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Address: 565 Yoder Rd, Harleysville, PA 19438-1020
Phone Number:
+1 215-256-3020
10:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Mennonite Heritage Center tells the story of the oldest continuous...

The Mennonite Heritage Center tells the story of the oldest continuous Mennonite community in America. Over 12,000 items are preserved and used to tell the local and Mennonite stories. The Center houses a genealogical center and research library, archives, a permanent exhibit open 5 days/week, a gift shop, and a fraktur gallery. Rotating art and history exhibits fill two other galleries. A 20 minute introductory video is provided for visitors. There is no charge, but a $5 donation is suggested per person. A list of available traditional arts workshops, bus tours, and other events is available on the web site. The annual Apple Butter Frolic will be in its 43rd year on the first Saturday of October (October 1 in 2016) The Christmas season brings the fine craft sale with work by selected artisans. The Whack and Roll croquet tournament brings local nonprofits together each spring.

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Apple Butter Frolic

This isn't a "tourist trap" that you leave with a lighter wallet. It's a museum and historical library dedicated to the stories of Mennonite faith and life in eastern... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This isn't a "tourist trap" that you leave with a lighter wallet. It's a museum and historical library dedicated to the stories of Mennonite faith and life in eastern Pennsylvania. The Apple Butter Frolic is a great event (sorry you missed it for 2016 - add it to your 2017 calendar now.) Our young-and-old group were most intrigued by the... More 

1 Thank Almond914
Steve D, Public Relations Manager at Mennonite Heritage Center, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed the Frolic. We were a bit worried about the weather, but glad the rain held out so we could have most of the activities as planned! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Great homemade pancake breakfast! Annual Apple Butter Frolic, every first Saturday in October! Period dressed enactors, crafts, food, farm demonstrations. Great cultural expressions.

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Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Historical, informative and tells story of real people. Lots of interesting local history items to see!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015

A wonderful collection of artifacts, books, photographs, art, and manuscripts informatively displayed.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

We intended to go to Pennypacker Mills inSchenksville PA, but it was not open. Our GPS told us that the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleyville was nearby. This small, but friendly museum and gift shop turned out to be delightful First there was a 30 minute film without captions. I have a hearing loss and depend on captions. In order... More 

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Sellersville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015

If you like local Mennonite history or just local history in general, you'll enjoy the Center. They have some creative exhibits, pictures and artifacts. They also have research library if you really want to dig deeper.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2015

This is an excellent source of information for anything Pennsylvania Mennonite related, or really, for local history. The displays are well put together and all the volunteers friendly and knowledgeable. There are also archives available for more extensive research. Great used book sale near the end of the summer, too!

Thank GumnaJaane
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

They have the most complete and up to date history of the Mennonites who settled this area. There are wonderful displays inside as well as a great book store and a nice gift shop. They also offer very interesting events for the public such as sheep hearding and shearing. Chock full of info.

Thank Thelrose

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