just an amazing place for all ages to learn about history.

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Nowata OK
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“wonderful place”
Reviewed August 9, 2009

Hubby, son 15, daughter 9 and myself loved this place! It had lots of buildings to look at or in. They seemed to be short staffed the day we attended so we didn't get to go into many buildings. The tavern, log home, family home, and the general store had very informative, era dressed volunteers that brought that time period to life for us. It was a little hard to find but not at all crowded so we could explore easily. We enjoyed this place ever so much!

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Philly
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“Get Lost in History”
Reviewed July 26, 2009

This is a great interactive/living history display. A mixture of period correct buildings with people in costume makes this a fun visit for adult and children. Expect about 2 hours of walking from building to building, so wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting a little dirty.

We visited during the "Civil War Day" which added to the experience. Union solders on horses and participating in drills, including a Musket Drill in which children were invited to participate. Landis Valley has various days like this during the year which I suspect are the best days to visit.

We visited with our two children (9 and 3 yo) and we all had a good time.

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Richmond, Virginia
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“Superior Living History Museum”
Reviewed September 8, 2008

Background: Landis Valley Museum is a nationally significant living history village dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history & culture of the Pennsylvania German
community from 1740-1940. Landis Valley Museum is one of 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Our family has visited Landis Valley many times over the last several years. Two of their annual events; Harvest Days in October and Civil War Days in July are not to be missed. Each event has hundreds of reenactors giving the visitor a first-hand close-up look of life in this small farming community during a typical harvest and life during the civil war. The village comes alive with the sights and sounds of those special days and those special times. Not to be missed during harvest day is the butchering of the giant hog. Now that is a visual.
Abe and Mary Lincoln parade through the town, while in a carriage, followed by scores of union troops. Men, women and children in both events are dressed to the authentic nines; working, chatting and showing how one lived in a small American village during these more difficult times. The buildings in the village, from the school house, blacksmith, village store, farm buildings and the houses are vivid reminders of days gone by. All reek and drip of historical relevance and history.
We don't know which event is more enjoyable and worth while. Both capture a time and place of our past while creating and capturing the imagination and visuals for those who are lucky to visit today. Landis Valley is rated a "must see" by AAA and they are right.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is to be commended for their dedication and hard work in preserving our history and our Pennsylvania heritage.

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