Happy Holidays from Trailheads

From all of us here at Trailheads HQ, thanks for your interest in the Pennsylvania Trails of History. We look forward to sharing our historic sites and museums with you throughout 2020. The info below will take you through Christmas and New Year's Day. Please be aware that all Trails of History sites are closed on both holidays, with the notable exception of Washington Crossing and their reenactment on Christmas Day. Please be aware that many sites will close early on the eves and some may have other holiday-related schedule adjustments. If you're planning beyond the beginning of the year, the January program page is available for your perusal.

Stone house with snow on roof, bare trees, and snow covered field
Brandywine Battlefield Park in the snow (photo via Facebook)

Brandywine Battlefield Park
Dec. 27-29: History for the Holidays—there will be a different focus each day, giving you a chance to delve deeper into the life of an 18th-century soldier (12/27), medical practices of the 18th century (12/28), and the aftermath of the Battle of Brandywine (12/29). Check out the Facebook event page for details. Included in full admission. Fri. and Sat., 9 am-4 pm; Sun., noon-4 pm.

Drake Well Museum
Dec. 28: Something More Saturday—enjoy family-friendly activities and learning added to the museum's regular offerings – today’s focus is “Hands-on Oil Labs.” Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Dec. 26-29: Lantern Toursexplore Ephrata's immigration history with help from Student Historians and theatrical presentations throughout the grounds. Tours leave from the visitor center every half hour from 6:30 to 8 pm. Admission: $10 (adults), $9 (seniors), $7 (students), $5 (children); members receive a discount. Reservations are required and tickets do sell out; call 717/733-6600 to reserve your spot.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please visit the Fort Pitt Museum website for information on and schedules. Fort Pitt will be closed during the month of January for collections inventory and exhibit maintenance.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Dec. 27: Winter Day Camp—explore favorite holiday songs and literature with a fun-filled morning of activities (more info on the website. $35 per child, $30 per child for LVA members. Registration is required, and space is limited; call the museum's education department at 717/569-0401 x208. 8:30 am-12:30 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please visit the planetarium webpage for info on shows and schedules.
Dec. 30: Noon Year’s Celebration—the museum will have special Monday hours to ring in 2020 a little early. Check the website for all the details, including admission rates and timed tickets for the Planetarium and Curiosity Connection. 10 am-2 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the WCHP events page for details on the annual crossing and other events.


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