House Tours in Lancaster County
The idyllic countryside of Lancaster County has attracted a diverse and vibrant populace over the years. Today's generation has the unique privilege of peeking into the lives of its ancestors, many of whose houses remain in excellent condition. There are even a few ghost tours, for those who prefer some local folklore with a haunted twist. See our hand-picked list of the best house tours in Lancaster County below.
1852 Herr Family Homestead
website | map it | (717) 898-8822 | 1756 Nissley Road, Landisville, Pennsylvania, 17538
An historic farm property in Landisville, the 1852 Herr Family Homestead is dedicated to preserving the rich agricultural history of the farm, which was part of a William Penn Land Grant, and which the Herr family worked for over 100 years.
website | map it | 717-872-4133 | 13 West Boehm's Road, Willow Street, Pennsylvania, 17603
The Chapel was built in 1791 and reconstructed in 1991. It is the oldest structure built for Methodist use in Pennsylvania, and fourth-oldest in America. For an interesting and unique historical experience in Lancaster County, visit Boehm's Chapel to learn about a site at which parishioners have sought to honor God for hundreds of years.
Conestoga Area Historical Society
website | map it | 717-872-1699 | 51 Kendig Road, Conestoga, Pennsylvania, 17516
The museum and its mid 18th century Harnish House, Atkinson House and German Garden depict rural life in southwestern Lancaster County through architecture and displays of artifacts and grounds. Also, Conestoga wagon, Blacksmith Shop and local Native American exhibit.
Ghost Tours of Lancaster
Join us for Candlelight Walking Tours in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish Country!
In downtown Lancaster city, explore the long-forgotten mysteries of one of America's oldest cities, with haunting tales of otherworldly vigils, fatal curses, and star-crossed lovers. Experience 300 years of haunted history from the Red Rose City's thorny past!
Ghost Tours of Strasburg
Hidden deep in Pennsylvania Dutch folklore lurk stories seldom told and then only in whispers...
On the Ghost Tour of Strasburg, experience an entertaining evening with a costumed tour guide spinning tales of haunted mansions, eerie graveyards, and spirits that roam the night ... in a town lost in time!
On the Ghost Hunting Tour of Strasburg, also a walking tour of the historic streets and cemetery, haunting tales of lost souls and otherworldly activity are enhanced with EMF meters.
Hans Herr House and Museum
website | map it | (717) 464-4438 | 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, Pennsylvania, 17584
Oldest building in Lancaster County. Colonial period dwelling of the area's first Mennonite settlers, built in medieval Germanic style. Oldest Mennonite meeting house in America.
Historic Rock Ford Plantation
website | map it | 7173927223 | 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602
Welcome to Rock Ford Plantation, the elegant 18th Century home of Revolutionary War general Edward Hand, Adjutant General of the Continental Army. Rock Ford is a unique example of architectural survival. Over 90% of the historic fabric of the original house, including shutters, woodwork, glass and floors, is intact.
Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley
website | map it | 717-733-1616 | 237-249 West Main Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522
The Society's museum is housed in an 1868-69 Victorian mansion and features thirteen rooms of exhibits which interpret the history of the historic house and the Cocalico Valley (northern Lancaster Co.). The Society's library and archives, located next door to the museum in an 1928-29 English Tudor building, houses historical and genealogical research materials including manuscripts, photographs, assorted print materials and microfilms relating to the Cocalico Valley.
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
website | map it | (717) 569-0401 | 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601
Landis Valley Museum, a living history village and farm, collects, preserves and interprets the history and material culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940 and enhances understanding of their successful practices, interactions with others, and the impact on the state and nation for citizens of and visitors to the Commonwealth. Landis Valley Museum's richly layered story is the history of an early Pennsylvania German settlement, an unusual farm family, and the ongoing creation and exploration of a wonderfully diverse collection of artifacts. When brothers Henry Kinzer Landis (1865-1955) and George Diller Landis (1867 - 1954) opened the museum in 1925 at their Landis Valley residence, the area had been a small Pennsylvania German settlement since the mid 1800s. Expanded to its current size, we now invite visitors to experience 18th and 19th century village and farm life in Lancaster County, Pa, all in one visit. With over 100 acres and many historic buildings to explore throughout the four seasons, there's always something to see at Landis Valley Museum, a great museum in Lancaster County.
Lititz Moravian Church Square Archives & Museum
The Lititz Moravian Congregation was organized on February 19, 1749. It was then known as the “Warwick Country Congregation” and included local farmers “awakened” by the preaching of itinerant Moravian ministers. The Moravian motto “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, freedom; and in all things, love” was appealing to these early settlers in Lancaster County.
Manheim Historical Society
website | map it | 717-665-7989 | 88 South Grant Street, Manheim, Pennsylvania, 17545
The Manheim Historical Society owns four properties in Manheim Borough which include the Manheim Railroad Station, Manheim Heritage Center, the Fasig and Keath Houses and also the Town Clock in the Mini Park.
President James Buchanan's Wheatland
website | map it | (717) 392-4633 | 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603
Visit President James Buchanan's Wheatland to learn more about Pennsylvania's only United States President and to explore the important story of his presidency, the fractious political issues of the times, and his private life in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and at his Wheatland estate.
Ressler Mill Foundation
website | map it | 717-656-7616 | Corner Stumptown Road & Rte. 772, Ronks, Pennsylvania,
Featuring a well-preserved water-powered grain mill. The adjacent 1855 miller's house is a charming window to early 20th century housekeeping and family life.
Wright’s Ferry Mansion
website | map it | 717-684-4325 | Second and Cherry Streets, Columbia, Pennsylvania, 17512
Wright's Ferry Mansion is a historic home located in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1738, and is a 2 1/2-story, rectangular limestone dwelling with a gable roof and pent eave. It was built for Susanna Wright, an English Quakeress, and its architecture reflects a mix of English and Germanic elements.
The house was restored to appear as in 1750 and is open to the public several days a week from May through October.