Posted on September 6, 2011

Traveling with Kids to Lancaster, PA: The Amish Village Review

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As we wrapped up our over-nighter to Lancaster last month, we had one more stop to make.  We had the opportunity to check out a Lancaster attraction that offers the chance to really see how the Amish people live their daily lives.

The Amish Village is spread out over a lovely piece of farmland.  The experience began inside the farmhouse as a tour guide introduced us to some of the basic Amish traditions and practices.  We sat in a room set up for a church gathering and listened to various bits of information, including a brief overview of what a typical day of church is like for Amish.

From this room we worked our way through the rest of the farmhouse.  Each room was decorated to resemble a typical Amish setting – including everyday artifacts – everything from a sewing machine to the Amish wardrobe.  Our tour guide covered a variety of topics – from how to tell if an Amish man/woman is married to the reason that Amish do not have electricity or pictures in their homes.

After the guided farmhouse tour, guests are set loose to visit the rest of the property on their own, at their own pace.  We wandered across the covered bridge and began to explore.

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The Amish Village has several buildings that you can explore – including a one room schoolhouse and a blacksmith shop.  There were so many different farm tools and buggies on display.  The barn had some animals to say hi to and there was a neat water pump churning away outside the barn.

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Lily Bean LOVED the Amish schoolhouse!

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We had so much fun at The Amish Village!  As you can see from the pictures, we had a beautiful, sunny summer day to visit this attraction.  As half of the experience includes walking around outside, I would recommend saving this for a nice weather day during your visit to Lancaster.

Outside the farmhouse, you will also find the Smokehouse Market – which sells all sorts Amish-made treats (jams, apple butter, whoopie pie, etc).  Biker Bob popped in there to pick up a birch beer before we headed back to our car.

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You can find The Amish Village on Facebook as well.

We were provided with complimentary admission to The Amish Village in exchange for a candid review of our experience.  All opinions are 100% our own.

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  • This sounds like so much fun and so educational,also! I am reading a fiction novel based in an Amish community and it has raised my interest in their way of life. Great review, thank you!

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