Welcome to the Heckler Plains Farmstead, located at the intersection of Morris & Landis Road, Harleysville, PA. The farmstead is part of the Lower Salford Park system, and since it was established in 1975, the Heckler Plains Folklife Society (then Blue Print ’76, later re-named) has worked with Lower Salford Township to maintain and restore the historic structures and preserve the farmstead as representation of a working-man’s farm in the late 1700s-early 1800s. The farmstead boasts a Rhine Valley Bottom Barn dating to 1761, an outdoor bake oven whose baking chamber pre-dates the American Revolution, and a farmhouse, which is currently undergoing a beautiful restoration.
The Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization that hosts several public events during the year. Their programs and events are geared towards all ages, and signing up for a membership has so many rewards! Current members at Heckler Plain Folklife Society include long-timers with storied memories of our area’s past, history enthusiasts who enjoy preserving the lifestyle of our early settlers, and young members who have a passion for community planning, events, restoration and genealogy. The Folklife Society even hosts vintage baseball games that relive and celebrate the way the game was played in the 1860’s….high socks, old school uniforms, an open field, and a whole lot of fun!
The Heckler Plains History Fair is also a huge attraction for our local residents and offers a glimpse into the life of trades and tradesman who helped pave the way for generations to follow. Check out the Heckler Plains FB page for more information on all the latest announcements and see below for a list of upcoming events happening on the Farmstead!