Last year around this time, I went with my family to the Landis Valley Museum’s Harvest Days. I wanted to wait until this year to post about it, so that you don’t forget to check it out! We arrived, and got some free Turkey Hill ice-cream samples – they were delicious – and of course, got our photo taken with the huge Turkey Hill cow.
When we entered the “museum” (If you’ve never been to Landis Valley, you need to know that it’s not your traditional indoor museum. Landis Valley is a town – buildings that have been restored, it’s pretty much a living history!) and went from building to building to see what they had there. They’ve got crafts, food demonstrations of cooking in the times of 1740 or later. We got to watch as they made apple butter outside over a fire in a huge kettle, and got to taste some (mmm…). They’ve got a straw maze, as well as a pumpkin patch where you can pick out your own pumpkin – it’s just a great way to experience what life was like in the 18th & 19th centuries – learn about village & farm life in Lancaster County!
This year is the 50th Harvest Days Anniversary! You can go on horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, enjoy live music, and great food. Pulled pork sandwiches are my favorite treat of Harvest Days, as well as fresh squeezed lemonade.
This year’s Harvest Festival is October 10th & 11th – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. See their website for more details. The weather should be great, and it’s a wonderful excuse to get outside and enjoy it!