Folk Festival - 2016
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!
The Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc., are celebrating
the 50th Anniversary of their incorporation.
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Thanks to your support in all of the events, symposiums,
and the Folk Festival over the years, the Historians
will continue to identify, preserve, and disseminate
the Pennsylvania German folk culture and history
of the Goschenhoppen region.
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Join Us in Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary!
Experience Yesterday Today!
Experience authentic PA German folklife of the 18th and 19th centuries
Many costumed craftsmen teach the vanishing secrets of their arts, including rope making, wheelwright, tinsmith, blacksmith, cooper, gardener, seamstress, needleworker, hearth cooks, and more
Visit friendly farm animals and ride in a horse drawn wagon
Try traditional tasty refreshments: sausage sandwiches, fastnachts, shoofly pie, peaches & ice cream,
and homemade root beer, just to name a few
Listen to an entertaining and varied stage program, which may include folklife presentations,
PA Dutch dialect singing, and a daily band concert
Tour the Antes House, a National Historic Landmark, restored, owned, and operated by the Goschenhoppen Historians, the first floor will be open during Festival hours
SAVE THE DATES for the 2017 Folk Festival -
August 11 & 12, 2017
Gary Phillips's Laundry Exhibit Oil Painting - 2015
The Antes Plantation
The beauty of the Antes Plantation, with its 18th century restored four-story stone home, is the back-drop that is conducive to the authentic interpretation of the Pennsylvania German folk culture and is the ideal location to continue the tradition of the Folk Festival.
This family friendly event provides not just an exceptional educational experience, but also gives the
The annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival is always held in August on the 2nd Saturday and the Friday before. It is a non-commercial family oriented day in Goschenhoppen. Old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch foods are for sale on the festival grounds. Volunteers, dressed in authentic costumes of the periods, use authentic tools in recreating traditional home skills, trades, pastimes, foods, and folk music. Stage programs and lectures, scholarly and entertaining, serious and humorous, in the PA Dutch dialect and in English, are presented throughout the day.
Since 1977 a Student Apprentice Program has introduced and educated countless numbers of school children to the traditional ways of Goschenhoppen. These young apprentices are included each year in festival activities.
Nothing has been left out to make your visit one that the entire family will enjoy. Fantastic foods are available to satisfy every appetite, ample seating under shade trees abounds and a new appreciation of our ancestors is priceless for all. For more information click here or call 215-234-8953.
Read More About Us!
An article about the festival and the museum has been published in the July/August 2015
edition of Pennsylvania Magazine.
An article from the 2012 Folk Festival was published in the Town and Country, a local newspaper.
To read the two-page article on the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, click here for the first page,
and here for the second page.
Two articles in 2011 have been published in The Morning Call newspaper.
To read the article on the Goschenhoppen's Bake Oven, click here.
To read the article about the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, click here.
"Stepping Back In Time" - an article about the Folk Festival in the Pottstown Mercury (2010),