Past Events

Check out events previously held at the Historic Dreibelbis Farm!

2012 Farm Festival

August 18, 2012
Location: Historic Dreibelbis Farm

After many years of preservation work at the farm, the Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society (DFHS) was excited to host the first ever “Historic Dreibelbis Farm Festival” at the farm grounds on August 18, 2012!

The festival highlighted the historical, cultural, and ecological features of the farm and its lands. Many exhibitors and speakers contributed to the success of this event, which featured live demonstrations of 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania German life, such as:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Reverse glass painting
  • Spinning and weaving
  • Grain threshing
  • Butter making
  • Quill pen writing
  • Candle making

Additionally, visitors enjoyed exhibits on ecology and local Native American history, made hands-on historical crafts, built birdhouses, strolled along the Maiden Creek on the self-guided nature trail, and relaxed on a scenic hayride. Historical games were available for kids, and the barn and outbuildings were open to the public.

In addition to these events, three local experts gave presentations on the following topics:

  • PA German Emigration: The Story of a Young German Family, Dr. Carl Constein
  • Civil War First Defenders of Berks County, Dave Fox
  • PA German Folk Music and Dance, Keith Brintzenhoff

Visitors were also invited to tour the house. The house contains beautiful antique furnishings from the 18th and 19th centuries, unique artwork and handmade items created by Dreibelbis ancestors, a renowned collection of Native American arrowheads found on the farm, and everyday items that paint a picture of what life was like on the farm.

The festival drew over 250 people of all ages and was a wonderful success!

Click here to see photos of the event.