This adventure launches on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 10 am with the start of the 2022 season at the Conestoga Area Historical Society. It runs until Sunday, December 11, 2022.
Difficulty: 🤠 This adventure is perfect for elementary students.
Distance: Inside the main museum building.
What to bring: Something to write with, your thinking cap, and a printout of this PDF.
Where to go: The Conestoga Area Historical Society is located at 51 Kendig Rd, Conestoga, PA 17516. Click here for directions. Be sure to check their hours before going. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm from April 23, 2022, through December 11, 2022.
Directions: Answer the questions on page one of the Conestoga Area Historical Society Museum Search handout for a Conestoga Wagon wooden nickel. Answer all 12 for a wooden nickel and a replica arrowhead. Show your completed form to a museum docent or volunteer to claim your prize.
If you can answer the six questions on page one of the Conestoga Area Historical Society Museum Search handout you earn a Conestoga Wagon wooden nickel. Show your completed form to a museum docent or volunteer to claim your prize.
Here’s a screenshot of the questions.
If you answer all 12 questions you earn a wooden nickel and a replica arrowhead. Show your completed form to a museum docent or volunteer to claim your prize.
Want to Learn More?
The Conestoga wagon, as known as “the ship of inland commerce,” was used for over a century to grow the nation’s business and westward expansion. Click here to read more.
Beginning in the late 1800s, a system of trolleys ran all over Lancaster County. One line went from Millersville to Pequea. Owned by the Lancaster & York Furnace Street Railway Company, the “Pequea Trolley,” as it was locally known, was part of an effort in the early 1900s to commercially develop Pequea as a summer resort. Click here to learn more.
Pequea Silver Mine
The Pequea Silver Mines, located about five miles south of Lancaster, operated off and on for more than 200 years, but perhaps as many as 300. Today evidence remains of three mines and a vertical shaft, but no one fully knows what workings are below the ground. Go down in history when you explore the 300-year-old abandoned Pequea Silver Mines. Click the link to learn more.
Safe Harbor Iron Works
In 1846, Reeves Abbot & Company from Philadelphia selected the Safe Harbor area to build the Safe Harbor Iron Work to manufacture railroad rails. This location was ideal for two reasons. First was the discovery of vast amounts of iron ore in the immediate vicinity. The second was the easy access to canals on both the Susquehanna and Conestoga Rivers. Click here to learn more.