Lancaster Journals

Pennsylvania Dutch Country

An October 2006 trip to Lancaster by midtownmjd

Quote: I’d wanted to visit Amish country for years, so my dad and I drove from Philadelphia into the heart of Lancaster County—and into another era.

Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Overview

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Quick Tips: Don’t miss tasting the local pretzels and molasses-based shoofly pie.Take the Amish Homestead tour in Bird-in-Hand, but skip the neighboring Amish Experience Theater. The show is time-consuming and not particularly informative or relevant. On the other hand, our tour guide at the Homestead was a fountain of information, and you could feel her passion for educating visitors about her town and Amish neighbors. I actually stuck around after the tour to ask extra questions, and she was happy to oblige.Remember not to take photographs, as Amish people do not wish to be captured on film.Best Way To Get Around: We rented a car in Philadelphia and stayed on Route...Read More

Amish Experience

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Attraction | "Amish Country Homestead"

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One of the best parts of the Amish Homestead tour was a fellow visitor who began all of his questions with, “In the movie Witness…” He clearly had the same frame of reference for Amish life as I did. Luckily, we left the tour far more informed than Harrison Ford had left us.Touring the uninhabited Amish home seemed corny at first, but I’m so glad we did. The house, on Route 340 in Bird-in-Hand next to the Plain & Fancy Farm restaurant, was absolutely fascinating. I found all of the answers I was looking for about the Amish religion and life, from birth to death.Our tour guide took us from room to room, using each one as her launch pad for an aspect of Amish life. The facts about da...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2006

Amish Experience
3121 Route 340
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17505
(717) 768-3600

Amish Experience

Attraction | "Amish Experience Theater"

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The Amish Experience Theater is located on the same lot as the Amish Country Homestead, but is far more artificial and less entertaining. The film, Jacob’s Choice, tells the story of a young man deciding whether to remain Amish or join the secular world. The film is played in an F/X theater on five screens and with effects such as smoke and bells and whistles (literally, loud bells and whistles).The movie, about an hour long, held my attention, but I would have liked it better on a regular screen without the F/X distractions. It was more mildly entertaining than informative though, and contained no necessary background information for taking the Amish Homestead tour. It did describe the histor...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 1, 2006

Amish Experience
3121 Route 340
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17505
(717) 768-3600

Bird-in-Hand & Intercourse

Attraction | "Bird-in-Hand & Intercourse"

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My favorite part of visiting Lancaster County was simply walking around and observing life in Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand. Everywhere we stopped, from the sandwich shop to the pretzel window to the quilt shop, there was a fascinating mix of people.My dad and I walked up and down Route 340 for hours, people-watching and window-shopping. Flipping through quilts was a lot of fun, even though most of them would have cost well over $1000. (A shop owner told us that a $1400 quilt equals about 600 hours of sewing.) I did buy quilted spice mats though, a new invention to me (and economical).We spent the day wandering aimlessly. We watched two young boys racing engineless tractors through thei...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2006

Bird-in-Hand & Intercourse
Route 340
Bird-in-Hand, PA