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Experience the gems of Lancaster County - for free!

Updated: Apr 2, 2018

It has been a LONG winter in Lancaster County! But April has arrived, and with it comes the promise of beautiful, warmer spring days and the opportunity to get outside and explore!

I look forward to these peach blossoms in our backyard every April!

Photograph by Eric Wenger, 20 April 2014, Lititz, Pennsylvania

As a follow-up to my last post featuring the Hans Herr House, I’d like to highlight a treasure offered by our local libraries. Did you know that you can borrow a pass for the following Lancaster County educational experiences?

With the hope of warmer days to come, why not plan a day trip or two? There are great choices for adults, kids, or the whole family. Thanks to the Library System of Lancaster County, your visit can be totally free and I guarantee you will learn something new!


Our family has visited most of these locations over the years, courtesy of museum passes from our beloved Lititz Public Library. Our kids were quite a bit younger in many of these pictures, but what a fun trip down memory lane looking at these photos again! If you have not explored some of these gems of Lancaster County, I encourage you to make your own memories this spring or summer!


1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, Willow Street, PA

Check out my recent blog post about the Hans Herr House

Josh, Alexa, Eric, Nathan Wenger - Photos by Kristin Wenger, 3 August 2013

Side view of Hans Herr House with split-rail fence in foreground.



Historic Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata, PA

We were hosting Litzzy from New York City through the Fresh Air program and wanted to introduce her to some of our local history. Litzzy (with ponytail) follows Josh with our tour group. Photos by Kristin Wenger, 7 July 2014.

The gorgeous grounds of the Ephrata Cloister

Rock Ford Plantation, Lancaster, PA

I loved the beauty and history of Rock Ford! Photos by Eric Wenger, 18 July 2015

Rock Ford Plantation, surrounded by Lancaster County Central Park, was originally the home of General Edward Hand.



The National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia, PA

Historic grandfather clock made by Jacob Eby of Manheim, PA.

Photos by Eric Wenger, 9 July 2014

The museum includes over 12,000 unique clocks and watches!



The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and The National Toy Train Museum, Strasburg, PA

Unfortunately we don't have any photos of these two destinations in our collection. However, the Strasburg Railroad is just across the road and can be combined for a full day for train enthusiasts! The library's summer reading program provides kids with the opportunity to earn free tickets for the Strasburg Railroad.

Photos by Eric Wenger, 14 August 2010.


Lancaster Science Factory

Photos by Kristin Wenger, 31 January 2009


The Johannes Mueller House, along with all that historic downtown Lititz has to offer, deserves a separate post of its own. For now, I'll leave you with a photo of the Lititz Museum at 145 E. Main Street. I'd love to see you there sometime after we open for the 2018 season on May 4th.

Photo courtesy of Lititz Historical Foundation, accessed 31 March 2018 at https://www.facebook.com/events/701432466912930/.


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Kristin Wenger is a professional genealogist and educator who is passionate about giving others the gift of experiencing fulfillment and inspiration through discovering, preserving, and sharing their family histories.

Kristin is the founder and owner of Roots & Wings Research, LLC. She would be delighted to discuss her services with you including family tree projects; one-on-one research coaching; original document retrieval/transcription; in-depth research on a particular individual or family; evidence analysis and report writing; and guidance on the DNA testing and matching process.