|Address:||2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA|
|Working:||Closed 9AM–5PM 9AM–5PM 9AM–5PM 9AM–5PM 9AM–5PM 12–5PM|
Today was a rare "Free Admission Day" so we decided to take our kids out to see something new... well... new to them! It was a nice day, the Demonstrators were very friendly and seemed to enjoy being there. Not much mud on this warm, spring day, but with the horse-drawn wagon rides, there were definitely areas to watch out for. Overall, the exhibits were good for a local Museum. I wish they had more signs, but maybe others wouldnt, so I understand thats just my opinion. Im not sure I would have paid the $56 it would have cost any other day, but I also know my kids and they are on the younger side of being able to stand in one place for more than two minutes. The kids did, however, LOVE the wagon ride around the village, so I have to say everyone got to see or do at least one thing that interested them. I did not give it the highest review possible because the sidewalk coming out of the main building where tickets are sold was in such poor condition, I was afraid the kids would step on a loose brick and break an ankle. Also, the Gift Shop was too small for the size crowd on hand. I cant imagine having a few bus loads of visitors onsite in addition to a parking lot full of cars. People had to take turns entering and exiting the building, and that didnt appeal to me having small kids in tow. BTW: Take a little cash to make a donation for the wagon ride. It apparently helps cover the animal cost. Some of which are not owned by the museum, but some to the Demonstrators. I guess that puts new meaning to "Take your pet to work day!" (yes, Im joking) Would be a good tie-in to a Gettysburg trip or for anyone with German heritage. -MJ
I fell in love with this place when I first saw it, but I was not in love with the way that we were treated after our wedding. We also received a ceremony fee even though the time, was not different than our rental time and location. They had sent us a feedback letter in the mail as well. I filled it out, and sent it back in September. I have not received any kind of acknowledgement, apology, or explanation since the letter was sent. The place is beautiful, the workers...not so much. *Update: I only now saw that Joyce had the nerve to call me out, and say I was the issue. I have all of my emails saved, as well as several witnesses who can attest to what had happened. She is a rude, nasty person, and I hope she never treats anyone the way she treated me and my husband. I would say a lot worse, but shes not worth another second.
Landis Valley is beautiful now with the snow, like a winter wonderland. I must address our latest review. This review was written by a bride that had a wedding here and it has nothing to do with our site interpretation. Sadly people complain about something that was communicated to them from the beginning, ie ceremony fee. We put all our rates upfront from the beginning, there are no surprises. She was contacted and given a refund for the fee because she complained but of course that wasnt updated. Also her items were not removed as promised the next day after her reception so her family members were called which is what she was upset about, good reason to berate us? This had nothing to do with a visit to the village for the day so come out and enjoy!!!
Over priced and the staff is lacking in knowledge. The exhibits are pretty lame and the interpreters leave way too early. The tavern guide was downright unfriendly. They bathrooms are poorly maintained. Further, the place is dangerously short on water fountains. Shockingly, the gift shop was well manned... the only place in the entire place that was.
Very interesting stuff; however, be sure to get there when staff is at their various stations to provide their presentations. They all disappear for lunch noon til 1PM. We missed a lot by arriving at 11AM and we couldnt hang around until staff returned at 1PM. Nonetheless, we felt we got more than our moneys worth.
A Private User
I dont know what they did but they took a really great museum and ran it into the ground. We visited about 8 years ago and it was great. We went again this weekend and it was awful. The Civil war event was pathetic and there wasnt anything of interest. Very disappointing.
I enjoyed the gunsmith. He was very interesting and educational. The grounds are well kept and take you back to a very interesting and inspirational time in history. We also enjoyed learning many interesting details about blacksmithing. Well done, Landis Valley!
Rich cultural experience! A pleasant stroll through a number of vintage buildings, housing impressive exhibits and hands-on period-cast presenters. We met a Blacksmith, shoemaker, Innkeeper, and Baker. Impressive steam and horse-powered farm equipment exhibit.
Guided or self-guided tours through a large number of century-old farm and town buildings. Depending on the day and time, youll find activities for kids/adults. Only a few of the exhibits are interactive/modernized. But a lot to see for history fans.
A Private User
If you have interests in American history and culture you will enjoy it. It was fun, I loved seeing and learning about the life of people who I am not very accustomed too. I recommend it for anyone who loves to learn at any age.
What a great place. The cost makes it sensible for a family to get a year membership if youre going to go more than once per year. They have interesting events throughout the year. The herb and garden faire is not to be missed.
Fabulous plant show every year on Mothers Day weekend. Annuals, perennials, planters for your yard and vegetable garden plants from numerous garden centers. Non-plant artisans are also part of the yearly show.
It was great to hear people talk about what had been a great town. The architecture and design was laid out well and restoration on the older houses was tastefully completed.
June 7, 2014, we had our doughters wedding here. It is a lovely place and the staff is exceptional. Linda and the two Daves were great to work with and very helpful!
Love the Landis Valley Fall Festival that they have every year. Pick pumpkins, explore the museum and participate in many nice family oriented activities.
I went there on a school group trip and it was very fun and educational.You should go on the horse and carriage ride and go in the one room schoolhouse.
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The country’s largest Pennsylvania Dutch living history farm and village. It features more than 40 historic buildings on 100 beautiful acres.
A Private User
This is not a hotel! Landis Valley is a wonderful historic village/farm museum--you can book it for weddings, but its not a lodging place
Summer Institute at Landis Valley is a wonderful learning experience! Amazing inductors in an outstanding location!
We enjoyed our visit very much, liked the Civil War Days and the talks and especially the soldiers demonstrations.
Great place for the family, be sure to check their calendar for fun events. Good for going for a peaceful walk.
Being a holiday, many of the buildings were open, but no one was present to tell anything what went on there
The Fall days festival is a lot of fun. I come every year with my family. Its become a tradition.