On this trip to Lancaster, which Mrs Too and I make frequently, we decided to put behind us the last of the tourist-oriented Amish Country attractions so that, in future, we could concentrate on the amazingly myriad cultural and epicurean venues.
We started out right after breakfast with a drive to September Farm, then headed directly to Bird In Hand to live The Amish Experience. We had purchased online ahead of time the “Amish Farmlands Super Saver Tour Package, which is basically a “one price covers all” package. This includes everything the site offers, and is quite a bargain, filling a whole day from after breakfast ‘til dinner time. Lunch, however, is still up to you. No need to clutter up this space with the details. Check their website for that.
Your day begins with a video, ingeniously projected onto the interior walls of a barn, recounting the difficult choices facing every Amish teenager as he or she approaches adulthood.
It is moving, and very informative.
A tour of a structure combining a one room school house and typical two story Amish home is led by a knowledgeable and entertaining docent, who explains the system of education as well as the clothing, possessions, toys, etc of the family and the way they live both with and without electricity. This is followed by a van tour of the countryside including a stop at a farm. It has been, and perhaps will be in the future, a dairy, but as of the date our visit was not. No herd, no water in the stanchion cups, no attention to the condition of the dairy house, etc.
The Experience ended with a very enjoyable buggy ride driven by Ben, a retired Amish farmer and pulled by his stocky, solid mare, Junior.
You can pack in a huge headful of Amish lore in this attraction, and will leave entirely satisfied.
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