Sunday, September 20, 2009

Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania

Where is the Second Largest Amish community?

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a bustling city but its fame lies in the famous Amish farms in the surrounding county containing many large dairies, farms, and crops of great variety.

Upon our arrival, the Lowe’s and us, decided to stop at the Hershey farm restaurant for an Amish breakfast. It was truly Amish and beyond expectancy.

Since we had studied the area and locations we wanted to visit, we headed for Strasburg and stopped at Ed’s Buggy rides. We looked about and thought it might be interesting to take the 3 mile buggy ride into some Amish farms which included stopping and observing the farm and how it was able to operate without electricity.

The water was pumped up into a reservoir by a windmill. A water picket had good water pressure as it delivered water into the horse trough. A cash register was run by a battery.

We talked to the old father and mother who ran a little shop in a portion of their house’s lower level while their children brought in the crop of corn and tobacco.

My wife and Jean looked through the many quilts that ranged from $595.00 to $795.00. Jams, Jellies and jars of many food items were in abundance. My souvenir was a computer mouse pad with Amish Country imprinted on it.

Our driver was an Old Order Amish man name Chris and was very helpful in defined the differences of the Amish and all others who he called “The English.”

It was a unique ride. Entertaining, informative, and fun, as we saw the country side with huge and well kept farms.

We had already bought ticket to see “The Creation” at the Millennium Theater own by a devote Mennonite who also owns an exact Theater in Branson where the “Noah” is presented. The props, music, and actors we were very professional and the story as well presented as possible.

Before the presentation, Chris had told us of a real Amish restaurant, owned by his wife’s uncle called Dienners on highway 30. I knew we were in for a treat when all the waitresses wore prayer caps after the Old Order Amish with welcomes in the Pennsylvania Dutch favored with English.

The fresh, tasty, food was delicious and pasties and pies outstanding.

Don’t just spend a day in this country. You will miss so much.

”And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19:9

”For by these He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance.” Job 36:31

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