Working Amish Villages
The Amish Farm and House (2395 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster, 717/394-6185, www.amishfarmandhouse.com, daily, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Nov.–Mar., 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Apr.–May and Sept.–Oct., 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. June–Aug., $7.50 adult over 12, $6.75 senior, $5 child 5–11) is a replicated traditional Amish village.
Self and guided tours are offered of the stone farmhouse and working barn, built in 1805, and the blacksmith shop. On a tour, you’ll learn about the customs, history, and religion of the Old Order Amish, and seasonal buggy rides are available.
The Landis Valley Museum (2451 Kissel Hill Rd., 717/569-0401, www.landisvalleymuseum.org, Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m., $9 adult, $7 senior, $6 child 6–17, free under 6) is also a re-created village of Pennsylvania Dutch life, with more than 40 historic structures on 100 acres.
The buildings have docents stationed to explain and demonstrate a village at work, including a blacksmith’s shop, gun shop, tavern, and homes showing pottery, weaving, cooking, and quilting demonstrations in realistic settings. There are also tours, wagon rides, and a short film that runs in the visitors center explaining the site.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition