The 1719 Hans Herr House in PA

Cruising the Hans Herr House website turned out to be a wonderful little history lesson this morning.

Photo by Mike Herr, Lititz, PaThis place was mentioned in one of our daughters’ Math problems and we had no idea what it might be.  So we looked it up:  The 1719 Hans Herr House, in case you haven’t heard of it either, is the oldest still standing settlement in Lancaster County, PA, and a registered historic landmark.

Here is their website:

1719 Hans Herr House Museum and Tours

hans herr3What a great museum!  They have a wonderful virtual tour that takes you all around the Hans Herr house and grounds, including a drone-view video of the whole area.  Individual things in the house are described, and their original German names are given.  So you see the “Kuechenschrank” (on the left), some Faesser (barrels for food storage) in the basement and Werkzeuge (tools) in the house, for example.  My favorite room is the children’s bedroom up in the attic, right next to the big chimney.

There is more to the museum than “just” the Hans Herr House.  Here is how they describe their museum:

The 1719 Hans Herr House Museum contains buildings and exhibits tracing the formation of Lancaster County and early America, including three Pennsylvania German farmhouses; several barns; a blacksmith shop, smokehouse and outdoor bake oven and an extensive collection of farm equipment spanning three centuries. The 1719 House itself is the oldest building in Lancaster County and the oldest Mennonite meetinghouse in the Americas.

Cruising the 1719 Hans Herr House website turned out to be a wonderful little history lesson this morning.  Technology DOES have its merits, after all.

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Author: Anne

~ In the right order of nature, the flesh is subject to the spirit and not the reverse. ~ The Cloud of Unknowing

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