Landis Valley Museum

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Landis Valley Museum
Landis Valley M Landis house.JPG
Landis House in September, 2012
Landis Valley Museum is located in Pennsylvania
Landis Valley Museum
Nearest city Landis Valley, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°5′36″N 76°16′48″W / 40.09333°N 76.28000°W / 40.09333; -76.28000Coordinates: 40°5′36″N 76°16′48″W / 40.09333°N 76.28000°W / 40.09333; -76.28000
Area 8.6 acres (3.5 ha)
Built 1940
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 99001578[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 3, 2000
Designated PHMC 1957[2]

Landis Valley Museum is a nationally significant living history museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. It collects, conserves, exhibits, and interprets Pennsylvania German material, culture, history and heritage from 1740 through 1940. The museum was founded by the Landis brothers--Henry K. Landis and George Landis.[3]

As living history, this museum is particularly interesting, because of the many inventions developed in the Lancaster area. For instance, because this was the birthplace of the Conestoga Wagon (and the stogie cigar), visitors see how wagons were made, including the critical process of making spoked wheels). Because Lancaster County is where the Pennsylvania Longrifle (aka Kentucky Longrifle) originated, visitors see how gunsmiths of the 18th century manufactured rifle barrels.

The features of the museum include:

* Visitor Center * Landis House & Stable
* Print Shop and Leatherworking Shop * Pottery Shop
* Log Farm * Yellow Barn
* Brick Farmstead * Erisman House
* Blacksmith Shop * Tavern
* Transportation Building * Gun Exhibit
* Landis Valley House Hotel * Conestoga Wagon Shed
* Maple Grove School * Farm Implement Shed
* Steam Engine Building * Textile Processes & Garden
* Country Store * Isaac Landis House, Barn & Feed Mill
* Firehouse * Tin Shop
* Weathervane Store


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania Farm Museum - PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Callanan, Laura Knowles (1995). "Landis Valley Museum: The Legacy of Two Brothers Lives On!". Trails of History. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 

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