We Open For The 2017 Season April 28th!

On April 28th our doors open for the 56th season!

Visit our free museum and stop by our gift shop where you’ll find a great selection of Moravian stars, local books, home décor, and so much more!

Our operating hours are Fridays and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Beginning Memorial Day, we are open Mondays-Saturday 10am-4pm, with tours available of our 1792 Johannes Mueller House with a docent.

Come learn about the history of Lititz and early Moravian life through room after room of various exhibits and artifacts.

Interested in booking our gardens for your next event? We’re always happy to answer your questions or assist you.


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Annual Plant Exchange Takes Place May 7th

The Lititz Historical Foundation in conjunction with the Lititz Garden Club will hold its Annual Plant Exchange on Sunday, May 7th at 1:30 PM. The event will be held in the Mary Oehme Gardens, behind the museum buildings at 137-145 East Main Street in Lititz. The event is rain or shine.

The plants to exchange must be perennials and must have identification tags for each plant. Each plant must be placed in a container for transportation.

Upon arrival, a ticket will be handed out for each plant. The plants must be placed in categories including: Sun, Shade, Exotic, Bulbs, Herbs and Ground Cover. These tickets can be redeemed for another plant after all plants are placed in the categories and the attendees have some time to explore the categories.

An announcement will then be made to claim the plant you are interested in taking home.

Members of the Lititz Garden Club will also be on hand for assistance and to help answer gardening questions. You can bring 1, 2, 5, or more plants and enjoy the afternoon in the Foundation’s Gardens! The event is open to the public and there is no charge for this event, but a donation can be made to help maintain the Gardens.


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Expert to Speak February 18th on the Lancaster County Connection to the Pennsylvania/Kentucky Rifle

Lancaster County is known as the center of early Kentucky long rifle making, due to the early development and the number of prominent makers in the Lititz and Lancaster areas.

Join us on Saturday February 18th beginning at 1:30pm when we welcome David Geiger, who will be speaking about the Lancaster connection in regards to the Pennsylvania Long rifle, including the origins, mechanisms, and early history.  He will also talk about important local gunsmiths from the period and characteristics of Lancaster County Rifles.  Additionally, he will address the history behind the name “Kentucky Rifle”, and why this is the term is still used to describe Pennsylvania Long rifles today.

The free lecture will take place at the Lititz Library, located at 651 Kissel Hill Road in Lititz.

Geiger is a fourth generation antique arms firearms collector, dealer, and appraiser; and has been professionally involved in the firearms industry since he was very young. He has been collecting arms and armor since he was five years old and buying and selling as a dealer at shows since age 10.  Today, he has special expertise in Kentucky long rifles; French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, early American guns; and edged weapons. He is currently a Firearms expert for Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA.  Previously, he was a Specialist for Bonham’s in San Francisco’s Arms and Armor Department. He has examined, researched, authenticated, and catalogued thousands of weapons – including those from the estate of Joseph A. Murphy – as well as conducted arms appraisal on behalf of the Smithsonian.


David Geiger


Carved Flintlock Rifle signed Henry Leman


Flintlock Rifle signed Melchior Fordey


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Donate HERE to the Lititz Historical Foundation during the 2016 Extra Give!

Since 1961, the Lititz Historical Foundation has helped preserve the past of the very special community of Lititz. Through quarterly newsletters and various free events including the Carol Sing, The Christmas Candlelight Tour of the historic 1792 Johannes Mueller House, multiple lecture series, The Evening of Music, and much more, we give back to our community in so many unique ways each year.

Although it has been a very busy year for us, our buildings (both built in the 1700’s), as well as our gorgeous Mary Oehme Gardens, need constant attention and care in keeping them the very special treasures that they are, and your gift will directly go to these causes.

We ask that on Friday, November 18th, you consider making a donation to the Lititz Historical Foundation by visiting our website: https://extragive.org/designee/lititz-historical-foundation

With the help of your generous efforts, our goal is to raise $3,000 this year.

Your gift, no matter how large or small, will make a BIG difference in helping us to continue to preserve the rich history of Lititz. And remember—the 2016 Extra Give takes place for ONLY one day—Friday, November 18th.

On behalf of our board members and myself, we THANK YOU so much in advance for your generosity!


Cory Van Brookhoven




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Two Great Lititz Holiday Events To Get You in the Spirit of the Season!

The Lititz Historical Foundation, in conjunction with the Lititz Moravian Archives Committee, want to help you get in the holiday spirit!

First off is the community Christmas Carol Sing, slated for 7 pm on Thursday December 8th at Church Square. The Moravian Trombone Choir will be on hand and free song sheets will be handed out as you, your friends, neighbors, and family sing holiday classics. Afterwards, all are welcome inside Fellowship Hall for light refreshments.

The next evening, on Friday December 9th, we present “Christmas At Church Square” from 5-9pm.

The Lititz Museum (located at 137 East Main Street) will be open from 5-9pm. Come explore this free attraction, and don’t forget to shop the gift shop. Light refreshments will be available. The museum is located at 137 East Main street.

Next door, timed tours of the 1792 Johannes Mueller House will be free of charge. Tickets must be picked up the Lititz Museum beforehand that evening. Tours begin every 15 minutes, and go from 5-8pm.

Period costumed docents will be located throughout this historic home to answer your questions, as you discover what life was like in the closed Moravian town of Lititz.

In addition, Lititz Moravian Church Square (across the street from the Lititz museum) will be offering free attractions including:

-Free tours of the 1763 Lititz Moravian Coffee kitchen.

-Moravian historian Dale Shelley will be located in the church’s sanctuary, and will discuss the history of the Moravian star every half hour.

-The Lititz Moravian Archives Museum will be open.

-Light refreshment will be available in Eschbach Parlor.

For questions, please call the Lititz Historical Foundation at 717-627-4636. We hope to see you there!

The 1792 Johannes Mueller House.

The 1792 Johannes Mueller House.


Church Square


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Lecture on Historic Instrumental Treasures in the Lititz Moravian Archives Slated for March 18th

Join the members of the Lititz Historical Foundation on March 18th 2017 as they welcome Gentry Stolzfus, who will present a lecture on the fascinating historic instrumental treasures held in the collection of the Lititz Moravian Archives. The lecture will begin at 1:30 PM.

Stoltzfus, a Lancaster native, is a teacher and performer, as well as a researcher of organology- the history, evolution, and classification of instruments.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Millersville University and has since been working on various projects in the Lancaster area.

For the lecture, he will delve into a small portion of the historic instrumental treasures held in the collection of the Lititz Moravian Archives.  All of the instruments to be presented are dated from circa 1762 through circa 1820, many of which are in original (or near original) condition and could still function in a performance today.  Included will be two quartets of early trombones, a rare serpent, an ophicleide, a particularly ornate keyed bugle, and a waldhorn- all of which are presently on display at the Lititz Moravian Archives.

Call the Lititz Library to reserve your space today! 717-626-2255.

Gentry Stolzfus

Gentry Stolzfus

Wald horn

Wald horn

A serpent

A serpent


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Free Lecture: Lancaster County Architecture-The First One Hundred Years (1710 – 1810)

Join the board members of the Lititz Historical Foundation as they welcome Gregory Scott for their lecture on January 14th, 2017 at the Lititz Public Library.

Scott, a Lancaster architect, will explore the three most dominate architectural styles of the time: Germanic, Traditional English and Georgian including Lancaster City and the surrounding countryside. Gregg is a senior partner in the architectural firm of RLPS Architects located in Lancaster County, PA, a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. He holds professional affiliations with the American Institute of Architects, LeadingAge and the National Hospice Organization.  In addition to practicing architecture, Gregg writes a monthly architectural design column for Lancaster Newspapers entitled Design Intervention.

The program is free and open to the public, and will begin at 1:30pm. Contact the Lititz Library now to reserve your spot! 717-626-2255.

Gregory Scott.

Gregory Scott.

Rockford Plantation.

Rockford Plantation.


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“The Home Front During World War 2″ to be presented November 19th in Lititz

Join members of the Lititz Historical Foundation for their annual meeting slated for Saturday November 19th at the Lititz Public Library. The meeting will begin at 1:30pm.

After some brief items of business, the board will introduce local author C. Nat Netscher, who will host an illustrated program entitled “The Home Front During World War 2″.

Nat Netscher lived most of his life in Manheim Township before moving to Lititz in Lititz in 2015. He graduated from Manheim Township High School and the Pennsylvania State University, holding a BA degree in journalism. He is also the author of two published books: “The First 100 Years,” the story of the Manheim Township School District from the late 1840s to the late 1940s; and “From the Beginning,” a history of Manheim Township from its creation in 1729 to the year of the book’s publication in 2003. He also served in the US Army for two years during the Korean War, mostly in the Panama Canal Zone.

His illustrated program “The Home Front During World War II” will cover the period from the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 to their surrender in August 1945.

Call the Lititz Library today at 717-626-2255 to sign up. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

C. Nat Netscher

C. Nat Netscher

Paul Ritz serving his 2 hours per week as an airplane spotter in the observation post in Lexington north of Lititz, PA. There were two people here twenty-four hours a day. Ritz' companion was ill this day.

Paul Ritz serving his 2 hours per week as an airplane spotter in the observation post in Lexington north of Lititz, PA. There were two people here twenty-four hours a day. Ritz’ companion was ill this day. Photo @Marjorey Collins, 1942.

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Mixed voice acappella quartet Sum of Each to Perform in Lititz September 4th

Join the Lititz Historical Foundation for a LIVE performance by Sum of Each in the Mary Oehme Gardens on Sunday September 4th at 6:30pm. The gardens are located behind 145 East Main Street in downtown Lititz. Bring your lawn chairs and invite your family, friends, and neighbors!

The performance is free and open to the public.

Sum of Each, a mixed voice acappella quartet, found one another in the summer of 2011. They are comprised of two members of Lancaster’s Red Rose Men’s Chorus, and two members of Lititz’s Red Rose City Women’s Chorus. This past March, the group scored first placed in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Mixed Quartet competition. They enjoy delivering singing grams for birthdays and Valentine’s Day, and can be found singing nearly anywhere, including Clipper Magazine Stadium, company parties, street corners, libraries, and wolf sanctuaries. Their repertoire includes popular pop and soul standards by the Eagles, Billy Joel, Brian Setzer, Elvis, and Marvin Gaye. Sum of Each is: Melissa Hunnefield, Lititz; Jennifer Seymour, Lancaster; Paul Stober, Ephrata; and Don McElroy, Manheim.

Special thanks to Warwick Woodlands for underwriting this performance.


Sum of Each.

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Lititz Community Band to play Mary Oehme Gardens August 14th

Mark your calendars for Sunday August 14th as the Lititz Community Band will be playing a FREE concert in Lititz! The concert will take place in the Lititz Historical Foundation’s Mary Oehme Gardens, and will begin at 6:30pm. The foundation is located at 145 East Main Street, Lititz.

There’s always a great turnout for this evening of music, and it’s a wonderful way to spend a FREE summer evening in Lititz. Bring your lawn chairs and invite your friends, family, and neighbors!

The free concert will be sponsored by Luthercare.

For more information, please call 717-627-4636, or visit the Lititz Historical Foundation on Facebook.


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