The ExtraGive is Friday, November 18, 2022!!

From Midnight to 11:59 pm, the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley (HSCV) will once again be participating in Lancaster County Community Foundation’s (LCCF) ExtraOrdinary Give.  Last year, over $15 million was raised for approximately 516 entities during Lancaster County’s largest day of giving.

We hope that the HSCV is part of your planned giving that day.  Your gift is tax deductible, and your donation will go farther when you opt to cover the 4.99% “processing fee” as part of your gift.  In addition to your donation, the HSCV will also get a portion of the LCCF “stretch pool” (money donated by LCCF ExtraGive corporate sponsors and shared amongst the ExtraGive charities).

The direct link to the HSCV’s donation page is   Remember that donations can only be received 12:00am to 11:59pm on November 18.  Stay tuned to the HSCV Facebook page during the event for updates on our progress.

Please join us again this year as we strive to meet our goals!



The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley (HSCV) is pleased to announce the 2022 holiday card sale!

The two scenes featured include the Pierce Lesher barn in Reamstown and the former Emmanuel E. C. Church in Adamstown, both captured by local photographer, Donald Reese.

Reasonably priced at only $15.00 for a bundle of 10, each card is printed on quality embossed card stock by the society’s own print shop using authentic type-set methods.

Beginning November 1st, cards will be sold through pre-order by calling Deb at (717)466-0885. Supplies are limited  to 40 bundles, so order early!   Card orders will be available for pickup on Thursday, November 17th 9:00am-11:00am and Saturday, November 19th 10:00am-12pm., at the HSCV, 237 W Main Street, Ephrata.



Hohoho! It’s time for Santa to arrive at the Connell Mansion!

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley (HSCV) is pleased to invite you to their Christmas Jubilee Open House on Sunday, December 4, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

The old mansion seems quiet and subdued when society volunteers decorate the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but she becomes lively with the addition of her welcomed guests.

It’s easy to forget that a busy family with children lived in the mansion and played in the house and the yard, so this is a reminder that children are welcome at the Open House.  In fact, Santa will be patiently waitin

g for them on his special chair on the second floor of the mansion!

Beautiful Christmas music will flow through the house provided by the Tri-M Choir from Cocalico High School.  In addition, Mark Herr will play the society’s very own antique pump organ.  Along with the organist, Allie Herr will share her musical expertise on the violin.

The print shop will be open with demonstrations of antique printing methods.  There, visitors will receive a souvenir of the day.

And what is a party without food?  Refreshments will be served in the Education Room next door at the research library.

The Connell Mansion has provided a welcome to visitors since 1869 and the HSCV hopes that you will share your afternoon with them and enjoy some Victorian hospitality.



Shop for Christmas on AmazonSmile and Support ACS – Atlantic Christian School

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley believes in shopping local and encourages everyone to support their favorite small businesses this holiday season. However, if you do need to shop for something online, consider using AmazonSmile, where you can choose the HSCV as your designated charity. For every purchase you make, Amazon will forward a portion of your sale to the HSCV. This is an easy and convenient way to support your local historical society and the work that we do. You shop. Amazon gives.

Museum Hours

Museum Hours

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.

Research Library

Research Library

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

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


8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The Research Library will be closed Thanksgiving Day,

November 24, 2022

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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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