Things to do in Lancaster City


Lancaster City

Circa 1974

Rockford Mansion-881 Rockford Road, Lancaster. The home of Revolution War General Edward Hand, his family as well as enslaved and freed servants.  General Edward Hand was adjutant General to George Washington.  Tours of the house are Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 10am, 12pm and 2 Saturday 10am and 12 pm.  They suggest you get tickets in advance…historicrockford.orgThe John J Snyder Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts is housed in the reconstructed 18th Century bank barn on the grounds of Rockford Mansion.  Tours hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday 10 am through 4 pm and Saturday 10am through 2pm.  The suggestion is the you get tickets in advance of your visit.  The website is


Lancaster Cemetery-205 E Lemon, Lancaster, 20-acre Victorian Era cemetery. The cemetery was established in 1840 by the First Reformed Church of Lancaster the 1st burial took place June 1848.  The cemetery encourages Visitors to come visit. Among those buried in the cemetery are Jonathan Foltz-1810-1879, the first Presidential Physician and the White House, he was physician to President James PolkandPresident James Buchannan; William and Isaac Heister (father-1790-1853 and son-1824-1871) both were U.S. Congressman; Anthony Roberts-1803-1885-U.S. Congressman and Anthony Roberts-1803-1885-U.S. Congressman.  There are also 5 Civil War officers and an Artist buried in the cemetery.

Woodward Cemetery-501 South Queen Street, Lancaster-The cemetery was established by the Trinity Church of Lancaster in 1850, Woodward Hill was the largest and most elaborate of the new rural cemeteries established in Lancaster during the mid-nineteenth century.  the cemetery occupies 32 acres and contains approximately 13,750 grave markers ranging in date from the late eighteenth century to the present day. They illustrate the 200-year evolution of funerary art, sculpture and associated symbolism.  In addition to tombstones, there are numerous obelisks and mausoleums representing Victorian, neoclassical, and early modern architectural styles.  The cemetery is the resting place of President James Buchannan-1791-1868); Frederick Muhlenberg-1750-1801, (grandson of Conrad Weiser) he was a member of the Continental Congress and the first Speaker of the House of Representatives.; John Shulze -1775-1852-6th Governor of Pennsylvania and his wife Susan Kimmel. John was also the nephew of Frederick Muhlenberg. There other notable persons buried at Woodward Cemetery.



Wheatland-1120 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster-The home of President James Buchanan.   Tours of the presidential mansion are available Monday – Saturday, on the hour, from 10am – 3pm (last tour at 3pm). General admission tickets and more information about the mansion may be found at




Lancaster County Historical Society-230 North President Avenue, Lancaster- The Research Center is open Tuesdays - Saturdays with timeslot appointments from 9:30am - 1pm and 1 - 4:30pm.Visitors are strongly encouraged to reserve a timeslot in advance by registering online or by calling LancasterHistory at (717) 392-4633. Timeslots are limited, so walk-in admission is not guaranteed. The website is:

Mennonite Life (formerly Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society)-2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster- Begun in 1958, the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society operates a museum–supported by library, archival, publications, and educational programs–with a focus on interpretation of Mennonite and Amish life in southeastern Pennsylvania since 1710. Its collections represent the historical background, religious thought and expression, culture, and family history of Mennonite related groups. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lancaster Central Market-23 North Market Street-across from the hotel- Designated as a market town in 1730, the City of Lancaster is home to Lancaster Central Market, the oldest, continuously running public farmers’ market in the country. More than 60 local vendors call the beautiful 1889 Market House home three days each week, when it opens its doors to welcome the surrounding community. A step inside is sure to highlight all that Lancaster County has to offer. A walk through its aisles will find an abundance of produce from the deeply nutrient-rich soils

native to the local landscape, an array of prepared foods representing the proud cultural diversity of the county, and locally sourced meat, poultry, cheeses and more.  The hours are Tuesday- 6 am to 3 pm, Friday 6 am to 3pm, Saturday 6 am to 3 pm.



The Fulton Theater-12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA- Fulton Hall is named after Robert Fulton (1765-1815), Lancaster County's steam engine pioneer, and it is his likeness that is portrayed in the statue on the front facade. This statue is a replica of the original wooden statue, which has since been restored and now resides on display inside the interior lobby. The building itself was built on the foundation of Lancaster's pre-Revolutionary jail. In 1763, a vigilante gang known as the Paxton Boys massacred the Conestoga Indians being held there for their protection. This was a monumental event throughout the colonies and became the subject matter for the first plays ever written on American soil - "A Dialogue Between Andrew Trueman and Thomas Zealot About the Killing the Indians at Cannestogoe and Lancaster" and "The Paxton Boys, a Farce".[citation needed] The exterior wall of the jail courtyard is now the back wall of the theatre. Christopher Hager, a Lancaster merchant and civic leader, commissioned the renowned Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan (who later designed the Lancaster County Courthouse) to create a building that would serve as a community center for meetings, lectures, concerts, and theatrical performances. The building was erected in 1852. This is a working theater today where you can see a shows. Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or through the box office Monday through Friday 10 AM – 5 PM, and 2 hours before all performances on weekends. The website is:

Red Rose Walking Food Tour in Lancaster- Downtowns' visitors center is located on the corner of King St. & Queen St—across from the hotel. .Enjoy a delectable introduction to Lancaster, Pennsylvania—and learn about its unique culture and history—on this private walking tour. Meet your guide at the Lancaster City Visitor Center, and set off to discover local historical highlights on foot. Be sure to come hungry: you'll also visit a number of independent restaurants and food businesses, and will enjoy enough generous samples to add up to a hearty lunch.

510 Centerville Rd, Lancaster, PA The Prather Family, owners of The Dutch Apple have a passion for service and for dining and for Broad-way style shows. Tickets can be bought on line at

Barnstomers Baseball Team-650 Prince Street, Lancaster, PA-Check their schedule and buy tickets at



Things to do in Lancaster County


Hans Herr House (1719) and Museum-1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA. This is the 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.  At the Museum you will experience a full-size reproduction of a Native longhouse, you will also see buildings and exhibits tracing the formation of Lancaster County.  There are also 3 historic farmhouses, barns, a blacksmith shop, a smokehouse ad an outdoor back oven, among other things. You can buy tickets at




York Colonial Complex-205 W Market St, York-While Philadelphia’s Old City, and specifically Independence Hall, are often considered the spot where the United States was begun, did you know that York, Pennsylvania can also make the same claim? In September 1777, the Second Continental Congress was forced to flee Philadelphia because of the loss at the Battle of Brandywine. After a single-day stop in Lancaster, Congress opted for the safety of the far bank of the Susquehanna River and settled in York, Pennsylvania. From September 30, 1777 until June 27, 1778, the Second Continental Congress met in York’s courthouse. While there, they drafted and ratified the Articles of Confederation (giving rise to the idea that York was the nation’s first capital), declared the first Thanksgiving, and first used the term “United States of America.”  The tour includes the Golden Plough Tavern built in 1741, General Horatio Gates House built in 1751 and the recreated court house.  Hours of Operation are Tues-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their website is:   While in York visit the Historical Society Museum and Library at 250 East Market St; the Agricultural and Industry Museum at 217W Princess St; the Fire Museum at 757 W Market St; and the Bonham House at 152 E Market St. 


American Military Edged Weaponry Museum-3562 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse-This is the personal collection of Larry Thomas, who has been collecting military knives since he was 13 years old. In the mid-1980s he and his wife opened the museum in the old National Bank of Intercourse which was constructed in 1909, the bank vault serves as the museum office. The hours of operation are Mon-Sat-10 a.m. to 5 p.m.




The Amish Village-199 Hartman Bridge Road (Rt896) Ronks-An Authentic homestead set on 12 acres. guided tour of their Amish farmhouse, learn the unique customs and traditions of Lancaster County’s Plan Community.  You will see the Blacksmith shop, one room Amish schoolhouse and market filled with Amish foods and handcrafts. Take a picture in an Amish buggy, and visit the friendly farm animals. The hours of operation July 1st-Sept 3rd are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For information and tickets visit the website-



AAA Buggy Rides-3461 Old Philadelphia Pike, Ronks-They offer three different tours, the County Buggy ride which is a35 minute ride through the county past farms, farmlands, and one room school house. Covered Bridge Ride-55 minutes- includes the country side and an 1880’s covered bridge. Amish Farm ride and tour-65 minutes, tour the country side and tour a working Amish dairy farm.  Their drivers are Amish, love to educate the public about the Amish life, the difference between Amish and Mennonite cultures.  The hours of operation are Mon-Sat-9 a.m.-5 p.m. Their website is:



Sight and Sound Theater-300Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks-For more than 40 years Sight and Sound Theaters has been bringing Bible stories to life on stage in a spectacular show and with a meaningful message.

For hours, shows and tickets their website is:



Barry’s Car Barn-3504 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse-Antique car museum focusing on American muscle cars from the 50’s thru the 70’s and there is much more.  Hours of operation are Tues-Thur-9 a.m. -4 p.m. and Fri thru Sat 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Their website is: Barry's Car Barn (




The National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, PA-300 Paradise Lane, Ronks- is a world-class toy train destination for kids of all ages. Whether you’re new to the lively hobby of collecting, building, and operating toy trains or you’ve been a toy train enthusiast for decades, you will delight in their dynamic displays, including seven operating, interactive train layouts in G, Standard, O, S, and HO Gauges, Replica Lionel D-265 O Gauge, and LEGO®.

Their hours of operation are Mon-Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania-300 Gap Road, Strasburg-The Museum houses one of the most significant collections of historic artifacts in the world. Devote to preserving and interpreting the broad impact of railroad development on society. The hours of operation are Wed-Sat- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun-12 p.m. to 4 p.m.:

Their website is:



Strasburg Railroad Mechanical Shop-301 Gap Road, Ronks-please note no open toed shoes

Go behind the scenes with a guided tour of the railroad’s mechanical shop, where steam trains are built and refurbished. Learn how our mechanical department has been producing everything from fabricated parts to complete historic restoration for over 50 years.

Tour hours are Sat and Sun-advanced reservations required. Their website is:



Strasburg Railroad-300 Gap Road, Strasburg-an authentic steam train ride through Lancaster County’s famous Amish Country. Sit back and relax as you travel through 2,500 acres of the picturesque countryside. The experience transports you back to the late 1800 and early 1900s. Hours of operation-depends on what day and time you visit.  Their website for tickets is:



Bird in Hand Stage -2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird- in- Hand-Live Broadway style musicals and comedy shows, wholesome uplifting entertainment, intimate theater setting, matinees and evening shows. Lunch/Dinner packages available. Show information and tickets can be purchased on site or at


Ephrata Cloister-632 West Main Street Ephrata-Visitors to Ephrata in the 1700s found a unique monastic settlement they labeled a Cloister.  Conrad Beissel, Ephrata’s founder, came to the site in 1732 seeking to live as a hermit following his own religious ideas.  He believed earthly life should be spent preparing to achieve a spiritual union with God at the Second Coming he felt would soon occur. By the early 1750s, nearly 80 celibate Brothers and Sisters were housed in impressive Germanic log, stone, and half-timbered buildings.  At the same time, nearly 200 family members known as Householders, occupied nearby homes and farms. Celibate members followed a life of work balanced with hours of private prayer.   Wearing white robes, they adopted sparse diets, and slept little, all in an effort to provide discipline as they prepared for an anticipated heavenly existence.  Labors included farming, papermaking, carpentry, milling, and textile production. During the American Revolution, Ephrata served as a hospital for nearly 260 American soldiers, some of whom rest in the Mount Zion cemetery overlooking the historic grounds. Hours of operation Wed-12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours Thursday to Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum-2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster- Landis Valley’s mission is threefold:  to collect, preserve, and interpret Pennsylvania German material culture from 1740 through 1940. Get an up-close look at the largest collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts in the United States. Hours of operation:

Wed to Sat- 9 to 4 p.m. Sun-12p.m. to 4 p.m.  Their website:


Kitchen Kettle Village-3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse- Experience 40+ unique shops, restaurants, lodging and wine tasting. Kitchen Kettle Village is a place for sharing laughter, carving out family time, and relishing a Lancaster, PA hospitality experience all rolled into one quaint, walkable village of local cooks, quilters, and shopkeepers looking forward to your visit. Whether you come for unique homemade food, shopping-locally made, or your favorite name brands, lodging or festivals you will always find a warm smile and lots of friendly faces at Kitchen Kettle Village. Hours of operation; Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their website: