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Landis Valley Museum
Ranked #9 of 82 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.
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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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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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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Reviewed July 15, 2006

Arrived around 10:30 in the morning. We wondered if the place was opened (cars in the parking lot, but no people). Watched a film about the location. Then began to tour the village. About 10 of the buildings had people staffed to tell about the building or what it contained. Everyone was very nice and explained what was going on to everyone in my family-wife and 5 and 8 year old. The blacksmith shop was the highlight of the tour. Lunch time seems to be about 11:30 for most of the staffers. I wished we would have been there when they opened-9:00 A.M. It took about two hours to see the area.

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Reviewed January 12, 2006

My kids and I really enjoyed our visit to the Landis Valley Museum. It's off the beaten track, and we missed the entrance, but it's a wonderful place to go. The site has at least 20 buildings on it including a general store, school house, tavern, black smith shop, barn and museum. Most of the buildings are open for touring at your leisure. Touring the grounds you really get a feel for life as a Pennsylvania German hundreds of years ago.

The day we were there we felt like we had the place to ourselves. I'm not sure that it's always so empty...I would hope not, but it was relaxing to let the kids run around and explore. We took 4 girls, two 9-year olds and two 11-year olds. We all enjoyed the film which really helped us understand what we were about to see. The older girls liked taking control of the map and guiding us from place to place. They loved watching the pottery painter and trying their hand at calligraphy. We watched the lace maker in awe! I've never seen that done before. So tedious! The younger two walked around making up stories and pretending they actually lived in this era. We all learned a lot from the helpful volunteers who demonstrated weaving, making lace, drying foods, harvesting seeds, pottery, farming, and black smithing. The volunteers really made our experience because they were excited to tell us what they knew.

The only drawback was that we couldn't find anywhere to eat on the property. We took a short ride to the farm restaurant up the street and returned to finish our tour. There were lots of places to picnic, and next time we will bring our lunch.

We were there in October, just before a big pumpkin festival they have. I would have liked to return for their Christmas Village. The website has lots of information for interesting events being offered throught the year.

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