Sorceress of Lititz Adventure

The last day for this adventure is Monday, April 3, 2023. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Difficulty: 🤠🤠
Distance: Less than 100 yards depending on where you park.
What to bring: Something to write with, your thinking cap, and a printout of this PDF.
Where to go: The Lititz Museum is located at 145 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543. Click here for directions.
When to go: Monday through Saturday between 11 AM and 5 PM. You may want to check their website before going to make sure they are open. Google typically has accurate hours posted as well.

If you want to learn more about Sorceress of Lititz before starting this adventure, click here.

Is there buried treasure in Lititz?

According to a Lancaster newspaper report, many area residents believed there was.

So much so that in 1879, a rag-tag group of Christmas day-born treasure hunters led by the “Sorceress of Lititz” Hannah Hetherley set out to find the buried hoard hidden somewhere in Lititz. Legend holds, they found it, but the magic protecting the cache was too powerful to allow its removal.

Careful research has shown that the treasure is located at the Lititz Museum; however, the only way to access the gold is to know the magic words that reverse the protection spell.

Johannes Mueller House and Lititz Museum by Wally Gobetz. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Recently a diary belonging to Hetherley was located. It would appear that after years of research and mediation, she had uncovered the incantation that will break the hex guarding the treasure. On one page, she created nine clues that, if answered correctly, reveal those magic words. Click here for a printer-friendly PDF of the diary page.

This decoder paper reveals the magic phrase needed to unlock the treasure.

How to Claim the Treasure

Visit the Lititz Museum to answer the questions on this decoder paper correctly. Next, show the completed document and say the magic words indicated on the paper to a docent.

If you would like to learn more about Hannah Hetherly, Sorceress of Lititz, before beginning (it wouldn’t hurt 😉), click here.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Lititz Historical Foundation for partnering with Uncharted Lancaster to make this adventure possible. Be sure to follow the Lititz Historical Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as they are continually offering exciting and educational programs and events.


What you just read is a work of historical fiction and just for fun. The only treasures being guarded by the Lititz Historical Foundation are of the historical variety.


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