If you love to visit historic sites when you travel, then Pennsylvania is a top destination for you! The Lancaster area has so much rich history., Make sure you stop at the Landis Valley Museum for the ultimate journey back in time. Here, you can learn more about the cultural heritage of the region and browse a multitude of objects and artifacts, and precious collections, all displaying German rural life in the 18th and 19th centuries! Read on to learn more about the museum and use our free Vacation Guide to plan your Pennsylvania getaway. You’ll get all our favorite recommendations for local restaurants, events, outdoor adventures, and more museums!
3 Things You Can Expect at the Landis Valley Museum
A Journey Back in Time
The Landis Valley Museum was created in 1925 by brothers Henry and George Landis to preserve and promote Pennsylvania’s history to younger generations. Walk through an 18th and 19th-Century inspired village (the largest one in the country) and discover the German communities that settled in the region. You can experience the lives of hundreds of families on 100 acres of land and soak up the gorgeous countryside setting!
Hop on a Tour
During your trip to the Landis Valley Museum, don’t hesitate to go on of their top-notch tours! Each tour includes demonstrations about manufacturing, farming methods, food preservation, craft making, quilting, and cooking. The tours are led by tour guides in costume to make it all more real! You’ll get exclusive insight into Amish and Dutch culture and its role in Pennsylvania’s history.
Tip: Don’t forget to check out the authentic horse-drawn wagon ride. It’s the perfect way to end the day!
Bring Souvenirs Home From the Gift Shop
On your way out, don’t forget to stop by the Landis Valley Museum Store. You can bring home gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones. You’ll find traditional Pennsylvania crafts made right on site, including rugs, books, pottery, scarves, table runners, shawls, and hand-crafted leather products. There’s also a selection of local seeds and plants.
Stay in an Authentic 19th-Century Setting at the Historic Smithton Inn
After seeing all sorts of wonders at the Landis Valley Museum, come home to a comfortable room at the Historic Smithton Inn. Our authentic accommodations immerse you in Pennsylvania’s culture and feature plenty of modern amenities.
How about booking a room with a fireplace? Picture yourself warming up by the crackling fire with a glass of wine and a cheese platter next to you. Our inn offers a lovely selection of rooms that can make this dream a reality. Book our Tailor’s Cottage and enjoy this spacious three-room retreat with a private entrance. The cottage includes an equipped kitchenette, plus a spa tub, shower, and luxurious robes you can slip into before bed. Start the next day with our delicious, homemade breakfast! We make the best apple-baked cinnamon French toast in the area.