"It's Not Xbox Day, It's Charter Day"

I love this quote. It comes from a LancasterOnline article about the combined effects of brilliant spring weather and free admission at Trails of History sites in Lancaster County. According to the article, it’s what Kitty Lafferty said to her son and his friends before they all headed out to Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, where they were part of a crowd of some 2,000 people on Sunday, March 11. Thank you, Kitty, for sharing your love of history with your kids.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s mascot, Catcher, was on-hand to greet visitors, and there was Turkey Hill ice cream, too. (I don’t have the numbers for overall attendance for Charter Day, but our three Lancaster County sites combined had at least 5,000 visitors in the space of the afternoon.)

Pennsbury Manor gathered nearly 300 pounds of nonperishable food items for the Penndel Food Pantry on Charter Day.

You can find photos of the Charter Day activities at Daniel Boone Homestead here or at Drake Well here.

The Anthracite Heritage Museum’s Charter Day event was featured in the Scranton Times-Tribune, which regularly includes articles about local history, coal mining, and the Museum and Iron Furnaces.

And you can see news footage of Conrad Weiser Homestead’s Charter Day spring kickoff on WFMZ-TV here.

All in all, a great day for Pennsylvania history and the people who love it. Thanks to all of you who support us on Charter Day and every day. If you visited one of our sites and want to share your photos, you can upload them to the PA Trails of History Flickr photostream or to the specific site’s Facebook page. We’d love to see them.


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