By Kevin Williams
It's impossible to distill Lancaster County, Pennsylvania into a single post. It's a place full of 21st century fun that lives alongside farms scarcely changed for 200 years. You have buggies clip-clopping on the road, an Amish businesses equipped with the latest computer technology. There are some real juxtopositions in Amish country and you find them plentiful in Lancaster. All-you-can-eat buffets serving heaping helpings of Amish style food compete with McDonalds for diners.
I visited Lancaster County for the first time back in the summer of 1991. I brought my bike and just biked through the beautiful countryside, a countryside that is now under much more attack by suburban sprawl. I doubt I'd want to go biking today amid all the car-clogged, tourist-bus filled roads.
But I can better describe it all in photos, so join me below:
My Great-great-grandfather was the toll-house keeper at the toll house in Salunga PA on what is now Rte. 30. (I still have the toll house clock and it still runs!) so I know how much has changed there. But so many of those good people still keep going on and going on - keeping the old ways. I admire them and hope their lives continue to be lived as they wish. I now live very nearby to the Westcliffe CO community...many of them have taken up the ways of 'the English' over the years...but they are still industrious hard working people trying to make a living and a life...I admire them too! We've had a carriage shop for years, and when we would go to Lancaster County from our home just outside of Phila (that was YEARS ago!) we would go to the homes and shops of the working people (who happen to also be Amish) to purchase our wagon supplies...what sweet, welcoming people they are...and how unbelivelably rude tourists are to walk onto their front porch and photo inside their homes...good grief...if tourists did that to us in our Colorado homes they could wake up dead!! Thanks Keven.
How neat, Barbara, thanks for sharing that, you have quite a treasure in that old tollhouse clock!
Dear Kevin, I enjoyed looking at your Lancaster photo's. It's always fun to go along for the ride with you as you visit different Amish communities. I especially liked your last photo and comment. My husband and I try and go to Lancaster end of October -early November every year for our anniversary. We usually stay at the Best Western in Paradise because we like to go to the Paul Revere Inn for lunch or dinner at least once (they are a bit expensive). Any way, one day last year when we were there I for some reason (which I have forgotten) needed to run into the very same Target and I had the very same thought you did. Seeing the Target smack up against the Amish tour home made me sad. Just didn't seem right some how. Your photo says it all, doesn't it, about the chances being made there and not all are for the good.
Sounds like a wonderful anniversary trip, Pamela! And, yes, that Target, geez, it is just sort of wedged in there right up against that Amish attraction, kind of odd!