"Witness" film farm tour 2005
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film "Witness" for a couple of months this past summer, visitors were allowed on the farm where the film was made. Busses took you from the visitor center through Lancaster (with a stop at the museum) and onto the farm which is a bit south of Strasburg.
A chance of a lifetime since the farm is now privately owned and now closed to the public.
But . . . ask some directions and at least you can see the driveway leading to the farm!
Strasburg, PA.... Train Town
We were in the York-Lancaster area and had time to revisit Strasburg.
Pretty much the same as it was the last time we drove through.
Amish buggies and barns, train depot and craft shops and friendly people.
Wikipedia info: 3000 people in 1200 households and 60% married (thank goodness for small town values). Household income is about $55000 annually
ZIPCODE 17579 is Strasburg in Lancaster County
Area Code 717
Town Hall is 039-57-00N 076-10-29W
Village is 039-59-02N 076-11-05W
the city name is a memorial to the city of Strasburg in the Alsace region of Europe where many of the original settlers were born.
Strasburg PA is world famous in Pennsylvania, mostly for its railway museum and timeless Amish garb. Most of the latter emigrated from the Palatinate and Alsace-Lorraigne.
My latest fetish is stone walls. They would never hurt anyone, unless provoked. A stone wall is your friend! Every one is different, different stone color, masonry, or mortar. Even if they all look the same. And they're so boring. Come to think of it, I'm sick of stone walls.
The wacky zany Amish in their obsolete, 1 horsepower (!) buggies. Why don't t they get with the program and assimilate? Get a Toyota, a job at Circuit City, sell the farm, settle down and live for the good times. Try it. You'll like it.
(paraphrased from John Updike "Rabbit is Rich")
Pennyslvania Dutch Country
Set amidst the Amish country, Strasburg is an interesting area to visit. I happen to like those cheesy road-trip tourist spots and there are plenty in the area. Pennsylvania Dutch refers actually to Pennsyvlania Deutsch, or the Amish who settled here from Germany and Switzerland. The countryside is breathtaking and winding country roads take you by Amish farms and fields. Great way to spend an afternoon.