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Lancaster County’s Morning Mud Sales

Get your hands dirty this spring; it’s mud sale season in Lancaster County and that means bargain goods, rare quilts, and authentic Amish hand-crafts are all only a bid away. If you haven’t been to these auction events, you’ve been overlooking one of the most exciting and unique traditions of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

From antique wooden furniture to handmade Amish quilts, the mud sales of Lancaster County have some truly valuable items you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Take advantage of the opportunity, not just to buy things, but as a way for us “ordinary” folk to mingle with the extraordinary Amish people of Pennsylvania. These events are one of very few ways we have for us to break barriers, especially because the Amish are infamous for their seclusion. But at these mud sales, you can interact with the Amish and it’s all for a good cause; the auctions are held as benefits for many of the region’s firehouses, making up the bulk of their annual budget. This provides the county’s fire companies with modern equipment.

The food is great, too, with servings of chicken corn soup, French fries, handmade milkshakes, roast pork barbecue sandwiches, apple wood smoked meats, and the delicious twisted soft pretzels made by the Amish women. If you’re a capital area local, you may have already tasted these salty treats at a nearby farmer’s market on the weekends. 

Mud sales start early, usually between 8:00 and 8:30 in the morning and they can attract thousands of people. Scout out to the auction beforehand to look for those special items you may want to gift to a loved one at home or keep for yourself. And take caution, some of the firehouses have multiple auctions going on at the same time. You don’t want to miss out on that perfect piece, especially if it’s only on the other side of the yard.

To view more information about the mud sales of Lancaster County or learn about the Amish, their history and heritage, and interesting customs visit the website. The mud sales of Lancaster County are held from late Winter throughout the Spring and Summer months, and even into Fall, so book your bed & breakfast and plan your Amish auction trip today. Here’s the full schedule:

March 18, 2017
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company
1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545
717-664-2825
penrynfire.com

 

March 18, 2017
Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
Airville Volunteer Fire Company
3576 Delta Road, Airville, PA 17602
717-862-3806
avfc55.com

 

March 18, 2017
West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction 
West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Avenue, Brownstown, PA 17508
717-989-5986 
westearlfire.org

 

March 25, 2017
Gap Fire Company Mud Sale & Auction
Gap Fire Company
802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527
610-593-2480
gapfire.org

 

April 1, 2017
Robert Fulton Sale
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Highway (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563
717-548-8995 
513rffc.com

 

April 8, 2017
Rawlinsville Mud Sale 
Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company
33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532
717-284-3023 
rvfd58.com

 

May 6, 2017
Fivepointville Auction  
Fivepointville Fire Company
1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, PA 17517 
717-445-4933
fivepointvillefire.net

 

May 13, 2017
Honey Brook Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction 
Honey Brook Fire Company
Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344
610-273-2688 
honeybrookfire.org

 

May 20, 2017
Weaverland Valley Mud Sale 
Weaverland Valley Fire Company
Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17528
717-445-7066
weaverlandvalleyfire.com

 

June 10, 2017
Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale
Kinzer Volunteer Fire Company
3521 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Kinzer, PA
717-442-4121 
kinzerfire.com

 

June 22 & 23, 2017
Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction 
Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company 
313 Enterprise Drive, Bird in Hand, PA 17505
717-392-0112
birdinhandauction.com

 

June 24, 2017 
Refton Fire Company Mud Sale 
Refton Volunteer Fire Company
99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568
717-786-9462
refton59fire.com

 

August 12, 2017
Gap Relief Auction
Solanco Fairgrounds
172 South Lime Street, Quarryville, PA 17566
717-687-9470
reliefsales.mcc.org/sales/gap-relief-auction

 

August 19, 2017
Intercourse Fire Company Consignment Auction 
Intercourse Fire Company
10 North Hollander Road, Intercourse, PA 17534
717-768-3402
intercoursefire.com

 

August 26, 2017
Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction 
Bareville Volunteer Fire Company
211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540
717-656-7554
barevillefire.com

 

September 2017
Strasburg Fall Consignment & Mud Sale
Strasburg Fire Company 
203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17572
717-687-7232 
strasburgfire.com

 

September 9, 2017
Christiana Antique & Craft Auction
Christiana Fire Company
214 South Bridge Street, Christiana, PA 17509
610-593-2124
christianafire.com

 

September 2017
Gordonville Fall Mud Sale & Auction
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566
717-768-3869
43fireems.com

 

October 28, 2017
Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale
Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company
3135 Limestone Road Cochranville, PA
610-593-5800
cochranvillefire.com

PA Inns Nearby

Stay at One of These Great Inns

Churchtown Inn

Narvon
Churchtown Inn
Victorian Romance in the Amish Countryside

Offering nine unique guests room each with their own historic charm and modern-day amenities including private baths, luxury linens and Amish quilts. Enjoy an award-winning four-course breakfast each morning. 

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 8.1mi

The Inn at Twin Linden

Narvon
The Inn at Twin Linden
Named one of the top 15 inns in the country!

Treat yourself to luxurious accommodations at an award winning bed and breakfast in the heart of Lancaster County’s Amish country.  Gracious hospitality awaits you at our authentic, historic co

Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 8.2mi

The Artist's Inn and Gallery

Terre Hill
Best Romantic Inn

Our 1848 Federal-style home has been recognized as one of the most romantic inns in the country.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 12.9mi

Harvest Moon Bed and Breakfast

New Holland
Harvest Moon
A Culinary Retreat in the "Essence" of Lancaster County

The Harvest Moon strives to make your stay tops!

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 13.6mi

Country Hearth Bed and Breakfast

New Holland
Country Hearth
Farmhouse Elegance in a Small Town!

Our home, built in 1793, is rumored to have once been a stagecoach stop as well as a tavern.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 14.2mi

Carriage Corner Bed & Breakfast

Intercourse
Carriage Corner B&B
A unique blend of hospitality, laughter & kindness

Located in the quaint village of Intercourse that is often referred to as the “Capital of the Amish.” It is a quaint country village from yesteryear with Amish buggies and a myriad of local cra

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 14.6mi

Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast

West Chester
Faunbrook B&B
Exquisite grand manor in the Brandywine Valley!

A large turn of the century estate located in the Brandywine Valley a short drive west from Philadelphia and minutes from downtown West Chester.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 14.7mi

After Eight Bed and Breakfast

Gordonville
After Eight Bed & Breakfast
Your Home Away from Home in Lancaster County

Stay at this romantic Amish country bed & breakfast conveniently located to outlet shopping, theaters, farmers markets and the quaint towns of Intercourse, Bird-in-Hand, and Strasburg. Private baths and breakfast at your private table.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 17.4mi

The Hurst House Bed & Breakfast

Ephrata
Hurst House
In the Heart of Amish/ Dutch Country,Victorian
We invite you to The Hurst House Bed & Breakfast in Ephrata, Lancaster County, PA. The Hurst House is an elegant Victorian mansion located on top of the Katza Boucle (Cat’s Back Hill).
Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 17.6mi

Fairville Inn

Chadds Ford
Fairville Inn
A Brandywine Valley Landmark

The Fairville Inn Bed and Breakfast, with its elegantly appointed rooms and suites, is situated in the heart of the Brandywine Valley.

Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 18.7mi

Greystone Manor Bed & Breakfast

Bird-In-Hand
Greystone Manor
A Victorian Mansion in the heart of Amish Country

Victorian mansion and country carriage house constructed in 1883.

Average Rate: 
Under $100
Distance: 18.8mi

The Limestone Inn

Strasburg
The Limestone Inn
Authentic Historic Inn in the heart of Amish Country

Enjoy life in the slow lane at one of the most photographed homes in Lancaster County. Located in Strasburg's Historical District, this 200 year old home is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and the Lancaster County Historic Sites Register.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 19.4mi

Pennsbury Inn Bed and Breakfast

Chadds Ford
Pennsbury Inn
c,1714 Pennsbury Inn blends colonial heritage & warm comfort

The Pennsbury Inn's five sitting rooms, seven guest rooms (from twins to kings) and eight acres of landscaped grounds comfortably blend colonial heritage with casual elegance.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 19.4mi

Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast

Lancaster
Flowers & Thyme Gardens
Relax in the Gardens

Escape to our Lancaster, PA bed and breakfast located in the heart of Lancaster County, a quiet and unspoiled location that is home to the PA Dutch, Amish and Mennonite families living on acres

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 21.8mi

Walnut Lawn Bed & Breakfast

Lancaster
Walnut Lawn
Yesterday's Charm, Today's Comforts, Tomorrow's Memories

We welcome you to the Walnut Lawn Bed & Breakfast nestled in the Lancaster County Village of Lampeter, PA.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 21.9mi

The Australian Walkabout Inn

Lancaster
Australian Walkabout
Elegant charm in the heart of Amish Country.

The Australian Walkabout Inn Bed and Breakfast is a peaceful, romantic getaway located in the heart of Amish Country in Lancaster County.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 22.6mi

Rocky Springs Bed and Breakfast

Lancaster
Rocky Springs B&B
Quiet, romantic – a perfect getaway!

Whether a romantic getaway or a relaxing vacation stay, you will be treated to extraordinary Lancaster County hospitality in our  gorgeous 1855 Pre-Victorian home.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 23.8mi

King's Cottage

Lancaster
King's Cottage
Leave your world behind and come to ours!

Feel yourself unwind as you travel through Lancaster County’s tranquil back roads in Amish Country.

Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 24mi

French Country Manor

New Providence
Historic and secluded Lancaster County B&B

Located on a private 40-acre gated estate, the mansion built in the early 1800s has been meticulously restored preserving the uniquely handcrafted wood and extensive gardens.

Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 24.9mi

E. J. Bowman House

Lancaster
E. J. Bowman House
Elegance and good taste for the discerning traveler

Welcome to the E. J. Bowman House, an historic 1860 Italianate, located in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Amish country.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 25.2mi

Pheasant Run Farm Bed and Breakfast

Lancaster
Pheasant Run Farm
Unforgettable B&B Experience in Lancaster County

Built in 1809 and located on 48 acres of pristine Lancaster County farmland, our B&B began life as a stone bank barn.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 26.1mi

Swiss Woods Bed & Breakfast Inn

Lititz
Swiss Woods
35 acres of bliss in Lititz, PA, the heart of Lancaster County

Our Lititz, Pennsylvania bed and breakfast is located in the heart of Lancaster County; an idyllic, rural inn where you can reconnect with nature, discover history, and experience Pennsylvania

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 27.4mi

Landhaven Bed & Breakfast

Barto
Landhaven
A Perfect Countryside Retreat

Originally built in 1870 as a General Store, the structure was renovated to include five guestrooms named after the original General Store proprietors.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 28mi

Speedwell Forge B&B

Lititz
Speedwell Forge
An Experience Like No Other!

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our 1760 home is located near Lititz, PA on 120 acres including a Wolf Sanctuary.

Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 28.3mi

Blue Rock Bed and Breakfast

Millersville
Blue Rock BnB
Spacious Accommodations with Character

Our Lancaster County 1847 colonial farmhouse has the original wooden floors and trim uniquely fashioned by long ago craftsmen.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 28.5mi

The Tea Kettle Inn

Manheim
Tea Kettle Inn
Sharing a love for hospitality!

The inn consists of three intimate rooms and one spacious suite, all on the second floor.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 29.9mi