On Wednesday, July 24th, HSCV members are invited to join the HSCV on a road trip to the Heidelberg Heritage Society’s newly restored Wernersville Train Station and the Lerch Tavern, the oldest building in town. Please arrive at the train station by 1 PM.  Wernersville Train Station is located at 20 East Penn Avenue, Wernersville, PA. 19565.  Please note the Lerch Tavern is a two block drive or walk from the train station. It is also completely restored. Both venues are air conditioned. We will have guides in both venues.

If you are a member and are interested in attending, please fill out the form below and mail to: HSCV, P.O. Box 193, Ephrata, PA.


2024 HSCV Annual Field Trip on Wednesday, July 24th
______Yes, I will attend. This trip is completely FREE.
______No, I am unable to attend, but am sending a donation to help the efforts of the Society.





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,




     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 manager@hptrust.org)
~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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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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