Take a tour and discover the heartland of rural Pennsylvania where lives the Amish community.
There will not be hard for you to discover them; they drive long black and polished carts, on the green and gold manicured land of farms and meadows. Here, in the quiet Shire Lancaster in Pennsylvania, home to one of the most popular Amish community, you will see bridges roof. The Amish of Lancaster live in the village, just like a century ago. They avoid using electricity and automobiles; by the night, the farms are illuminated with candles and lanterns, and phones are found only in public places. Most traditionalists are members of the Old Order Amish, they not use any of the modern inventions. Something more modern are the members of New Order (is allowed the use of mechanical equipment), and even more flexibles are the Mennonites (allowing the possession in common of cars). If you take a tour, you may have the opportunity to see the old-fashioned Amish who work the land using horses or gather at one farm for Sunday service. Lancaster County has sufficient secondary roads and trails to meet hikers experience, who want to spend a weekend doing a tour of the province. Along the way you encounter attractions everywhere. The Amish community has set up a fairly prosperous industry selling quilts and beautifully crafted pieces of furniture stalls that you find on the street. And institutions like the Museum of Cultural History and the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster offers an interesting picture of Amish culture and history.
The best time to travel is spring, which offers lush green scenery and easy access to the auctions organized by the community on Sunday. A weekend gives you enough time to go by car on country roads, to participate in auctions or to visit places of interest and enjoy a dinner in an Amish family.
Stop at the Pannsylvania Dutch visitor center in Lancaster, buy a detailed map of the land. If you prefer to follow a specific route, starting from the village of Bird-in-Hand and follow Route 340 east, to Route 82. Go to the north to Route 23 and follow it to the southwest, at Leola. Turn southwest on 722, to return to Route 340 in Intercourse.
Useful information: Go by car on country roads, not on the main roof visit some of the bridges and taste the local dishes such as shoofly pie.
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride and watch the scenery slowly marching in front of your eyes. Spend a night on a farm, with accommodation in simple terms, the cleanliness, the lantern light, no phone, having the chance to see and participate in traditional activities.
Participate in auctions that take place on spring, hundreds of bidders Amish arriving from across the region. The old favorite place to buy art, quilts or even a cart pulled by horses. Take a tour aboard a Strasburg Steam train of nineteenth century. Take a picnic on a sunny meadow, enjoying the breeze and listening to the birds.