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September visit

Hi,

Husband and I will be in Lancaster in Sept. for a four day visit. Which would you recommend? The Amish Village in Strasburg (or is it Ronks) or The Amish Farm and House in Lancaster. Both sound pretty similar. Also wanted to visit some of the area's covered bridges. My research came up with 26. Could you please recommend a couple of the best ones for us to see. Thank you so much for your help.

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1. Re: September visit

Belmont Road(Eshelmans Mill) is one I sometimes reccomend because it is near the tourist attractions but yet in an attractive setting in the middle of Amish farmlands. Lime Valley Road is a favorite of mine, located near more modern, very attractive predominently Mennonite farms.

the tourist website www.padutchcountry.com has several covered bridge driving tours that would let you visit several in a reletively short drive.

As to The recreated Amish houses, its been decades since I have been to any of them, so I realy can't reccomend. Just be aware that aside from the retired Amish teacher that both Amish Farm and Amish Village feature in their 'schoolhouse" (except on Sunday) ,you are unlikely to interact with Amish people at either attraction.

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2. Re: September visit

A "must see" for any covered bridge lover is the "reborn" Siegrist Mill bridge, which is essentially new. It was washed off it's foundation and partially wrecked by floodwaters during TS Lee in Sept. 2011. This spring, a faithful reproduction of the framework, crafted from salvaged original and new materials, was hoisted into place and finished on-site. Bible verses on small plaques that had been attached to the underside of the bridge were saved and put back in the same locations.

You can find plenty of info and videos on the net, and on facebook look for the "Siegrist Road Covered Bridge" photo album posted by Lancaster County Timber Frames Inc. (commissioned by the contractor to reproduce the structure's timbers). WGAL8, the local NBC affiliate, also documented the project, as did Lancaster's newspaper; search for articles here:

www.lancasteronline.com

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3. Re: September visit

Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job researching what to do and see. You'll want to be as diligent about where to stay, too.

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4. Re: September visit

The Amish Village is on a large farm complex located on Route 896 north of Strasburg, while the Amish Farm and House is on Route 30 surrounded by strip malls and stores. A Target store was built next to the AF&H, so it's not one bit rural. Stop by the visitor center and pick up a tour brochure.

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5. Re: September visit

Take one of the rural buggy rides that will actually take tou through some amish farms that will get you a better look at it than either of the tourist places.

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6. Re: September visit

Actually,although a buggy ride is fine if you want to experience what it is like to ride in a buggy,it is not the ideal way to tour the area, since buggys move so slowly.

The best way is in your own car-- either on your own,using the excellant tourist center visitors map or wth a guide from the Mennonite Information Center who will ride in your car guiding you on the backroads with about 3 stops of your choice at Amish businesses.

The key either way is to get off the main Roads(Routes 30, 896 and 340) and into the middle of the Amish farms. Route 772 and the many side roads leading off it is the best route

Edited: 10 July 2013, 20:31
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