Lancaster Longhouse

Pennsylvania’s First Nations

For thousands of years, south-central Pennsylvania was home to a variety of Indigenous tribes, including the Shenks Ferry, Conoy, Lenape, Mohawk, Nanticoke, Seneca, Shawnee, and Susquehannock peoples. Many people today are unaware of the rich history of the state’s Native peoples. Experience a full-scale replica of a Native longhouse, and learn about local Indigenous histories and cultures.

Collaboration with Indigenous Community

As part of our mission to tell a broader story of the area European settlers came to in the early 1700s, Mennonite Life works in collaboration with the Circle Legacy Center and members of the local Indigenous community to honor Pennsylvania’s Native communities and educate the public.

Longhouses—large multi-family homes made of logs, saplings, and tree bark—once dotted Pennsylvania’s landscape. In some places, like present-day Washington Boro in Lancaster County, thousands of people lived together in communities filled with longhouses. The Lancaster Longhouse is based on historical and archeological research of Eastern Woodland construction in the late seventeenth century, with careful adjustments to improve its safety, durability, and utility as an educational exhibit.

Explore Our Online Museum Store

Discover Something New

What the Amish Teach Us with Author Donald B. Kraybill

Mennonite Life is honored to host author Donald B….

Learn More

Featured Stories

Introducing Mennonite Life

It’s an exciting time to be a Mennonite history…

Learn More

Welcome, Refugees

For Mennonites in Lancaster, loving your neighbor means welcoming…

Learn More

Mennonite Artists

Beyond folk arts, Mennonites contribute significantly to visual, language,…

Learn More

A Caring Revolution

Civilian Public Service (CPS) workers lived in camp settings…

Learn More

Contact, Hours, & Admission

1719 Museum

Featuring the 1719 Herr House
& the Lancaster Longhouse

Address

1849 Hans Herr Drive
Willow Street, PA 17584

+Google Map

Phone

(717) 464-4438

Hours & Tour Times

Seasonal Hours

April – October
Friday & Saturday
10am – 4pm

Tours:
10:00am 11:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm

Tour lasts slightly more than an hour


Field Trips

To schedule a field trip, contact: Tiffany Fisk at (717) 464-4438 or museum@mennonitelife.org.

Admissions

Individuals:

Adults – $15

Children (7-16) – $7

Children 6 and under – Complimentary

Groups (12+ people):

Adults – $13

Children (7-16) – $6

Children 6 and under – Complimentary