What is a barn hex? Painted circles, featuring elaborate geometric designs and bright colors, are a staple of Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Learn more about what the symbols mean.

Each feature had an important meaning to the farmer who painted it onto their barn - whether it was meant to protect animals, ward off evil, or welcome people to their property.

Learn more about what these hex symbols meant and then get a chance to design and paint your own during this family workshop! Our workshops are open-house style, so you can drop by any time between 11-2.

This craft takes approximately 45 minutes to make. Each of our family workshops includes free admission to the Miller House Museum. Parental supervision of children is required.

Our Family Workshops have been made possible by the generous support of the CSX Corporation.


  • Starting Saturday, March 7th, 2020, repeated every week on Saturday until Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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