Winters Heritage House Museum

Winters Heritage House Museum


Wow! Thank you Winters Heritage House Museum for once again collecting food donations for the Community Cupboard during your annual Craft Show! Thank you for helping your neighbors in need ❤

We are now in "Spooky Season" and what better way to celebrate it, than to take a Haunted Tour of downtown Elizabethtown! Hear some stories of the local lore & history while visiting these historical locations. You can register by going to or email Winters Heritage House Museum at [email protected]. #naturallygiftedbyjeri #wintersheritagehousemuseum #locallegendsandlore #elizabethtownhistory #hauntedelizabethtown #spookyseasonđź‘» #elizabethtown #Hershey #harrisburg #Lancaster
Have you ever wondered about the local lore and legends of Elizabethtown? Well now you can have the chance to find out about it. Join the Winters Heritage House Museum for a tour of Haunted Elizabethtown. There will be several locations throughout the downtown area to hear some great stories. You can do a self-guided tour from 12-7 or join a guided tour at 5pm. Visit to register. #naturallygiftedbyjeri #wintersheritagehousemuseum #hauntedelizabethtown #spookyseason #locallegendsandlore #elizabethtownhistory #elizabethtown #Hershey #Lancaster
This week we presented an $1000 check to the Winters Heritage House Museum made possible from sales of our Historic Collaboration Beer, Heir of the Bear! We love working withour local community as much as possible. If you haven't been to this awesome museum right in downtown Etown, we highly recommend it!
.In the taproom we are open until 5:00 running our $5 Sunday Food Specials!
We will have 25 bottles of our collaborative Historic Ale Heir of the Bear left when we open tomorrow! $5 from the sale of each $10 bottle benefits the Winters Heritage House Museum
.Also, check back tomorrow for our New Beer Alert post!
.#beerforgood #community #loveetown
New Beer Alert: Isosceles is now on tap! This Belgian style Tripel comes in at 9% and its light fruitiness makes it perfect for sipping on a hot day!
.Members of Winters Heritage House Museum will be here from 6-8pm so come out and meet the group that inspired and helped brew Heir of the Bear!
How's this for a Flashback Friday for Elizabethtown?!?! Thanks to my friend Nancy Landis, Director of Winters Heritage House Museum, this was in my mailbox. This is our building on the Square in 1892!! How cool is that!!! I'm a lifetime Etownian and love lifting up our amazing little town!! What memories do you have of Etown? I'd love to hear them!! #flashbackfriday #historybuff #livinghistory #historicalelizabethtown #memoriesofdaysgoneby #loveetown
New Beer Alert: Heir of the Bear is now on tap! This Historic Beer that we brewed with Winters Heritage House Museum is based on Poor Richard's Ale. A portion of its sales will benefit the Museum!
.Our Freaky Friday Pizza is Cheesesteak! This Thoms Bread crust is topped with pizza and cheese sauce, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, grilled onions, and shaved steak. Yum!
.Happy Friday!
We have Burgers on Special today and a Bottle Release!
.Heir of the Bear, a Historic Ale that we brewed with Winters Heritage House Museum is now available in bottles!
.We have four burger options today: The Mooza (pizza sauce, mozz, pepperoni), and the Angry Cowboy (bbq sauce, cheddar, onion straws, and jalapeños) are pictured.
.Also available are the Classic Cheeseburger and the Bacon Bleu Burger. Yum!
.We have Veggie Burgers available as well!
Yesterday #mooduckmike hosted Nancy, Maryanne, and Phil of Winters Heritage House Museum to brew Heir of the Bear, an early style beer! This offering will be available on tap and in bottles on April 24th, coinciding with an event at the museum. Sales of this beer will also help support them! Check back for more details.
.#beerforgood #community #loveetown
#mooduckmike is working with Winters Heritage House Museum to brew a Historical Beer next week. We love partnering with our local community for projects like this!
#community #collaboration #loveetown
Hoping someone may be able to point me in the right direction on where I can send an old photo and book as a donation. Both items are from Lancaster County. Is there a museum I can mail these items to? Thanks!

Two of Elizabethtown's original log structures dating to the 1760s! A doorway to Elizabethtown's history since 1990.

Operating as usual

Photos from Winters Heritage House Museum's post 05/04/2022

The 31st Annual May Quilt Show is under way. Be sure to stop in and see the many beautiful pieces, including several Crazy Quilts dating back to the Victorian Era. It's open during museum hours: W, Th, F 10-3 or by appointment. $3 donation requested.

New this year, complete the scavenger hunt in your program and be entered to win the annual raffle quilt made by Winters Heritage House's very own quilting group. Plus, take and share photos of your visit, then tag Winters Heritage House on social media to be entered to win a gift card from a local Elizabethtown restaurant!

Winters Heritage House Museum updated their business hours. 04/28/2022

Winters Heritage House Museum updated their business hours.

Winters Heritage House Museum updated their business hours.


Drop in between the hours of 10am - 2pm for free* family craft activities. We've chosen activities than can be entered into the Elizabethtown Fair.

May 27 - Recycled Paper Making
June 10 - Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting
June 24 - String Art*

*A small fee will be asked to cover string art supplies


During the Third Grade Walking Tours, we had some very special students stop by for Judy and Phil's history lesson on the Donegal to Donegal mural! Elizabethtown Area School District, we think these ducks want to become Bears!


Elizabethtown’s first school was constructed during 1873-74, only 46 years after the borough was incorporated. The building was in use until 1909 when it was demolished to build a new and larger school that ultimately was destroyed by a fire on December 11, 1911. A new structure was built with more classroom space to accommodate the growing student body. The building housed grades 1-12 until the new high school on South Poplar Street was built in 1928, which now houses GEARS and the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center.

Photos from Winters Heritage House Museum's post 04/14/2022

For the first time since Fall 2019, we welcomed back Elizabethtown Area School District to the Winters Heritage House for the annual Third Grade Walking Tour. We enjoy hosting this event, and our volunteers graciously share Elizabethtown history with so many eager-to-learn students. Thank you third-graders!

If you're interested in sharing history with the future generations, we would love some more volunteers to prepare for the fall visits! We also have a couple volunteer opportunities available to help with pre-school story hour. Contact us if you'd like to get involved. [email protected] or (717) 376-4672.


After a short hiatus, Fun Fact Friday is back!

Did you know that, according to the Lancaster County, PA Government spatial facts, Lancaster County has 1 city, 18 boroughs, and 41 townships? Elizabethtown Borough was incorporated on April 13, 1827, entitling the community to operate with its own recognized government.


We're still looking for a few more volunteers to help tend to the garden this summer. Considering joining our garden committee and make a difference in your community - we donate what is grown to Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown.

To learn more, join our first 2022 garden committee meeting on Tuesday, April 5 or e-mail/call for more information. [email protected] or 717-367-4672.


Do you have an old quilt that you are curious about? Perhaps, you want to know how old it is or how it was made. Local quilt historian Barbara Garrett will help you answer those questions during a sharing program on May 21. Note, while this program will provide historical information, it cannot assign a monetary value to your quilt.

Barbara has been active in numerous county documentation projects in Pennsylvania for the last 35 years and acts as a consultant for several projects.

Cost to attend is $10 for the first quilt, and $5 for each additional quilt.

Limited Spaces available. To register, e-mail or call:[email protected](717) 367-4672.


Thank You Nancy!

At the start of the month, Nancy Landis retired from her position as Museum Director to focus on her freelance artwork and family farm. Nancy was hired to fill the Museum Manager position in 2006 and entered the role of Director in 2012. During her time at Winters Heritage House, she brought creativity and enthusiasm to the preservation and awareness of Elizabethtown history. We are incredibly thankful for her time and commitment!

In Nancy's words; “I have absolutely loved working with the volunteers, board and staff here. The museum is certainly near and dear to my heart. I look forward to continuing as a volunteer to support this community gem.”

Please take this opportunity to express thanks to Nancy for all that she has done for Winters Heritage House and Elizabethtown history preservation.

Photos from Winters Heritage House Museum's post 03/11/2022

Fun Fact Friday. If you visit the Winters Heritage House, you'll notice in The Parlor that one ceiling beam is different from the other three (as shown in the photographs) and it is black on one side, most likely meaning the log was burned in a fire. This room was originally the kitchen. When the home was rebuilt in 1847, they added a new kitchen in the back and turned it into their parlor by adding a small fireplace and cupboards.

Learn more about the history of one of Elizabethtown's original structures by visiting us for a tour.


Interested in gardening? Want to make a difference in your community while gardening?

The Winters Heritage House is seeking new garden committee members for the 2022 season. As a Garden Committee member, you'll help maintain the historic herb beds for museum tours, grow and tend to vegetables that benefit Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown, and care for the Community Green Space along East High Street (beside P&J Pizza).

Join our first garden planning meeting on Tuesday, April 5 at 7pm at the museum.

Photos from Winters Heritage House Museum's post 03/05/2022

Heirloom Seed Swap and Garden Workshop is going on now until noon.

Get some new seeds for your garden and learn some of Nancy’s tips and tricks to get better outcomes.


We're back to regular hours!

Winter is coming to an end! That means we're back to our regular operating hours of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am - 3pm.

Don't forget about the Garden Workshop and drop in Heirloom Seed Swap tomorrow from 10am - noon.


Meet the Winters Heritage House Quilting Committee, an important asset to the museum! These ladies are behind many of the beautiful items you see for sale in the museum store and in the 100% room of the annual Heritage Craft Show.

They meet in the activity room twice a month to quilt. Currently, they’re working on stitching a whole cloth quilt and preparing for the annual quilt show in May.

Last week, they held a potluck luncheon filled with delicious food and fellowship.

If you’re interested in quilting or learning to quilt and would like to join the quilting committee, contact us for more information. (717) 367-4672 or e-mail [email protected].


Check out this fun fact about early Elizabethtown resident George Harris.


It's Random Acts of Kindness Day. What little thing can you do today to make a big difference in the life of someone else?


Want to a start a garden, don't know where to start? Or maybe you just want to swap heirloom seeds. Stop by the Winters Heritage House on March 5 for our Seed Swap and Garden Workshop from 10am - noon.

The Heirloom Seed Swap is open house but please register ahead if you're interested in attending the Garden Workshop by either e-mail or phone:
[email protected]

These are free events but donations to keep activities running are always appreciated.


UPDATE: This lecture will now be held in the 1812 room at the Winters Heritage House Museum. 43 E High St. Elizabethtown.

Join Dr. E. Fletcher McClellan, Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College on February 24 from 7-9pm as we examine the influence of James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Abraham Lincoln on the evolving meaning of the Constitution, and discuss whose thinking has the most impact on our lives today.

This is a limited capacity event. To register, e-mail or call:
[email protected]
(717) 367-4672

Photos from Winters Heritage House Museum's post 01/28/2022

Fun Fact Friday:

Have you ever been inside the Winters Heritage House for an event and wondered what was underneath the doors in the floor?

They don't lead to a basement. They were installed as a display during the building restoration to showcase items found underneath the original flooring.

Before having a service to haul away trash in garbage truck, people had to get rid of trash themselves. Some took it to the town dump, but it was a trip in a wagon to get there so a lot of people buried it in their backyard. Another method was to dump it in a construction site. That's exactly what happened here. When this log home was built (after being dismantled and moved from down the road), the people living in the Scots-Irish home next door discarded their trash in the lot before the floor was assembled.

You can get a better look at the items found by visiting in person. While we are open by appointment or by chance through February, we will re-open to regular 10am - 3pm hours on Friday, March 4.


Join us tomorrow, January 27, at 7pm, as we host Elizabethtown College professor, Dr. David Bowne, as part of the Conversation E-town lecture series.

Dr. Bowne will use Climate-Fiction (also known as Cli-Fi) as a format for a creative short story writing workshop. This growing genre of fiction, centered on global warming concepts, is an interesting and creative way to explore the subject. An optional follow-up workshop will be held at the end of March.

Conversation E-Town lectures are informal and interactive ways to discuss world situations, study their effects on our community, and consider a response strategy.

The workshop will be held in the H.U. Coble House Community Room, a red brick Victorian house located at 33 East High Street. There is a parking lot immediately behind the building. The lecture and workshop are free, but this is a limited capacity event and participants are asked to RSVP. Please call the museum front desk to RSVP by noon on the 27th 717 367-4672, or email [email protected] More information can be found at

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47 E High St
Elizabethtown, PA

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 3pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 3pm

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