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.

Field Trip fees Includes all entrance fees, honorarium, coach and lunch as applicable

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


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

Field Trip Full

Swiss-German 1717 Immigrant Journey to Lancaster PA

September 16, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 experience some of the sites from the original settlements.

Leaves from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

$130 members; $145 for nonmembers, Registration due August 16

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

Field Trip Full

Bicycle Tour of Native American Sites

Postponed; New Time: May 14, 2  to 6 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.

The ride planned is not too difficult even though it rests among the “River Hills”. When you register, you will be given a start time as we will send groups of approximately 15 bikers off every 15 minutes. There will be 11 stops along the way where historians and native american story tellers will present 10 minute historical and cultural stories of significance. Please make sure you arrive 20 minutes before your start time so you are ready to go. Like/join “Bike Conestoga Indiantown” on Facebook to receive further updates.

To register sign up online or by calling Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 717 393-9745. The fee is $20.00 for Students, $30.00 for others. At the time you register you will be given a start time and placed in a group who will ride together. If you have a group riding together please request this when you register.

Our Rain Date will be the following day, May 14, with our Bike tour groups beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon. The Concert will be at 7:00 in the evening. We will announce if we will be using the alternate date by noon on Friday, May 12.

Persons not able to ride will be able to drive the route. Please start at the school so we can car pool as much as possible due to limited site parking.

We are especially honored to have Barry Lee with us to help us to imagine the largest Indian settlement of the Susquehannocks. As “Spirit Wing” He shares traditional and contemporary Native music across the country. You can sign up for his afternoon concert at the long house at 3:00 on the grounds of the Hans Herr House. This is a special treat to have his presence among us.nIn addition at 3:00: As you arrive at 3:00 the Long House will be open for you. Some of our story tellers will be able to answer your questions. Following this tour we will begin the hour concert. You can register for this 3:00 Spirit Wing concert/longhouse tour when you register for the bike tour. The cost for this additional experience is $10.00 You will be entertained with both traditional and contemporary music of Native American people by this talented couple. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. The Bike tour and this Longhouse concert are two different events, you can do one or the other or both.

Please download the Parent permission and release from liability form found on this site. You can mail it to Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 2215 Millstream Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602, or bring it with you to the ride.

Begins and ends at Ann Letort Elementary School