farmers, quiet people who farm and create crafts for a living.
On Sunday the family will hitch the trotter to the enclosed surrey for the ride to church service and visits to family and friends.
The young men of Lancaster County will borrow Dad's top-down buggy for a horse-drawn cruise through the village.
Their Standardbred carriage horses high-step down Route 30 while truckers ease their big rigs around them trying not to spook the ponies.
The young men will use the open coach in the Sunday courting ritual and you will see them tour through the village with a chaperoning sister or brother.
When he combined his 17th Century farm ethic and hard work with 20th Century technology, he created the huge Hershey empire.
He built a factory northwest of Lancaster on Route 283 where he also built a village that became a factory town and eventually he built a huge complex dedicated to chocolate.
Hershey embraced the machine age and put the latest 1905 technology to work near a source of abundant fresh milk produced by the Amish and Mennonites in the surrounding villages.
With his fortunes from chocolate Hershey built an antique automobile collection, a huge amusement park, a zoo, and a 23-acre rose garden for his wife. All are open for visits
One Famous area Mennonite built his own village: Hershey Chocolate
Pennsylvania Dutch Villages, Bird In Hand, Intercourse, Paradise
The Penn Dutch Villages of Lancaster county are small and simple places where confections made famous by the Amish and Mennonite families.
Other attractions are nearby: The Strasburg steam trains and the Steam Train Museum, Landis valley Farm and many others.
Penn Dutch Attractions
www.hersheyspa.com Chocolate Spa 1-877-772-9988
www.aaabuggyrides.com Buggy Rides in Paradise www.ppquiltmuseum.com People's Place Quilt Museum www.amishfarmandhouse.com Working Farm and Museum Amish Penn Dutch Engineers Historical Museum Rough and Tumble Engineer's Historical Association
Eastern Lancaster County
Lincoln Highway East
Route 30 East
Southern Lancaster County
Western Lancaster County
The Villages of Lancaster County:
Lancaster county spreads for 46 miles in one direction
and 43 in the other A large portion borders the
Susquehanna River. Some interesting villages with
quaint names occupy the center portion near Lancaster
City: Bird in Hand, Paradise, and Intercourse, the best
Strasburg is in the south with its railroad museums,
along with Buck and Quarryville.
To the north is Ephrata and the Cloister as well as Lilitz,
Manheim, and Mount Joy.
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..
Photo, Bucks County Tourism
Pennsylvania Dutch Villages such as Bird In Hand, Intercourse, Strasburg, Ephrata, Lilitz, Manheim, and Paradise will have you in love with Lancaster's Pennsylvania's Dutch Country where the local farmers ride through the villages in horse-drawn buggies.
Lancaster county borders the Susquehanna River and contains interesting villages with quaint names such as Bird in Hand, Paradise, and Intercourse,