Travel back in time and experience the sounds, smells, taste, and feel of life on a traditional 1800s farm homestead. Costumed guides, using first-person interpretation, portray the lives and demonstrate the skills needed on a farm. 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 complete all of stops and activities.
- Quiet Valley has a number of historic buildings that helps tell the story of life through a century. Buildings include: 1820s Granddaddy Cabin, 1820s cellar kitchen, 1850s Bank Barn, 1820s farm house bedroom, 1850s bank barn, 1850s 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.
- Our interpreters often use first person interpretation; this means that they are pretending to be a person living in the 1800s to create a more interactive 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 for a small additional fee.
Helpful Hints and Tips
- 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 macadma or paving 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:
- There is no smoking, gum, or alcohol permitted on site.
- Please do not feed, pet or harass the farm animals. Our animals are highly skilled, professional, working animals and are not pets. Supervised petting opportunities can be provided.
- Unless you have a passion for replacing historic windows, ball playing is not permitted among the historic buildings.
- 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.
THE HISTORY OF QUIET VALLEY