Stoy Museum

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A guided tour of the Stoy Museum begins with a stroll through several early shops and offices. Throughout the museum, visitors will find fine examples of Pennsylvania German craftsmanship in such items as furniture, quilting and weaving, fraktur, and redware. Young and old enjoy browsing in the one-room schoolhouse and the toy shop before experiencing a turn-of-the century general store, stocked with everything from cookie cutters to kerosene lamps. Community industries such as carpentry, weaving, printing, firefighting, law enforcement and mining are exhibited as they were found throughout the area many years ago.

Did you know?

The original front portion of the Stoy Museum was built in the 1780’s as a home for Dr. William Henry Stoy, a local minister and prominent Revolutionary War doctor.

Now Featuring: Things for Children

The Front Parlor Gallery is located on the first floor of the Museum by the main entrance and features a rotating exhibit of rarely seen items from the Society’s collection. This exhibit is available to the public during our open hours.

Tours

Tours of the Stoy Museum are only guided.  Tours are offered every Saturday at 11:00 am.  Please allow an hour and a half for a complete tour of the museum.

Before visiting the Society for a tour, we ask that you contact us in advance to schedule a tour.  Drop-in tours are accepted during office hours but appointments are encouraged to ensure proper staffing. Please contact the Society Office at 717-272-1473 to schedule your tour.

Please note that the Society building is not handicap-accessible due to the age of the building. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Street, metered parking is available in front of the Society building, and free-two hour parking is available at the Farmer’s Market parking lot off of 9th Street and Cumberland.

Exhibits

Each exhibit provides insight into the lives of the men and women who built our strong nation. Our perennial exhibits include:

  • The Barber Shop
  • The Dress Shop
  • The General Store
  • Gollam’s Ice Cream
  • Perseverance Band
  • The Pharmacy
  • The Schoolhouse
  • The Toy Shop
  • Victorian Parlor
  • Civil War Exhibit

Donations

We appreciate donations in any amount. The Lebanon County Historical Society Incorporated is registered as a charitable organization with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 800-732-0999.

Monetary Donations: visit our Donation Page
Artifacts (clothing, tools, etc.): email office@lchsociety.org
Archives (paper and pictures): email archive@lchsociety.org