Lancaster County Fall Museum Events Offer Autumn Fun For All

August 17, 2015

This fall, come out and celebrate autumn at the festive events held by museums and other historic locations across Lancaster County. There’s everything from antique car shows to interactive seasonal plays. History buffs and food lovers alike will love everything about this harvest season in Lancaster.

Fall Museum Events in Lancaster County 

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum 

Less than 20 minutes from the Historic Smithton Inn, the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum is packed with classic excitement this fall.

Art Show at Landis Valley: Saturday, August 22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
See the creativity that artisans of all varieties have to offer at this annual art show held around the Landis Valley Museum Store. With 40 local artists and craftsmen, you’ll find metalwork, glass art, jewelry, paintings, and more. See the event web page for more details.

September “Ice Cream” Sundays: Every Sunday in September (12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Swing on by any Sunday in September for folk music and wagon rides, and cool down with make-your-own ice cream sundaes. See the museum’s event page for more information.


Wool Frolic: Saturday, September 19 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

At the annual Wool Frolic, you’ll find live animals and demonstrations of crafts like weaving, crocheting, and even yarn-dying. You can also purchase yarn and pattern books to give your hand a try at this unique craft. Find out more on the event page.


Harvest Days: Saturday and Sunday, October 10 & 11 (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Experience horse-drawn wagon rides and let the children have fun in the children’s discovery tent at Landis Valley’s oldest and largest event. You can also witness demonstrations, take in exhibits, and enjoy live music. You can learn more about it on the event web page.

Ephrata Cloister 

Families from all over enjoy learning the history behind the town of Ephrata by traveling less than a mile from the Historic Smithton Inn. For more information (including admission prices) about any of these events, visit the Ephrata Cloister Events page.

Founder’s Day Block Party: Saturday, September 12 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Admission $30)

This family-oriented event is a great source of fun, featuring Tall Tales with Johnny Appleseed, live music, apple-themed crafts, and upstairs tours. Art lovers will get to experience tours of the upstairs, featuring the work of Andrew Wyeth and other local artists.

3rd Annual Artisans Faire And Antique Car Show: Saturday, September 19 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Stop by for a look at the works of skilled artisans featuring everything from pottery and weaving to wood carving and furniture making, and tour the private collection of avid car collector Calvin High.

Gideon’s Bones A Family Trick Or Treat & “It’s The Great Gourd [Conrad Beissel]” Outdoor Pumpkin & Gourd Exhibition: Saturday, October 24 (Trick or Treat 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Gourd Exhibition: Saturday, 3:00 p.m. – Sunday, 5:00 p.m.)

Come in costume for a children’s trick-or-treat experience, traveling door-to-door at a series of historic buildings, and stick around to paint or carve your own gourd! The Outdoor Pumpkin & Gourd Exhibition includes other creatively painted and carved gourds.

1719 Hans Herr House

Maize and Snitz Fest: Saturday, October 3, (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Celebrate the cultures of Native Americans and Germans at this festival featuring a plethora of foods, demonstrations of colonial-era arts and crafts, hands-on activities, and interpreters in traditional dress. All will be held on the grounds of the 1719 Hans Herr House, the county’s oldest home! See the event website page for more details.

Historic Rock Ford Plantation

Half an hour from the Historic Smithton Inn, you’ll find more fun and educational experiences at the Historic Rock Ford Plantation. See the website for details (including admission prices) about these fantastic fall events.


From The Earth: Gardening In The 18th Century: Sunday, September 13 (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Explore 18th Century gardening techniques and compare them to those of today.


Sleepy Hollow: The Legend Returns To Rock Ford: Fridays, October 2, 9, and 16 (Performance times 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.)

Follow this interactive performance of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow as you follow the characters from room to room of a candlelit mansion.

6th Annual Headless Horseman’s Ball: Saturday, October 24 (6:30 p.m. – Midnight)

You’re sure to have a grand time at the 6th Annual Headless Horseman’s Ball. If you love the tale of Sleepy Hollow, you’ll love this evening with Ichabod Crane and his fellow townsmen. Enjoy delicious food, and dance the night away.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy in Lancaster County this fall, so book your room at the Historic Smithton Inn now so you won’t miss a thing!

By Rebecca Gallagher

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