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.

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