During your stay in Amish Country PA, take advantage of the unique Lancaster Museum Fest. It highlights dozens of local museums, including the Pennsylvania German Landis Valley Museum. Here, discover the history of the area’s German settlers and learn how they lived and farmed.
History of Landis Valley Museum
Around 40 percent of the 1790 Lancaster, PA population was Pennsylvania German. These residents brought their cultural traditions, language, religion, skills, and arts to the area.
More than 90 percent of these immigrants made a living as farmers. Their hard work and the area’s fertile farmland, gave the region its nickname as the breadbasket of America. Farming wasn’t the only local profession, though. Pennsylvania Germans also worked as clergy, storekeepers and craftsmen.
Brothers George and Henry Landis founded Landis Valley Museum in the 1920s as a tribute to their Pennsylvania German heritage. They collected and displayed over 75,000 artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries on their family’s homestead just outside Lancaster City.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took over the museum in 1953. Since then, it has grown from a few original structures to a large exhibit that demonstrates area life as a Pennsylvania German.
Take Time to Drive 13 Minutes From Lancaster Hotels to Landis Valley Museum
When you visit the museum today, you’ll see a collection of farming and daily living artifacts. Likewise, tour a typical time period tavern, family home and blacksmith shop. You can even watch a craftsman create a tin lantern and sample bread baked on an outdoor hearth.
The collection of buildings you can explore includes:
- 18th century log home with bake house and smokehouse
- 1856 hotel
- 1890s school house
- 1800s Swiss bank barn
- Blacksmith shop
- Log and brick buildings
- Pig sty
- Spring house
- Textile building
- Visitor center
- Weathervane Museum Store with 2,000 historical, cultural and fun items for sale
Hours: Visit Landis Valley Museum Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from noon to 5 PM.
Admission: $12 for adults, $10 for Senior Citizens and $8 for children age three to 11.
Address: 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.
Phone: Call 717-569-0401 for additional information.
During your stay in Lancaster hotels, visit Landis Valley Museum. It highlights the history of the area and the people who settled it. You’ll learn more about Amish Country PA and stay entertained all day.