Local traditions and culture in Pennsylvania

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    Rainy day view from the parking lot.
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    Pennsylvania Dutch Country

    by seagoingJLW Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Visit what is known as the 'Pennsylvania Dutch Country' which is centered in Lancaster. You will see horse drawn plows, strange dress, horses and buggies, and hex signs. The food is plain and simple. The portions in the restaurants, which generally serve family style, are huge. Visit a farm such as the Plain and Fancy Farm in Bird-in-Hand. See the Weavertown one-room schoolhouse. Amish Country Tours offers narrated tours of Amish farmlands and the whole area on minibuses. Do not neglect to visit a Farmers' Market.

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    HA HA...Pennsylvania has many...

    by jaybird199 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    HA HA...Pennsylvania has many unique features in terms of culture. In some parts of the state, Soda is referred to as Pop. A hoagie is almost the same thing as a Sub. But it has a special sauce. :)In some areas of the state, the dialect is something to get used to. Hunting in some places is a religion-respect it!

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    Dumb Pennsylvania LawsIt is...

    by photobf Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Dumb Pennsylvania Laws
    It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding.
    It is illegal to have over 16 women live in a house together because that constitutes a brothel. However up to 120 men can live together, without breaking the law.
    It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
    Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.
    A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.
    You may not sing in the bathtub.
    Fireworks stores may not sell fireworks to Pennsylvania residents.
    A person is not eligible to become Governor if he/she has participated in a duel.
    Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes.
    Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
    No more than two packages of beer at a time may be purchased, unless you are buying from an official 'beer distributor'
    All liquor stores must be run by the state.
    Motorized vehicles are not to be sold on Sundays.
    You may not catch a fish with your hands.
    You may not catch a fish by any body part except the mouth.
    Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish.
    Though you do not need a fishing license to fish on your own land, but a hunting license is required to hunt on your own land.
    In the middle of town, one must pay a fee of $50 dollars a year to park on a particular block. At night, however, the cars must be moved for street cleaning. This law is enforced even if snow or ice prevents the cars from being moved.
    One's pants may be worn no lower than five inches below the waist.
    All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.
    One may not shoot any dog that is found wandering the streets.
    The sale of alcohol is prohibited.
    It is required that a woman have a permit to wear cosmetics.
    Every outlet or switch (which can be purchased for 59 cents) that is installed requires an electrical inspection fee of 1 dollar and 33 cents.
    It is still illegal to bring a donkey or a mule onto a trolley car.
    No one is allowed to sleep on a refrigerator.
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    You cannot walk backwards eating peanuts in front of the Barnstormers Auditorium during a performance.
    Horses are not to be tied to parking meters.

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    The Amish are a semi-closed...

    by american_tourister Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Amish are a semi-closed society. They do not mingle much with 'The English', as they call all non-Amish. They are friendly but keep to themselves mostly. I respect that. I took this picture in Lancaster county as we passed this buggy. I thought it was neat idea at the time but felt a little bad about it later. After a lot of thought I decided to put it here as it is the only one I have of the Amish.

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  • The Pennsylvania Dutch, who...

    by your_sister Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    The Pennsylvania Dutch, who are scattered among several counties, have a thick German accent & it takes some time for others to get used to it. Also don't take pictures of the Amish without getting their permission first. Some don't mind it, but others do.

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    It is common that after a long...

    by donovanel Written Aug 25, 2002

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    It is common that after a long nite of partying, everyone will eventually crash and burn. This picture was taken at 8am New Year's Day 2000...

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