Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Those of us in "the Valley" this past Sunday experienced some interesting weather late in the afternoon.

A severe storm passed through the area and a tornado actually touched down west of Ephrata (a town about 10 miles away) and other areas in the county.
As you can see in the picture above, the sky turned green. While taking the picture the temperature dropped drastically and the winds must have increased five-fold.

Fortunately all we got was a torrential down pour for about ten minutes. A lot of areas saw some large hail stones.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring is almost here at Landis Valley!

Slowly, the grounds are starting to green with tiny little clusters of flowers popping up here and there. In the hoophouse of the Heirloom Seed Project, volunteers have been busy over the past few months planting seeds and now are enjoying fragrant basil and other plants that will be sold at our Herb and Garden Faire on May 8th & 9th.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Most cultures revolve around foods. Growing foods. Preparing foods. And of course, eating foods (that's the best part, isn't it?). The Pennsylvania Germans are no exception.

Landis Valley Museum, through the Landis Valley Associates (the volunteer group that supports the museum), is very pleased to announce the recent arrival of the 2nd edition of the very popular Landis Valley Cookbook.

The book is not only a collection of recipes personally tested by Tom Martin, our foodways expert, but also a wealth of information about Pennsylvania German culture and customs.

There are over 200 recipes in the book, with at least 15 new recipes not found in the first edition.

This book is illustrated with many enticing pictures by LVM staff member, Craig A. Benner, which only add to the appeal of the recipes.

For more information or to order a copy, please call the Weathervane Museum Store at 717-569-9312 or email them at weathervane@dejazzd.com.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Charter Day

William Penn received the charter for the colony of Pennsylvania from King Charles II on March 4, 1681.

To honor this great occasion today, the second Sunday in March is recognized as "Charter Day" in Pennsylvania.

Charter Day is a free admission day to all Commonwealth owned historic sites.

Landis Valley Museum saw a visitation of over 2,000 people on Charter Day.