2018 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. 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

Lancaster City Bike Tour

May 5, 8 am to 12 pm

Take a relaxed bicycle tour circling the city of Lancaster with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Saturday, May 5. Learn about the historic neighborhoods from long term residents. Join us in our discovery as we visit individuals, churches, and schools to learn about our city” says organizer Jonathan Charles. Presenters include former mayor Janice Stork, historian David Brenner, and John Lahr, who grew up in Cabbage Hill, well as the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.

Tickets cost $30, $20 for students, and can be purchased at lmhs.org or by calling (717) 393-9745. The deadline for registration is Saturday, April 28.

Details at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624503820936895/

James Street Mennonite Church

Registration due April 28

Start Time

William Penn’s Holy Experiment: Early Cultural Groups Settling in Berks County, Pennsylvania

May 19, 8 am to 4 pm

Tour various sites in the Oley Valley which illustrate Penn’s invitation for numerous cultural groups to join his “holy experiment.” Led by Jim Lewars.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Registration due April 24


Mills of Lancaster County

June 9, 8 am to 4 pm

Mills served as an important part of the agricultural economy in Lancaster County during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Visit the last two operable water-powered grist mills in the county, along with other mills. Visits to the mills require the use of stairs to see all the floors.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Registration due May 9


Mennonites and African-Americans in Lancaster County

July 21, 9 am to 2 pm

Learn how local Mennonites interacted with their African-American neighbors around the turn of the twentieth century on this family-friendly tour led by Stuart Metzler and Darlene Colon.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Registration due June 21


Underground Railroad Tour

September 8, 8 am to 4 pm

Follow the trail of freedom seekers across Lancaster County, farm to farm, to Christiana. Hear conductor stories, and see entrances to tunnels and trapdoors.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Registration due August 8


Franklin County: Early Anabaptist Sites in Southcentral Pennsylvania

October 6, 8 am to 5 pm

Edsel Burdge Jr., research associate at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, will showcase significant Anabaptist sites in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Registration due September 6