A Holiday Afternoon at Ditchley

Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018

Time: 1:00-4:00

Location: Ditchley Cider Works

House tours, cider tastings, appetizers, and sweets at the c.1752 ancestral home of the Lee, Ball, and duPont families, recently restored by current owner Cathy Calhoun. $30 members/$35 nonmembers. Limited tickets. Buy at www.mkt.com/maryball or call 804-462- 7280 for reservations.

EXHIBIT LECTURE: Lancaster in World War I

Date: Saturday December 8, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Lancaster Woman's Club (next door to Museum)

LECTURE CANCELLED. The Museum & Gift Shop will still be open as scheduled 11:00-3:00 for exhibit viewing.

EXHIBIT: Lancaster in World War I, Home Front to Battle Front

Date: March 28-December 21, 2018


Location: Museum

Features more than 70 artifacts, documents, biographical profiles, and research panels that examine the war through the experiences of Lancaster County residents who served in the military and those who supported civilian efforts at home. The items, drawn from the museumís permanent collection and on loan from community members, include uniforms, accessories, equipment, military certificates and service records, personal letters, soldier photographs, original war bond posters, and local Red Cross chapter notes. Open during museum hours Wed, Thu, Fri 10-4 (see closings list for exceptions). $5 admission donation requested.

Gala Evening at Verville

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019



Fundraiser gala with cocktails and dinner on the lawn, live and silent auction, and tours of beautiful, historic Verville near Merry Point, Lancaster County, built c. 1742 by James Gordon and current home of Ammon Dunton, Jr. Details to be announced.





Museum closed to the public Dec 22, 2018 until March 6, 2019. Research Library closed to the public Dec 16, 2018 until Feb 1, 2019. Museum and Library also closed on the following holidays/holiday weekends: Memorial Day Sat-Mon; July 4; Labor Day Sat-Mon; second Saturday in November for Oyster Roast (except ticketholders); Thanksgiving week Wed-Sat.

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time: 2:00-4:00

Location: Museum

Create your own fresh greenery centerpiece with guidance from experienced floral arrangers and gardeners Betty Pettyjohn and Rebecca Jett George. Space limited. $40 includes all materials. Register at Buy at www.mkt.com/maryball or contact 804-462-7280 or history@lancastervahistory.org for details

Locks Opened: Chesapeake Waterways and the Underground Railroad

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Time: 7:00-8:00 PM

Location: Lancaster Community Library

Historical Storytelling Program by Sheila Arnold Jones. Master Storyteller Sheila Arnold shares stories about Virginia's waterways that were part of the Underground Railroad. The stories are derived from an 1870s book written by William Still, a Conductor for the Underground Railroad and Secretary of Philadelphia Abolitionist Society. His book shares the stories of over 500 people who ran from slavery, including some who used the locks, canals and waterways to escape. $10 donation requested at the door.

Museum & Gift Shop Open House

Date: Saturday December 8, 2018

Time: 11:00-3:00

Location: Lancaster House

Special Saturday hours to view the World War I exhibit (before it ends on Dec 21) and shop the Museum Store for holiday gifts, local books, and more. Free admission. $5 donation suggested for exhibit tour. Also see listing for Dec 8 exhibit lecture at 10 AM.