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Share an adventure with old and new friends on a learning tour with Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Our trips combine in-depth historical accuracy with engaging guides and enjoyable visits to noteworthy places in the greater Lancaster County area. (Some one-day trips travel as far as Philadelphia and New York City.)

Each tour describes a particular piece of local or regional history. Comprehensive information booklets are usually available from the tour leader. Trips begin and end at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster. Travel is aboard comfortable coach buses with careful drivers. 

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  • Or give us a call at (717) 393-9745. We accept credit card payments over the phone, Tuesday–Saturday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM.

Upcoming Trips

"HERRing" around Lancaster County

Join this field trip on Saturday, May 3, that explores the rich history and culture of Lancaster County through the life experiences of generations of local Herr families. The tour will meander through central Lancaster County, stopping at several  interesting places.

One of these will be the 1719 Hans Herr House, the oldest standing house in Lancaster County, built by Christian Herr, one of the first permanent European settlers who arrived in 1710. Another will be Herr Mennonite Church, now known as Willow Street Mennonite Church—one of the first Mennonite meetinghouses in Lancaster County.

Stops will not be limited to buildings from the colonial past. A visit to Herrbrook—a former dairy farm and current spiritual retreat center—will also be part of the itinerary.

Because the great number of places associated with the Herrs cannot all be visited, locations that nonetheless are important for the heritage of Lancaster will be noted. These range from Herr’s Mill and Covered Bridge to Herr Electric Company—the first source of electricity for Strrasburg and Lampeter—to Hans Herr Elementary School, part of the Lampeter-Strasburg school district.

Christian Herr was not the only notable Herr homebuilder. Several other noteworthy Herr sites will be pointed out. The Amos Herr house, owned by the Mennonite minister and lyricist known for the hymn, “I owe the Lord a morning song,” will be marked, as will the home of a Herr descendant who served as a drummer boy in the Civil War—a home which was also a possible stop on the underground railroad.

There will also be stories of other interesting Herrs told throughout the trip, along with some surprises.

The Field trip leaves from the Society headquarters, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster Pa at 8 a.m. and will return at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $70 for members and $75 for nonmembers and can be purchased by calling (717) 393-9745 or online at Registration is due April 17. Lunch is included in the trip.

Registration due April 17.



Hispanic Mennonites of Lancaster County

Saturday, August 23, 8:00 - 4:00 pm

Go back in time when several hundred folks arrived in Lancaster County PA from Puerto Rico to work in summer harvesting of tomatoes from about 1950-64. See their early lodging places, work sites, and places of worship. Hear first person accounts of initial experiences. Discover the changes as their families arrived by both hosts and guests. Become enriched by caring, friendly folks holding roots back to Puerto Rico.

A light lunch is included in the trip.


Native American Tour

Saturday, November 1, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join us as we explore the various pre-European cultures of Lancaster and  York Counties.  This tour includes various Native American sites in Manor Township, where the Susquehannocks traveled the river that bears their name, cultivating maize, beans, and squash in fields surrounding its shores.

We also stop within the 414 acres called “Indiantown,” where a remnant of Susquehannocks settled with other tribes during colonial times.  Here William Penn offered peace to the Native Americans in 1701 and colonists ruthlessly murdered what they thought were the last Indian survivors in Lancaster County in 1763.

The tour will include lunch at Shank’s Mare, overlooking the Susquehanna River at Long Level, York County, and a stop at the Native Longhouse exhibit as part of the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum. 

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    Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
    2215 Millstream Rd
    Lancaster, PA 17602-1499
    United States
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    Phone: (717) 393-9745
    Fax: (717) 393-8751

    Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed major holidays.
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