Spring Museum Events in Lancaster County: Historically Fun for All

Springtime is one of the best times to get out and enjoy what Lancaster County museums and historical sites

have to offer. What variety! Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, there are activities and events to capture your imagination and indulge your interest in days gone by.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening at a few of our area museums over the next few months. Mark your calendars!

The Ephrata Cloister  – Almost in our back yard, the Ephrata Cloister has these springtime events on deck…

  • Spring Search – Saturday April 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.
    Your entire family can join in the fun and search for clues to Ephrata’s past. Follow the trail to the final prize! 
  • Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.
    Treat mom to an afternoon tea with mothers from Ephrata’s past. This one is sure to create a unique and memorable Mother’s Day!

For more information and to see other upcoming events, visit the Ephrata Cloister website’s Events page.

Landis Valley Museum – Just 20 minutes from the Historic Smithton Inn, the Landis Valley Museum always gives visitors interesting and entertaining activities to savor.

  • Victorian Tea and Tour  – Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Get a close look at the museum’s newest exhibit “Chairs! Chairs! Chairs!”; take a guided tour through the village; enjoy a delightful tea at the 1856 Landis Valley House Hotel. For more information, refer to their event flyer.  Reservations are required in advance.

  • Spring Benefit Auction – Saturday, April 12. Silent auction starts at 4:30 p.m.; Live auction starts at 5:30 p.m.
    Bid on handcrafted items from respected local craftspeople, gift certificates to local restaurants, and lots of other fascinating items and services. For details, see the event flyer. 

  • 27th Annual Herb & Garden Faire – Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    With over 80 vendors to explore, you’ll find plants, herbal skin care products, garden art, and jewelry throughout the historic village area of the grounds. For more information, visit the event website.  

James Buchanan’s Wheatland Estate – Collocated with LancasterHistory.org, President James Buchanan’s Wheatland has some fascinating “Living History at Wheatland” presentations lined up that let you look into the triumphant and turbulent lives of historical figures.

  • Life As It Is: James Buchanan Henry – Saturday, April 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Harriet Lane- Democratic Queen – Saturday, May 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

See Wheatland’s website’s Events page for details about these upcoming events and others.

Whether you’re a history buff or simply like to get out and experience something fun and different, I hope you’ll check out some of these wonderful activities at sites that have such a meaningful place in our Lancaster County heritage.

By Rebecca Gallagher