The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley (HSCV) announces that their next educational program, “A Walk with Conrad Weiser” will be held Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E Main Street, Ephrata.

Lynn Otto will discuss the Tulpehocken Path, a 65-mile passageway from Conrad Weiser’s farm in Womelsdorf, PA to the Native American capital at Shamokin.          

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. 




June 26             Picnic         Members-only picnic at Denver Park

July 24             Field Trip     Wernersville Train Station

August 28        *Program     “Granny’s Panties”

September 25   Fundraiser   Ephrata Parade food stand

October 23       *Program     “True Story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

November        Fundraiser    Lancaster County ExtraGive (more info to come)

December        Open House   Christmas at the Connell Mansion (more info to come)

*All educational programs are held at 7:00pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E Main St,

 Ephrata.  In case of inclement weather, follow Ephrata School District closing schedule.



     The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County has partnered with the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley to create a LANCASTER COUNTY BARN TOUR. The tour is an ongoing, self-guided, exterior-only, driving tour of the beautiful historic barns of Lancaster County.

     The LANCASTER COUNTY BARN TOUR highlights some of the finest examples of historically and architecturally significant barns throughout Lancaster County and includes a beautiful, full color, keepsake tour book that you can purchase and use as a guide to view the exterior of the barns on your own. The 8 ½” x 11” tour book includes both historic and current photos of approximately 50 barns along with a detailed description of their significance to our history. In addition, the book provides a Lancaster County map pinpointing the barn locations and will facilitate the SELF-GUIDED tour throughout our beautiful county. The BARN TOUR is a “timeless” event. Using the tour book, you will be able to take the tour (at your leisure) over many weeks, months, or years. Barn interiors are not open to the public as most of these barns are “working” buildings located on private property. All barns chosen for the tour are easily viewed from a public roadway. A few notable exceptions are those listed as public museums, restaurants, or an Environmental Center.

The tour books are still available to purchase online (below), at the Historical Society during normal business hours, and at the following locations throughout Lancaster County:

~The Ephrata Cloister
~Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum Store
~Lancaster History
~Historic Preservation Trust
   (by appointment only – call 717-291-5861 or email
~Mainspring of Ephrata
~Salisbury Township Historical Society
~Caernarvon Twp. Historical Society 
~Columbia Crossing River Trails Center
Order Barn Tour Book Online




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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!

Free to the public.

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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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