Field Trips


Discover the history of Lancaster County

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.

To Reserve

  • Click the “Add to Cart” button after any trip below. Add an LMHS membership to receive a discount on each tour. When you’re finished, click the “View Cart” button at bottom. You’ll be able to change the number of reservations you’re making on the “View Cart” page and then pay by credit card. (Your payment will be processed by PayPal, but you don’t need a PayPal membership to purchase.)
  • 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.

Bicycle Tour of Native American Sites

May 13, 8 am to 12 pm

Manor Township was home to numerous settlements of Native Americans. Participants will explore these sites on a 16-mile bike hike. Groups of bikers will experience this saga through storytellers at 14 stops along the way. Support will be available if needed. This tour be a enjoyable and educational experience for families, school groups, or individuals wanting to learn more of our native history. Learn more and get updates at Bike Conestoga Indiantown.

Leaves from Ann Letort Elementary School

$30 regular, $20 students; Registration due May 6

Start Time

Barn Tour

June 24, 8 am to 4 pm

Visit and experience the earliest style of Pennsylvania barns: the forebay Sweitzer. This magnificent and medieval-like structure first took hold on the landscape circa 1750 in the Willow Street area and the immediate environs. This trip will cover six of these very old structures dating from the last third of the eighteenth century and the first decade or two of the nineteenth century. This tour will be led by Greg Huber.

Leaves from Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

$80 members, $95 nonmembers; Registration due May 24


Swiss-German 1717 Immigrant Journey to Lancaster PA

September, 2016

Follow the path of early immigrants to Lancaster. Come sail with us on the Christina River on the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of the Swedish boat which brought the first European settlers to the Delaware Valley in 1638. Visit old Philadelphia and Germantown to experience some of the sites from the original settlements.

Date and details to be announced April 2017.

Christian Burkholder, Nonresistance, and War

September 30, 8 am to 5 pm

Join this tour based on Romaine Stauffer’s new book about Christian Burkholder, nonresistant Christians in Pennsylvania, and the American Revolutionary War. Burkholder was a prominent Bishop in Lancaster County, remembered for his “Address to Youth Regarding True Repentance.” Visit sites from Groffdale Mennonite Church to Bowmansville and enjoy traditional foods like ground cherry pie or pawpaw ice cream. This tour will be led by Romaine Stauffer.

Leaves from Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

$70 members, $85 nonmembers; Registration due August 30


300 years of Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1717-2017

October 21, 9 to 12 am and 1 to 4 pm

Half-day tours will travel by significant homesteads of early members. Highlights include a walk to the early Mellinger farm as well as a log barn along Leaman Road. The tour will be led by Dan Wenger and Ivan Leaman.

Leaves from Mellinger Mennonite Church

$50 members, $65 nonmembers; Registration due September 21