History in Lancaster PA

In the early 1700’s the residents living in the backwoods of Chester County complained that “thieves, vagabonds, and ill people” had infested the rural areas of what is now Lancaster County.  Not wanting to be associated with them they petitioned for the creation of a new county and in 1729 Lancaster County was formed.  Our partners aspire to bring that story to those who visit and have been doing so for decades.

Oldest house museum 1719 Hans Herr

1719 Museum

Visit the 1719 Museum — Discover the histories of early Mennonite immigrants, Indigenous people, and how their lives were interconnected.

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Historical Strasburg

Strasburg Marketing Association

Experience Strasburg – the most historic town in Lancaster County, and experience the best Pennsylvania Dutch Country has to offer.

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Historic Ephrata Cloister Museum

The Ephrata Cloister was a religious community, established in 1732 by Johann Conrad Beissel at Ephrata.

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National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia PA

National Watch and Clock Museum

The National Watch and Clock Museum was opened over 35 years ago originally housing fewer than 1,000 items. Since then, …

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Military Weaponry Museum

American Military Edged Weaponry Museum

A collection of U.S. military knives used by the American service men, as well as military artifacts from the Spanish-American …

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Chocolate history Hershey

Hershey Story Museum

The Hershey Story takes visitors on an inspirational journey through the life of Milton S. Hershey, the man, his chocolate …

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History trekking Lancaster

Unchartered Lancaster

Discover history through adventure. If you haven’t experienced an Uncharted Lancaster adventure yet, what are you waiting for? You can start anytime. …

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History walking tour downtown Lancaster

Historic Lancaster Walking Tour

The Historic Lancaster Walking Tour, Corp. has been giving tours to visitors since 1976. Our Headquarters are located in the …

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Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster PA

Landis Valley Museum

Landis Valley Museum, a living history village and farm, collects, preserves and interprets the history and material culture of the …

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Lancaster History

Lancaster History, formerly known as Lancaster County’s Historical Society, is an award-winning, local history museum located at 230 North President …

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Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata PA

Ephrata Cloister

Gathered in unique European style buildings, the community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families. …

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Ride the Strasburg Railroad!

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania preserves and interprets the history of the past and recognizes that history is still being …

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Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association

Rough and Tumble Historical Association

Featuring many types of fascinating historical equipment, most of it having to do with the “yester-years” of farming, but also …

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