Lots to Do on the Trails of History

Lots to Do on the Trails of History
Exterior view of multi-level brownstone building housing the iron furnace - to the left is a two-story section with gothic windows and door. Connected to it on the right is the one and a half story casting room with dormers.
Learn about cast-iron cooking on Saturday, May 14, at a place where cast iron was produced (photo via Cornwall Iron Furnace Facebook page)

Up Next

Today, May 13

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of Pennsylvania
    • Andrew Rohrbaugh, PA Bureau of Forestry, will talk about native plants, ecosystems, and the importance of using our land for food. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime info and registration).

Saturday, May 14

  • Hands On History (in-person), Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-4 pm, Old Economy Village
    • Try your hand at a variety of 19th-century crafts and trades, such as blacksmithing, printing, cooking, textile production, laundry, and more. Regular admission charged (Hands on History info).
  • CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER Cast Iron Cooking Demonstration (in-person), 11 am-3 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • This outdoor cooking demo is free. Regular admission applies to tour the Furnace; the visitor center and museum store will be open 9 am-4 pm (Cooking Demo info).
  • Heritage Wool & Textile Day (in-person), noon-4 pm, Daniel Boone Homestead
    • Explore the history of wool production and textiles in the 18th century. There will be sheep-shearing and other hands on demos and activities throughout the day. Admission charged (Textile Day info).

Sunday, May 15

  • Sensory Friendly Visit (in-person), 10 am-noon, PA Military Museum
    • Background sound effects in the gallery will be turned off and volume on the orientation video will be reduced (captions always enabled). Please register in advance (PMM visit registration info).
  • Open-Hearth Cooking and Sheep Shearing (in-person), 1-4 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • The cooks will demonstrate 17th-century recipes using dairy products and elsewhere on site the sheep will lose their winter coats. Included in regular admission (Open-Hearth Cooking info).

Tuesday, May 17

  • Sensory Hours (in-person), 9-11 am, Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light and noise levels will be lowered, as will crowd levels. Several historic trains will be open, and staff will be on-hand to answer questions. Please register in advance (Sensory Hours info and tickets).

Wednesday, May 18

  • Music on the Lawn (in-person), 7-8 pm, Joseph Priestley House
    • Enjoy an evening of music by Elegance String Quartet on the lawn of the Joseph Priestley House. The concert is free; please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. In the event of bad weather, the concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Northumberland (Music on the Lawn info).

Thursday, May 19

  • STEAM on the Rails (in-person), 10 am-1 pm, Railroad Museum of PA
    • School group students in grades K-6 will explore activity stations, including interactive behind-the-scenes tours, a live steam demo, hands-on art activities, and engaging presentations about historic railroading jobs. Admission charged. Deadline for registration is May 17 (STEAM on the Rails info and tickets).

Friday, May 20

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • Dr. Walter Meshaka, senior curator of zoology and botany, will talk about native and exotic species of paper wasps found in downtown Harrisburg, The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime registration).

An African American man with a mustache and wearing denim overalls, a blue and white check long-sleeved shirt, and a gray tweed cap leans against a piece of antique farm machinery. He is portraying inventor William Chester Ruth, and the machinery is inside an exhibit gallery.
Actor and historian Keith Henley will portray inventor William Chester Ruth during a living history program next weekend. Tickets are still available at the link below (photo via LVM Facebook event page)

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • William Chester Ruth Living History Tours (in-person), Saturday, May 21, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
    • Tours are based on the life and work of local inventor William Chester Ruth, who was born in 1882 in Chester County; his father had been enslaved in South Carolina and his mother was a free woman of color. Ruth will be portrayed by actor Keith Henley of American Historical Theater. Landis Valley museum educator Tim Essig will portray museum co-founder Henry Landis. Tour times are 9:30, 12:30, and 3; advance tickets are required (William Chester Ruth Tour info and tickets)
  • Trails of History Run (in-person), Sunday, May 22, 7:30 am-?, Daniel Boone Homestead
    • This event includes a 5K, 10K, and 1/2-mile fun run. There will be awards for 5K and 10K races, plus special awards for the best-dressed representation of the 1770s era. Advance registration is required (DBH trail runs info). Training runs for new runners start at 10:30 am every Sunday at the DeTurk House (near the front entrance gate off of Daniel Boone Rd).
  • Ales & Petals/Cars & Motorcycles of Englad Car Show, Saturday, June 4, 10 am-4 pm, Hope Lodge
    • Family fun includes food (for purchase), classic British cars and motorcycles, and live music. Those age 21+ with photo ID can also enjoy craft beer from Round Guys Brewing (for purchase). Admission for age 13 and up is $10 per person; tickets available in advance (Event info and tickets).
  • Log Birling Clinic (in-person), Saturday, June 11, 1-3 pm, PA Lumber Museum
    • Join museum staff to learn how to stay on top of a rolling log while your opponent falls off. Registration is required (Clinic info and registration).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual), Sunday, August 14, 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

I'll add to this as I get more info.
  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum


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