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If you are looking for a true "experience" this is the tour for you. You won't see tourists - or tour buses for the entire excursion. We visit and experience the real and remote areas of Lancaster County that only locals know, well off the beaten path of a typical PA Dutch Country tour. Our groups are never larger than 14 people and we provide inside access and information not known to the public through relationships we have with the Amish and Mennonites here in Lancaster. Our guides have Amish relatives, Mennonite roots, and are deeply connected to many people here in the county with a wealth of knowledge and information. This may not be the cheapest experience, but the access and one-to-one attention you'll get is priceless. We even stop on real Amish farms that the public doesn't have access to (not listed on the itinerary). We look forward to introducing you to new cultures among many other gems and informative nuggets you'll get from this experience!
Experience historic sites while traveling the pathways of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster County across river valleys, farmland, cities and small towns. Located just north of the famed Mason-Dixon Line, Lancaster County was a magnet for freedom seekers due to its network of religiously-inspired Abolitionists, free African Americans and white sympathizers, including civil rights pioneer, US Congressman Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868). Be inspired by a professional historian and storyteller who brings alive this little-known yet significant history from the years following the American Revolution to the outbreak of the Civil War. Gain new perspectives on social issues in America today.
We’ll kick it off at the hub of Lancaster, our colonial square, and begin to explore the concentration of historical sites spanning three centuries – all within just a couple of blocks! The nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers market and theater, the birthplace of the Conestoga Wagon, homes of some of Lancaster’s most famous citizens, colonial churches, and much more will be brought to life through stories, characters, arts and architecture. You will learn the out-sized roll our small city played in the birth and growth of America as you stroll through charming streets and alleys and begin to understand the building blocks that take us to the present day. Sound great? Well there is still much more. After our old city history walk, we will whet our whistle at some of Lancaster’s finest craft beer establishments – and the history isn’t over. You will learn how much of our colorful past is tied to beer.
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We have worked in the food industry for nearly 20 years with local restaurants, national franchises, and food manufacturers. As lifelong Lancaster natives, we have grown to fall in love with our downtown restaurants and will take you behind the scenes of our gems. We will take you to some of the most iconic and popular restaurants in downtown Lancaster to sample some of their unique offerings, meet owners and chefs, and learn about the history and expertise of each location. This is a walking tour and will give you good sense of where you may want to go for lunch or dinner!Please also checkout our other experiences including a History of Lancaster City and Amish Country, Meal with an Amish Family, and Lancaster History & Craft Brew Walk!
Your conductor is a former journalist, now a consulting historian and advocate for the preservation of historic sites associated with the Underground Railroad. Randolph Harris has been responsible for the research and documentation of 21 of the approximately 55 sites, programs and facilities included in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This is a program of the US Department of the Interior/National Park Service. Four of these designated sites are visited on this walking tour of the City of Lancaster. The tour is conducted in the heart of the historic City of Lancaster, one of the most vibrant and attractive small towns in America.