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Rural Routes Barn Tour

The Hummelstown Area Historical Society is working in a collaborative effort with the Historical Society of East Hanover Township, the Manada Conservancy, and the South Hanover Historical Society to conduct a Rural Routes Barn Tour.  


Twenty-seven (27) barns and related agricultural sites in both East Hanover and South Hanover Township will be featured on the driving tour. Some barns and farms can be visited, whiles others will just be a “drive-by”.  Several of the barns are now businesses that one can visit, and even have lunch or a drink.


This event is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016,  from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The cost of a ticket is $25.00 per automobile, regardless of the number of occupants.  The ticket includes a map and a brochure, with photographs, detailing the sites you will see. Participants can start the tour at any one of the sites and visit as many sites as they choose.


Tickets will go on sale September 1, 2016 at the History House.  Expenses and revenue are being shared by the four participating organizations.


The Barn Tour is an effort to promote an appreciation of the rich rural heritage of our area and to educate the public about the local organizations working to preserve this heritage.


The Barn Tour highlights Pennsylvania Bank barns, Milton Hershey farms,  the Union Canal (used to ship agricultural products to market), and current businesses such as the Cassel Winery, Some Saturday Frame Shop, Farmstead Market, and Village Antiques in Shellsville.


The History House will be open during the Barn Tour and feature a Gallery of Barn prints, photographs, and paintings, all with a connection to the Hummelstown area.  


Tickets can be purchased at the History House on the day of the event.  For more information, please call the Society Office at 566-6314.

G. Parke's Red Pennsylvania Bank Barn #1 W. Seaman Barn H. Conrad's White Pennslvania Bank Barn #3 Jonestown Road Barn #1