Events

Yuletide at Wheatland Opening Day

  • November 25, 2017
  • 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA
  • 1pm - 6pm
  • Adults (14+) $17.00 | Child (6-13) $8.00 | Small Child (5 & Under) FREE
Image of two adults and two children in period costume gathered around a Christmas tree.

Image of two adults and two children in period costume gathered around a Christmas tree.As a girl, Harriet Lane Johnston spent her holidays at the very center of the fashion world—the Court of Queen Victoria. By 1874, she was decorating the home she had inherited from her Uncle James Buchanan in high Victorian style as she welcomed friends and family from far and wide.  This holiday season, be Harriet’s guest at Wheatland and join in the festivities!

Visit rooms exquisitely decorated with flowers, ivy, wreaths and ribbon, as well as a towering Christmas Tree overflowing with ornaments. Experience the joyful sounds of Christmas music, amusing games, the scent of holly, and the warmth of the holiday season.  Welcome to Wheatland!

Performances available Saturday, November 25, on the hour, from 1pm – 6pm. To learn more about the Yuletide at Wheatland program, please visit our main Yuletide page.

Featured Event Performance Family-Friendly

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Image of a young boy with his tongue stuck to a lamppost. It’s not sugarplums dancing in Ralphie’s head; it’s a Red Ryder air rifle! On a desperate quest to prove to his mother, teacher and even Santa that he is responsible enough to be the proud owner of this Christmas wish, Ralphie isn’t going to let any opposition stop him from getting what he wants, including the schoolyard bullies! Bundled with your favorite film moments, fans will rejoice as they relive the triple-dog-dare flag pole incident, the worst Christmas present ever (pink bunny pajamas) and the FRA-GEE-LAY top prize (leg lamp). A Christmas Story, The Musical hits the bullseye for holiday family fun!

What does A Christmas Story have to do with Lancaster history?  Find out by joining LancasterHistory.org for Thirsty for History Thursday at the Fulton Theatre on Thursday, November 30!  Before curtain on the second Thursday of each major Fulton production, LancasterHistory.org will make the connection between each play and local history.

To enjoy a fantastic performance and an entertaining historical social hour, purchase your tickets by calling the Fulton Theatre at 717-397-7425.  If you are member of LancasterHistory.org, mention your membership to receive a 10% discount.  (Members must call to receive the discount.) A wine and cheese reception begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 30, followed by a presentation by Dr. Tom Ryan at 6:45pm. The main performance will begin at 7:30pm.

Photo Credit: Visit Lancaster (featured photo) and The Fulton Theatre (play poster).

November 30, 2017 Fulton Theatre, 12 North Prince Street in Lancaster 6:30pm Reception Call The Fulton Theatre at 717-397-7425

Yuletide at Wheatland [December 1]

Image of two adults and two children in period costume gathered around a Christmas tree.As a girl, Harriet Lane Johnston spent her holidays at the very center of the fashion world—the Court of Queen Victoria. By 1874, she was decorating the home she had inherited from her Uncle James Buchanan in high Victorian style as she welcomed friends and family from far and wide.  This holiday season, be Harriet’s guest at Wheatland and join in the festivities!

Visit rooms exquisitely decorated with flowers, ivy, wreaths and ribbon, as well as a towering Christmas Tree overflowing with ornaments. Experience the joyful sounds of Christmas music, amusing games, the scent of holly, and the warmth of the holiday season.  Welcome to Wheatland!

Performances available Friday, December 1, on the hour, from 1pm – 6pm. To learn more about the Yuletide at Wheatland program, please visit our main Yuletide page.

Performance Family-Friendly

December 1, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Performances from 1pm - 6pm Adults (14+) $17.00 | Child (6-13) $8.00 | Small Child (5 & Under) FREE

Yuletide at Wheatland [December 2]

Image of two adults and two children in period costume gathered around a Christmas tree.As a girl, Harriet Lane Johnston spent her holidays at the very center of the fashion world—the Court of Queen Victoria. By 1874, she was decorating the home she had inherited from her Uncle James Buchanan in high Victorian style as she welcomed friends and family from far and wide.  This holiday season, be Harriet’s guest at Wheatland and join in the festivities!

Visit rooms exquisitely decorated with flowers, ivy, wreaths and ribbon, as well as a towering Christmas Tree overflowing with ornaments. Experience the joyful sounds of Christmas music, amusing games, the scent of holly, and the warmth of the holiday season.  Welcome to Wheatland!

Performances available Saturday, December 2, on the hour, from 1pm – 6pm. To learn more about the Yuletide at Wheatland program, please visit our main Yuletide page.

Performance Family-Friendly

December 2, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Performances from 1pm - 6pm Adults (14+) $17.00 | Child (6-13) $8.00 | Small Child (5 & Under) FREE

Annual Holiday Gathering for Members

Join us for LancasterHistory.org’s Annual Holiday Gathering on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 4 – 7pm. Enjoy time with good friends, great food, festivity and fun, and a chance to shop for some unique historic Christmas gifts!

 

Explore & Celebrate

December 6, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 4 - 7pm

The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Cover photo of "The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania" along with image of author Gregory D. Huber.LancasterHistory.org is delighted to cap off the 2017 Regional History Colloquium series on Thursday, December 7 with Greg Huber presenting on The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania. For anyone who has ever admired a barn on an old country lane, this is the story of that barn and many others in Southeastern Pennsylvania, or, specifically, “the hearth,” the area east of the Susquehanna River and South of the Blue Mountains. One of the earliest-settled areas in North America, this region of the Keystone State, which includes Lehigh, Bucks, and Lancaster Counties, is home to an astounding 20,000 standing barns, in various states of repair, built from the late 1700s on. Greg will discuss the primary factors that have determined the fundamental structures and appearances of the six great barn classifications, including forest resources. Other featured topics are architectural aspects and regionalisms, dates of construction, survival of 18th-century examples, mysterious decorations, and barn preservation. Greg’s presentation will include representative photographs, building plan sketches, charts conveying the prevalence of types, and a glossary of barn terms.

Greg Huber is a barn and house historian, consultant and owner of Past Perspectives and Eastern Barn Consultants, historic cultural resource companies. Huber has specialized in house and barn architecture of Holland Dutch and Pennsylvania Swiss-German culture areas that include more than 8,000 vernacular houses and barns. He has authored more than 210 articles on architecture and is co-author of two books – the second edition of The New World Dutch Barn (2001) and Stone Houses – Traditional Homes of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County and Brandywine Valley (2005). He has also led 60 tours and given more than 180 lectures on architecture in the past 25 plus years. He won the Alice Kenney award and the Allen Noble Book Award issued by the Pioneer America Society.

Event information: This event takes place in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org. A social gathering and book signing begins at 4pm, followed by the presentation at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Lecture

December 7, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Reception at 4pm | Presentation at 4:30pm FREE

Yuletide at Wheatland [December 8]

Image of two adults and two children in period costume gathered around a Christmas tree.As a girl, Harriet Lane Johnston spent her holidays at the very center of the fashion world—the Court of Queen Victoria. By 1874, she was decorating the home she had inherited from her Uncle James Buchanan in high Victorian style as she welcomed friends and family from far and wide.  This holiday season, be Harriet’s guest at Wheatland and join in the festivities!

Visit rooms exquisitely decorated with flowers, ivy, wreaths and ribbon, as well as a towering Christmas Tree overflowing with ornaments. Experience the joyful sounds of Christmas music, amusing games, the scent of holly, and the warmth of the holiday season.  Welcome to Wheatland!

Performances available Friday, December 8, on the hour, from 1pm – 6pm. To learn more about the Yuletide at Wheatland program, please visit our main Yuletide page.

Performance Family-Friendly

December 8, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Performances from 1pm - 6pm Adults (14+) $17.00 | Child (6-13) $8.00 | Small Child (5 & Under) FREE

Yuletide at Wheatland [December 9]

Image of two adults and two children in period costume gathered around a Christmas tree.As a girl, Harriet Lane Johnston spent her holidays at the very center of the fashion world—the Court of Queen Victoria. By 1874, she was decorating the home she had inherited from her Uncle James Buchanan in high Victorian style as she welcomed friends and family from far and wide.  This holiday season, be Harriet’s guest at Wheatland and join in the festivities!

Visit rooms exquisitely decorated with flowers, ivy, wreaths and ribbon, as well as a towering Christmas Tree overflowing with ornaments. Experience the joyful sounds of Christmas music, amusing games, the scent of holly, and the warmth of the holiday season.  Welcome to Wheatland!

Performances available Saturday, December 9, on the hour, from 1pm – 6pm. To learn more about the Yuletide at Wheatland program, please visit our main Yuletide page.

Performance Family-Friendly

December 9, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Performances from 1pm - 6pm Adults (14+) $17.00 | Child (6-13) $8.00 | Small Child (5 & Under) FREE

Curator’s Tour of Needlework & Textiles

Image shows Harriet Lane's House of Worth gown. Text in top, right corner reads "Needlework & Textiles" and "Curator's Tour."Explore details stitched into everyday and special occasion textiles from the collections of LancasterHistory.org. Led by Assistant Curator Tori Pyle, guests will look at fabric made, decorated, and worn by women of Lancaster County, and learn of the ways in which textiles provide insight into the lives of local women.

Advanced tickets are required and can be purchased by clicking the ticket button in this event or calling (717) 392-4633. Tickets are $10 for LancasterHistory.org Members; $15 for Non-Members.

Tour Curator's Tour

December 14, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 3:30pm $10 for Members | $15 for Non-Members

Yuletide at Wheatland [December 15]

Image of two adults and two children in period costume gathered around a Christmas tree.As a girl, Harriet Lane Johnston spent her holidays at the very center of the fashion world—the Court of Queen Victoria. By 1874, she was decorating the home she had inherited from her Uncle James Buchanan in high Victorian style as she welcomed friends and family from far and wide.  This holiday season, be Harriet’s guest at Wheatland and join in the festivities!

Visit rooms exquisitely decorated with flowers, ivy, wreaths and ribbon, as well as a towering Christmas Tree overflowing with ornaments. Experience the joyful sounds of Christmas music, amusing games, the scent of holly, and the warmth of the holiday season.  Welcome to Wheatland!

Performances available Friday, December 15, on the hour, from 1pm – 6pm. To learn more about the Yuletide at Wheatland program, please visit our main Yuletide page.

Performance Family-Friendly

December 15, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Performances from 1pm - 6pm Adults (14+) $17.00 | Child (6-13) $8.00 | Small Child (5 & Under) FREE