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.
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