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Operating Hours & Tours

Archive Hours for Genealogy Research and Inquiries      

Year-round every Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. to Noon.  From September through May, also from 9:00 a.m. to noon, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.  The archives building is located across the road from the Robert Fulton Birthplace on Robert Fulton Highway (Route 222) near Swift Road in the red brick warehouse building.  The archives building is handicapped-accessible.  

(Also see the page "Collections - Family Research & Rates") 

Tours of the Robert Fulton Birthplace, Garden and Trail

An introductory video program is provided to visitors of the Robert Fulton Birthplace and follow-up information is provided by the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society's member volunteers.  Visitors can then browse the furnishings and exhibits inside the Birthplace and the adjacent kitchen garden.  Behind the Birthplace there is a 1-1/2 mile nature trail for a walk through several habitats - woodland, meadow, and wetlands to view wildflowers, butterflies, birds, deer and any other wildlife that are present.    

Autumn 2021 After Labor Day the Robert Fulton Birthplace is open by appointment on Saturdays.  Please call 717-548-2679 and leave a message, clearly stating your name, telephone number and preferred Saturday date.  Your tour will be limited to your group only for Covid safety considerations.  We request that visitors who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 wear a mask while inside the Birthplace to protect themselves and others.  


      Admission Rates for Tours

Admission for tours is $5.00 per adult over 18 years old and $3.00 per youth 6 to 18 years old (or 2 for $5.00). There is no charge for Southern Lancaster County Historical Society members and children 5 years old and under.

Please note:  During the off-season (Sept.-May), the rates are as stated above, however visitors are required to arrange their tour as a group and there is a minimum charge of $20 (such as 4 or more adults at $5 each or a combination of adults and youths).


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