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Is "Pennsylvania Dutch" Country Nearby?

"Dutch Country" in Lancaster County PA is about 65 miles or 1 1/2 hours drive west of Washington Crossing PA at the south end of Lower Delaware Scenic Wild & Scenic River.

A direct route to "Dutch" (actually, German) country would be to take Interstate 95 south about 5 miles to Route 1 south for about 8 miles, then Interstate 276/76/the Pennsylvania Turnpike (toll) about 50 to 65 miles west depending on where you begin your tour.

 

Information Sources

Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lancaster PA
(800) PADUTCH (800) 723-8824

Mennonite Information Center, Lancaster PA
Interpreting the faith and practices of the Amish and Mennonites; also providing a bookstore, a film about the Amish, and 10,000-villages fair-trade store.

Bird-in-Hand PA
One of many PA Dutch villages of Lancaster County PA, and central to the region, with attractions such as buggy rides.

 

PA State Parks and Historic Sites in the Area

Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster PA
Not a "museum" at all but an entire historic village of German-American culture, portraying lifeways from 1740 to 1940.
Links to maps, directions, local lodging and restaurants on the PA tourism website.

Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata PA
Germanic religious community from 1732 and its unique buildings.
Links to maps, directions, local lodging and restaurants on the PA tourism website.

Cornwall Iron Furnace, Cornwell PA
An iron manufacturing complex from Revolutionary times.
Links to maps, directions, local lodging and restaurants on the PA tourism website.

 

Related Sites in this Region

Lancaster Cultural History Museum, Lancaster PA
Historic and decorative artifacts of the area

Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum, Lancaster PA
Textiles especially quilts from the 18th to 20th centuries

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