Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lancaster County, PA

We arrived at the Elks of Lancaster on Thursday. The lodge is downtown in the historic district. The roads in downtown are all one way and when we came in we needed to turn left and, of course, we were in the right lane. We made it but it took awhile for the traffic to stop and let us turn. Then we had to come up an alley to the parking lot of the elks. It was very scarey but Dean did a great job. Tomorrow we leave - via the one way alley. Hopefully on Sunday there will be little traffic in the downtown area.

It rained the first two days we were here. On Thursday we did our Costco run for prescriptions and more supplies. That afternoon we went to the lodge for HH. It rained most of the day.
On Friday we went to the Central Market - covered huge market downtown with produce, meats, crafts, sweets. Then we spent most of the rest of the day at Verizon trying for a new broadband (we ended up keeping the one we have). And it rained off and on all afternoon.
The City of Lancaster is very old and has a lot of churches downtown. This is just one of the many steeples. There seemed to be a large church on every corner.
On Saturday the sun was out and we had a gorgeous day. We took off in the car and wanted to see the countryside and the Amish farms. Our first stop was to tour an Amish farm. This was a 1805 farmhouse with a one-room schoolhouse and 15 acre farm. The tour of the farmhouse was very informative about the house and about the Amish people.

Since this was a suny day and they had not had a sunny day in a week there was a lot of clothes hanging on the lines. This is just a small amount at the farm we toured. In the countryside they had long lines of clothes strung from the second floor to the barns and back.
Amish raise pigmy goats and these were so cute. The white and black goat is scratching his back.

In Strasburg, PA we toured the Pennsylvania Train Museum. Lots of restored locomotives, railcars, and artifacts.

We were really hungry so we ordered the family feast at the Stoltzfus Family Farm Restaurant. We had fried chicken, hamloaf, homemade sausage, green beans, corn, potaotes, homemade bread, and Shoofly pie.


The countryside is very green and beautiful. There are huge farms in this county. There are over 30,000 Amish living here. There were buggies on the road as we drove. We went to Intercourse, PA to the rhubarb festival. There was a parade and the queen and king rode on a front-end loader in the parade. The Amish were selling buggy rides at the festival

Tomorrow we will leave bright and early for New York state. Get me out of this downtown area!

1 comment:

Janet said...

We are really enjoying your blog. You are taking the exact trip we plan to do in the fall of 2013, starting in Maine and following the colors down the east coast:) Keep the ideas coming:)

The Elks parking situation will prepare you for NY City:) Fortunately we have friends in CT. We will park close to them and they will drive us into NY City to see all the sights etc. It will be good to have someone who knows their way around.

Look forward to hooking up with you sometime soon:)