The Stoy Museum
is housed in the Lebanon County Historical Society building located at 924 Cumberland Street in Lebanon, 1/2 block west of the intersection of Route 422 West (Cumberland Street) and Route 72 North (Ninth Street). The building contains three floors and is half a city block long. Also located there is the Hauck Research Archives, the Reese Memorial Hall, and the museum Gift Shop.
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. The upstairs rooms were used as Lebanon County’s first courthouse when the county was established in 1813. James Buchanan, fifteenth President of the United States, practiced law there as a young attorney. John Andrew Shulze was the new county’s first prothonotary and later became the sixth Governor of Pennsylvania.
Throughout the museum, visitors will find fine examples of Pennsylvania German craftsmanship in such items as furniture, quilting and weaving, fraktur, and redware. A guided tour of the museum begins with a stroll through several early shops and offices. 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 blacksmithing, farming and milling, carpentry, weaving, printing, shoemaking, and mining are exhibited as they were found throughout the area many years ago. Each exhibit provides insight into the lives of the men and women who built our strong nation. From war memorabilia to railroading to 18th Century firefighting equipment, a tour of the Stoy Museum offers a delightful and informative experience for everyone. [More exhibits »]
Admission Charge and Tour Info
The Stoy Museum is open for guided tours only. Tours are regularly scheduled every Saturday at 1PM and Sunday at 2PM (Sundays with the exception of Society Program days). Tours during the week are available, please call or email to schedule in advance. Each tour is approx. 1 1/2 hours.
Group tours must be scheduled by appointment. For groups of 10 or more, please call at least two weeks in advance. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays. and all major holidays. The building may be closed for inclement winter weather.
The cost of admission to the Museum is $6.00 for adults (18-64), $5.00 for seniors (65+) and $3.00 for students 6 to 17. There is no charge for members of the Society or for children 5 and under.
For school and scout groups the cost of admission to the Museum is $3.00 per person. Please visit our Educator’s Page for more information – Educators
Children must be accompanied by an adult. NO FOOD, DRINK OR GUM ALLOWED IN THE MUSEUM EXHIBITION AREAS
Hours of Operation
|Monday||1:00 PM – 8:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Friday||1:00 PM – 8:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 3:00 PM|
|Sunday||1:00 PM – 4:30 PM|
Donations of Historical Artifacts
The Lebanon County Historical Society will accept donations of historical items and documents by appointment only. Please call or email the Society office 717-272-1473 to make inquiry.