Step back in time with a visit to Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, considered by many to be the “best kept secret in Pennsylvania.” Founded by brothers Henry and George Landis, it is the largest “living history” village in the country dedicated to the total preservation of early Pennsylvania German/Dutch life.
Our authentic crossroads village includes historic buildings with costumed guide interpretation, a vast collection of historic agricultural equipment, and ongoing farming based on 1700's and 1800's practices and traditions, using historic breeds of animals and crops authentic to the period. Through its Heirloom Seed Project, Landis Valley preserves over 240 varieties of seeds—the same types of seeds that were in the pockets of the first Pennsylvania German settlers.
Your groups will delight in the many living history demonstrations we offer, including traditional crafts, period manufacturing, farming and food preservation, weaving and cooking. There will be a discussion on how the Amish and Mennonites make up part of the Pennsylvania Dutch culture. It’s through presentations like these that we build a bridge of understanding from past to present. History comes alive for our visitors. At the end of your visit, you’ll appreciate more deeply the accomplishments, hardships and triumphs of the early Pennsylvania Germans including the Amish and Mennonites.
Our Living History Themed Tours, most popular with our mature groups, provide a wonderful sampling of Pennsylvania German life (minimal walking).
Length of visit: allow 2.5-3 hours for an enjoyable visit. We can customize your tour based on your time limits.
- Award-winning introduction video (13 minutes)
- Authentic Pennsylvania German Village with historic buildings
- Shopping at the Landis Valley Museum Store
- 1700s & 1800s living history interpretations
- Historic breeds of animals
- Farming & live agricultural demonstrations
- Heirloom Seed Project
- Traditional Pennsylvania German craft demonstrations
- Open hearth cooking and food preservation
- Quilting and textile processing
- Historic gardens & crops
- Largest collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts
- Horse-drawn wagon rides
- Tastings with sticky buns, snitz and cider
- Student tours with hands-on workshops
- Group meals served in historic buildings
- Picnic areas
- Specialized and Customized group tours
Rated “Must See” and "A Gem" by AAA
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places with the status “of national significance.”