You can get a taste for locally grown and prepared food at the local farmer's markets and farm stands. You'll find the farm stands on major roads such as 322 and 896, as well as back roads. Just look for the handmade signs advertising corn, cantalope, watermelon, home-made jam, baked goods, apples, plants, etc.
Farmer's markets run specific day(s) during the week. Here are some of the popular destinations:
Green Dragon http://www.greendragonmarket.com/ is on Fridays (northeast Lanc. County)
Root's http://www.rootsmarket.com/ is on Tuesdays (Northwest Lancaster County)
Central Market http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/lancastercity/cwp/browse.asp?a=671&bc=0&c=42768 is Tuesdays and Fridays (in downtown Lancaster)
I prefer the Green Dragon
Many colleges that sprang up in early America did so in combination with seminaries that were developed to provide theological training to prospective clergy. Lancaster Theological Seminary was founded in 1825 and originally associated with Dickinson College - James Buchanan’s alma mater - in nearby Carlisle. The Seminary moved to York, Mercersburg and finally, here to Lancaster in 1871. The present campus across the street from Franklin & Marshall College dates to 1894. Lancaster Theological Seminary was the sole seminary for the German Reformed Church for most of its history. When the Reformed and Evangelical Churches merged in 1934, it became one of three. Further religious mergers - the Evangelical and Reformed Church with most of the Congregational Christian Churches in 1957 - make in now one of seven seminaries serving the United Church of Christ.
F&M is the 17th oldest college in the U.S. with slightly under 2000 students in attendance. Chartered in 1787 on the site of a former brewery in Lancaster, the school was originally named after Benjamin Franklin and was established as a German college to help German immigrants to assimilate into the culture of the U.S.. The school featured bilingual instruction - German/English - and was the first American coeducation college - though it shortly thereafter became male only until 1969. Marshall College opened in Mercersburg in 1836, being named after Chief Justice John Marshall, who had died one year previously. Both schools merged in 1853 to help remedy financial problems and James Buchanan - soon to become President - was named president of the first F&M board of trustees. The most of the distinctive building of the new school was the Recitation Hall - today, Old Main - built upon what was ‘Gallows Hill’ - today, College Hill. The school has been secular and coeducational since 1969.
This was ‘home’ for James Buchanan, the 15th President of the U.S. and the only Pennsylvanian to ever hold that office. The home dates to 1828 and originally the property covered some 22.45 acres - only 4.25 acres presently remain with the house. Buchanan’s niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, who served as Old Buck’s de facto First Lady - Buchanan was a lifelong bachelor - inherited the home after his death in 1868, using it as a summer residence to escape from Baltimore. Eventually, the residence, after two subsequent owners, was purchased by the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland and it is this foundation which owns and has restored the home to the period of 1848-1868 - the time in which the home was owned by Buchanan. The mansion, privy, smokehouse/icehouse date from 1828 while the carriage house was built after Buchanan’s residence. From the rooms inside Wheatland, Old Buck ran his successful 1856 campaign for the Presidency and it was here to which he retired in 1861 after his single term. Being a very successful politician, Buchanan’s ability to change his political stance is reflected in his home’s design with a formal side - the north - for Southern guests and a more informal side - for Northern guests. You tour through the home with very informative guides who are dressed up in period costume.
James Buchanan’s grave is here at Woodward Hill. Woodward Hill and Lancaster Cemeteries meld together to for a regular necropolis on the south side of town. Signs point out the beginning of the way to Old Buck’s grave, but you need to look for the small chapel in the middle of the cemetery. Buchanan is buried on the northeast side of this chapel - look for the flagpole beside his grave. Once a year - April 23 in this case - on each President’s birthday, there is a Federal honor guard that places a wreath at the burial site.
“I repose in this quiet and secluded spot,
Not from any natural preference for solitude
But, finding other Cemeteries limited to Race By Charter Rules,
I have chosen this that I might illustrate in my death
The Principles which I advocated
Through a long life;
EQUALITY OF MAND BEFORE HIS CREATOR”
Those are the bold words inscribed on the tomb of Thaddeus Stevens. The Lancaster and Woodward Hill Cemeteries - where James Buchanan reposes - were the prominent burial grounds for city luminaries but they were restricted to whites only. Schreiner’s Cemetery here on W. Chesnut and N. Mulberry had no such restrictions.
We arrived at the farmhouse about 9 am and our group were allocated a guide to take us through each room of the farmhouse. The guide was excellent and explained the detail of each room. The bedrooms were well decorated and looked realistic with everyday clothes on hangers for visitors to view.
After viewing the farmhouse we went outside to view the shed and associated farm machinery. It was an enjoyable stop.
Included in our tour was a visit to the Amish Village which is run on the lines of a theme park. You are ushered into a multi media theatre where you watch a 20 minute video on the Amish people which gives you an insight to their community and beliefs.
We also attended an Amish banquet, details are on my Restaurant tips.
All in all it was a good experience and I came away with more understanding of this community.
Walking through the town I passed this Notice and thought it worth a photo.
We were in town on 7th June a little early for the celebration.
Keep in mind that the 250th Anniversary celebration will be in 2009 and most likely will be a big show.
If you are interested in Quilts then you will see some outstanding hand made quilts on display and there are many for sale. All sizes and shapes there is most likely the ideal one for you.
My wife was impressed and purchased a smaller quilt to bring back to Australia.
The village is a great place to visit, enjoy the shops and beautiful food but the highlight of the day was the entertainment. These guys were fabulous, they would sing a few songs, tell a few jokes and then ask for requests.
Grab a table, some nice food and a good coffee and just sit and enjoy the show. I heard one visitor say when he last visited 25 years ago these guys were the entertainment. Enjoy the show and donate a few dollars.
This is a beautiful shopping centre with character buildings and lovely landscaped gardens. It is a tourist mecca but designed so the visitors are spread out through the various streets. We had lunch here, enjoyed the free entertainment, and took the best part of an hour to look through the shops.
If you are looking for Quilts I recommend you walk over the highway a few hundred metres where there are several specialist retailers.
There is a large parking area adjacent to the village.
We visited the small town of Intercourse for a few hours, a great place to have a nice lunch and then after lunch walk through the town.
Visit the Quilt Shops and you will be amazed with the quality of these quilts. My wife purchased a small quilt to bring home to Australia.
Whilst walking around the town you will see the Amish going about their daily business, there will be many horse and carriages pass you with the locals in their traditional Amish dress.
For some reason I woke up at 6am and looked out the window into the parkland to see a balloon lying on the ground ready to be inflated. Two minutes later I was outside and only 40 metres from the balloon as it was just leaving the ground and commencing its journey.
Quickly took a dozen photos and thought to myself how lucky I was to witness this.
Hershey Park is great for kids of all ages. They have a zoo, a water park area, and lots of coaster. There are wonderful parks to take picnics. You should also stop by and see indian echo caverns while you are there. It is only a short drive from Hershey.
Fulton Opera House is located in historical downtown Lancaster. It has wonderful shows and if you are lucky you may even be visited by the local theater ghost. Of course that is just the rumor. While you are in down town Lancaster stop by and visit the wonderful shops and coffee houses. You can even go to the Market and pick up some Amish treats!
Tanger Outlets is on the out skirts of Lancaster near the Amish farm tour. There is plenty in this area to keep you busy for the whole day. If you take a man with you who doesn't shop their is a sports bar and plenty of manly stores for them too!
There are 100's of things to do in Lancaster. If you have any questions just contact me! The neighboring cities have tons to do too!