In the Amish tradition the children learn the skills and crafts of farming, woodworking, baking, and needlework.
When their crafts and confections, including an array of strudels, come directly from the farms to the shops of Lancaster County, they make roadside shopping in Amish country a unique event.
Pennsylvania Dutch country gets its name from the many groups of farmers of Swiss, Dutch, and German descent who immigrated during the 1740s.
The Anabaptists of northern Germany had broken from Martin Luther's teachings and later founded a church led by Menno Simons based on strict interpretation of the bible and a doctrine of baptism after the age of 18.
Persecuted in Europe, the Mennonites came to America at the invitation of William Penn, a Quaker who had been granted a huge territory by King Charles II of England. William Penn dedicated the land in his 1681,"Holy Experiment" to religious freedom.
The Amish, an Anabaptist splinter group founded by Jacob Amman in 1693 came to America and eventually split further into eight levels of strictness in the interpretation of the Bible.
For the most part, these farm folk choose to live without modern technology but they have outfitted their horse-drawn buggies with running lights for safety and they also use bottled gas for light and power to run their milking machines.
Focused on humility, thrift, simplicity, and submission to a higher authority, these wholesome farm folk are no strangers to technology, they just prefer to live without electricity and the automobile.
Visitors can experience the life on an early 1700s Pennsylvania Dutch farm two miles north of Lancaster where two brothers of German descent created the Landis Valley Museum. Costumed guides demonstrate open-hearth cooking, weaving, and horse-drawn plowing in a preserved traditional farm where visitors can also purchase heirloom seeds and handcrafts.
- Amish Country Vacation Sightseeing
For another look at the religious history of the area, the nearby town of Ephrata preserves its Cloister, a group of buildings built by a German charismatic leader who in 1732 gathered followers for the practice of a celibate and mystical religion.
The vegetarian sect, renown for their musical compositions in five part vocal harmony and for their Germanic calligraphy and printing press, grew to 300 in the 1740s but then withered after 1768, remaining as a 28-acre museum with many of the original antique buildings preserved.
Amish Penn Dutch Vacation, Reach Amish Country
Amish Penn Dutch Vacation, Lancaster County, PA
Amish Penn Dutch Tradition
Amish Penn Dutch History
We visited Amish Penn Dutch country on an April Vacation to Lancaster County. We saw 250 year old farm tradition preserved by Amish farmers while we also included a trip to Longwood Garden.
By Auto: From the south take Route 95 to Baltimore, Route 83 to York (Harley Factory). Route 30 to Lancaster,
- How to Reach Amish Penn Dutch Country by Auto
From the north,: Route 95 to Philadelphia and then Routes 76, 202 and 30 to Lancaster. From the west, Harrisburg
Philadelphia airport and rental car
Steam train rides are available at Strasburg on Rt. 741 near Rt. 30 where there is also a train museum. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Steam trains make dinner runs through the Amish farm country villages of Bird In Hand and Paradise..
They start just across form the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Other Amish Penn Dutch Vacation Attractions
When to Go To Amish Penn Dutch Country: April is a good month to visit because you might combine your visit to Amish country with a visit to Longwood Gardens where on the second or third week in April the tulip gardens are in full bloom. Otherwise May until October are good months to visit and enjoy outdoor activities..
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Amish Penn Dutch country in April, Lancaster County PA
Amish Penn Dutch country
Amish Penn Dutch country, Lancaster County vacation Spring shopping
In April Longwood Garden blooms with thousands of tulip plants and Spring flowering trees. Longwood is just south of Amish Country on route One
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