Today we went to the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster with my mom and sister Amy and her kids. This was a last minute decision so I really didn't know what to expect but we were more than pleasantly surprised. Our PA Heritage membership included admission to this museum as well so I figured we should at least go once since it was free. We loved it so much we will definitely be going back. To me it seemed like a mini Williamsburg, but since I have never been to Williamsburg you shouldn't trust me on that.
I was not sure what to expect since the website wasn't very clear but what we found were beautifully kept, neat and tidy grounds with about 25 buildings demonstrating any number of different colonial type professions, activities or displays. Today there were 7 different houses open with live demonstrations but I am thinking that more would be open in the summer. What was open was plenty for us though. The demonstrators were super friendly and knowledgeable and we learned a lot even though we have been to quite a few of these colonial history things already.
The tinsmith shop was something new for us.
Did you know that your 10th anniversary is your "tin" anniversary (like your 50th is your golden, 40th silver etc.)? One tinsmith made his wife this tin bonnet for their 10th anniversary.
Pet squirrel cage!
The original sippy cup.
My mom in the country store. I loved this store. It was like Little House on the Prairie except that the shop keeper was much friendlier than Mrs. Olsen.
Learning about the tavern and colonial food.
There were a lot of animals on the property; horses, sheep, cows and pigs later in the spring. There were also lots and lots of gardens around the property that I would love to see in the summer as they are home to the Heirloom Seed Project.
The Blacksmith has always been one of our favorites and we recognized this guy from one of our other field trips.
"Under the spreading Chestnut tree the village smithy stands...."
This really made our day. This term we memorized Longfellow's poem The Village Blackmith and this blacksmith shop was under a huge old spreading chestnut tree. Christian informed us when we got home that Chestnut trees are very rare because of Chestnut blight that wiped out very nearly all of the species in the early 1900's, and to find one this large is a really big deal.
This was one of those "gotta take Daddy back for this one!" kind of places.
The museum is open daily. Hours are 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday and 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday. Adults are $12 and children 3-1 are $8.