The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley (HSCV) announces that their next educational program, “Songs and Stories of the Red, White and Blue” will be held Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E Main Street, Ephrata.
     Troubadour Matthew Dodd celebrates America’s great patriotic songbook by performing a number of historic songs and telling the stories behind them. A backdrop of American flags spanning our country’s history will be included.
     As always, this program is open free to the public. Parking lot and entrance in the rear alley. For more information, visit the society’s website at or call (717)733-1616.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming HSCV programs & events:

June 28 – Members-only picnic at West Earl Park

July 27 – Field trip to 1719 Herr House and Lancaster Long House

August 23 – “Code Girls of WWII”

September 27 – Ephrata parade night

*October 25 – “My Neighbor’s Secret”

*Please note that October’s program has been updated from the original information provided to HSCV members.



We have some exciting news to announce!  The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County and the Historical Society of Cocalico Valley are partnering to plan a Lancaster County Barn tour!  We are currently in the planning process and are looking for suggestions from the public on which Lancaster County historic barns we should feature on this exterior-only, self-guided tour.

To learn more about the barn tour and to submit a barn for consideration, please visit our website here:




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Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. March through December. 

Closed January and February.


Other times by appointment with a 24 hour notice.

Schools & organizations welcome!

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9:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.


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We are dedicated to discovering, gathering and preserving materials and data relative to the community known as the Cocalico Valley. All items in the museum collection were either made in the Cocalico Valley or were used by and/or owned by people living in the area. The Cocalico Valley encompasses ten municipalities in Northern Lancaster County — the Boroughs of Adamstown, Akron, Denver, and Ephrata and the Townships of East and West Cocalico, Clay, Ephrata, West Earl, and a portion of Earl.

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