SCHAEFFERSTOWN’S HISTORY COMES ALIVE
Historic Schaefferstown provides information through educational programs for adults and children, tours of its buildings and collections, festivals and special events, and publications of research and promotional materials.
- Alexander Schaeffer House
Set on the scenic 85-acre farm south of the village, the site hosts living history cultural events and educational tours. The mid-18th-century Schaeffer House represents a rare survival of the European tradition of combining domestic and manufacturing activities in the same building. In this case, whiskey distilling was done on premises in the early days. The house has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972. The U. S. Secretary of the Interior designated it a National Historic Landmark in July 2011.
- Thomas R. Brendle Museum
Located on the eastern side of the village along the Route 419 Scenic Byway, the Brendle Museum is across the street from HSI’s Gemberling-Rex House Museum. The Brendle Museum is named for Thomas R. Brendle who was a local resident and leader in the preservation of Pennsylvania German folklore at the time. The museum displays a wide variety of cultural artifacts. The lower level hosts events including lectures, classes, and individual and group artisan shows.
- Gemberling-Rex House
Across the street from the Brendle Museum along the Route 419 Scenic Byway, the bright gold painted Gemberling-Rex House was once a vibrant 18th century tavern serving thirsty villagers and travelers. Original features include a bar cage, a Franklin fireplace, and unique kitchen wall stenciling. The museum hosts a special Colonial Tavern Lunch each December, complete with period-dress servers, cider, traditional fare, and all the charm (or lack there of!) that early tavern staff could offer their guests. A memorable event.
February 5, 2023 – Adult Educational Workshops: Sgraffito Redware
March 4, 2023 – Adult Educational Workshops: PA German Star Embroidery
For a full schedule of events visit our events calendar: Lebanon Valley Events – Visit Lebanon Valley | Lebanon, PA
Membership Level: Non-Profit