Although Lancaster County is an easy day trip from the bustling metropolises of Philadelphia and Washington D.C., our time here taught us you’d be doing this richly historic and artistic region a disservice with such a fleeting visit. Stay a while. Learn how to slow down and truly savour life’s simple pleasures in this picturesque pocket of Pennsylvania. 

History buffs flock here to explore some of the USA’s oldest buildings. The town of Strasburg is an ideal place to begin your trip back through time. The 1719 Herr House and Historic Rock Ford plantation are just two of the well-preserved examples not to be missed. Lancaster City has a thriving arts and culture scene and Gallery Row is the perfect place to pick up a memento of your travels here.

Dutch Wonderland and Cherry Crest Adventure Farm offer plenty to keep the little ones busy here, while adults flock to Kitchen Kettle Village and the American Music Theatre to get their kicks. Train enthusiasts will love the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

But undoubtedly our team’s favourite experience was witnessing the alternate way of life enjoyed by the Amish and Mennonite populations who, after fleeing persecution in Europe, have called this region home since the early 1700s. The Tourism Media team were whisked back in time at The Amish Village in Ronks where the rustic farming community were eager to share their ideas of a simpler, technology-free way of life. 

The film crew expertly captured a hearty supply of good ol’ fashioned, wholesome footage — patchwork-quilt rolling hills, bountiful corn fields and traditional Amish buggies casually navigating country roads. Then, our talented composer, Luke, really brought the pictorial elements to life with his choice of steel string resonator guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle. 

The end result demonstrates why we think Lancaster County is a destination worthy of far more than just a transient visit. Why not settle back and see for yourself?

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