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Charter Day at Ephrata Cloister

March 13 - March 13, 2016


Charter Day Means Free Admission to State Museums

On March 4, 1681, William Penn received from Great Britain’s King Charles II a charter for land in the new world that would later become the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Penn had a vision for establishing a “land of peace, justice, equality and freedom for all men and women”.  Many people throughout Europe who had been persecuted for their faith came to “Penn’s Woods” to find freedom of worship.

Three Pennsylvania State Museums in Lancaster County

To celebrate the granting of that charter to William Penn over 300 years ago, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission annually holds a Charter Day, where the public can have free admission to all 25 of the state historical sites administered by the museum commission. Charter Day is typically the second Sunday in March each year.

There are three historical sites in Lancaster County that will participate:

Ephrata Cloister

Noon to 5:00 pm
The Ephrata Cloister Chorus will perform in the Saal (Meetinghouse) at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
632 West Main Street
Ephrata, PA 17522

Landis Valley Museum

Noon to 5:00 pm
Come for wagon rides, historic crafts and trades demonstrations, and the debut of the new exhibit, “1865:  Lancaster County at the Close of the Civil War.”
2451 Kissel Hill Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Noon to 5:00 pm
Observe the 333rd birthday of the Commonwealth, amid Pennsylvania made and operated historic rolling stock, here at the Keystone State’s official railroad museum.
300 Gap Road
Strasburg, PA 17579


March 13, 2016
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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