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Friday September 13th @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Hilton and the Pickers will entertain you with their high-energy, hard-driving, awesome finger picking music!

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Bring a chair and some friends and get comfortable outside on the grounds of the Wm. P. Brinton House


Is there a better way to spend a pleasant summer evening?

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Saturday September 14th @ 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for a celebration of Christiana's historical influence in the

Civil War,





Learn about the Christiana Resistance of 1851.

Stop at the information booth and pick up your wrist band

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Underground Railroad Museum Tours


Multiple Locations

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Wagon Tour Tickets


Tours depart at

10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00

    Ages 10+     $10.00

Ages 4 to 10    $  3.00

Children 3 and under are free

Everyone 10 and older receives a beautiful book of places viewed on the tour. 

The book includes pictures and the history of each location. 


Tickets may also be purchased during our Heritage Days event by visiting the Wagon Tour booth.

Please be at the wagon ride loading area 10 minutes prior to your scheduled tour

Make your reservation for the
Underground Railroad Museum Tour

Tours are held at the Zerchers Hotel

(home of the Underground Railroad Museum)


Tours times are

10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00

Reservations required

Free admission

The events that occurred on September 11, 1851 in Christiana, Pennsylvania are cited as major flash points that led to the outbreak of the Civil War.  These events are described in a guided tour at the Christiana Underground Railroad Center in an interesting and educational format for all ages.

You can also reserve your spot with the Tour Host at the Zerchers Hotel on Heritage Day, September 14th.

Please arrive for your tour 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.


Ride the train to the Freight Station

  • Check out the 2 RAILCARS and a SPEEDER from NARCOA  (National American Railcar Operators Association)

  • The caboose from NRHS (National Railway Historical Society) will be open

  • Say hello to the Amtrak police and K-9 Unit from Operation Life Saver

  • Check out the Friends of the State Railroad Museum display

  • Purchase tickets to the Strasburg Railroad for $12.00 (Regularly $24.00)

Don't miss this rare opportunity to take a step back in time and experience an important part of Christiana history at the Machine Shop

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Walk across the street to the Masonic Hall and meet some really interesting people and learn about local history


Taylor Lamborn will describe the Christiana Resistance of 1851 and the abolitionist movement as told by descendants.

Nathaniel Taylor will be sharing the history of the Christiana Resistance from an African American perspective.


William Chester Ruth was an inventor from Gap who changed local farming for the better.  He is credited with at least four patented inventions.  His granddaughter, Gwen Dickinson, will be sharing history and artifacts from him.

Did you know that Christiana had cement light posts and it's own telephone and steam heat company?  Kate Patterson will exhibit pictures and artifacts from Andrew Jackson Melcher (our own Ben Franklin)


Barbara Joyce will share her collection of antiques

Make yourself comfortable and watch a video of old, rare photos of Christiana edited by Jim Stead


Enjoy some popcorn while you watch the video

Learn about the Masonic Lodge


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Chicken BBQ


Prepared onsite by

Randy Yoder

Includes apple sauce, chips, dessert and water

Proceeds benefit Christiana Historical Society


Serving up next-level espresso drinks, yummy fruit smoothies, mouthwatering acai bowls and pastries.  Mocha Motion Coffee


Serving everything BBQ brisket, pork, mac & cheese and more.



The Roland Zimmerman Family will be performing at 10:00am.  They perform bluegrass, old-time country and folk styles of music. 


Joel Stoltzfus will play a mix of folk, pop and alternative acoustic covers at 12:00pm.



  • 10:00 Zimmerman Family (music)

  • 11:00 Dwight Groff (history)

  • 12:00 Joel Stoltzfus (music)

  •  1:00 3rd US Color Troops (history)

  •  2:00 Harry Marr (music)

Doc Yoder is a magician.  He will be roaming around the Heritage Days lawn from 11 to 3.   Find him before he disappears. 

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Under the Tent

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Dwight Groff, a Lancaster County Farmer, will explain the growing process of a corn stalk in the field, the process of harvesting and a demonstration of shelling the kernels off the cob as it was done in yesteryear.  You'll get a chance to grind corn into cornmeal.

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Karen Hurd, tin smith, will share her art, history of tin smiths and her wonderful sense of humor.



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Historical Exhibits

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Children's Activities

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Face Painting

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Put out a house fire with an actual Fire Hose

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Photo Op Booth

Train Rides

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