Blacksmiths Converge at 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum

More big news from a Family Museum Pass Partner!

  • The 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum hosts blacksmith demonstrations from 12 to 4 p.m. on Friday,
    June 15, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.
  • Go back in time during Blacksmith Days to watch, learn, an even try a hand working with fire and
    steel.

Willow Street, Pa., June 5, 2018—“The idea of using the most basic equipment and being able to make something was almost magical,” says David Kauffman. “A person can take a fire, a hammer, an anvil or even a big rock, a piece of steel, throw in some basic blacksmithing steps and make a real, tangible item that started as an idea in their head.” See this process in action during Blacksmith Days at the 1719 Herr House & Museum, from 12 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 15, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Kauffman, coordinator for Blacksmith Days, expects to have fifty or more smiths working on portable
forges and anvils. They will be working on a variety of projects, letting visitors see how several different types of items are made.

There is a possibility for visitors to try their hands during Blacksmith Days, on a case by case basis. Admission to the grounds for Blacksmith Days is free; regular admission applies for tours of the Herr House and Native American Longhouse.

Blacksmith Days is part of over forty Lancaster Roots 2018 events. Lancaster Roots combines the events of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Herr House & Museum. Through public presentations, food, music, field trips, and classes, these events reveal Lancaster and its people: their stories, culture, and history.