Every year, we have a benefit auction of handcrafted heirloom-quality items made here at the museum. These include beautiful art and craft items as well as collector-quality items. It’s not just a great time, but it also benefits Landis Valley Museum’s efforts to preserve our local German immigrant history with living history interpretation of an authentic crossroads village of the early 1800s here in Lancaster County. It also supports the other education and farm-related services we provide to the community.
The featured item this year is a handmade, custom-crafted reproduction of a pre-revolution “fowler” smooth bore rifle.
Created and finished by Denny Griffith here on site, this exquisite firearm is of collector quality with fit and finish worthy of any collection. It has a smooth-bore barrel with maker’s mark and hidden notation that it was made at Landis Valley Museum and is marked as #4 of the rifles created for the museum auction by Denny. The stock is hand-carved curly maple with scrollwork. It has a magnificent deluxe Siler lock. The brass work and the linseed oil finish of the stock are truly a marvel to see. A woven period-style gun case will be included.
Also to be included in the auction will be a very fine-quality reproduction powder horn of the French and Indian Wars time period. It will be auctioned separately from the rifle.
Many art and craft items will be auctioned starting at 4:40 pm at the museum. Payment will be due at the time of sale.
Denny Griffiths displaying Pennsylvania Long Rifle to be auctioned