Celebrate Pennsylvania’s birthday by visiting Landis Valley for free.
On Charter Day, we honor the 1681 land grant from King Charles II to William Penn. A newly-converted Quaker, Penn petitioned the king for land in the New World as a place for people of persecuted protestant sects to live in peace. He gave the king a generous offer to forgive a large debt owed to Penn’s father, Admiral Sir William Penn, in exchange for the land. King Charles II agreed and gave the land to Penn as a proprietary/feudal agreement. While other colonies were royal colonies adminisered by the king, this unique agreement made Penn the owner of 28 million acres, the largest piece of privately owned property in the world at the time.
We have a great day planned: ongoing crafts and trades demonstrations, wagon rides, and the grand opening of our newest exhibit, “Thrown, Fired and Glazed: The Redware Traditions from Pennsylvania & Beyond.”
“Thrown, Fired, and Glazed: The Redware Tradition from Pennsylvania and Beyond” is a two-year exhibit at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum running from March – December, 2019 and March – December, 2020. Throughout the two years, we will show over 150 redware pieces each year, encompassing the history of redware. With the ability to exhibit a variety pieces both years, we are able to focus on the differences between redware in Europe, the Northern United States, Southern United States and Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s redware tradition will be the major focus of the exhibit, covering archaeological pieces, traditional work, the creation of redware, and the revival of the artform. Many pieces never seen by the public from the collections of public institutions and private collectors will be on display.
Weather permitting, we will also offer rides on our two-wheeled carts for $5 each ride. All proceeds from these rides will go to the farm program to help supply hay for the horses.
|Hours:||Noon – 5 p.m.|
|Cost:||Free Admission for All!|
|$5 for two-wheeled cart ride – weather permitting (large wagon rides are free)|