Local Heritage Attractions
The borders of Lancaster County (as it exists today) were contained within William Penn’s 1681 Charter. Since that time, history has been “in the making”…sales of property have been deeded, buildings have been built, institutions have been established, and family legacies have grown.
Discover, learn, and experience just some of the memories of time and monuments of place that make Lancaster County the premier historic destination that it is today.
2209 Millstream Road
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 299-0954 / (800) 858-8320
Conveniently located along Route 30, in the heart of Lancaster County, the Mennonite Information Center arranges tours of PA Dutch farmlands and explains the faith, heritage, and practices of the Amish and Mennonites. The Information Center offers an interactive exhibit and presents films that explain who the Amish are and how they differ from Mennonites, with whom they are associated within the Anabaptist tradition. Visit an extensive book store, browse their gift shop, and explore an intricately designed full-sized reproduction the The Biblical Tabernacle, which is enjoyed by people of all backgrounds.
Bethel A.M.E. of ChurchTowne
450-512 East Strawberry Street
Lancaster PA 17602-4449
Perhaps one of Lancaster County’s most moving and powerfully significant hidden gems, Living the Experience is a creative, spiritual, and interactive historical reenactment of the Underground Railroad, as it occurred on-site, at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in the City of Lancaster. Those who attend are provided an honest portrayal of the experiential realities of those involved in the underground railroad…from the stories that are told, through the spirituals that are sung, and in the emotional connections that are felt…people are provided an opportunity to learn and to gain a clearer perspective on the events and the people involved with this “station” on the underground railroad. Following the reenactment, a Southern buffet style meal is served.
207 East Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557
The New Holland area is the fortunate beneficiary of a very dedicated and passionate group of persons who comprise the New Holland Area Historical Society. Together, they have made it their purpose to gather, organize, and preserve information and historical items that give insight in understanding the life and times of the New Holland area. They are very excited to share this information and to present the preserved historical items at the newly opened New Holland Museum, located on the 2nd floor of the historic Kauffman’s Hardware Building.
51 Kendig Road (Ehrlich Park)
Conestoga, PA 17516
Far from being just another repository of archived records, the Conestoga Area Historical Society and Museum is one of Lancaster County’s most compelling hidden gems. Comprised of 7 major buildings, their museum campus offers an up-close, living history experience that preserves and portrays life in the Penn Manor Area from years gone by, awaiting your discovery. Along with a new theme that is showcased each year, their permanent exhibits including displays of the famous conestoga wagon. From concerts that are regularly staged in Gundel Hall to the annual early American Christmas candlelight tour, your return visit will always be authentic and unique.