Lancaster Things to Do

  • Wheatland - home of James Buchanan
    Wheatland - home of James Buchanan
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  • Typical Amish Transport
    Typical Amish Transport
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  • Kitchen Kettle village at town called Intercourse
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  • Lancaster County's Best Kept Secrets Tour

    by kaitybrooken Written Aug 20, 2010

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    This is a go-on-your-own tour that happens for 16 days in April and October. The tour guides you to places like a dairy farm that has cheese making presentations and tastings, potter's studios, really unique home, garden and gift stores, orchards, farmers' markets, small factory stores, alpaca farms in the middle of nowhere, arts & craft galleries in old barns filled with treasures for local artists, gourd farms, little-known quilt shops, cafes in unique buildings or settings, homemade candy shops, etc. The variety is wonderful and changes for each tour.

    In addition to the guide and map, you receive coupons from every business and they all have something special planned for you when you visit (refreshments, door prizes, seminars, gifts, games, etc.) You are not directed to any of the "tourist" areas. All of the spots are really tucked away treasures. It's a perfect event for a group of friends or families because there is something for everyone to enjoy.

    Tickets cost $6 each and the tour donates $1 per ticket to a local charity. For more information or to get a ticket call 717-721-1750. As far as I can see they do not have a web site.

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    Local farmer's markets and farm stands

    by mmyerspa Updated Oct 13, 2008

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    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

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    LANCASTER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

    by mtncorg Written Oct 5, 2008
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    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.

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    FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE

    by mtncorg Written Sep 28, 2008
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    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.

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    WHEATLAND

    by mtncorg Written Sep 28, 2008
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    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.

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    TOMB OF JAMES BUCHANAN

    by mtncorg Written Sep 28, 2008

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    Gravesite of the 15th President of the U. S.
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    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.

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    TOMB OF THADDEUS STEVEN

    by mtncorg Written Sep 28, 2008
    Inscription of Thaddesu Stevens' tomb
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    “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.

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    Visit Amish Farmhouse / Museum

    by Mikebb Written Jul 14, 2008

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    Amish Bedroom

    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.

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    The Amish Experience - Amish Village

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 14, 2008

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    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.

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    Intercourse Heritage Day

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 14, 2008

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    Intercourse Annual Celebration.

    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.

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    Quilts - what The Ladies Came For

    by Mikebb Written Jul 14, 2008

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    Quilts Everywhere

    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.

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    Entertainers - Kitchen Kettle Village

    by Mikebb Written Jul 14, 2008

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    These Guys Knew How To Entertain!

    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.

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    Visit Kitchen Kettle Village - Intercourse

    by Mikebb Written Jul 14, 2008

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    Section Of Kitchen Kettle Village Shopping Centre
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    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.

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    Visit Intercourse To See The Amish In Town

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 14, 2008

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    The Original Version Of Horse Powered Utility.
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    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.

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    Take A Balloon Ride

    by Mikebb Written Jul 14, 2008

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    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.

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