Due to planned renovations in 2018, tours of Slifer House are currently not available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Museum Tour
The museum’s tour lasts approximately one hour and tells the history of those who once lived at the house, as well as what life was like for people of different social classes in Pennsylvania during the Civil War and through the turn of the century. Eli Slifer, secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, commissioned the house to be built circa 1860 on 200 acres of land called the “Delta Place.” The Slifer family lived there until 1908, when the estate was sold to Dr. Lamont Ross, a physician who set up his medical practice in the home and lived there with his family until selling it to the United Evangelical Church in 1915. In 1916, the house opened as the United Evangelical Home, a home for seniors in need of care and housing. The house later served as the administration building of the Home and first community hospital.
The museum is fully-furnished in Victorian era artifacts throughout its first and second floors, providing the opportunity to take a walk back in history. The majority artifacts in the museum’s collection were gifted to the museum by generous individuals. Some heirlooms were returned to the museum by descendants and friends of the Slifer and Ross families. Original artifacts from the Home, as well as the first community hospital and orphanage, are also displayed at the museum.
Tours are a fun and interactive way to explore American history and culture. All ages are encouraged to participate in the experience, and children age 4 and under receive free admission! Please contact the museum if you would like to make special arrangements for a group tour or schedule a time to visit aside from regular hours. We look forward to taking you back in time!
Why Take a Tour?
- Instantly take a step back in time to the days of carriages and hoop skirts.
- Large collection of Victorian era (1832-1900) décor, furnishings, crafts, art and textiles.
- Leave knowing more about American and Victorian history, culture and art.
- Play our artifact guessing game—fun for all ages!
- Incredible historic architecture: Italianate house designed by architect Samuel Sloan.
- Listen to our Regina Music Box — it still plays!
- Our rooms aren’t roped off. Walk throughout all rooms on the first and second floors.
- We love kids and kids love us!
Tours are given by appointment only, from April through August. Please schedule your tour at least 24 hours in advance by calling (570) 524-2245. The museum is closed on major holidays.
- Adults: $7
- Seniors (60+) & Group Rate (20+ guests): $6
- College Students with ID: $5
- Youth (ages 5-17): $3
- Children (ages 4 and under): Free
- Museum Members: Free
- Active Duty Military Personnel & Immediate Family Members (Blue Star Museum): Free