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David and Beverly Lewis

Desperate to find her long-lost daughter, Kelly Maines is thrilled when her private investigator finds a local girl who fits the profile. She arranges a “chance” meeting with the girl’s guardian, Jack Livingston, and it goes well—so well, in fact, that he asks her out on a date. But when she starts falling for Jack, can Kelly come clean about her motives and risk losing everything?

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DUTCH HAVEN W hile driving along Route 30 in Lancaster County, you may see both familiar and unexpected sights. Certainly the Plain folk and their horse and buggy transportation will seem a step back in time. But one unique and unmistakable landmark is the Dutch Haven windmill. Its revolving arms have been drawing thousands of visitors each week ever since it first opened as a restaurant back in 1946. And while hungry visitors could satisfy themselves on any number of Penn Dutch specialties, it was Dutch Haven’s shoo fly pie that put it on the map…and in the record books as “America’s Best Shoo Fly Pie.” This is undisputedly Amish Country’s most famous dessert, and all you have to do is walk through the door at Dutch Haven to be offered a sample taste of this amazing treat, warmed and topped with whipped cream, just as it was served in the restaurant all those years ago.



Made with a secret recipe, some 40,000 pies are sold in the store or shipped via UPS all over the USA. Indeed, so popular and delicious are the pies that some faithful customers have been buying them for over 50 years!

The pie that was featured in TIME magazine still plays a feature role at Dutch Haven. But the windmill building is now home to an amazing selection of over 10,000 items. One of the area’s best selections of primitive Amish furniture includes


corner cupboards, pie safes, chests, and shelves. Woodcrafts, souvenirs and collectibles of all kinds fill the former dining rooms. Also on the shopper’s menu would be everything from spice mats and Amish dolls to jams, jellies, and local honey. Who can resist buying a T-shirt, or maybe a bonnet or Amish felt hat? If you grow tired looking at all of the Dutch Haven gift items, relax in one of the Troutman Rocking Chairs, from the oldest rocking chair company in America. Also deserving of a trip home in your car are the colorful and decorative hex signs, a perfect reminder of a visit to Dutch Country. Dutch Haven is open seven days a week, 9am9pm. For more information about this Lancaster County landmark, call (717) 687-0111 or go to A visit to Dutch Haven, “the place that made shoo fly pie famous,” will make your trip to Amish Country even more memorable…and tasty!

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Will pride keep the Blank sisters from finding love? This Amish retelling of the popular Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice is a beautiful take on the power of love to overcome class boundaries and prejudices that will win your heart.

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mile and a half from either Bird-in-Hand or Intercourse. Completely surrounded by Amish farmland, there are at least seven different routes offered with different sights, stops, lengths, and prices. No reservations are needed. Just pick your ride when you arrive.

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aron and Jessica will be happy to take you. Jessica? Well, she’s the little girl who started it all. Her dad agreed to let her try her hand at giving buggy rides. She liked driving horses, and thought it would be fun to show the beautiful scenery and Amish farms to visitors. Aaron? You’re probably thinking that must be Jessica’s father. Nope. You just can’t have a buggy ride without a horse. That’s right, Aaron was Jessica’s horse. And that's how Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides was born.

Jessica likes to stress the non-commercial nature of the rides. “We can take you between the house and the barn on a real Amish farm, on private roads, with no cars. You see real Amish life. We absolutely offer you more!”

“You don’t pass one piece of ground that isn’t farmed with a horse when you take a ride with us!” —Jessica's Dad The buggy rides depart from the property of Plain & Fancy Farm. You’ll see a little red covered bridge along the side of Route 340, exactly a

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All of the buggy rides pass through a covered bridge. Kids love buggy rides, especially getting to sit up front next to the drivers! As one visitor from Long Island said, “This is our fifth time here this year. We love it here. Since my son woke up this morning Aaron & Jessica’s is all I’ve heaRoad” So, if your kids are driving you buggy, let Aaron & Jessica take over the reins for a while! Look for the little covered bridge along Route 340 at Plain & Fancy Farm, midway between Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand.

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Ride Like the Amish Do! As Jessica always says, “We know you came here more than anything to see and understand how and why we live the way we do. Take a ride with us. Let us tell you all about it, too. After all, we live here.”

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Most of the drivers are our neighbors and are all Amish. Jessica’s dad, who has driven thousands of visitors down Amish farm lanes over the last 25 years, was three years old when he had his first recollection of a horse. He guesses he has driven a carriage more than anyone else in Lancaster County, about 10,000 miles a year! Enjoy the beautiful countryside of Lancaster County with its immaculately kept Amish farms and gardens. Experience for yourself a taste of Amish Country life here. All the rides are reasonably priced, starting at just $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. The ride is "air-conditioned." You’ll be more than comfortable with the open buggy and the breeze. Jessica says, “In the summer, it’s a great way to cool off. My dad says it’s like sitting in the shade with the fan on... 409 air-conditioning... four wheels turning at nine miles an hour!”

Jessica thought she'd share a note from a family who just went on their rides the other day... Visiting Lancaster County has become a traditional Mother's Day trip for over the past 6 years as well as a ride on Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides. We have never been disappointed! Each year we return we learn something new about the County and the people. From start to finish, you feel like one of the family. From sitting back enjoying the scenery to climbing aboard the buggy to explore the Amish culture and countryside. The trip is well worth the moderate cost. The Horses are beautiful and well cared for and presented as very loved. We are so grateful for each wonderful experience with Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides and look forward to returning next year. — ­ The Cilenti Family Open All Year

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At Plain & Fancy Farm • Route 340 Bird-in-Hand, PA • (717) 768-8828 PRIVATE AMISH ROAD - REAL FAMILY CARRIAGES We take you to VISIT REAL AMISH FARMS. You’ll experience REAL AMISH LIFE! Cameras welcome.

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Ice Cream Fun At The Turkey Hill Experience

She MuSt Face her PaSt to Set them All Free

by Caleb Bressler

past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia travels the sweeping countryside to Hopen Haus, a home for unwed mothers. Amelia arrives with secrets of her own. As her due date draws near, Rhoda, the head midwife, must face her past and those she thought she left behind. Only then will the healing power of love and forgiveness set them all free.


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f you are an ice-cream fanatic with creative juices to match, you’ll love The Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, western Lancaster County. Located inside a refurbished brick factory building, this is a hands-on experience for all ages, with interactive ways to discover the “Imported from Lancaster County” brand gaining national recognition every day. History lovers will enjoy reading fun facts about the history of Turkey Hill Dairy and the family behind its success. Venturing further into the attraction, there are activities for everyone to enjoy… •• Try your hand at milking a “cow” •• Pose for pictures on a milk truck •• Try the interactive games which test your reaction time and knowledge of Turkey Hill ice-cream •• Learn how milk is processed at the dairy •• Make a virtual ice-cream flavor, and “market” it by designing your own ice-cream carton and TV commercial Now put your taste buds to work! In the Taste Lab you actually create your own unique icecream blend with flavors and toppings of your choosing that are then mixed together for you to eat right on the spot. Next, savor Turkey Hill iced tea and lemonade knowing that you can find them back home, as both are shipped nationwide. Explore the special room all about tea, with a fascinating video as well as a whimsically named PersonaliTEA Test, where you can find out which “tea” best fits your personality. At visit’s end, venture down to the gift shop for a memento of your trip, be it something to wear, drink, or eat! For more information on this fun attraction, visit

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Strasburg - A Town of Trains & Heritage

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Conestoga Wagons. Main Street Strasburg was developed during the next half century as traffic on this road increased considerably and the first log houses appeared in the village about 1733. Strasburg continued to flourish in the 18th century primarily because of its location along the major wagon routes between Philadelphia, Lancaster, and the Susquehanna River. As Strasburg flourished, so did its neighbor to the east, Philadelphia. The commercial interests of Philadelphia pressured the State Legislature to improve the transportation network into their city. As a result, a series of canals along with the Philadelphia and Columbia Rail Roads were constructed. Strasburg residents became alarmed at the possibility of losing their commercial position and there soon emerged a charter for the Strasburg Rail Road to construct a rail line connecting Strasburg with the Philadelphia and Columbia Rail Road main line near Paradise. Finally in the 1850’s, trains were hauling freight and passengers. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Please Call For Hours


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Strasburg, named for the city in France, was actually “founded” by a Frenchman, Pierre Bezaillion, who traded with the Delaware Indians. The story goes he came to the area in 1693, as French fur traders opened up the first path through this area from Philadelphia to the Susquehanna River.


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ll aboard! Strasburg is a destination all its own in Dutch Country, home to many well known attractions. To name just a few --- the Strasburg Rail Road, Ghost Tours of Lancaster, Village Greens Mini Golf, National Toy Train Museum, and the Choo Choo Barn. But you may not know much about the interesting history of "Train Town."

About 100 years later, business had dwindled, and a severe storm in 1957 destroyed much of the track. It seemed the SRR had reached the end of the line. To the rescue came a group of local train enthusiasts who began bringing the SRR back to life in a totally new way. They added passenger cars and buildings, and today’s Strasburg Rail Road was born, destined to become one of Dutch Country’s top attractions. Appropriately enough, the State decided to build an expanded Rail Road Museum of Pennsylvania across the street, the ideal place to preserve the history of railroading in Pennsylvania. With the other train attractions nearby, it’s little wonder that Strasburg has earned the title of Train Town!



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he instability in Europe in the late 1600’s spawned and nurtured the pioneer interest in the deep forest lands of Pennsylvania — 60 miles inland from Philadelphia. In 1681 William Penn received his 40,000 square-mile land grant to settle King Charles’ debt to his father. Himself a Quaker, Penn had experienced religious persecution firsthand, and decided to establish his American colony based on complete religious freedom.

This entire century had been one of continued misery for the peasants of the Palatinate (western Germany). The Thirty Years War had raged across the area with barbaric ruthlessness. The peasant inhabitants fled to nearby Holland for refuge. And within a decade of the end of that conflict, King Louis XIV of France started a new religious war in the same general area. These Palatinate peasants were exhausted by war’s desolation, and were ripe for a new start. Traveling land agents for William Penn’s new colony found listening ears. In addition to religious freedom and a peaceful existence, Penn offered cheap land. The stated price was 100 English pounds for 5,000 acres. (At today’s rate exchange, this would be less than $.04 an acre). By the year 1702, a goodly number of Palatinates had immigrated to Pennsylvania, and Queen Anne, newly reigning in England, was delighted that Penn was colonizing his immense grant without drawing off the population of Britain. The area today called New Holland was practically covered by virgin forests—sturdy timbers of oak, ash, chestnut, and walnut. By 1728, William Penn had been dead for 10 years and his American colony, called Pennsylvania, was being administered by a proprietary governor while the sale of land was formalized by patent deeds. In 1802, when a post office was established and an official name was necessary, there was no objection to naming the town New Holland. These grateful people remembered how extremely kind the inhabitants of Holland were to them, and the assistance that included funds to cover the cost of the refugee German immigrants’ ocean voyage. This was no small matter when the alternative was indentured service for a period of years. For adults, indenture frequently meant four to seven years of labor without pay. Minors served until their 21st birthday. But still, William Penn’s Quaker Pennsylvania was liberation compared to the Europe they fled seeking freedom of religion, assembly and speech for all, hopefully, none of which we take for granted today.

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Chicken is King at Zook’s by Brad Igou


don’t really know how many years ago it was that I stumbled upon Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies. But driving down Leacock

Road, just west of Intercourse, and turning right at Harvest Drive, I found this one-story building with a modest sign, “Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies.” I stopped and bought my first one and looked forward to the taste test. Having grown up on those frozen meat pies from the supermarket, I didn’t get my hopes up as the Zook pie was heating in my oven. It certainly smelled good, but…

The first thing I noticed was that, unlike some of my previous store-bought pies, the crust was flaky crisp and delicious. Breaking through to the meat of the pie, I found healthy portions of chicken with a modest amount of other vegetables, all in a nice creamy sauce. But the tender chicken was definitely king of this pie and set it apart from the others. As co-workers at my office were introduced to Zook’s, they were always sure to put in their pie orders when I was going in that direction. Truly, these Amish baker cooks have created a chicken pie worth crowing about. More recently, they have gone on to add beef and even sausage to their selection of pies, which all come frozen in different sizes. I suggest you “Discover” them for yourself! • June 2014 • Amish Country News • 13

Shady Maple Complex Shines Ever-Bright!

by Clinton Martin


here’s always been something special about Shady Maple. Although it’s big to be sure, there’s nothing “complex” about this Complex. I wanted to highlight a couple of my favorite Shady Maple haunts. It wasn’t easy choosing just three, but here goes...

Martin’s Trailside Express While Martin’s Trailside Express has been open to the public since 1998, the story of this convenient quick stop for food, fuel, and a car wash goes back a number of years. The company’s patriarch, Earl Martin, had originally allowed a few close neighbors to purchase gasoline and diesel from his trucking company at a lower bulk rate. New regulations for underground tanks gave him the incentive to expand his location and open a retail gas station type facility. Today, it’s much more than just a place to top off the tank. In addition to offering high quality

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gas, biodiesel, bulk DEF, kerosene, and propane, Trailside is home to an impressive offering of breakfast, lunch, and dinner eats. From omelets, skillets, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches in the morning to best-around fried chicken, burgers, custom wraps, and entrees at lunch or dinner, Trailside is sure to exceed your expectations! To beat the heat, Trailside has a massive cooler selection of ice cold beverages in addition to delicious milkshakes, root beer floats, and softserve ice cream. If you need a cup of joe to kick-start your morning, Trailside proudly offers a large variety of locally-roasted Gerhart Coffee blends as well as cappuccino and iced coffee. If your wheels are dusty, take a loop through either of their touchless or soft-touch car washes. They also stock washer fluid, oil, and many other travel necessities. Whether you need hot eats, cool treats, a car wash, or a fill-up, you’ll love your experience at Amish country’s favorite gas station—Martin’s Trailside Express!

Shady Maple Smorgasbord

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Shady Maple Smorgasbord is arguably the most famous of the all-you-care-to-eat restaurants in Amish Country. Interestingly enough however, the namesake restaurant of the property near Blue Ball was not the seed that grew to be the mighty complex it is today.

Shady Maple’s foyer and have your idea of the super market forever altered. Of course, the restaurant was a natural evolution of operating a market that specialized in fresh country meats, just-off-the-boat seafood selections, and a produce department seemingly as big as the farms supplying it. Thus, Amish Country’s must-try gastronomic “event” is today the Shady Maple Smorgasbord where unending delicious selections are displayed in steaming trays arrayed along “bars” for you to peruse at your leisure. The sense of being in Amish Country is very real, as the food options reflect the surrounding countryside, from a dozen ways to prepare corn to a hot batch of chipped beef gravy to pour over oven-fresh buttermilk biscuits. Suffice it to say there is an amazing variety along the 200-plus feet of buffets. And each night at the Smorgasbord sports an additional theme with the chefs’ take on seafood, steaks, chops, and ribs. Hungry yet? Believe me, whether Amish Country is your destination, or you’re just passing through, Shady Maple is a great way to spend a few hours, whatever the season, whatever the reason!

That honor belongs to the Shady Maple Farm Market, a simple roadside stand at the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Z. Martin, parents of current owners, Miriam and Marvin Weaver. The Martin’s called their produce stand “Shady Maple,” as it was situated directly underneath a towering tree. But they soon outgrew their roadside surroundings. With every addition to the market, more locals and visitors were finding their way and filling their baskets. Today it’s the largest grocery market in Lancaster County, in both size and selection. You probably don’t often visit grocery outlets when on vacation, but you owe it to yourself to set foot in

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uality, affordable, luxury. That's what American made and Amish handcrafted furniture at Country Home Furniture is all about. When Shady Maple Smorgasbord moved into a larger building across the parking lot more than a decade ago, the former restaurant building became home to one of the largest and best furniture stores in the Lancaster area, Country Home Furniture. On two large selling floors, and 30,000 sq. ft., you will find American made sofas and recliners, made in North Carolina, Ohio and Mississippi, in addition to solid wood, USA made and Amish handcrafted dining, bedroom, office, occasional and entertainment furniture. The wood pieces come from artisans in Ohio, Indiana and right here in Lancaster County. With hundreds of stylish products in traditional, transitional, modern and country looks on the floor, there is something for everyone. According to management, “Amish built furniture and quality go hand-in-hand. As far as American handcrafters in the hardwood and upholstery industries, their knack for getting their styles to mesh with today’s buyer is second to none. No one builds better, more stylish furniture than American furniture makers.” Unlike other stores where your only choices of the style or color or wood is what you see, at Country Home Furniture you can have a hand in every facet of your design. That's the beauty of shopping there. Customers love the flexibility to have a piece made for them by selecting their wood, stain, hardware and fabric.

The retailer ships and delivers to customers’ homes and businesses all over the country. If beautiful, quality, brand new, solid wood, American handcrafted furniture is important to you, then you owe it to yourself to explore Country Home Furniture. As they like to say, it's worth the drive to the countryside of Lancaster County for savings.

Country Home Furniture is open Monday and Friday 10-7, Tuesday through Thursday 105, and Saturdays 9-5. The entire complex at Shady Maple is closed on Sundays. For more information, call 717-354-2329, go online to or e-mail GPS address is 1352 Main Street, East Earl Township, PA.


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John Lithgow voiced the characters. Rather than slavishly try to mimic them, the Dutch Apple’s cast of Chuck Caruso, Rendell DeBose, and Kate Marshall keep the personalities and quirks we’ve come to love while making the characters their own. And I will not spoil the hilarity of how the rather tall Christopher Violett becomes the fourfoot-tall Lord, but it is truly hysterical.

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SHREK at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

While kids and families will love this show, if you are an empty nester or just a couple out for a fun evening, you’ll find seeing what I call “Shrek Live!” a delightful evening. Even my 92-yearold mother proclaimed it was a “really fun show” and she enjoyed all the energy and laughs… even though I am quite sure she never saw the movie. I’m not going to spoil some of the special effects and how they are done, but you’ll enjoy the giant dragon that flies and falls for Donkey, with the help of four “puppeteers.” There are also some striking images, as when the green Shrek sings a touching solo against a giant moon in the blue sky behind him.

by Brad Igou


HREK Live! That might be a good title for this fun and lively Broadway musical hit that opened May 15 at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and runs through June 21. Over the last few years we’ve seen animated films adapted for the stage, generating both enthusiasm among fans and curiosity among theatergoers as to how the stories will be brought to life, especially when non-human characters are involved. THE LION KING was a classic example of how this can be creatively achieved, followed by other successful reincarnations including BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and now ALADDIN. So I am guessing that back in December of 2008, a lot of fans of the DreamWorks SHREK animated franchise entered the Broadway Theatre full of anticipation as to how the story would be brought to the stage. Sadly, I never made it to New York to see the show, and with the many characters and costumes and special effects, the chances of a local theater producing the show were unlikely. But the folks at Dutch Apple are not intimidated by the challenges of musical theater, having last year wowed audiences with CATS. So there was little doubt that this fairy tale of a musical would be brought to the stage with verve and creativity, with the talking donkey, the green ogre, a flying dragon, a Gingerbread Boy, and the four-foot-tall Lord Farquaad. Oh yes, and an exploding bird. The musical closely follows the film, making continuing references to contemporary pop culture, all the while skewering the familiar fairy tale and storybook characters we grew up with. When Pinocchio tries to lie that he is a real

boy, his nose does indeed get longer, but he is also the one who instigates a rebellion among his fairy tale compatriots. All are suffering from their banishment from the kingdom of Duloc for being “different.” In their ouster, the Ugly Duckling was dragged from the pond, the Fairy Godmother’s wand was broken, the Three Pigs had their condo blown down, and the Big Bad Wolf has his granny dress torn, problematic since he just might be into cross-dressing. When Shrek gets involved in helping these disenfranchised citizens regain their rights, he is forced to team up with “Donkey” to save the princess Fiona and marry her off to Lord Farquaad, who has height issues. In the movie, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and

Finally, the show has a few messages about not judging people before you get to know them, not shutting yourself off from the world around you, or being ashamed to be different… “It’s time to stop the hiding, It’s time to stand up tall… Who are they to say we’re wrong? All the things that make us special Are the things that make us strong.” In the end, this isn’t a “message musical,” but a really fun night of live theater. So whether you are local or a visitor, take in this energetic, funny, and yes, crazy show. Who knows when you’ll have another chance to see this fractured fairy tale love story…or have more fun!

MAY 15 - JUNE 21

Kids age 3-12 Just $19 Students 13-18 Just $23 For Dinner & Show • June 2014 • Amish Country News • 17

Immerse Yourself in the Amish Story WITNESS the spectacular “Jacob’s Choice” told with Disney-like Special Effects in the Amish Experience Theater.

EXPLORE the Amish Country Homestead, the region’s only Officially Designated Heritage Site Amish home.

TOUR the magnificent and rarely seen Amish Farmlands with a certified tour guide in complete comfort onboard one of our 14 passenger mini-shuttles. SATISFY yourself that you’re making the most from your Amish Experience...

• Since 1959, the area’s first, and still foremost, interpretative source of Amish Culture.

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SIT in a desk at the new Fisher Amish schoolroom furnished authentically with desks and more from an actual Amish classroom.

RECEIVE a free Amish cookbook autographed by the author herself when you take our our Farmland Tour.

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SAVE with our Super Saver package which includes “Jacob’s Choice”, the Amish Country Homestead and a 90 minute Amish farmlands Tour.

FREE BUGGY RIDE Receive a voucher for a free “Cookie Run Buggy Ride” just a few steps away at Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides with the purchase, at the Amish Experience Theater Box Office, of a regularly priced Supersaver, Theater/House Combo, or Amish Visit-in-Person Tour. BUGAN

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erhaps no other town in the entire country can claim its fame on just one simple thing --- its name. Harrison Ford drove a buggy past the road sign on a memorable visit in the Hollywood blockbuster hit of the movie "Witness." For years people have postmarked “Intercourse” on envelopes, and the jokes from visitors who travel through Bird-in-Hand to Intercourse are endless. There are several theories for the name, but that which we find most plausible follows. Around 1730, the Old Provincial Highway (now Route 340) was laid out to connect Philadelphia




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with Lancaster. Conestoga wagons hauled freight back and forth between the two cities. Providing rest for travelers and horses, taverns sprouted along the way, becoming centers for news, gossip, and commerce. The construction of a log tavern in 1754 at the intersection of Newport Road and the Highway took “Cross Keys” as its name. It remained such until 1814, when the name was changed to Intercourse as part of a failed real estate scheme of a Mr. George Brungard, who had acquired 48 acres of nearby land and attempted to lay out a town site and divide it into sections for sale by a lottery, advertising “151 handsome building lots of $250 each to be drawn for by number.” Renaming the town made sense, as intercourse had a common usage referring to the pleasant mutual fellowship and frequent intermingling which were so common in the informal atmosphere of the quiet country village. Over time, Brungard’s scheme begat others. As recently as 1971, an enterprising soul tried to

take advantage of the town’s name by selling deeds for one-inch square plots of Intercourse to visitors. Creative, but nonetheless a failure. By 1880, Intercourse had a population of 280 with a post office that actually moved among stores or restaurants as owners hoped visits by residents would increase their business.


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717-768-3818 Hours: Monday - Saturday 9-5 The local stagecoach service started around 1898 as “a single horse conveyance similar to a market wagon, with a roll-up curtain and double set of seats.” When the stagecoach driver knew of passengers beforehand, their comfort on cold days was added to with the placement of hot bricks heated in the oven, and wrapped in newspaper to preserve their warmth.

As the days of the dirt road drew to a close, so too did the stagecoach era. In 1923 a transit company was organized and bus service initiated to and from Lancaster. While “many of the Amish residents of the area were eager to see the line started, they did not want to invest in stock of the Company. Instead they bought books of tickets which were really prepaid bus fares.” Enough

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money was raised to buy a Mack Auto Bus for $6,800. It held 25 passengers and even had solid rubber tires! Today Intercourse has been recognized as a “foodie” town by the PA Dutch Visitor’s Bureau. You'll soon discover why walking the streets of this tiny hamlet is an absolute must-visit for everyone.

Fresh, Local — Market Time in New Holland by Clinton Martin


here did New Holland get its name? You’ll find the answer in these pages, of course. But where does New Holland get its produce? That answer is here too. The New Holland Farmers Market is the prototype farmers market that locals love and visitors delight in discovering. The produce is fresh, locally grown, and comes from farms within a stone’s throw of the downtown “pop-up.”

Take for instance, local farmer Justin Snyder who sells his organic produce or Mahlon Stoltzfus who quietly turns out delicious onsite slow-roasted barbecue chicken. Or maybe you’re into adding a splash of color to your home with Carol Stark’s flower baskets. In fact, if it is grown or made locally in Amish Country, you can probably find it every Saturday in New Holland. The market is open Saturdays 8:00am to 1:00pm, and is located at the intersection of Route 23 (Main Street) and Roberts Avenue. More information can be found at or by contacting NewHollandFarmersMarket@mail. com. There are 50 vendors, plus entertainment for the whole family.


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A Real VIP Experience...

Rare Opportunity for Personal Visits With Amish

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isitors here often seek out meaningful personal contact with the Amish, an experience many hope for, but invariably are unable to realize. Most don’t get beyond a brief encounter at a roadside stand or restaurant where Amish may be working. The folks at the Amish Experience wanted to create a tour that responded to the most repeated visitor requests… Can we see cows being milked? Can we visit an Amish business? Can we talk to an Amish family? Thus came about an exclusive, extraordinary opportunity to meet and personally visit with Amish in an intimate setting. Appropriately called the VIP, or Visit-In-Person tour, this adventure is limited to 14 people to provide maximum personal contact with the Amish on the farm, at work, and at home. The tour begins with a stop at a dairy farm at milking time. Guests are often surprised to learn that the Amish do not milk cows by hand and are fascinated to discover how milk is kept cold in the bulk tank with "Amish electricity." Next is a stop at an Amish business after hours, which this year might be a carriage maker, goat cheese artisan, soap-maker, a canning kitchen, a wooden toy maker or the like. A demonstration or personal tour of the business takes visitors behind-the-scenes and reveals how these entrepreneurs achieve an important balance between work and family. The simplest stop, and often the most memorable, is a visit with an Amish family or couple right in their home, although on warm summer nights a group might be invited to sit outside. In the beginning, conversation may be hesitant, but soon strangers become friends sitting, chatting, and visiting the way the Amish do, talking informally without TVs, iPhones, computers or other distractions.

Available at the Amish Experience, Plain & Fancy Farm, Lifeway, by phone and online at leading book web sites.

So popular is the VIP Tour that many visitors have taken the tour multiple times to meet the different Amish participating in the tour. Excursions are Monday through Saturday, April 4 through November, always departing at 5:00 pm from the Amish Experience Theater at Plain

and Fancy Farm, RT 340 between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse. For a limited time, purchasers of the VIP tour will receive a voucher for a free buggy ride at Aaron & Jessica’s, nearby on the Plain & Fancy property.

Why Do Cows Need Names? The Amish Community Has the Answer by Clinton Martin


s interesting and intriguing titles go, author Randy James’ effort here is a gem. Why Cows Need Names And More Secrets of Amish Farms is an out and out fascinating read. James shares firsthand experiences working with the Amish of Geauga, Ohio. His familiarity is based on his career as the area’s county agricultural agent, which has allowed him to speak with many Amish families about their small family farms. Big Agriculture in America captures many headlines, in business, politics, pop culture, you name it. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of small family farms are quietly ignored. These mom and pop farms are diverse, efficient, flexible, and offer a completely different look at food production. Why Cows Need Names will appeal to anyone interested in Amish family life. As the narrative unfolds, readers get a rare glimpse into what it’s like to work in the fields with horses; in the barn with cows, calves, children, and the family dog; or to sit at the table talking

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with family and friends over a noontime meal. A picture emerges of how quietly living a shared goal and doing without during hard times strengthens families and provides an appreciation for what is truly important in life. Look for Why Cows Need Names anywhere books are sold. Call (419) 281-1802 to order by phone. • June 2014 • Amish Country News • 23

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isitors to Lancaster from the east on RT 30 travel through Paradise, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2012. The town’s story traces back to Europe over 300 years ago, to the area of the Palatinate in Germany where Protestants had settled following the declaration of King Louis XIV that all Protestants in France would be persecuted. Fearing a French invasion, many accepted the invitation to settle in the New World in William Penn’s colony of Penn’s Woods. By 1712, they had secured land in Lancaster’s Pequea Valley as the area’s first white people, living peaceably with local Indians. The origins of RT 30, also known as “Lincoln Highway,” date back to Lancaster’s Colonial



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Historic Revere Tavern

The Act described the construction of the highway, which was to be a bed of small crushed stones on top with, rather than dirt, larger stones underneath to prevent carriage wheels from cutting into the soil. This revolutionary system of road construction is credited to a John McAdam, whose name became the term for paved or “macadam” roads. The "Lincoln Highway" (RT 30) opened in 1795 as the first long-distance, hard surfaced road in the country. Taverns and stagecoach stops grew up along the turnpike for weary travelers. Of these, the Revere Tavern, dating back to 1740 and originally called the “Sign of the Spread Eagle”, still proudly stands today. In 1841, the tavern became the residence of Reverend Edward V. Buchanan and his wife Eliza

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Esh Valley Quilts Worth the Drive by Caleb Bressler

days when the frontier county needed a highway to connect it with the provincial capital of Philadelphia. The first road that was constructed is now RT 340, still referred to as the “Old Philadelphia Pike.” Soon, it was apparent that this road was insufficient to handle the increasing traffic, and in 1790, a commission to survey a new route was created. Since the cost was too much for the state to undertake, the company charged with building it was given the power to demand “reasonable” tolls from users. Investors received dividends earned from tolls collected along the gates of the turnpike. (As the toll was paid, the gate or “pike” was turned, hence the term “turnpike”).

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Foster Buchanan. Eliza was the sister of Stephen Foster, whose immortal songs will always be a part of Americana. Foster not only penned music at the tavern, but sent many of his manuscripts to Eliza, also a talented musician, for her approval. On the banks of the Pequea Creek, Eliza and Stephen played many of Stephen’s 200 songs, including “Way Down Upon the Swanee River” and “Oh, Susanna.” Wherever you happen to call “paradise,” we hope that a little bit of our own Paradise won’t do you any harm!


sh Valley Quilts is snuggled in the Amish farmlands, only a short drive on Route 741 east of Strasburg. It is what most people are looking for in an Amish Country quilt shop --- an authentic, Lancaster County experience where everything is handmade and almost everything made locally. Among the shop’s most popular items are crib quilts, small quilts especially made for cribs. There are crib quilts featuring child-pleasing motifs like turtles, owls, and ladybugs. Of course, Esh’s has traditional quilts as well as quillows, throws and, currently, a special pillow sale of $20 per pillow. Some of what makes the shop special is to be found outside. So many visitors, particularly bird watchers, especially appreciate that Purple Martin birds make their home in the “bird apartments” in front of the shop, which is up the lane in the basement of Rachel Esh’s house. If you visit in the morning, particularly during March and August, it is likely you will be able to see these winsome birds darting about. Whether shopping inside, or enjoying the farm views outside, Esh Valley Quilts is indeed a great stop for confirmed, and soonto-be confirmed, quilt lovers.

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Reader Contest Winners Announced by Brad Igou


ast year we asked our readers to tell us their holiday stories in our firstever “writing contest.” Our two winners each receive Photo credit: a $200 gift certificate Christena Peters to the luxurious Silverstone Inn, one of Amish Country’s very finest Bed & Breakfasts. In addition, our First Place Winner receives two tickets for the SuperSaver Tour Package at the Amish Experience, complete with free buggy ride voucher. Even though the cold winter is behind us, we hope you’ll enjoy these readers’ holiday memories from last year as you make some of your own this summer.

Our First Prize winner is Frances Marie Halas of Inwood, NY and here is her submission…

her 90th birthday on December 28th. I loved the look on her face when she opened the door and saw us there! A friend gave me the idea of wrapping 90 gifts, one for each year. I wrapped and numbered each gift. Quite a few of her gifts were from Lancaster County, which is one of her special places to visit when she comes back to Pennsylvania. Her gifts included:

Here is our Second Prize winner’s entry from Nancy Fearnbaugh of Enola, PA…

Her favorite shoofly pie (Bird-n-Hand Bake Shop) Apple Butter (Good N’ Plenty) Pepper Jelly (Kitchen Kettle) Sturgis Pretzels Cardinal decoration (Bird-in-Hand craft shop) Pamphlets from her favorite places (Shady Maple, Petersheim’s Quilts, Sight & Sound, etc.) - Last but not least, a copy of AMISH COUNTRY NEWS. I always send her a copy when we visit Lancaster. - Gift #90 – a chocolate birthday card from Hershey Chocolate World.

One of my fondest holiday moments was the Christmas of 2012. We spent the holiday with my aunt and cousins. My husband and I went to Portland, Oregon to surprise my aunt for

Needless to say, she was thrilled with her gifts! She made a display of them on her dining room table and was proud to show them off to every visitor that came by.

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…The most significant of all memories is bittersweet. Our mother died suddenly two weeks before Thanksgiving. In our family, it was tradition to have Thanksgiving at our Mom’s house. Family members --- sister, brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins would gather for an Italian-American Thanksgiving. The date was fast approaching and no one offered “to do” Thanksgiving. And my sister and I were not over the loss and ready to tackle the holiday. We felt like “orphans.” A suggestion was made to spend Thanksgiving where our Mom and family experienced good memories, and Lancaster County came immediately to mind. Although it was short notice, we were able to obtain lodging and dinner reservations at one of Mom’s favorite restaurants. As we sat around the table, grateful to be together, each of us remembered a place (Green Dragon on Fridays), a moment (buying eggs from an Amish lady who is now a friend), and an experience (Mom getting lost in Central Market) we had with Mom. We learned that night to be thankful for the blessings of family, friends, and life itself. Lancaster will always be our home away from home.

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Destination Doll Outlet: Finding Your Favorite Doll at Aimee & Daria's by Brad Igou


et me state right from the start that I am not a doll collector. But, as is the case with teddy bears, even for me, it can be difficult to resist dolls if you just let your guard down a little. But if you have any little girls in your family, or are a collector of dolls, you are no doubt always on the lookout for something new, an expansive selection, in a convenient setting, all at a good price. Fortunately, you have arrived in Amish Country, where you should directly head for Aimee & Daria’s Doll Outlet on Route 30, just west of Miller’s SmorgasboRoad They claim (and I believe it!) to be the largest doll store within 1,000 miles, with over 5,000 dolls in stock. I stopped counting at 2,682!

The owners are just great to talk to, and seem to figure out the doll that’s perfect for you even if you’re not sure yourself. I hate to use that cliché of “something for everyone,” but it’s really true here, with dolls from two to 42 inches tall, and prices from $2.00 to $1,300. You can make your own 20” vinyl baby, visit the Baby Doll Adoption Nursery Center, find doll clothing, and even attend a Doll Hair Salon Class. Find why so many repeat visitors make this their Amish Country doll destination. Call 717.687.8118 for details. • June 2014 • Amish Country News • 27

Living with the Amish Part Two in a Series... Over the years, I have had many experiences with the Amish as friends, as business owners, as farmers, etc. I even lived with an Amish family when I was in college. For my Amish Series this year I thought it would be interesting to look back and share some of my favorite people and stories. Mattie’s 80th Birthday


n the 1960’s, the Amish struggled with the IRS over their refusal to pay into Social Security. The Amish believe it is the children’s and community’s duty to take care of the elderly, not the responsibility of the government. Older couples and widows sometimes live in an attached “dawdi-haus” (grandfather house) or small dwelling nearby. They are looked after by their children and grandchildren, but retain their autonomy. There are some wonderful stories about how the elderly are looked after within the Amish community. An Amish friend of mine once told me this delightful story of a neighbor lady, whom we will refer to as Mattie, who lived alone in his church district. She was celebrating her 80th birthday. Plans had been made to surprise Mattie following the church service in the district on Sunday. Although it was not her birthday that particular Sunday, it was “close enough.”

Weddings and auctions (shown here) are events that bring the Amish community together. Photo credit: Jill Ivanac

by Brad Igou

Mattie was one of the first to arrive for the church service which, according to Amish tradition, is held in a neighbor’s home. Mattie put her wraps in the laundry room of the house, as was customary for Amish ladies. After she had entered the house, a box was brought out of the closet where it had been hidden. There were some decorations on the box, pictures of flowers and such. As the other members of the congregation arrived, they put in a small gift, and put their name in a folder as a remembrance. After the church service and lunch, the men were sitting and talking in one room, the women in another beside them. More people were lingering than would normally be the case, although Mattie probably didn’t notice this. (It was also the deacon’s birthday, but he had told his family earlier in the morning, “Now don’t you say a word to anybody.”) Suddenly, a birthday cake with 80 candles was carried out through the open doors. The deacon got very flustered as the cake moved towards him, most likely thinking the birthday surprise was for him! But the cake went right past him to Mattie in the other room. Mattie was surprised, and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to her in English. Then came the gifts. The idea was to try and have 80 presents, and she would be told to open just one a day. When someone mentioned that this would take months, it was suggested that two a day would be fine. By this time, of course, word had gotten around that it was the deacon’s birthday, so some candles were lighted once again, and another round of “Happy Birthday” sung for him. Mattie wanted to cut the cake and share one third of it with him, but the women tried to discourage her from doing so. They intended for her to take the cake home for another surprise party to be held that evening. In spite of a mild “scolding” over cutting her cake, Mattie insisted on giving a large piece to the deacon. But one of the women took this piece and cut it even smaller before giving it to him. We can only imagine what Mattie (not to mention the deacon) was making of all this,

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A couple walking to church Sunday morning. Church services are held in the homes of the families in that church district. Photo credit: Donna Gingrich especially as birthday celebrations held on a Sunday afternoon following church were quite unusual. That night, Mattie was expecting some visitors at her home, but at a nearby neighbor’s a much larger group of some 18 people were gathered in secret to surprise her yet again. Mattie was called next door, and discovered her birthday partying had not yet finished! More gifts were added toward the goal of 80. Mattie had moved into this church district only a few years ago, and these parties were a great example of how Mattie had been warmly accepted by the congregation. The following Friday evening, Mattie’s neighbor had made plans to take her out visiting in the carriage. Mattie was told they would be stopping to pick up another lady along the way. As the horse pulled up to the house, the friend came out to say she was not quite ready, and suggested they come into the house out of the winter cold. Inside, yet another birthday surprise was waiting. The neighbor lady had invited some girls who were friends of Mattie’s, but who lived some miles away outside the church district, to come and surprise her. They were all there waiting with a cake and an “8” and “0” shaped in candles. After cake, ice cream, and conversation, Mattie must surely have assumed that her party was over. But the girls had also brought gifts. They too were hoping to reach 80 gifts in all, and in the process had ended up with 86! Mattie opened her presents, which were mainly useful things, including non-perishable food, fancy soaps in the shape of animals, and even a miniature orange crate filled with tiny magnetic oranges to put on the refrigerator door. Later, Mattie herself noted how heartwarming this acceptance among such a group of happy people was to her. I don’t know how long it took Mattie to open all her gifts, but surely the love and friendship they represented has remained with her long past the time the last ribbon was untied!

Amish Entrepreneurs Flourish in “Cottage Industries”

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by Clinton Martin Amish entrepreneurs are developing at a rapid pace. Combine this with the preference to avoid working for most non-Amish employers, and “cottage industries” have become a natural evolution.

This boy is starting early to become an Amish entrepreneur. Photo credit: Charles Rehm


ccording to the latest figures by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, fewer than half of Lancaster-area Amish farm for a living. There is an amazing variety of Amish-owned businesses providing “the other half ” of the Amish with a vocation. Partially due to diminishing farmland, and the Amish population growing, the opportunities for

“Cottage Industry” is a well-suited description for many Amish businesses, since the name implies a home-based business, where the workshop and the family residence are at the same address. The Amish prefer to develop a small business at home if farming alone isn’t a viable option for them, rather than seek a “lunch pail” job outside the home. Like with farming, the Amish appreciate being able to be at home while at work. What this all means for today’s Amish Country visitors, is that a bevy of options present themselves for experiencing very closely the handiwork and hard work of the Amish Community. Here at AMISH COUNTRY NEWS we often are asked to point visitors in the right direction for quilts, crafts, homemade items, etc. We decided to share with you some of our favorites for your discovery.

• Esh Valley Quilts 853 Strasburg Road, Paradise • J&B Quilts & Crafts 157 North Star Road, Ronks • Lapp’s Quilts & Crafts 206 North Star Road, Ronks • Lapp’s Toys & Furniture 2220 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster • Miniature Horse Farm & Country Store 264 Paradise Lane, Ronks • Riehl’s Quilts & Crafts, 247 E. Eby Road, Leola • Smucker’s Quilts 117 N. Groffdale Road, New Holland • Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies 3194 Harvest Drive, Ronks


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Music and education were important to the Moravians. In fact, the Lititz schoolhouse erected in 1746 marked the beginnings of what was to be Linden Hall, the oldest continuously operating residence school for girls in the United States. For one hundred years, Moravian church members were the only people permitted to live in the town. It was not until 1855 that non-



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The Lititz story is tied to that of the Moravian faith in Bohemia. As was the case with other persecuted religious groups in Europe, many Moravians sought freedom in the New World, arriving in the early 1700’s, with settlements in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In 1755 the town actually took the name Lititz, the German spelling for Lidice, where European reformers had taken refuge in the 15th century.




here really is no place quite like Lititz, and visitors should plan time there while in Amish Country.


Historic Lititz • A Hometown Treasure



Moravians were allowed to own their own homes. The complex of buildings comprising the Moravian congregation is well worth seeing, particularly the church built in 1787.

One name is linked forever with the history of Lititz --- Julius Sturgis. It was Julius Sturgis who opened the first commercial pretzel bakery in the New World in Lititz. The year was 1861, and the site at 219 East Main Street is on the National Register of Historic Places. A tour of the bakery, still in operation, is unlike any other and well worth your time. Just recently, Lititz won Budget Travel's 2013 "Coolest Small Town in America" competition.

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June Events Sampler

A Ride With Ol’ Abe Colorful costumes, traditional dancing, foot-tapping music, and tasty foods are all part of the Celtic Fling at Mount Hope Estate & Winery.

Through November 30 Amish Visit-in-Person Tours Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm Through November 29 Wanda Brunstetter’s HALF-STITCHED: THE MUSICAL Bird-in-Hand Stage Through August 24 Sunday Summer Music Series Long’s Park Amphitheatre

Through June 21 SHREK: THE MUSICAL From June 26 THE MUSIC MAN Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre June 14-22 A Day Out With Thomas Strasburg Rail Road June 14 Country Jam June 27-29 Celtic Fling & Highland Games Mount Hope Estate & Winery

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onest Abe with his stovepipe hat rode horse-drawn carriages to and fro, though he’s not the “Abe” for which Abe’s Buggy Rides is named. After all, there was a time when everyone in America relied upon a horse and buggy for transportation. The world is certainly more hurried these days, but we’ve still got an “Abe” that we can count on to take us back to the time of horse-drawn power. Abe’s Buggy Rides, named after the Amish man who first started the rides back in 1968, continues to welcome visitors to experience what it is like to ride in an authentic Amish buggy. The rides are private, meaning your party is not sharing the vehicle with strangers. The carriages are comfortable and hold up to seven average-sized adults.

Abe’s offers authentic Amish buggies for private rides There are five tours to choose from. Rides pass by Amish farms, oneroom schools, and sites dating back to the 1700’s. Most travel under a beautiful four-arched railroad bridge also dating back to the 1700’s. The two longest rides take you to an Amish home or Mennonite craft store and bake shop. Abe’s Buggy Rides on Route 340 is west of Bird-in-Hand and is open every day except Sunday. Call 717392-1794 for details. • June 2014 • Amish Country News • 31

The 19th Century Landmark Julius Sturgis Built by Clinton Martin


ulius Sturgis wasn’t always a pretzel man, but in 1861 after eleven years busily baking bread in the picturesque village of Lititz, he had an epiphany and began baking pretzels. Thus was the birth of the first professional pretzel baker in America. 153 years later, the Sturgis bakery is still baking pretzels, and the bakery itself that family patriarch Julius worked in all those years ago is still intact, producing old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand, fresh and hot, with daily tours available. The production of the Sturgis line of

hard pretzels you’ll find in local supermarkets is now done at a large, modern factory in nearby Reading. The good news is clear --- today you can take a fascinating guided tour of the original historic Lititz bakery. During the tour, you’ll get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting on the bakery’s antique twisting table. All of the pretzels made and sold on site are still hand-rolled by the Sturgis experts. Somehow you can taste the difference! So, do “the twist” and learn about the history of pretzel baking in America, and all about the

See the historic baking area and the old ovens that have made these pretzels famous for over 150 years. original ovens built by Julius Sturgis himself in 1861, as well as how pretzel baking has changed from 1861 to today. After the tour, everyone receives a complimentary sample of the famous Sturgis “Little Ones” hard pretzels. Reservations are not necessary. If you have less than 10 people in your party, simply walkin and purchase your tour ticket --- $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Hours are 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. Call (717) 6264354 for more information or visit www. Spring is in the air, and great things will be showing up at...

Pretzels and Their Lore The traditional twist design is thought to represent hands folded in prayer

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Pretzels were created during the Middle Ages by European monks They were created to be treats or “little rewards” (pretiola, in Italian) Pennsylvanians eat 12 times more pretzels annually than the average American 80% of Pretzels baked in the US are made in Pennsylvania

A Ghostly Tale Of Two Cities by Clinton Martin


owns, villages, boroughs, and hamlets – we’ve got a few in Amish Country, but tales of ghostly happenings steeped in PA Dutch folklore do swirl around both downtown Lancaster and Strasburg, where you’ll hear the hair-raising details on a Ghost Tour that you’ll long remember. In Lancaster, explored are the long-forgotten mysteries of one of America’s oldest cities, as your guide shares haunting tales of otherworldly vigils, fatal curses, and star-crossed lovers. The “Red Rose City’s” thorny past spans 300 years of haunted history, and the best of the best are for your “amusement.” In Strasburg, stories seldom told (and then only in whispers) are shared with brave tourgoers walking the streets of this railroading town illuminated only by flickering candlelight. You’re led by a costumed tour guide spinning tales of haunted mansions, eerie graveyards and spirits that may still roam the night. Bolder and more daring, a bona fide ghost-hunting tour is also offered which includes the careful use of EMF meters. Tours operate nightly. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling (717) 687-6687. Visit for details.

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ancaster was once called the “Little Munich of America” due to the variety and volume of beers being produced here. Prohibition dried up that distinction, but starting in the late 1980’s the taps started flowing again. The craft beer reawakening had begun in Amish Country. Union Barrel Works revitalized the art of the Brew Pub in sleepy little Reamstown, a quaint town located just off Route 272 between Ephrata and Adamstown. With no less than a dozen different styles of craft beers brewed on site and an ambitious menu of not only pub favorites but extraordinary offerings, like elk meatloaf and wild boar sausages, Union Barrel Works delights both the beer aficionado and the epicurean explorer alike. UBW is open daily except Mondays for lunch and dinner. Call (717) 335-7837 for hours and directions. • June 2014 • Amish Country News • 33

The Joy of Toy Trains at the National Toy Train Museum by Clinton Martin


ome toy trains are mass-produced, widely available on store shelves, and are priced as fun yet inexpensive playthings. Other toy trains aren’t designed to run the rails in the

hands of a rambunctious child, but are instead things of beauty, meant to be collected and operated by the careful hands of a doting owner. Both have their purpose.




The National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg is an impressive collection of both, showing every little boy’s 1930s dream toy from famous makers like Lionel beside the true collector’s gem like the Voltamp 2100 Baltimore & Ohio Steam Locomotive from 1908-1910. Visitors young and old alike will have fun viewing both, but for those who would rather see some railbending in action, the museum wisely provides many interactive layouts activated by the touch of a button. Between viewing the zip of the tiny train cars, visitors can stroll into the National Toy Train Museum’s theater, featuring a constant loop of train videos that bring the chugging power of steam and diesel to life on the big screen. The National Toy Train Museum is open seven days a week, 10:00am to 5:00pm, although last admittance is at 4:30pm. For GPS or other mapping services use 300 Paradise Lane, Ronks PA, 17572. Findng the museum without a gadget is easy, however. Turn left off of Route 741 east of Strasburg onto Paradise Lane. The museum is less than a mile on the right. Call 717-687-8976 for more details.

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The legend of the naming of Bird-in-Hand dates to the time when the Old Philadelphia Pike was being laid out. By 1734, surveyors at McNabb’s Hotel were discussing whether they should stay at their present location or return to Lancaster to spend the night. One of them said, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” The sign in front of the inn, which became known as the Bird-in-Hand Inn, is


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known to have once "portrayed a man with a bird in his hand and a bush nearby, in which two birds were perched." Variations of this sign appear throughout the town today. McNabb’s Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1851. By the following year, a three-story hotel was built to replace it. More recently, it was Bitzer’s Hotel before becoming the present Village Inn of Bird-inHand, a beautiful bed and breakfast property. The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster



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f the many unique village names that dot the Amish Country map, one of the more interesting is Bird-in-Hand. William Penn, an English Quaker, had founded the colony of Penn’s Woods, and settlers began arriving from Europe in the early 1700’s, moving westward from Philadelphia. The trip by stagecoach, or Conestoga wagon with freight and merchandise, lasted several days. Inns were built every few miles, identified with signs held by an iron pole or attached to the side of the building. The reason for the signs was so that they could be understood by all nationalities. Further, since many teamsters or wagoneers were poorly educated they could not read. Given orders to stop at a certain inn, they were able to do so by recognizing the artwork on the signboaRoad


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County states that the existing brick building “may be one of the few 19th century inns in the context of a small town in Lancaster County, which survives with a high degree of architectural integrity.” It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When referring to their bird in hand symbol, some residents say that the bird nestled in the human hand indicates friendship, comfort, and hospitality, all of which you’ll discover in this perfectly delightful little village of shops, farmers markets and eateries.

Through Nov. 29 Join the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club in a delightful, musical journey of self-discovery, healing and renewed wholeness. In an entertaining tale only New York Times bestselling author Wanda Brunstetter could spin, these unlikely quilters bind together like scraps of fabric stitched under the loving guidance of Amish widow Emma Yoder.

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Choo Choo Barn’s “Traintown Mayor” Speaks Out


ittle did Tom Groff know that when he grew up, he would be a mayor. He’s the self-appointed Mayor of Traintown, U.S.A.® at the Choo Choo Barn in Strasburg, a 1700 sq. ft. miniature wonderland of trains,

buildings, moving cars, working people, a three-ring circus and carnival, and a whole lot of fun.

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give a family a new car, a new house, a new backyard, or change their landscaping on a whim” says Tom. Tom notes that there is so much to see on his display that most people spend an hour or more taking in the detail. “The hit of our display is the fire scene! It’s the show stopper, with smoke, (simulated) fire, sirens, a responding fire truck, moving firemen and of course, real water!” “As Mayor, I’ve tried to get the fire company to do a better job of dousing the fire, but it flares up 5 minutes later, like clockwork,” Groff says with a grin. “Guess I’ll have to add that to my next city council meeting and see what they can do!”

Kauffman's Apple Cider was the First Prize winner among 20 entries in the Cider Competition at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention. In 2013, Kauffman's pressed 112,000 bushels of apples to produce 375,000 gallons of cider.

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Tours Since 1959

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Journey along back country roads, deep into the Amish Farmlands to discover sights rarely seen. Under the watchful eye of your certified guide, you’ll gain insights into the “how” and “why”of an everchanging culture, and see at-the-moment activities of the Amish. If you’ve seen the Amish portrayed on the various “Reality” TV shows, and you wonder what really is true and not true about the Amish, this is the tour you won’t want to miss! We’ll debunk myths about the Amish and provide accurate, respectful, and authentic information, just like we have done for over 50 years. Plus, now through November 30, 2014 we’ll provide each guest who purchases the Amish Farmlands Tour, when combined as part of your SuperSaver Tour, with a voucher for a FREE BUGGY RIDE at Aaron & Jessica’s, plus a free autographed Amish Cookbook.

The SuperSaver Tour includes the Amish Farmlands Tour, the acclaimed “Jacob’s Choice” at the Amish Experience F/X Theater, and a tour of the Amish House & One-Room School. As a bonus, receive an Amish cookbook and a voucher for a FREE BUGGY RIDE from Aaron & Jessica’s on property.

Rare is the opportunity to meet with Amish families willing to share their traditions and beliefs with you. In a group whose size is never more than 14, this is the only Amish Tour to be designated an official “Heritage Tour” by the County of Lancaster. Visit an Amish farm at milking time, stop at a Cottage Industry, and finally gather round a living room in an Amish home for an informal conversation with the family. Includes FREE BUGGY RIDE voucher.

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Plain & Fancy — Farm to Table Since 1959 Where It All Began Over 50 years ago, Plain & Fancy Farm opened to provide delicious, authentic Amish meals to visitors from all over the world, the first family-style restaurant in Lancaster County. Today Plain & Fancy is a destination all its own, featuring the acclaimed “Jacob’s Choice” at the Amish Experience Theater, Amish Farmlands and Visit-in-Person Tours, the Heritage Site Amish House & One-Room School, and Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides. The onsite Country Store offers excellent country shopping, and the newest addition to the property, Amish View Inn & Suites, has a brand new extension with great views and luxurious lodging surrounded by stunning Amish countryside.

A Lancaster Original Amos, Ben, Manny and Elmer are some of the Amish farmers who supply the restaurant with the farm-fresh produce it serves on a daily basis. Depending on the season, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, squash, peppers and onions are all sourced from farms within a horse-and-buggy’s drive. These neighbors, and the neighbors before them, have helped Plain & Fancy go “from farm to table” for over 50 years. The restaurant is AAA recommended, a PA Preferred and ServSafe award winner, and the Pennsylvania recipient of USA Today’s Great Plate AwaRoad

The Amish Farm Feast Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant is best known as Lancaster County’s original family-style restaurant. The all-you-can-eat Amish Farm Feast includes your entrees, side dishes, starters, desserts and beverages. Enjoy fried chicken, roast beef, chicken pot pie, baked sausage, real mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, green and yellow string beans, sweet shoe peg corn, chow chow, cole slaw, raisin bread, rolls and apple butter, lemonade, iced tea, hot tea, coffee, sour cream apple crumb pie, shoofly pie and vanilla ice cream. It was this very meal that drew Man Vs. Food’s Adam Richman to Amish Country, where he went behind the scenes in the Plain & Fancy kitchen for one of his popular show’s episodes.

The New “a la carte” Menu The restaurant also offers a new a la carte menu featuring mouth-watering appetizers, signature soups and salads, charbroiled burgers and sandwiches, and made-from scratch entrees and platters, including several PA Dutch specialties. Guests can “build a platter” with items from the family-style menu or choose one of the daily specials starting at $10 or less. You can do it all at Plain & Fancy, so why not come and “spend the day!”

Dutchland Quilt Patch --Much More Than Quilts by Caleb Bressler


ocated between Miller’s Smorgasbord and Dutch Haven on Route 30 East, Dutchland Quilt Patch is a delightful shopping experience that offers much more than its name implies. The atmosphere is specially tailored to make a visitor’s experience pleasant. For decorating a home, the only thing one could say is “what isn’t here?” Braided rugs, reed

diffusers, tote bags, bowls and curtains are just a sampling of the merchandise mix that seems to encourage you to extend the time you’ve allotted for your visit. The first floor is scented by a collection of candles. Calming, earthy colors are everywhere; maroons, greens and browns surround shoppers. On one of my favorite shelves, candles with scents like snickerdoodle and birthday cake are in glass jars. They looked so much like cookies that I had to wonder if they were really candles! One of Dutchland’s most unique offerings is their Family Heirloom Collection. Made on looms at one the United States’ only remaining textile mills, woven goods such as towels and swags are sure to catch your eye. Another unique item is the lighted canvases --paintings with strategically placed lights behind

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the canvas bringing the scene to life with a flickering glow. Venturing upstairs, you’ll find an array of fabric, thread and, of course, quilts. With such a selection, there really is something for everyone at Dutchland. You can visit them online

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isitors have been coming to Amish Country by the thousands since the 1950’s, spurred on by novels featuring the Amish, Broadway’s PLAIN & FANCY, and even a film noir, VIOLENT SATURDAY. Interestingly, both the musical and the movie came out in the same year, 1955. These many years later, not much has changed, with Amish romance novels and television shows continuing to tap into the public’s interest, entertainments that span the spectrum from serious documentaries and movies like WITNESS to the preposterous and offensive, like AMISH MAFIA or AMISH VAMPIRES IN SPACE. Over the years, other states with Amish populations have begun calling themselves “Amish Country,” hoping to share in the hospitality dollars generated by curious visitors. But Lancaster County remains the true “Amish Country,” a loosely defined geographic area that is home to the oldest Amish settlement in the world. Many years ago, I was part of a tour that was designed to introduce group tour operators to our many attractions. Our day had included Strasburg train attractions, some museums, a theater show, and at the end of the day, some outlet shopping. One of the participants turned to me over dinner and asked rhetorically, “Do you know what makes Lancaster County so special?” Interested in hearing her answer and the secret to our popularity, I asked her to tell me.

Sound Theatre after one of their spectacular productions, MOSES. I had just seen some truly state-of-the-art special effects provided by some of the most advanced theatrical technology to be found anywhere in the world. As I turned onto the highway at the theater exit and headed toward Strasburg, I saw some flashing red lights ahead. Sure enough, it wasn’t long before I was passing a horse-and-buggy clip-clopping down the road, with the lights and turn signals operating off a car battery. I was again reminded of the words of that tour leader so many years ago. In reality, those of us who live here take most of this for granted. On a summer night as I drive home, I might stop at an Amish roadside stand for some sweet corn and a shoofly pie to go with my dinner of sushi before heading out to hear a concert by the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra downtown in our historic Fulton Opera House. Such experiences are everyday occurrences to us. Many of the folks who come here from all over the USA to our retirement communities sometimes remind me of all this, and that it’s only about five minutes from our IMAX theater to the sight of an Amishman plowing fields with his horses. As you take time to look through this issue of AMISH COUNTRY NEWS, you’ll soon discover the amazing mosaic of things to see and do in Amish Country, yet you’ll always be reminded of and never be far from what makes this place so special.

“Well, lots of places have theaters, and historic museums, and outlets, and good food,” she explained. “But what makes this area special is that you have all of these activities wrapped around the beauty of the Amish countryside and its people.”

1. Enjoy a buggy ride with Abe’s or Aaron & Jessica’s before heading over to see the Broadway musical SHREK at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Or keep the Amish theme going and take in Wanda Brunstetter’s musical HALF-STITCHED at the Bird-inHand Stage.

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2. Explore the model trains at the Choo Choo

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fore riding on a real steam locomotive at the Strasburg Rail Road, which travels through the Amish farmlands, of course… to Paradise, no less. 3. Take a Ghost Tour in Strasburg or downtown Lancaster after learning to twist a pretzel at Intercourse Pretzel Factory or Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. 4. Sit at a one-room school desk at the Amish Experience and then drive up to Hershey’s Chocolate World for a ride through the chocolate-making process. 5. Get creative as you concoct your own unique ice cream flavor at the Turkey Hill Experience, and then spend a day with a knight at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. 6. Play a round of miniature golf at Village Greens or Waters Edge, and then enjoy the evening visiting the Amish at home on the Amish Experience’s Visit-in-Person Tour. These are but a few of the unusual pairings of activities you may find yourself enjoying without ever realizing how few, if any, places there are that offer this diversity of experiences in such a small area, rich in history, diverse cultures, and scenic beauty. I am quite sure you will be adding your own interesting vacation juxtapositions to my short list above. And when you look at your vacation photos, it would not be difficult to assume you had traveled far and wide to have created such an extraordinary mix of things to have seen and enjoyed. That’s why I am sure our attractions will continue attracting you and other visitors like yourself to this wonderful place we call home. It’s truly our pleasure to share it with you!

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What's Coming Up in July?


uly promises the full spectrum of all the wonderful things to see and do here in Amish Country. Our July issue will featurie the talents and traditions of local artisans in our Special Annual Artisans & Heritage issue. In the past, we’ve spotlighted PA Dutch potters, traditional hooked rug makers, and the beautiful writing styles of Fraktur. This July don’t miss our editorials featuring area craftsmen including wood workers, quilters, cider pressers, and beer brewers.

These quilted block "dogs" from Esh Handmade Quilts are sewn lovingly by hand.

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s Photo Contest Ours is one of the most photographed areas in the world. With so much beauty and variety around us, it’s no wonder! If you think you’ve got a great photo, why not send it to us? The winner will recieve free tour and attraction tickets. In addition, you will see your photo in the pages of Amish Country News! Other prizes will also go to the first, second, and third runners-up. All submitted photos become the property of Amish Country News and the Amish Experience. Photos may also be used in upcoming issues, in other publications, and/or for other promotional purposes.

Photos will be judged on quality, color, subject matter, etc. Keep in mind that these photos are for publication, cannot be returned, and should depict a scene, aspect, event, or activity typical to Lancaster or the Pennsylvania Dutch Country region. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: December 31st, 2014 We will accept photos via email, and request that no more than 10 photos by the same person be submitted, so pick your best! Each photo submitted should contain the name, address, phone # and email address of the photographer, so they can be contacted. Any details on the location, date, or subject matter of the photograph should be included.

To enter, send photos in high resolution (300 dpi+) in .jpg or .tiff format to: (Please put “2014 photo contest” in the subject line) • June 2014 • Amish Country News • 45

June 2014 COVER STORY Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides......................... 5


Abe's Buggy Rides........................................... 31 Aimee & Daria’s Doll Outlet........................... 27 Amish Quilts & Crafts.................................... 29 Amish Visit-in-Person Tour............................... 22 Choo Choo Barn.............................................. 36 Dutch Apple's SHREK - Review....................... 17 Ghost Tours.................................................... 33 Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery............................ 32 National Toy Train Museum.............................. 34 New Holland Farmers Market .......................... 21 Plain & Fancy Farm........................................ 39 Readers Contest Winners................................. 26 Shady Maple Complex..................................... 14 Theme Article - Attractions.............................. 44 Turkey Hill Experience....................................... 6 Union Barrel Works......................................... 33 Why Do Cows Need Names?............................ 22 Zook’s Homemade Chicken Pies....................... 13

REGULAR FEATURES Brad Igou’s Amish Series ................................ 28 Country Home Furniture.................................. 15 Dutch Haven Lancaster Landmark...................... 3 Events Sampler............................................... 31 Publisher’s Message ....................................... 46

AREA MAP & GUIDES Advertiser Index ............................................. 45 Bird-in-Hand ............................................. 35-41 Intercourse................................................. 19-22 Lititz............................................................... 30 Lodging .......................................................... 11 New Holland/Blue Ball................................ 12-16 Paradise..................................................... 24-25 Strasburg .................................................... 8-10

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Published by Dutchland Tours Inc. Brad Igou • Editor-in-Chief Clinton Martin • Director: Sales & Marketing Caleb Bressler • Associate Editor Kirk Simpson • Graphic Designer

For Advertising Information Contact Clinton Martin (717) 768-8400 ext. 217 450,000 copies distributed annually by subscription, and at over 300 motels, information centers and businesses in PA Dutch Country. Copyright ©2014. All contents of this magazine are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without prior approval of the publisher.

Publisher's Message by Brad Igou

Where the Grass is Greener


ne of the best parts of my work here is getting to talk with many of the Amish who live nearby. Recently, I stopped by the home of an Amish mother who had authored a cookbook. Most of her children are grown now, and we talked for a while about the struggles of raising children in today’s world. While the challenges are different in our two worlds of the Amish and the “English,” there is more shared concern than one might imagine. Our conversation eventually led to the cell phone and the internet. She professed to be unfamiliar with both to a degree, but knowledgeable enough to know how they tempt young people today, whether Amish or not…and the concerns these technologies present for parents. Amish parents, unlike many of us, don’t fully realize all that can be done with these new phones, with the “world in your pocket.” Since quite a few Amish businessmen have cell phones, it is not surprising that many Amish young folks do, too. There have actually been formal meetings with Amish parents where speakers have discussed today’s technologies and their impact. Several hundred Amish youth have Facebook accounts. They stay in touch by texting. We have heard that some are unable to resist the temptation to take photos at weddings, where cameras are not allowed. Most of us can’t imagine a wedding and not having photos or video of the event, but for the Amish that is how it has always been. I told her that the first time I had ever seen a Blackberry was years ago in the hands of an Amish carriage maker. I relayed another story of having lunch with an Amish businessman who was receiving text messages from his son while deer hunting. For a while, I felt as if I was not even present with him in the restaurant. I told him that I’d also be lost without my cell phone, but had noticed one night at dinner with my mother that I was taking messages and, while physically at the table, I was ignoring her. He agreed that once you possess the technology, it becomes difficult to give it up or

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When you are Amish, there are many creative ways to mow the grass. Photo credit: John Graham even limit its use. We know that our devices can bring those far away from us closer, while at the same time alienating those sitting next to us. The Amish position on technology is not that “anything new is bad.” Rather, they ask do you control the technology, or does it control you? It’s a matter of what changes it will have on your life and values. Do you limit it, make accommodations, adapt it, or ban it? Especially in the world of Amish businesses, can they survive and remain competitive in a world of instant communication, emails, and online sales? The allure of the modern world is an even bigger challenge to Amish parents and their children. Yet, perhaps surprisingly, most Amish youth still decide to join the Amish faith and the world of the horse-and-buggy, plain clothes, and eighth grade educations. Many visitors are incredulous to learn the Amish population continues to double here about every 20 years. The fact remains that family and community transcend much in the modern world that surrounds the Amish. Young people, and even adults, in both of our worlds are pulled in so many directions, envious of the gadgets, entertainment and lifestyle they see through the media and in the lives of their peers. Much of what we see “beyond the fence” certainly looks appealing and tantalizingly close. In the end, it was this Amish mother I was chatting with at her kitchen table who summed up our conversation with this simple comment about the difference between what we want and what we need. It’s something I’ll always remember. She said simply, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but it’s just as hard to mow.”


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