Pennsylvania Dutch Country: Places to Explore


  • Adamstown

    Known as "Antiques Capital USA," Adamstown has dozens of shops, galleries, and markets selling goods from bygone eras. The bigger markets, such as Renninger's Antique Market and Stoudt's Black Angus Antiques... Read more

  • Bird-in-Hand

    This village, which dates to 1734, remains a center for the Pennsylvania Dutch farming community. Its name, according to local lore, is attributed to two road surveyors, who had to decide whether to remain... Read more

  • Columbia

    They're quiet towns now, but Columbia and other river communities were bustling in the days when boats were one of the easiest methods of transporting goods. Eighteenth-century Quaker missionary John Wright... Read more

  • Ephrata

    This is a classic American town, with a wide Main Street, a variety of shops selling locally made crafts, and an entertaining farmers' market. Except for the Ephrata Cloister, there's little to remind... Read more

  • Gettysburg

    "The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." These words from Abraham Lincoln's famous address were delivered in Gettysburg to mark the... Read more

  • Hershey

    Hershey is Chocolate Town, a community built around a chocolate factory and now home to Hersheypark, the Hershey Museum, and other diversions for children and adults.... Founded in 1903 by confectioner Milton... Read more

  • Intercourse

    The town's odd name came from the Colonial term for intersection. At the intersection of Routes 340 and 772, this town is a center of Amish life. Between Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand up the road, the Amish... Read more

  • Lancaster

    Near the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Lancaster is a colorful small city that combines Colonial and Pennsylvania Dutch influences. During the French and Indian War and the American Revolution its... Read more

  • Lititz

    Lititz was founded in 1756 by Moravians who settled in Pennsylvania and created their own private community. Lititz's historic character remains, with tree-shaded streets lined with 18th-century houses... Read more

  • Manheim

    Baron Henry William Stiegel founded the small town of Manheim and manufactured Stiegel glassware here in the 18th century. Today a major draw is a winery and fairgrounds a few miles north of town.... Read more

  • Marietta

    Almost half of the buildings in Marietta are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the architecture ranges from rustic log cabins to elegant Federal and Victorian homes. This restored river... Read more

  • Mount Joy

    A historic brewery and some good restaurants are the highlights of this little town.... Read more

  • Strasburg

    Although settled by French Huguenots, the village of Strasburg is today a community of Pennsylvania Dutch. It's best known as the railroad center of eastern Pennsylvania; railroad buffs can easily spend... Read more