Discover Lancaster County history with a visit to the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum. The oldest home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, built by Christian and Anna Herr, and the oldest original Mennonite meeting house still standing in the Western Hemisphere, the Herr House is a family friendly place to discover the past. The grounds—including the house and outbuildings—are restored to reflect the period of 1719 to 1750.
The 1719 Hans Herr House is open April 1 through November 30, Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM. Herr House tours are given at 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Longhouse tours are given at 10:00am, 12:00 noon and 2:00pm. The 1719 Herr House is closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving and the Friday and Saturday before Easter. Except for special events, the museum is closed December 1 through March 31.
Standing in a field in the former Pequea settlement next to the 1719 Hans Herr House is an extraordinary structure. It harkens back to a time before settlers, when the Shenk’s Ferry, Conoy, Lenape, Mohawk, Nanticoke, Seneca, Shawnee, and Susquehannock had their homes in central Pennsylvania. The Lancaster Longhouse recreates features common to Eastern Woodland Indian construction between 1570 and 1770, rather than being modeled after specific tribes. The longhouse is one of the few interactive outdoor exhibits of Native American life in Pennsylvania and one of only a few similar buildings in Pennsylvania. Gain awareness of the history of Pennsylvania before European settlement and create awareness of Native influence on Lancaster County during the colonial period. Be introduced to contemporary Native American presence in Pennsylvania, and support and sustain the knowledge and appreciation of the ancient crafts practiced by local artisans, as well as their life, customs, and culture.
The 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum also collaborates with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society to produce Lancaster Roots, a cultural event series. These range from Annual Music Night to the Bookworm Frolic, from Music in the Orchard to Films in the Field. There are Pennsylvania German folk art classes, Pennsylvania German dialect classes, and field trips exploring facets of local history. For more information about upcoming Lancaster Roots events, visit lancasterroots.org. Lancaster Roots is sponsored by Landis Homes and Four Seasons Produce, inc.