RV Parks in Amish Penn Dutch Country offer steam train rides during the RV Vacation.
Although the Amish avoid technology their Strasburg neighbors give steam trains their due at the splendid State-run Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania where they display over 100 coal and wood-burning antique locomotives and rail cars. Sunday morning,above, the passengers wait for the steam locomotive to make its 11 AM run on the Strasburg Railroad.
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Amish Pennsylvania Dutch Country RV Vacation
Amish Penn Dutch Country, RV Vacation
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. 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.
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 country is a vacation place centered in Lancaster, PA, an area of pleasant weather for outdoor activities from May to October. Penn Dutch weather Vacation rentals are available at many resorts in the village of Lancaster and in the inns and B&Bs of Bird In Hand, Ronks, Intercourse, Paradise, Strasburg, or nearby Hershey. Weekly rentals, or weekend rentals make this a summer family vacation place with lots of attractions, ( Winery brewery). Rental houses, cottages, B&Bs,historic inns, and lodging packages put the attractions close at hand. Family Lodging Package with Golf, Tennis Golf Packages are popular in the area where many fine courses offer inclusive resorts that also offer family attractions nearby. Spas and health resorts are also in the area and at Hershey,,chocolate spa is available. Amish Penn dutch country also offers Pretzel factory tour, Golf Courses, Farmers Market
An Amish Penn Dutch RV Vacation can be quite the summer event. There is lots to see and do in Amish country and the Penn Dutch Amish make some great handcrafts and pastries.
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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 vehicle
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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The Amish avoid technology but their Strasburg neighbors have built a steam train museum the State-run Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania They display over 100 coal and wood-burning antique locomotives and rail cars. The train crosses these tracks right as it makes daily runs as the Strasburg Railroad.