Maize and Snitz Festival at the Hans Herr House

Maize and Snitz Festival showcases early American lifeNative American props for workshop.

  • Celebrate Native American and colonial life at the Lancaster Longhouse and the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum during Maize and Snitz Festival.
  • Maize & Snitz Festival takes place at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Lancaster, Pa., September 14, 2018—Maize and Snitz Festival is a celebration of early American life—both Native American and later European immigrants. Learn about their lives and cultures on Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, Pa.

This year the Lancaster Longhouse at the Herr House & Museums helps celebrate Indigenous People’s Week. Craftspeople from the Native community will be present to show and talk about their culture, history, and crafts, as well as give guests tours of the Longhouse, a replica of the kind of dwelling used by Native Americans in Lancaster County up to the time of European settlement.

For those with an engineering inclination, there will be a variety of farm equipment running, including multiple “hit and miss” engines. The Frick steam engine and thresher, along with a bailer, will be on hand demonstrating post-harvest grain processing.

There will also be a wide variety of other demonstrations. Food-related exhibitions will include apple cider making, native food cooking, and butchering. Native crafts, such as corn husk doll making and pine needle basket making will be shown. Other European based demonstrations will also take place, such as hearth cooking, fraktur lettering, and blacksmithing.

David Schrock, director of the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum, says, “Maize and Snitz is a great way to see not only the Hans Herr House and the Longhouse but to see a lot of traditional crafts and machines in action that are not part of our day-to-day operations at the museum. People of all ages have a great time at this event.”

A variety of food will be available during the festival, including the iconic Herr House smoked sausage sandwiches. There will also be assorted desserts, including apple dumplings.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 7-12, and free for those 6 and under.

Maize and Snitz Festival 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.

1719 Herr House & Museum
1849 Hans Herr Dr., Willow Street Pa. 17584
(717) 464-4438 •

Lancaster Roots 2018