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Our 44th Colonial Day will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018. 
See 2018 Vendor Information and Applications HERE!

Our 43rd Colonial Day was held on Saturday, September 9, 2017
What a great success and lots of fun and beautiful weather!! 
  See Photos from 43rd Colonial Day held on Sat. Sept. 9, 2017--Lots of fun was had by everyone with lots of good buys, wonderful entertainment and delicious food!

When the second Saturday in September approaches each year, some of the country’s finest crafters rise long before dawn and set up their booths in East Berlin’s National Historic District. By 8 a.m. another Colonial Day is underway in this 18th century town, as it has been for 42 years. Early shoppers fill the street and the hunt begins for special items made in “the olde way” by juried vendors. Handforged iron, floorcloths, handloomed textiles, scherenschnitte, rag and hooked rugs, fine antique reproductions, watercolors, redware, metalwork including tin and copper, painted boxes, toleware, stoneware, dried flower arrangements, handwoven baskets and much more fill the booths. West King St. is closed to traffic, allowing plenty of space for crafts, food and lively entertainment.

Below are some photos from previous Colonial Days.

Free entertainment is always a big hit. The Central York Middle School Fife and Drum Corps amazes the crowd with their parade and performance. Deborah Brower, Becky Ross and Elaine Newhall of Tasker’s Chance will appear near the Studebaker House, blending 17th-19th century music of America’s past on guitar, fiddle, flute and tin whistle.

No need to go hungry while shopping. Delicious foods await the crowd including the Society’s pig roast sandwiches, funnel cakes (made from scratch, fried in individual pans), hot dogs, apple dumplings, sausage sandwiches and old fashion root beer and birch beer. A full food court also offers pretzels, ice cream, kettle corn, caramel apples, crab cakes, smoothies, fries, Asian selections, shaved ice, baked goods and much more.

For many years the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society quilters have worked through the winter to complete special raffle quilts, highly prized by the winners. Stop by the quilt demonstration booth to see the quilt for the following year--always a beautiful piece of artwork!

The log cabin will be open 10-2 on Colonial Day for a hearth cooking demonstration by our Hands at the Hearth cooking group.

Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 259-0822 or on Colonial Day at the Society’s information booth. The drawings will be held at 3 p.m. the afternoon of Colonial Day You do not have to be present to win.           

All proceeds benefit the non-profit East Berlin Historical Preservation Society, a very active, all volunteer organization which maintains five early buildings in town: Swigart’s Mill in York County (1794), the log house (1832), the log Church Schoolhouse (ca. 1800), Liberty No. 1 Engine House (1892) and Red Men’s Hall, which houses the Society headquarters and museum. Several of the buildings are used for the Society’s hands-on education program, run by member Karen Shaeffer and her wonderful volunteers, where groups of school children learn about weaving and spinning, hearth cooking, and a typical school day. 

Some of the Crowd Enjoying a Perfect Day at Colonial Day!

Here's the link to a website called Colonial Sense showing photos and information about our Colonial Day back in September, 2009.

Colonial Day was held on  Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Rain or shine.   Free admission.  Paid parking available. No pets, please. Information: ebhps@comcast.net or call 717-259-0822

COME AND JOIN THE FUN:     Our next Colonial Day Celebration will be held on September 8, 2018.  If you are interested in being a vendor please send the completed forms below to:

East Berlin Historical Preservation Society

Post Office Box 73

East Berlin, PA 17316

or email us at ebhps@comcast.net or call us at 717-259-0822. 

Below are the information and applications for 2018:

2018 Colonial Day Information  

2018 Colonial Day Craft Vendor Forms are below:

Vendor Letter  
Rules and Regulations  
Vendor Application  
Vendor Contract