The Penn Dutch or Amish farmers of Lancaster County and the Villages of Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, and Paradise live a simple farm life free of modern electric and power conveniences. They don't drive cars, but get around in horse-drawn carriages as they bring their goods to the shops and roadside stands where they sell handcrafts and Pastries.
As a concession to the State Highway Authority, they have equipped their horse-drawn buggies with rear view mirrors and directional lights.
Penn Dutch came from the word Deutch or German, the original home of these simple Christian farmers who life free of modern conveniences.
The first time visitor to Lancaster County will be surprised to see the Sunday ritual when the young men of Lancaster County put on their black hats and vests and ride the top-down buggy to a family gathering. The carriage ponies are Standardbred meant for the track and bought at auction by the horse-savvy Amish farmers. When the carriage horses high-step down Route 30, the visitor gets a look back a few hundred years.
The large farm might have seven Belgians or Percherons to pull the plows, two draft mules to pull winnowers, and a trotter to pull the surrey used for the Sunday drive.
The young men will use the open coach in the Sunday courting ritual. The open carriage pulled by the thoroughbred and Morgan crosses initially bred for harness racing are as close as the Amish young man gets to the modern teenagers top-down sports car.
Not far from Lancaster county, Milton Hershey built a factory where he combined his 17th Century farm ethic and hard work with 20th Century technology. Located northwest of Lancaster on Route 283 in the middle of dairy country, he built a town and eventually a huge complex dedicated to chocolate.
Although raised by Mennonite parents, Hershey embraced the machine age and put the latest 1905 technology to work near the source of abundant fresh milk. He combined the two to make what would become world renown Hershey Chocolate.
With his fortunes from chocolate, Milton Hershey built an antique automobile collection, a huge amusement park, a zoo, and, for his wife, a 23-acre rose garden.
Visitors can take trolley rides through the town on streets named Chocolate Ave and Hershey Drive, each lined by street lamps in the shape of the Hershey Kiss. A highlight for kids might be the tour of a simulated factory.
Hershey was an innovator; the factory now processes one million pounds of milk chocolate daily and ships 80 million Hershey Kisses each day throughout the world.
In fact everything in town says chocolate and this includes a spa treatment at the Hotel Hershey where you can wash away your travel aches immersed in warm slurry of rich therapeutic chocolate.
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Penn Dutch Amish of Pennsylvania Lancaster County use horses to low their fields
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The Penn Dutch Amish Family uses the covered coach
Other Area Attractions
Buggy Rides in Paradise www.aaabuggyrides.com
People's Place Quilt Museum www.ppquiltmuseum.com
Working Farm and Museum www.Amishfarmandhouse.com
Amish Penn Dutch Engineers Historical Museum Rough and Tumble Engineer's Historical Association
You will fund much contrast in Pennsylvania Dutch country and so much more to see -Village Pottery in Intercourse, the Wine Gallery in Mount Hope, the Cornwall Furnace Museum near Hershey, and the Harley Factory in York.
Along Route one find the Brandywine River Museum and the Mushroom Museum.
The Penn Dutch of Lancaster County, PA are Amish farmers who live in the Villages of Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, and Paradise. The Amish live a simple farm life free of modern electric and power conveniences.
How to Reach Amish Penn Dutch Country:
By Auto: From the south take Route 95 to Baltimore, Route 83 to York (Harley Factory). Route 30 to Lancaster,
From the north,: Route 95 to Philadelphia and then Routes 76, 202 and 30 to Lancaster. From the west, Harrisburg
By air: Philadelphia Airport and rental car
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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