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Archive Hours for Genealogy Research and Inquiries        

Year-round:  Wednesdays from 9:00 A.M. to Noon, and from September through May:  On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, also from 9:00 A.M. to Noon. 
The archives building is located across the street from the Robert Fulton Birthplace on
Robert Fulton Highway (Route 222) in the red brick warehouse building.  The archives building is

(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 to view plantings of the type found during the Colonial era (1620 to 1776) which were brought to the Colonies by English, Irish and Scottish settlers in the area.  Behind the Birthplace there is a 1-1/2 mile nature trail on the property for a walk through several habitats - woodland, meadow, and wetlands to view wildflowers, butterflies, birds and deer.    

Summer Tours:  From Memorial Day in May through Labor Day in September, the Robert Fulton Birthplace is open for individuals, families and small groups on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays   Open hours are 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturdays and holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day), and from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Sundays. Tours are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. See the admission rates below.

Group Tours:  Tours for groups of 5 or more are provided by appointment year-round, weather- and ground conditions- permitting. School groups, senior communities, clubs, large families and other groups are encouraged to call for a group visit.  Please call 717-548-2679 (do not use email) to arrange a tour for your group. See below for admission rates.


        Admission Rates for Tours

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

Off-Season Tours (September to May):   During the off-season, the rates are the same as above, however visitors are required to arrange their tour as a group and there is a minimum charge of $20.00 (such as 4 or more adults @ $5.00 or a combination of adults and youths).