Amish Country News Spring 2024 Issue

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Travelers have been traversing Lancaster County along Route 30 for well over two centuries. And for over 70 years, a very special building has signaled their arrival in Amish Country. It has a legitimate claim on being the area’s oldest visitor landmark. Most importantly, it’s the “place that made shoo–fly pie famous.” That iconic structure is the Dutch Haven windmill.

With a history dating back to the beginnings of tourism here, the building is rich in memories. From the time it started as a luncheonette in 1920 right up to the present, it has remained most famous for shoo–fly pie, served warm with whipped cream. The Dutch Haven shoo–fly pie has even been mentioned in a TIME magazine article.

Today, as soon as you walk in, you’ll be offered a free sample of that same

delicious, gooey pie. Some 40,000 pies are baked annually, using the original (secret) recipe. Visitors are still encouraged to “Take one for yourself or send one to someone nice.” You can buy and ship pies home at the store or at their “online shop,” where you’ll find other local crafts as well.

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Yes, Dutch Haven is much more than pies, with over 10,000 unique gift items, foods, and collectibles. Some of the most popular are jams, jellies, and canned goods, noodles, cedar chests, hex signs, quilted spice mats, Amish straw hats, jewelry and gemstones, Dutch Delft tiles, Amish


dolls, onyx and soapstone animals, trivets, metal stars, Tiffany lamps, Amish romance novels, framed prints, plenty of T–shirts and postcards, and a tremendous selection of Amish–made outdoor furniture. It’s an eclectic mix, to say the least.

As you explore, you’ll discover lots of other “surprises” around every corner. Expect the unexpected! And don’t forget the Amish–style root beer in the barrel.

Dutch Haven is now open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Visit our website for information. For more info about this Lancaster County landmark, call 717.687.0111. Look forward to your free sample when you walk in under the welcoming arms of the windmill for this truly is the place that made shoo–fly pie famous. • 3
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For Over 95 Years,

Miller’s Smorgasbord

Before there was Route 30, Enos Miller started a truck repair and gas station on Lincoln Highway East. His wife, Anna, served homecooked meals with a friendly smile to his customers, thus starting Miller’s in 1929. Over time, word spread about Anna’s PA Dutch dishes like Chicken and Waffles and crowds came specifically for her tasty dishes. Outgrowing the space for dining, the restaurant took over the space the repair shop occupied.

In 1948, Anna and Enos sold the restaurant to their long-time employees, Beatrice and Thomas Strauss. As the restaurant flourished, Beatrice and Thomas officially changed the name to Miller’s Smorgasbord and began serving their famous “seven sweets and seven sours” in 1957. You will still find the “seven sweets and seven sours” on the Smorgasbord today.

In 1973, the Strauss family expanded Miller’s capabilities by establishing Miller’s Bakery next to the restaurant. The bakery’s store front is now called Locally Made Food Shop, where you

can buy Miller’s raisin bread, the famous chocolate pecan pie, sticky buns, shoofly pies, whoopie pies, and more along with other locally made dressings, jams, and food. All the baked goods and desserts at Miller’s Smorgasbord are made right on property.

To celebrate its 95th year, Miller’s Smorgasbord updated its entrance

shop called Anna’s Gifts & Sundries has been opened in honor of Anna’s legacy at The Shoppes at Miller’s. Despite these updates, Miller’s remains a family-owned establishment committed to offering hearty homecooked meals and a wide variety of dishes daily.

This includes a soup and salad bar that features 8 different homemade soups and over a dozen different Lancaster County salads, a carving station, chicken and waffles, fried chicken, peel and eat shrimp, pot pie and so much more! Today, Miller’s tried & true recipes are still cooked from scratch and served up with a smile. Come in and like Anna would say, “Eat yourself full”.

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and lobby. The lobby is now featuring a 1920s ambiance reminiscent of Enos’ original garage. Additionally, a new gift Now Then (1929) Chicken & Waffles

Exploring the Charming Shops of Amish Country

Whether you are seeking an authentic taste of local craftsmanship, tasty Lancaster foods or a few Lancaster County mementos, The Shoppes at Miller’s offers a collection of retail shops that will match your needs.

Step into a world of timeless beauty and intricate craftsmanship at The Quilt Shop at Miller’s . Here, visitors are greeted by a stunning array of handcrafted quilts, each a masterpiece of color, pattern, and stitch. From traditional Amish designs to contemporary creations, the shop showcases the skill and artistry of local quilters. Whether you’re seeking a cozy quilt for chilly evenings or a decorative piece to adorn your home, The Quilt Shop offers an exquisite selection that will captivate quilting enthusiasts and collectors alike. Not looking for a quilt? The shop also offers a large selection of other handmade items from quillows to wall hangings, aprons to toys, hot pads to quilted stuffed animals.

Indulge your senses in the irresistible aromas and flavors of Lancaster County’s culinary delights at the Locally Made Food Shop. From homemade jams and pickled vegetables to local honey and fresh baked goods, sample the handcrafted treats and gourmet specialties that reflect the authentic flavors of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Whether you’re searching for a unique gift or simply craving a taste of local cuisine, the Locally Made Food Shop is the place for you.

Discover a delightful assortment of treasures and trinkets at Anna’s Gifts & Sundries. From charming souvenirs and keepsakes to handmade crafts and decorative items, this cozy shop offers

something for every shopper. Browse through an eclectic selection of locally sourced products, including local candles and bath goods, unique jewelry, and fun kitchenware. Whether you’re searching for a memento of your visit or a special gift for a loved one, Anna’s Gifts & Sundries provides a curated collection of unique finds that embody the warmth and hospitality of Amish country.

Elevate your wardrobe with timeless elegance and sophisticated style at Ruthie’s Apparel. Explore a curated collection of clothing and accessories, carefully selected to reflect the classic beauty and grace for a mature woman. From chic dresses and tailored separates to artisanal jewelry and accessories, Ruthie’s offers a luxurious shopping experience for discerning women with a taste for quality and refinement. Whether you’re seeking a stylish ensemble for a special occasion or simply looking to update your wardrobe, Ruthie’s Apparel provides an exquisite selection of apparel and accessories that exude timeless charm and effortless sophistication.

As you wander through The Shoppes at Miller’s, you’ll find yourself immersed in the timeless allure of Amish country, where tradition meets innovation and craftsmanship thrives. Whether you’re admiring the intricate stitching of a handmade quilt, savoring the flavors of locally sourced foods, or indulging in a shopping spree filled with unique finds, The Shoppes at Miller’s offer an unforgettable Lancaster County experience. So, come explore and discover this charming corner of Pennsylvania Dutch country. • 5

And the Winner is…

ACN 2023 Photo Contest Winners

ACN 2024 Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries!

Amish Country is one of the most photographed areas in the world. Got great photos? Send them to us and see your photo in the pages of Amish Country News and win prizes!

Visit for Photo Contest prizes and more info. Email your HIGH RESOLUTION ONLY photos in JPG format to (minimum size 8x10 at 300 DPI). Put 2024 Photo Contest in the subject line. File names should contain your name. Include your name, address and phone number with brief details of location and subject matter in the email. No more than five photos can be submitted. LOW RESOLUTION PIXELATED IMAGES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Photos become property of Amish Country News / Amish Experience and may be used in upcoming issues, publications, and promotional materials.

Grand Prize Winner

“Fall in Lancaster County

Poole Forge Park”

Ray Smecker

Narvon, PA

Out shooting pictures for our new book. There is a beautiful Fall scene around every Historic Lancaster County Covered Bridge.

For several years, our publication has held a competition focused on photos taken in what we broadly call “Amish Country.” Both visitors and locals have sent us many great pictures. Our contest started back in the days before cellphones and digital. Originally, we received actual photographs in the mail. How things have changed! Now it is quite easy for anyone to take a photo on the spur of the moment when they see something interesting.

Still, not everyone has an “eye” for a good picture – composition, color, subject matter, contrast, etc. Now, I look daily at my inbox to see what pictures may have come in as entries in our Annual Photo Contest. Each time I click open a photo, I am a bit excited, because I never know what I may see. Sometimes I actually gasp with delight or give a soft-spoken “Wow” under my breath. This year was no exception. We are pleased to present our winners from 2023…

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Second Place Winner

“Haybale Sunset”

Matthew & Tristan Herman Columbia, PA

This is an entry for my 12-year-old son. This shot was taken on July 10, 2023, right down the road from our house in Manor Township. We saw the hay just got bailed that day and thought it would make a great sunset photo before they got hauled off the next day.

Honorable Mention

“First Rainbow Tree”

Lori Langsner

Princeton Junction, NJ

As a child, I had wonderful memories of my family vacation there almost 60 years ago!  The weather was sunny and warm, storm clouds approached, and then violent rain. However, despite the weather we were able to enjoy the views and capture some wonderful new memories to cherish.

Third Place Winner

“Winter Trout Covered Bridge”

Ray Smecker Narvon, PA

This pic sparks EARLY Christmas Shopping or WINTER Trout Fishing  at the Historic Poole Forge Covered Bridge…YOU CAN EVEN DO BOTH AS LANCASTER COUNTY HAS IT ALL!

Honorable Mention

“Amish Trike Girl”

Dennis Crowne

Narvon, PA

An Amish Girl stopped at this spot to survey the road ahead after doing some shopping and I thought this would make a grand picture to capture in “Amish Country” Pennsylvania. • 7

Antiquing in Amish Country

Do you enjoy searching for antiques? Perhaps you are looking for that special something, or you just enjoy searching for a surprise to add to your home decor. Maybe you hope to find an item worthy of an “Antique Roadshow.” Whatever you discover, once you find it, it becomes your personal treasure.

What makes Lancaster County such a great place to go antiquing? One obvious answer would be that this area has a rich history going back hundreds of years to the first settlers in the early 1700’s. Many of us have stuff in our attics that we have forgotten about, or inherited. Who knows what may be

out there either at a yard sale or an antique shop? Here in Lancaster County we boast thousands of antique shops and dealers. The Adamstown area alone has over 3,000 antiques dealers, and is known as Antiques Capital, U.S.A. The many locations stretch out along Route 272, just off Pennsylvania Turnpike, Exit 286.

Whether you are after a rarity, or just something old that intrigues you, you’ll find everything from sheet music to music boxes, pocket watches to kitchen sinks, nostalgic clothes to beautiful wardrobes to hang them in. Glassware, crafts, toys, clothes, artwork, china, quilts and fabrics, memorabilia...the list is endless!

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WITNESS was an Oscar-winning masterpiece of American cinema when it hit the big screen in 1985. The film (a crime-drama starring Harrison Ford set in Lancaster’s Amish Country) went on to gross 116 million worldwide on a 12 million budget, and became a bit of a cultural icon, spurring spoofs and the pre-internet version of “memes” in MAD magazine among other places. It also had the unintended effect of reigniting tourism to Amish locales, such as Lancaster County. Following the film’s release through at least 1990, tourism numbers swelled in Amish Country, reversing a downward trend that had been rearing since the late 70’s. The tourism malaise here reached an unfortunate crescendo with the 1979 partial meltdown of Lancaster County’s nuclear power plant, Three Mile Island.

While the film put Amish Country back on the map, and worldwide audiences saw rekindled interest in who



the Amish are, and why they live the way they do, the film today would have some completely out of place moments. WITNESS in 2024 simply doesn’t make sense anymore.

That’s because the Amish have changed. The Amish have always changed, just slowly, and at a far less frenetic pace than mainstream society. Still, the community today is different than it was only 40 years ago.

Here are three things that don’t make sense anymore about WITNESS:

1 – Little Samuel (played by a young Lukas Haas) is fascinated by a public drinking fountain. The insinuation of course is that the Amish don’t have running water at home, and so a modern convenience like instant cold water from a fountain would be a wonder to an Amish kid. But, today’s Amish in Lancaster County don’t need to play with water at a train station –they’ve got hot and cold running water at home. This also explains away the famous scene where actor Kelly McGillis is taking a sponge bath and turns quizzically, with an unsure yet seductive turn, to reveal herself to Harrison Ford in

one of the scenes that ensured the film had an R rating. In an Amish home today, that scene would be much more akin to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, as the Amish in Lancaster County today have modern in-home showers.

2 – Harrison Ford’s character, John Book, tricks the bad guys into entering a

corn silo, and Book pulls open a door and all the corn drops down on the bad guys, killing them. Ok so this one actually has some validity, while still being absolutely bogus. First, the premise is that the Amish are peaceful, non-resistant, and won’t otherwise attack another person. This is a tenet of the Amish belief,

but essentially every Amish home in Lancaster County has firearms in it. The Amish are by and large gun owners –deer hunting, waterfowl hunting, small game, etc. Book didn’t need to develop a tricky corn-silo defense. He could have grabbed one of the guns in the house and defended himself with the family’s hunting paraphernalia, even though the Amish won’t use a gun against a person. Silos also fill from the bottom up. Meaning, there’s no way you’d be able to enter the bottom of the silo, with corn suspended above. So the tactic of opening a chute, and burying someone in corn is not possible. However, there are silo deaths every year in Lancaster County. This happens when someone falls on top of the corn, not the other way around. Corn silos have a build up of gasses in them, and when someone falls down into a silo from the top, the gasses (and lack of oxygen) will asphyxiate them. So, Book absolutely could have killed his attackers in the corn silo, but he would have had to drop them down in the top, not the other way around.

3 – Ring the Bell to draw your neighbors in for the big defense. This scene in the film, where the Amish family rings a big bell on the farm, signaling to the neighboring Amish to come to their aid would look out of place today. The gist is that the Amish, not having phones, would need to use an old-fashioned bell to summon help. I can’t think of one Amish farm today that has a “liberty bell” sized feature in the barnyard, whether for calling friends or just for fun. It is safe to say that virtually all Amish people in Lancaster County today have phones. So if they need to call for help, they’ll dial 911 like anyone else, or if it isn’t an emergency in that sense, they’ll summon their friends and neighbors with a simple phone call. The type of phone, whether cellular or land line, or even “Amish black box” varies among the Amish here, with some Amish keeping the phone tied into the “grid,” sitting isolated in a phone booth out of the way at the edge of their property, whereas other Amish have the latest smartphone, and still others have something in between the two extremes. But suffice it to say, the Amish have phones.

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More Than a Name

Probably no other town in Amish Country can claim its fame is owed largely to one simple thing—its name. For years people have sent letters home with the name stamped boldly on the envelope… Intercourse, PA. There are several explanations for the name, and they are woven into the brief history that follows.

In the beginning, of course, there was very little here, just settlers arriving in the New World from Europe. Back around 1730, the Old Provincial Highway (or Old Philadelphia Pike, Route 340) was laid out to connect

Philadelphia with the inland town of Lancaster. Conestoga wagons, pulled by six to eight horses, hauled supplies and 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 business transactions.

And that is how the town got started when the first building, a log tavern, was constructed in 1754. The Newport Road, a former Indian trail, came from Newport, Delaware to the south, and it is believed that because of these intersecting roads the tavern took “Cross Keys” as its name.

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That was true at least until 1814, when it was named Intercourse in a real estate scheme to establish a more sizable town. George Brungard had acquired 48 acres of land north of the roads in 1813. He 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.”

The newspaper advertisement stressed “the great importance of so many turnpikes and great leading roads intersecting at and near this place.” As one writer has noted, in those days “intercourse had a common usage referring to the pleasant mutual fellowship and frequent intermingling which was so much more common in the informal atmosphere of the quiet country village of that day.” There was no hesitancy on the part of the United States Post office Department to accept • 11 30 772 772 340 340 OLD PHILADELPHIA PIKE Center Street Queen Road Old Candle Barn 41 TOGAP To Country Knives To Countryside Road–Stand

the name ‘Intercourse’ since it meant a commercial or trading site.

But back to our story and Brungard’s scheme. Although lotteries had been used for many years to sell various things, his real estate lottery failed, and most of the land was combined into one tract. More recently, in 1971, another person tried to take advantage of the town’s name and sell one-inch square plots of property to visitors. This plan proved to be a flop as well.

In the old days, there were only five houses, counting the inn, and the town grew slowly. But by 1880, Intercourse had 54 homes and a population of 280. Communications improved with the arrival of the post office, and later the telephone.

Getting the first post office up and running was a difficult matter. The main problem was finding a building and someone willing to perform the duties of a postmaster. The first, Benjamin Fraim, performed his duties from the Cross Keys Tavern, and may have had a job working there, since “his income, based on a percentage of the postal transactions for the year ending 1829 was only $8.21.” Over the years the post office moved among stores or restaurants whose owners hoped visits by residents would increase their business.

The local stagecoach service apparently started around 1898. It was “a single horse conveyance similar to a market wagon, with a roll-up curtain and double set of seats.” The stagecoach brought items from Lancaster City for local Intercourse businesses, and even picked up milk, butter, and eggs for delivery to Lancaster restaurants and industries,

including an ice cream plant. One history of Intercourse notes that when it snowed, a bobsled was used instead. “When the driver knew of passengers beforehand, their comfort was added to by many a hot brick heated the night before in the oven, and wrapped in newspaper to preserve its warmth.”

As the days of the dirt road drew to a close, so too did the stagecoach days with the Rowe Motor Truck service started by Coleman Diller in 1910. In 1923 the Penn Highway Transit Company was organized and initiated bus service to Lancaster. It is noted that “many of the Amish residents of the area were anxious to see the line started, but did not care to subscribe to stock. Instead they liberally bought books of tickets which were really prepaid bus fares.” By 1924 enough money was raised to buy a Mack Auto Bus for $6,800. It held 25 passengers and even had solid rubber tires!

Since the town never really got to be “too large,” it has retained much of its sense of community, from the little public library in a former one-room school to the volunteer fire company. Surrounded by farms, the town has grown little and retains much of its former charm, even when thousands of visitors descend upon it during the tourist season.

Many residents and visitors enjoy the atmosphere of this small town, a place where family, community, religion, and hard work are still important values. The village of Intercourse has certainly changed over the years, but it has changed slowly, and “sometimes the things that grow the slowest are the ones that endure the longest.”

REMINDERS for Visitors to Amish Country

Although thousands of visitors come to Lancaster County to experience a bit of the Amish lifestyle, the Amish are a private people and find the attention somewhat disconcerting. It is important to respect their feelings while you’re visiting. With that in mind, here are a few tips for fostering good relations between the Amish and non–Amish.

NO PICTURES Please! Don’t ask an Amish person to pose for a picture. Most will politely refuse. It is against our Amish neighbors convictions to have their pictures taken, except in very special situations. Please respect this belief and do not take photos without permission, just as you would like to have your beliefs respected.


Driving along area roads, you will no doubt encounter numerous Amish carriages, or “buggies,” as visitors like to call them. Do not honk your horn, because the sound may frighten the horse and cause an accident. Instead, wait until it is safe to pass and then give the buggy plenty of room. Be sure not to cut back in the lane too sharply in front of the horse. The county’s roads are generally wide enough that you should be able to pass most buggies without much of a problem.



Do not trespass onto private Amish property for a closer look. Amish homes are not museums, and Amish people are not exhibits. Respect their property and privacy as you would like others to respect your own. You can get a good sense of Amish life at many area visitor attractions and on guided tours.

WAVING Do not be offended if the Amish do not wave back to your friendly gesture. With all the people who wave to them throughout a day, they would be waving back all day if they did!


Remember the Amish are not on vacation and are not costumed actors. They are real people going about their daily lives. They are not here to serve as tour guides or attractions for visitors. This, after all, is their home, so please respect their beliefs and lifestyle.

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Discover the Charm

Of the many unique village names that dot the Amish Country map, one of the more interesting is Bird-in-Hand.

The story of the town of Bird-inHand is as colorful as the name itself. To be correct, the town is really a village since it has no governing body. When Bird-in-Hand celebrated its 250th Anniversary (1734 – 1984), a commemorative booklet was put together. It outlined a brief history of the town…

William Penn, an English Quaker, had founded the colony of Penn’s

Woods (Pennsylvania), and settlers began arriving from Europe in the early 1700’s, moving westward from the port city of Philadelphia. English Quakers and Swiss Mennonites were the early settlers. The Quakers built a meetinghouse and two-story academy, which stands today, next to the fire company. But over the years, the Germans “made the greatest lasting impact.”

A friendly relationship existed between the early settlers and the Shawnee and Conestoga Indians, who were the area’s first inhabitants. They

taught settlers how to deaden trees, use deerskin, prepare corn as food, and use medicinal herbs.

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Locally Made Quilts Each Have A Story To Tell

Trends have brought mass-market quilts to retailers; those who spend months or years hand-stitching squares aren’t worried

Pottery Barn’s latest catalog is giving mud sale vibes.

One could almost envision the “Winter Dreams” quilt on the cover — plus a few inside — hanging in any of Lancaster County’s many volunteer fire halls while auctioneers sell them during their annual fundraisers. Pottery Barn describes its cover quilt as a way to “celebrate the heritage of American patchwork.”

Meantime, current bedding options at Lands’ End include classic quilt patterns like the hunter’s star and wedding ring. That retailer’s website waxes poetic, saying quilts “take individual pieces of fabric and bring them together — making them stronger, cozier and altogether homier. Not unlike a family.”

And pick up a current home decor magazine and you’re likely to find a quilt or two somewhere inside. Example: Southern Living has a couple of classic patterns in the pumpkin picking spread for its fall decorating issue.

Thanks to trends like the cozy cottagecore, it sure seems like more of the national masses are embracing a bedding style that’s typically more the schtick of somewhere like Lancaster County.

Were they to slide some of those mass-market options into their online carts, would locals be disappointing someone like, say, Ruth Miller (who for 16

years has owned Log Cabin Quilt Shop & Fabrics in Bird-in-Hand)?

“Not really,” Miller says. “Of course, I’d love everyone to buy local quilts. But I don’t expect you to, is what I’m saying.”

The bulk of her clientele are tourists anyway, she says, adding that trends of the day aren’t likely to impact that. “They’re coming for Amish country and they know Amish quilts,” she says.

Miller says she sells the work of about 200 quilters, many who finish one or two each year. They typically cost a good bit more than the few hundred dollars or less that national retailers can charge for their quilts.

“Now, you’d probably like it longer if you spend $1,000,” she says. “You might buy three of those in the time you buy one of these.”

She unfolds a totally white creation on which the quilter worked 1,000 yards of thread back and forth from one side of the fabric to the other. There’s one similar just a few miles away at The Quilt Shop at Miller’s in Ronks.

There, manager Annette Nauman also says she’s not worried about massmarket options impacting demand. She sells only hand-quilted and is more concerned with supply.

“My ladies are all in their 80s and their daughters and granddaughters

don’t want to do this because it takes so much time,” she says. “It takes six months to a year to make one quilt.”

The return on investment is not as appealing to many in the younger generation, she says.

“They can make crafts and take them to market in Philly and make more money in three days,” she says. “I have maybe three of the younger generation who are still doing it. But they also have small children.”

Unique creations

Wearing a pair of gloves to protect the queen-size work of an 82-year-old quilter, Nauman explains that there’s a wait list for that woman’s creations. The last time she got in a similar but king-size whole cloth, that went straight to someone who had been waiting a year.

“She takes her time,” Nauman says. “I don’t ever hurry anybody because haste makes waste.”

She explains what a whole cloth is.

“It’s one sheet of fabric that is completely hand-quilted by one person,” Nauman says. “You can see their pencil lines, which is the sign of a handmade quilt.”

The stitches aren’t going to be perfect, she adds.

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Quilts cont’d on page 18

Oto the Alleghenies, Lancaster became known as the gateway to the west.” The trip by stagecoach for passengers, 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 these signs was twofold. First, they could be understood by all nationalities. Secondly, many teamsters or waggoneers were poorly educated and could not read. If they were given orders to stop at a certain inn, they could do so by recognizing the artwork on the signboard.

The old legend of the naming of Bird-in-Hand concerns the time when this pike was being laid out. Legend says that two road surveyors were discussing whether they should stay at their present location or go to the town of Lancaster to spend the night. One of them said, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” and so they remained. The sign in front of the inn is known to have once “portrayed a man with a bird in his hand and a bush nearby, in which two birds were perched,” and soon was known as the Bird-in-Hand Inn.

The original hotel was destroyed by fire about 1851. By the following year, a three-story hotel was built to replace it. More recently, it was known as Bitzer’s Hotel before becoming the present Village Inn of Bird-in-Hand, now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Preservation Trust of

Lancaster County noted that it “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.”

The town post office was established in 1836 as the Enterprise Post Office. “Enterprise” was then the official name of the town, until the final change back to Bird-in-Hand in 1873.

After a large fire in 1896, people discussed the need for a fire company. In the early days, hitting a circular saw alerted the men of a fire. The year 1916 saw the change from horse-drawn to motorized fire equipment. Today the Hand-in-Hand Fire Company remains a volunteer organization, famous for its delicious fund-raiser dinners.

The town of Bird-in-Hand remained relatively unknown until a musical called PLAIN & FANCY opened in New York. The show Playbill noted that “The action takes place in and around Bird-in-Hand, a town in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.” The cast was brought to Bird-in-Hand on January 17, 1955, prior to the official opening.

Today, the town of Bird-in-Hand is still small, said to have a population of only about 300 people. On any given day, there may be more visitors than inhabitants. Many are city folks who have come to enjoy the country atmosphere, history, and shopping. It is said that visitors “can still expect friendly shopkeepers, homegrown Lancaster County foods, and restful lodging for weary travelers.” • 15
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Stay & Play at Flory’s

Since 1981 Flory’s Cottages & Camping has been an automatic go-to for most camping families that come to Amish Country, because it’s run by family and not some corporate conglomerate. There, you’re not treated simply as a customer, but as a guest! You can ask any member of the Korzniecki family, or even the longtime guest of this oasis of rest & fun… many of whom are practically family at this point.

All efforts, from the amenities to the events, even to the iconic goose outside, you can always expect a warm welcome when you arrive.

out quickly, so be sure to get your reservation well ahead of time.

When visitors want to stay and play in the very heart of Amish Country, the value, convenience, and fun of Bird-in-Hand’s “Flory’s Cottages & Camping” most definitely is the perfect fit. Whether you tow your own house on wheels, or prefer to pitch a tent, Flory’s is the ideal corner of “Amish Country” for your fun family getaway. You can even find a guest house or cottage if you prefer four walls and a roof. The amenities on site promise to keep the whole family happy, including the 24hour game room, the scheduled fun events, and a wonderful playground. The area surrounding Flory’s is always a special charm for visitors. Expect clip-clopping buggies, Amish roadside stands, and dozens of family attractions all within a five-minute drive. Cottages are available in one, two-, or three-bedroom layouts and all include a covered porch. Sites sell

Like every family, Flory’s has their traditions. For Flory’s Cottages & Camping, their season starts on April 1, 2024, and that’s no joke. Some of those traditions include “Camper’s Only Events”. Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving Day weekends, where something special is always planned for their guest. But Memorial Day, Sunday, May 27th – 7:00PM to 10:00PM, is a must do favorite, Rain or Shine! Nothing rings in summertime like their annual celebration of Memorial Day at Flory’s! They’ve got a real holiday celebration this year, topped off with some family fun, from “Dixie Cup Floats” to the “Summit Hill Blue Grass Band!” It’s definitely one not to miss. So, relax, gather, and enjoy the holiday together at Flory’s Cottages & Camping, “Where Good Friends Meet.”



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Forest Hill Leather

I have had the privilege of meeting dozens, maybe even hundreds, of Amish craftsmen over the last decade or so. As the Amish population grows, but farmland does not, out of necessity, Amish people have forayed into various “cottage industries” that they can develop on a small homestead. What may have been borne out of no choice has in some cases become a treasured pursuit.

Such is clearly the case when you visit Forest Hill Leather just north of Route 23 near the town of Leola. Ike and his family have a beautiful little Amish homestead. But there just isn’t enough acreage to make a living as a farmer, so Ike and his family create gorgeous, quality, long-lasting exquisite leather goods, right there in the barn. You can’t find these in a Walmart. Sure, the horse gets a good deal of the ground floor, but the spacious second story of the barn provides ample space for leather tools, tables, dies, and punches. This is obviously a passion project for them as they create wonderfully unique pieces that last a lifetime.

The shop displays an array of goods available, made by and for business, giving you a grand variety of products to search out and discover. Open daily except for Sundays, the shop is easy to find. Enter 225 Forest Hill Road, Birdin-Hand in your GPS. Remember, the shop is not actually in the “downtown” of Bird-in-Hand. His shop has a Bird-in-Hand address but is actually closer to Leola. Or just call the shop at 717-656-8758 and ask for directions. • 17

“That’s what you want to see,” she says. “There’s space in-between the stitches, which holds the fabric together better.”

A Pottery Barn spokeswoman declined comment for this article.

Lands’ End sent a statement saying their quilts are made by artisan quilters.

“Each quilt is 100% cotton, breathable, soft, and is well constructed to last for years,” it says. “We are thoughtful in the designs, handpicking patterns ourselves to seamlessly fit into the customer’s home.”

Nauman, who ships all over the world, says she looks at quilts sold by national retailers as more of an impulse buy.

“These are investments,” she says. “Personal investments … I can tell you the story of who made it, how long it took them to make it, why they made it.”

It’s part of why that shop’s quilts are largely priced a good bit more than $1,000.

Even with that, quilters rarely get paid anywhere close to what they should get for the time they invest, says Karen Morrison, who has been quilting for more than 30 years and is a key player in the quilt portion of the Hospice & Community Care Labor Day Auction in Quarryville.

Morrison says quilters tend to look at their efforts as more a labor of love — especially for quilts donated to the annual auction. This year the quilt count was 139.

Some of those went for less than what national retailers are charging. A few brought well over $1,000. One brought $3,000. That was a 114-by-114-inch, hand-quilted mariner’s compass.

It was black, white, maroon and gray. Grays and neutrals are big now in quilting circles, as is the use of white space and a style called urban grunge, Morrison says. But locally, quilters take those trends and still make it their own, she says. Buying from a national retailer, you run the risk of the family next door having the same quilt, she says.

“In fact, three of my neighbors might be buying the exact same thing,” Morrison says. “When you come to the Hospice Auction or you visit some of the Amish quilters, you are getting something that is going to be unique to you. You’re getting a one of a kind. And your money is staying in a local place.”

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Amish VIP (Visit–in–Person) Tour

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Anna’s Gifts & Sundries

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Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

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Gish’s Furniture

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Good’s Store

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Jake’s Country Trading Post

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Locally Made Food Shop

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Miller’s Smorgasbord

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Smokehouse BBQ & Brews at Plain & Fancy Farm

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OPEN SUNDAY in Amish Country

For Plain People, Sunday is a day of rest, but there are many things to do in Amish Country on Sundays. Save some of these for your Sunday sight–seeing.

Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides

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Amish Experience

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Anna’s Gifts & Sundries

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Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall

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Choo Choo Barn

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Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

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Hershey’s Chocolate World

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Jake’s Country Trading Post

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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

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Locally Made Food Shop

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Miller’s Smorgasbord

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The Quilt Shop at Miller’s

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Renninger’s Antique Market

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Strasburg Scooter Tours

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Turkey Hill Experience

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WITNESS the emotional story of an Amish teenager's struggle in Jacob's Choice, where he must choose between his faith and the modern world. 3–D sets, special effects, unique "ghost–like" characters, all on five screens.

EXPLORE the Amish Country Homestead, the region’s only Officially Designated Heritage Site Amish home then sit at a desk in the Fisher Amish Schoolroom furnished authentically with desks and more from an actual Amish classroom.

TOUR the magnificent back roads through Amish Farmlands with a certified tour guide in complete comfort onboard one of our 14 passenger busses.

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.


Amish Farmlands Tour

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 ever–changing 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 60 years.

Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. Sun. 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

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 enjoy a visit and chat with one of our Amish friends in their home.

Duration: 3 hours

Monday – Saturday 5:00 p.m.

717.768.8400 or visit at Plain & Fancy Farm
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Plain & Fancy

The Only Place Where You Can Do It All...

Drive along the area’s only AAA Scenic Cultural Byway, and when you’re mid–way between Bird–in–Hand and Intercourse, you’ll discover the ten pristine acres known as Plain & Fancy Farm, and home of the Amish Experience Theater, Country Homestead, farmlands & VIP tours, buggy rides, shopping, restaurant and hotel.

Jacob’s Choice at the Amish Experience Theater

Discover what it means to be Amish through an immersive film as you become part of the emotional struggle of the Fisher family to preserve more than 400 years of Amish traditions. Five viewing screens, a unique barnyard setting and special effects create a one–of–a–kind experience.

Amish Farmlands Tour

Journey down rarely traveled back country roads, deep into the farmlands, to discover the sights sought after by visitors. Gain insights into the hows and whys of an ever–changing culture from certified guides in mini–shuttles. Stops may include a roadside stand, quilt shop, country store or craft shop on an Amish farm.

Amish Country Homestead & Schoolroom

Visit the only officially designated “Heritage Site” Amish house. As you walk through the nine rooms with your guide, unravel the riddle of Amish clothing, life without electricity, and eight–grades–in–a–room education as you sit at authentic Amish school desks.

Visit–in–Person Tour

This officially designated “Heritage Tour” is a rare opportunity to meet and talk to the Amish personally. On this exclusive tour you will go right into the barn on an Amish farm at milking time, visit with an Amish artisan at his workplace, and then enjoy a personal visit and conversation right in an Amish home.

Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides



Aaron & Jessica’s drivers are happy to share life stories and answer questions.




Smokehouse BBQ and Brews

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The Country Store

Find books, DVDs, candles, toys and dolls, kitchen and home items, souvenirs, local handcrafts, Amish clothing, straw hats, bonnets, and last but not least...tasty treats.


AmishView Inn & Suites

Rated The Best Hotel in Lancaster County

The place for the perfect adult-only getaway or family vacation with indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, and hot hearty breakfast. Our rooms and suites all feature kitchenettes, and many rooms feature clawfoot soaking tubs, and farmland views.

Adult-Only AND Kid-Friendly Buildings

The family-friendly East Building includes a wide array of beautiful, award-winning rooms, suites that are newly renovated as well as a pool and arcade that will satisfy the requirements of any family. The adultsonly West Building features elegant Grand King rooms with clawfoot soaking tubs and guaranteed farmland views – fulfilling the needs of adults seeking a tranquil escape.

Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet

Lancaster’s best complimentary hot breakfast buffet includes made-to-order omelets, eggs, and waffles along with endless helpings of bacon, sausage, country potatoes and much more. Plus, don’t forget tasty bakery items from our own Miller’s Bakery. Menu items subject to change.

Other Amenities

Every room or suite includes a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, sink and coffee maker. Plus, DVD players, lighted make-up mirrors, irons, hair dryers, the Tarocco line of shampoos and soaps, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Plus, there are so many things to do on the Plain & Fancy Farm.

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Smokehouse BBQ & Brews

A fun and relaxed dining experience in the heart of Lancaster County at Plain & Fancy Farm, offering entrées with smoked meats, fish and steak; sandwiches; house made sauces; and more. Local favorites and meats smoked low n’ slow pair perfectly with our selection of local beer, wine, and hand-crafted cocktails. Locally owned. 2 OFF Any Sandwich, Entrée, or Platter $ Valid for up to 6 adult sandwiches, entrées, or platters for dine-in only. Not valid on daily or other specials, takeout, holidays, or with any other offer, special or group rate. Expires 06/30/24. PLU ACN7SP 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike • Bird-in-Hand, PA 17572 Walk-Ins Welcome | Takeout Available Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 800.669.3568 or visit SH 2/3 page-Spring2024.indd 1 2/22/24 5:17 PM
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A Town Called Paradise

For over 250 years, visitors coming into Lancaster County from the east on Route 30 have traveled through a small town known as Paradise, just one of the many intriguing town

names in the area. Officially, Paradise Township adopted the name during its organization in 1843.

Different sources credit different people with naming the area. Some

Gap Fire Company Sale

Friday, March 22th @ 5pm

Saturday, March 23th @ 8am

Houston Run Complex, 835 Houston Run Drive, Gap, PA 17527 • 717-442-2300

The Gap Fire Company will be holding their 2024 Mud Sale. This is the same location as last year, located at the intersection of Brackbill Road and Houston Run Drive in Gap, just off of Route 30 and ½ mile west of the fire company. Tell them, “ACN Sent you!”

say that the name Paradise was given by Joshua Scott, who later became known for his map of Lancaster County. Standing in the middle of

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Located at 3371 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, Pennsylvania, on Route 30. Four miles west of Route 41 and only six miles east of Rockvale Square Outlet Mall. They are only minutes away from everywhere and everything Lancaster County has to offer. It's Not Just an Antique Mall – It’s Your Destination!

WITH OVER FIVE MILLION DOLLARS OF INVENTORY, their huge 26,000 square foot facility houses a wide variety of antiques and collectibles, displayed by over 125 dealers featuring fine items such as: furniture, glassware, Railroad, Mining and Fire Fighting Memorabilia, coins, sterling silver, clocks, advertising, jewelry, fine china, toys, books, postcards, trains, Christmas, pottery, linens, primitives, kitchenware & much, much more! It is impossible to tell you everything they have to offer. You will be amazed at the quality selection.

HOUSED INSIDE THE ANTIQUE MALL, IS AN OLD TIME GENERAL STORE, which will take you back in time to the Mom & Pop stores of years ago. With a wide variety of antique and collectibles including Pharmacy, Tool Supply, Barber Shop, Hardware Store, Haberdashery and more!! They offer convenient parking for over 100 vehicles, with a spacious area for campers, trailers, and tour buses. You will find it such a pleasure to shop in their clean, climate–controlled, brightly lit and carpeted mall. Absolutely one of The Best shopping experiences in Lancaster County! As if your shopping experience couldn't possibly be any better, a Restaurant is located on the premises to make your memorable day complete!

OPEN ALL YEAR: MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed on Tuesday. Visa / MasterCard / Discover / Debit Cards accepted. Gift Certificates, Layaway and Shipping Available. For more information call: (717) 442–8805 during business hours or visit us on at www.CackleberryFarmAntiqueMall. • 25
a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Closed Tuesday Located on Rte 30 in Paradise, 7 miles east of Rockvale Square Outlets & 4 miles west of Rte 41 One of the Largest & Finest Antique Malls in PA Dutch Country! (717) 442-8805 Not Just An Antique Mall It’s Your Destination
have everything Lancaster County has to offer Come explore our huge 26,000 square foot antique mall—filled with the finest selection of antiques and collectibles in Lancaster County Pennsylvania! It houses a huge assortment of merchandise by over 125 dealers. There’s so much to choose from it’s impossible to list it all. And don’t miss our old time general store that’s full of vintage merchandise for sale. 3371 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise Antiques & Collectibles Including Railroad, Ice Cream Parlor, Barber Shop & Drug Store Memorabilia and So Much More!

a road admiring his surroundings one day in 1804, he remarked that the town should be called Paradise, because its beauty made it seem like one.

The story of Paradise and its first settlers goes all the way back to Europe, to the area of the Palatinate in Germany. Here many Protestants had settled following the declaration of King Louis XIV that all Protestants in France would be persecuted. With fears of invasion by the army of France looming, many of these people decided to accept the invitation to settle in William Penn’s colony of Penn’s Woods in the New World. In 1708, Daniel Fierre (Ferree), along with his family and mother Mary, went to England to obtain citizenship papers before proceeding to New York.

By 1712, these French Huguenot settlers had secured land in Pennsylvania, in Lancaster’s Pequea Valley. They were the first white people in the area and lived

peaceably with chief Tanawa and the local Indians. Mary Fierre died four years later at the age of 63. Hers became the first grave in the family’s cemetery. If you ride the Strasburg Rail Road, you will pass her gravesite at Carpenter’s Cemetery, one of Lancaster’s oldest.

The origins of Route 30, also known as the “Lincoln Highway,” go back to Lancaster’s colonial days when this frontier county needed a communication route between it and the provincial capital of Philadelphia. At that time, the first “planned” road between Philadelphia and Lancaster was what is now Route 340. It was called the “King’s Highway,” and today we still call it the “Old Philadelphia Pike.”

As time went on, it became evident that the road could not accommodate the increasing traffic between Lancaster and Philadelphia. Since the cost of such a road 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 the tolls collected along the gates of the turnpike.

The 1792 Act went on to describe the construction of the highway, which was to be a bed of small crushed stones on top with larger stones underneath, rather than dirt, so as to prevent carriage wheels from cutting into the soil. Such a revolutionary system of road construction combined the ideas recently developed by a Frenchman and two Englishmen, one of whom was named John McAdam. We now take the term for paved roads or “macadam” from his last name. The turnpike officially opened in 1795 and was the first long-distance, hardsurfaced road in the country.

The backroads around Paradise remain beautiful to this day, as the lush greens of the summer give way to the fall colors of the harvest season. So, during your visit to Lancaster, be sure to spend a little time in Paradise.

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Lititz – Pretzel Fest! Downtown Lititz

Thursday, May 4th @ 11pm – 4pm

The Kiwanis Club combines two of our favorites—pretzels & shopping. During this ticketed event, guests stroll through town while sampling our local chef’s take on pretzels. Tell them, “ACN Sent you!”. For more information and details please visit our-work/events/lititz-pretzel-fest/ • 27 Real. Good. Food. Route 30, two miles east of Rt. 896 • 2811 Lincoln Highway East, Ronks, PA 17572 Stop by The Shoppes at Miller’s for Locally Made Quilts, Baked Goods & Other Foods. 3 $ OFF Our Traditional Adult Smorgasbord Dinner Since 1929, Miller‘s has cooked from scratch and created dishes that you’ll go home and tell your friends about. This includes Lancaster County PA Dutch favorites and fresh baked desserts. Buffet Dining OptiOns: Lancaster’s Traditional Smorgasbord OR Soup, Salad & Bread Smorgasbord O pen 7 D ays a W eek Reservations Strongly Encouraged|Walk-ins Welcome Reserve Online at or call 717-687-6621. Voted a LNP Lancaster County Reader’s Choice Buffet 2023, a 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Best Buffet in the US, TripAdvisor’s Travelesr’ Choice 2023, and a Lancaster’s Best Buffet by Clipper Magazine 2023. Full Wine, Beer and Cocktail Menu Available. Part Eatery. Part History Lesson. Valid for up to six adults selecting our Traditional Adult Smorgasbord Dinner. Not valid Saturdays after 3 PM. Not valid Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, or with any other offer, special, discount, Bonus Bucks or group rate. Applies to Traditional Adult Smorgasbord Dinner only. Not valid on any other dining option. Expires 6/30/24. PLU ACN703 AmishCountry News Millers Ad-Spring2024.indd 1 2/22/24 5:05 PM • 1-800-245-7894 Learn about the Amish. FROM THE AMISH. SEE IT IN PRINT AND ON THE WEB! ARTICLES, SHOPPING, LODGING, RESTAURANTS. BACK ISSUES! AMISHCOUNTRYNEWS.COM


No Place Quite Like It

There really is no place quite like Lititz, and everyone should plan to spend some time there while in Amish Country.

Lititz Springs Park is a popular spot for locals, and the site for many community activities. Indeed, the town’s 4th of July Celebration, begun in 1818, is reputedly the “oldest continuing community-wide observance in the United States.” The Lititz story is tied to that of the Moravian faith in Bohemia. It was in

the present-day Czech Republic that John Hus and followers founded the Moravian Church in 1457. Historians note that since this was 60 years before Luther’s Reformation, the Moravians may lay claim to being the oldest organized Protestant Church. But over the course of the Thirty Years War, its 200,000 members nearly disappeared. In the 18th century, a renewal of the Moravian Church came through the patronage of Count Zinzendorf of Saxony.

He invited all those persecuted for their faith to come to his lands in Saxony.

As was the case with other persecuted religious groups in Europe, many Moravians sought freedom by taking the perilous journey to the New World, arriving in the early 1700’s, with the main settlements becoming established in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Missionary work was integral to the faith, and preachers were sent from the Moravian community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Zinzendorf himself arrived in America in 1742. A local resident, John Klein (Kline), was so moved by hearing Zinzendorf’s preaching that he made arrangements to transfer his lands over to the Moravian community in 1755. It was in the following year that the town actually got the name of Lititz, the German spelling for Lidice, where European Moravian reformers had taken refuge in 15th century. For about a hundred years, Moravian church members were the only people permitted to live in the town. A Brothers’ House and Sisters’ House were erected for the unmarried men and women, although they did not live communally. It was not until 1855 that non-Moravians were allowed to own their own houses.

The Brothers’ House played a role in the American Revolution. George Washington ordered it used as a military hospital between 1777-78. Some 1,000 soldiers were nursed here, about half of whom died and were buried nearby.

One name is linked forever with the history of Lititz—Julius Sturgis. It was 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 is unlike any other. Inside, you get to try your hand at pretzel twisting. It’s not as easy as it looks. Guests also may see the old brick bake ovens, as well as the more modern facilities. Schedule a tour by calling the bakery at 717-626-4354.

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Celebrate Easter with a Family-Style Feast

This Easter, Smokehouse BBQ & Brews at Plain and Fancy Farm will bring back the tradition of family-style dining with a specially curated menu for Easter. They invite families and friends to indulge in a delightful all-youcan-eat family-style feast, perfect for creating cherished Easter memories. This iconic familystyle Easter meal promises an abundance of delicious dishes in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

The Easter feast includes:

• Fried chicken, ham with apple cider sauce and roast beef with au jus

• Green beans, Lancaster County brown buttered noodles, fresh

rolls with butter, cole slaw and mashed potatoes

• Cheesecake and carrot cake

“We are thrilled to welcome guests to Plain and Fancy Farm Restaurant this Easter for a memorable familystyle feast,” said General Manager, Julie Klusewitz, “Our culinary team has crafted a menu that pays homage to Lancaster County and our family-style

dining past as well as traditional Easter dishes, offering a truly special dining experience for our guests.”

It is $40 per adult and $20 for child (ages 4-12). This price includes the meal, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Beer, wine and cocktails are available for an additional cost. Unlike traditional family-style dining in Lancaster County, only your group will be seated at your table. Please note that the maximum group size per table is twelve.

To make reservations Easter dining call 717-768-4400. Early reservations are highly recommended. For more information and a detailed look at the Easter menu, visit the Smokehouse BBQ & Brews website. • 29
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A Place of Fruitfulness

Ephrata, a small yet influential town, derives its name from Genesis, meaning “fruitfulness.” With a population of 13,800, it’s strategically positioned between Lancaster and Reading, serving as the gateway to Northern Lancaster County’s lucrative manufacturing sector.

Its history dates back to the 18th century Ephrata Cloister, founded by Conrad Beissel, which evolved into a thriving village. By 1871, Ephrata was described as “a well-built country town of about one hundred and twenty families, and very beautifully and healthily located.”

In 1848, Senator Joseph Konigmacher established the Ephrata Mountain Springs Hotel, a luxurious resort frequented by notable figures like Presidents Lincoln, Buchanan, and Grant.

A trolley system was built to connect the hotel with the town of Ephrata down the hill. At its peak, the hotel could accommodate up to 500 visitors who would stay throughout the summer.

The Reading & Columbia Railroad was completed in 1883, and the town experienced economic booms through industries like cigar manufacturing, horse trade, silk, textiles, and shoes. Downtown Ephrata once catered to all needs, from groceries to hardware.

Today, Ephrata retains its historical charm with landmarks standing as important reminders of the borough’s history. The community’s first bank,

Ephrata National Bank, still serves customers today behind its Georgian style structure designed by renowned architect, C. Emlen Urban.

Located near the town’s square sits the circa 1880’s railroad station, owned by the Ephrata Borough and serving as home to Mainspring of Ephrata, economic development corporation for the borough. The area surrounding the station has been beautifully landscaped and is known as the Whistle Stop Plaza. Many events, services and even weddings are held at this popular gathering place. The community’s Welcome Center is also located in this building. From here, visitors and residents alike can download a historic walking tour through the Uniquely Ephrata app.

Recreation thrives with facilities like the Ephrata Rec Center, community

pool, and the newly opened Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park. The WarwickEphrata Rail Trail and Heatherwood Bike Park offer outdoor activities, while quality education and healthcare are ensured through the Ephrata Area School District and award-winning Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital.

Municipal services include police, code enforcement, and utility management, with the borough’s own electric company providing power.

Ephrata is experiencing some significant revitalization that will secure a vibrant, healthy town for future generations. The borough, under the auspices of Mainspring of Ephrata, completed a walkability project in the downtown area that enhanced pedestrian safety, and launched a Façade Improvement Grant Program and Revolving Loan Fund Program to improve aesthetics and help businesses to expand. The borough continues to strengthen the economy by promoting available leased space within commercial properties, attracting specialty retailers, and preserving historic buildings.

The borough’s commitment extends to preserving natural assets like the Ephrata Mountain, exploring plans for hiking trails and conservation easements to enhance community living. It is from this 200 acres of public wooded land that the healing waters flowed all those years ago to the Mountain Springs Hotel.

Ephrata continues to thrive as a fruitful community, blending its rich history with modern amenities for residents and visitors alike. • 31
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The Addams Family at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

t’s time to pay a visit to everyone’s favorite kooky, spooky and alltogether ooky family, the Addams! The delightfully delirious world

of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch comes to devilishly delightful life on stage February 23 – March

30 at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. This magnificently macabre musical comedy is fun for all ages. Come meet the family. They really are a screa-um.

The Addams Family – A New Musical is a theatrical extravaganza that brings the beloved characters created by Charles Addams to life. This TONY Award-nominated musical centers around the main character, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness. Now grown, she falls in love with a young man from a respectable family. The Addams host a dinner to meet her “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Trust and fear, love and truth, acceptance and forgiveness are just a few things on the menu. And on this fateful night, the two families collide in hysterically, spooky mayhem.

This glitzy-gloomy musical captures the essence of the original cartoon and is filled with memorable tunes, sidesplitting humor, and a heartwarming story of love, acceptance, and the importance of family, no matter how unconventional they may be.

Make a call on the kooky and spooky Addams Family as they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

The Addams Family cast is comprised of a host of seasoned actors making their Dutch Apple debut: Caleb Aguilar plays Gomez Addams, Olivia Pelton is the matriarch Morticia. The storyline revolves around daughter Wednesday, now grown and in love Lindsay Hoffpauir takes on this fabulously dark role. The rest of the family cast: Jonah Mendoza (Pugsley) Jordan Bunshaft (Uncle Fester), and a veteran to Dutch Apple stage Caitlin Moss (Grandmama). Rounding out the Addam’s house is the butler Lurch, played by Randy Kessenich. Matthew Harper Stevenson plays Wednesday’s boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, who attends the Addams Family feast with his parents, Steffen Whorton (Mal Beineke) and Lauren Foutch (Alice Beineke). Complete cast list is available online at

Snap up your tickets today., 717-898-1900, 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA. To arrange interviews or press engagements, please contact Nanci Jo Anderson, Marketing Manager, at 717-898-1900

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New Holland, settled in 1728 by John Diffenderfer of Heidelberg, Germany, is located in the fertile farmlands of Lancaster County. It is a charming small town similar to many towns in rural America, but its story goes back to well before the founding of our nation.

The unstable situation 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. The area now called New Holland was practically covered by virgin forests—sturdy timber of oak, ash, chestnut, and walnut.

By 1728, William Penn, had been dead for 10 years and his American colony, called Pennsylvania and was being administered by a proprietary governor while the sale of land was formalized by patent deeds. In the case of one of the town’s early settlers, John Diffenderfer, the record shows that he applied for land to live on in 1728. It was surveyed and placed on the county map in 1735. The deed was finally issued to him on March 22, 1758 after 30 years!

The village founders were German, not Dutch. They were surrounded by English and Welsh Quakers, Episcopalians, a few Swiss-German Mennonites and some Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. The Amish arrived later.

The town was once known as New Design, a name given by

Michael Diffendefer for his real estate development in 1750. But in 1802, when a post office was established and an official name was necessary, there was no dissension to naming the town New Holland. These grateful people remembered how extremely kind the inhabitants of Holland were to them when they fled persecution and sought religious freedom in the New World.

New Holland was laid out as a “street town” in the typical European style of having the villagers live in a central location along both sides of the street,

but each having an outlying plot of land to cultivate as an adjunct to his trade as a craftsman. Even today, the main street of New Holland has major “kinks” or bends in it. Unsympathetic visitors claim it looks as if the town were built along a “cow path.” But if one looks with a discerning eye, the street also follows the high ground. The land on the ridge was the driest, and in winter it would be blown clear of much of the snow. These settlers made the obvious facts of nature work for them rather than against them, offering a lesson for us all even today. • 35
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The area we know today as Strasburg was first settled by German-speaking Swiss Mennonites. After bargaining with William Penn in London, they came directly to Philadelphia from the Rhineland, arriving in September of 1710, on board the ship Maria Hope with a combined passenger and crew list of 94 persons. Thirty-six of the leaders were granted patent deeds from Penn’s property commissioners for 14,000 acres of land surrounding Strasburg. Some of the family names

are familiar to locals today, including John (Hans) Herr, whose house in Lancaster County is open to visitors and remains as the county’s oldest surviving dwelling (1719).

French fur traders opened up the first path through this area from Philadelphia to the Susquehanna River—known as “Minqua’s Path.” As early as 1716, when the first Conestoga wagon was used for hauling goods between Philadelphia and Lancaster County, it became known as the Conestoga Road.


During the next half century, traffic on this road increased considerably— and Main Street Strasburg was developed. The first buildings appeared in the village about 1733. Strasburg flourished in the 18th century primarily because of its location along the major wagon routes between Philadelphia, Lancaster and the Susquehanna River. Strasburg was one of the principal stopping stations and, with the heavy wagon traffic, there were as many as ten taverns here.

No doubt the religious nature of the first settlers was responsible for the village becoming a center for worship and education. In 1816, when the village was incorporated into a Borough, the name Strasburg was selected, undoubtedly named for the Cathedral City from which the Swiss Mennonites came, the Alsatian city of Strasbourg.

Wealthy doctors and clergy, and an interest in worship and education, made Strasburg a cultural and educational center for the region. The first formal school opened in 1790, a classical academy where Greek and Latin were taught.

These academic enterprises were followed during the 19th century by a flood of schools. In 1823, by an act of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, an Academy was established in which “the languages, arts, and sciences will be taught.”

The year 1839 marked the founding of the Strasburg Academy at 37 East Main (the present day Limestone Inn Bed & Breakfast was the headmaster’s home and housed boarding students). The Academy gained the reputation of being one of the best academies in the country for both boarding and day students, and its students came from all over the East Coast and as far away as Cuba and Puerto Rico.

In 1841, a classical school for girls, the “Strasburg Female Seminary,” opened at 17 East Main. Such a school for girls was quite unusual at that time.

As Strasburg flourished, so did its neighbor to the east, Philadelphia. The commercial interests of Philadelphia pressured the State Legislature to

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improve the transportation network into their city. As a result, an internal improvements bill passed in 1826 to construct a series of canals. The Philadelphia and Columbia Rail Road was also incorporated with financing provided by the state.

With these undertakings, Strasburg residents became alarmed at the possibility of losing their commercial position and from this concern emerged the Strasburg Rail Road. In 1832 a charter was secured from the Pennsylvania Legislature to construct a rail line connecting Strasburg with the Philadelphia and Columbia Rail Road main line near Paradise. Due to financial difficulties, the project was delayed until finally put in running order in 1852. But this shortline between Strasburg and Paradise was not financially successful for many reasons, until it was revived to provide rides to visitors on authentic steam locomotives, thus becoming the focal point for all of the town’s train attractions.

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Shortly after the fire that destroyed our restaurant, retail, shoppes, and bakery early in January 2023. From there we started the process of designing a new building that will create an even better guest experience than before. The new building will have a brand-new Grand Smorgasbord, over 4,500 square feet of retail shoppes, a bakery shop filled with homemade goodies, and a brand-new Café with a new extensive menu filled with specialty beverages and unique foods. For more details & Information, please visit

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The Golden Rule and Being “PC” Smile for the Community!

As I was growing up, I was educated from my Grand Parents, Parents, and Pastor to the ways of the “Golden Rule”. The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as one would want to be treated by them. Meaning that you should reciprocate to others how you would like them to treat you (not necessarily how they actually treat you). Then coupling together with a strong foundation of manners & family values, made for a good combination. Then came “Being PC”. Or being politically correct, which means that people should be careful not to offend any person or group of people in society who have a disadvantage, or who have been treated differently because of their sex, race, religion, or disability.

This was and is exceptionally true in my experience, as I turned into an adult and entered the work force. Between business development, the hospitality industry, and working with youth in multiple communities, I found that those early teachings and gaining experience using those tools and positive habits assisted to me being successful in navigating the pitfalls of those character-building days that tend to pop up along the way.

It has only been in recent years, probably the last decade, that I’ve noticed a change in people. Please know,

I’m not attempting to be judgmental, only point out my observations. As you too, may have also noticed over time as well. People in general have been more impatient or distracted. Not just when driving, in the grocery store, or basically anywhere. A trait known as the “Me First Mentality”. Not all the time, but definitely more than yesterday. It is my opinion; we are slowly forgetting those golden rules of yesterday and the importance of being patient with each other.

In my opinion and in general people are genuinely good at heart. But differences in environment, attitude, and the “stories we tell ourselves” has possibly changed more perceptions in some, and possibly overwhelmed others along the way. I get it. With information, technology, and quite frankly life itself, everything’s moving faster every day. Just remember when you’re feeling that way, just take a breath and remember those lessons of yester year. Then take a moment to smile with those you are with at any given time. A smile and acknowledgement of one another or a positive word, go a long way in brightening an individual’s day. And if enough of us continue to do that every day, then we can brighten up the whole community! It can be infectious and make all the difference. Be well, be safe, stay positive!

SPRING 2024 38 • In this Issue PO Box 414 • Bird–in–Hand • PA 17505 717.768.8400, ext. 217 Published by Dutchland Tours Inc. Clinton Martin, Editor–in–Chief For advertising information contact Edward Blanchette Director of ACN & Business Development • 717.344.0871 Tammy Johnson, Graphic Designer 280,000 copies distributed annually by subscription, and over 200 hotels, motels, information centers and businesses in pa Dutch Country. Copyright © 2024 All contents of this magazine are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without prior approval of the publisher. Spring 2024 Cover Story For Over 95 Years, Miller’s Smorgasbord 4 Exploring the Charming Shops of Amish Country 5 Feature Articles ACN 2022 Photo Contest Winners 6–7 The Addams Family 34 Cackleberry Farm Antique 25 Celebrate Easter with a Family-Style Feast .... 29 Community Events 11, 13, 24, 27, 35, 37 Dutch Haven: An Amish Country Landmark 3 Forest Hill Leather 17 Locally Made Quilts ................................. 14, 18 Stay & Play at Flory’s Cottages & Camping.....16 WITNESS: 39 Years On 9-10 Regular Features After 5 P.M. in Amish Country 19 Antiquing in Amish Country............................... 8 Calling All Photographers 6 Open Sundays in Amish Country 19 Publisher’s Message 38 Reminder's for Visitors .................................... 12 Area Map & Guides Our Advertisers Index 15 Amish Country Map 32–33 Bird–In–Hand 13, 15 Ephrata ............................................................ 31 Intercourse 11–12 Lititz 28 New Holland / Blue Ball 35 Paradise ................................................... 24, 26 Strasburg 36–37

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