Travel back in time and experience the sights, sounds and feel of life on a traditional 1800s farm. Guides in period clothing, using first-person interpretation, portray the lives of the original settlers and demonstrate some of the skills needed to survive. Explore how the farm changed throughout the 1800s with the advent of new technology. Experience life in the past through hands-on demonstrations and activities that are fun for the whole family.
We have special tour packages available for larger groups, so please call our office 570-992-6161 to plan your group visit.
Allow approximately three hours to complete a full tour of our farm. We recommend arriving no later than 2:30pm to enjoy all of stops and activities.
- Quiet Valley has a number of historic buildings that help tell the story of life on a rural homestead in the 19th century. Buildings include: 1820s granddaddy cabin, 1820s cellar kitchen, 1850s bank barn, 1820s farm house bedroom, 1890s addition to the farm house including a parlor and kitchen and 1893 one room school house. In addition, Quiet Valley has a number of outbuildings, gardens, animal enclosures, gift shop, and demonstration areas.
- Demonstrations and activities take place in many of the historic buildings to better show what life was like during the 1800s.
- On the historic tour our interpreters use first person interpretation; this means that they are pretending to be a person living in the 1800s to create a more realistic and accurate historical experience for you, our visitors.
- Throughout the summer, there are special events and highlight demonstration. Visit our Summer Highlights page to find out what special activities are taking place the day you visit!
- Some days throughout the summer horse and wagon rides are offered. These are weather dependent and are a small additional fee.
Helpful Hints and Tips
- Parking for Quiet Valley visitors is located at the bottom of the hill from the farm entrance. There is a pathway through to woods to reach the farm. For those who have trouble walking, they can be dropped off at the top of the hill by the entrance to Quiet Valley. There is a small handicap parking area by the Picnic Pavilion.
- There is a picnic pavilion on site which you are welcome to use. Cold drinks and snack items are available for purchase during the summer tour hours.
- Pathways between buildings are gravel or flag stones. There are sitting areas throughout the farm and in many of the buildings.
- Strollers are permitted on the grounds but because of the small size of historic buildings, may not always be allowed in buildings.
- We recommend wearing closed-toed shoes while visiting the farm.
Some things to keep in mind when you visit:
- No smoking, gum, fire arms or alcohol are permitted on site.
- Please do not feed, pet or harass the farm animals. They are not pets and may not understand what you trying to do. Supervised petting opportunities can be provided with the appropriate animals.
- Care in and around the Quiet Valley historic buildings will be appreciated.
- Some of our animals are cage free. Please do not try to pet or chase the geese.
- Under Pennsylvania State Law you assume all the risk of equine activity.
- The only animals permitted on the farm with visitors are service animals. These animals must be on standard, non-retractable leases at all times.