Pennsylvania is a top destination for history lovers, and the Landis Valley Museum is the perfect place to explore it! Displaying the rich historical past and strong cultural heritage of the region, the museum offers a unique experience for all generations. Admire a multitude of objects and artifacts, precious collections, and workshops, all displaying German rural life in the 18th and 19th-centuries. It’s the ideal day trip activity for you and your family during your stay at the Historic Smithton Inn. Get ready for an unforgettable journey!
If you enjoy your time at the Landis Valley Museum, you will love all the other historical sites in Pennsylvania! Download our free Vacation Guide and get our best local recommendations for museums, events, outdoor adventures, scenic road trips, and more! Don’t delay, plan your visit now and spend a wonderful vacation at the Historic Smithton Inn.
Travel Back in Time at the Landis Valley Museum
An Authentic Pennsylvania Farm Village
The Landis Valley Museum was created in 1925 by brothers Henry and George Landis to preserve and promote Pennsylvania’s history to younger generations. There’s nothing more important than honoring the past, and at the Landis Museum, you can see it firsthand! This 18th and 19th-century inspired village is the largest one in the country and presents the way of life of German rural communities that settled in the region.
Discover life as it was for hundreds of families in the mid-1800’s as they started a new life in a new world. With more than 100 acres of historic buildings and land, the Landis Valley Museum gives the visitor an opportunity to travel back in time and get lost in beautiful countryside scenery.
A Fun and Educating Day
The Landis Valley Museum allows visitors to wander around the village and also offers top-notch tours! Enjoy the experience to the fullest during your visit and discover Pennsylvania’s history in the most interactive way. The tour includes historic demonstrations about manufacturing, farming methods, food preservation, craft making, quilting, cooking, and more – all of which could be found in the 19th-century. Plus, all the tour guides are in costume, so you will feel like you have been transported into a different era!
Get exclusive insight into the Amish and Dutch culture and its role in Pennsylvania’s history. And if you want to make things even more fun, you can add-on an authentic horse-drawn wagon ride.
The Landis Valley Museum Store
On your way out, don’t forget to stop by the Landis Valley Museum Store. You can bring home a multitude of gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones and find traditional Pennsylvania crafts made right onsite, including:
- Scarves, table runners, shawls, etc.
- Seeds and plants
- Hand-crafted leather products
Don’t stop there! Continue your journey through Pennsylvania and discover other unique museums in Lancaster, PA. Learn about the Civil War, Amish culture, and even taste some chocolate at the Hershey Story!
Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn
After seeing all sorts of wonders at the Landis Valley Museum, come home to a warm room at the Historic Smithton Inn. Our authentic accommodations will immerse you in Pennsylvania culture with all the comfort of modern amenities.
Book our Tailor’s Cottage for your family and enjoy a spacious three-room retreat with a private entrance. Make yourself a hot cup of coffee in your kitchenette and cozy up by the fireplace. Take advantage of the spa tub and shower in the bathroom and slip into a luxurious robe before getting a good night’s sleep in the king-size pillow top bed. Wake up the next morning to the sound of birds chirping and a delicious homemade breakfast. Be sure to try our cinnamon apple baked French toasts – they are to die for!
Book your stay today at the Historic Smithton Inn and have a vacation you will never forget!