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 Santa’s Workshop: A Display of Toys, Figurines, and Christmas Cheer
This temporary exhibit is located in the front parlor by the main entrance and is available to the public for free during our open hours.
The Santa’s Workshop Exhibit features toy trains and dolls, Santa figurines, and various Christmas decorations. Train enthusiasts will also enjoy the model train display shown on guided museum tours (see below). There is also a book available in our gift shop on railroads of Lebanon County.
Tours of the Stoy Museum are only guided. Please allow an hour and a half for a complete tour of the museum.
Tours are given every Saturday at 11am or by appointment. Before visiting the Society for a tour, we ask that you contact us in advance to make an appointment. Please contact the Society Office at 717-272-1473 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.