The Liberty Bell

The famous Liberty Bell was originally called the “Old State House Bell.” When most people think of the Liberty Bell, they expect to see that iconic crack in it. Everyone wants a photo including the distinctive characteristic. It wouldn’t be the Liberty Bell without it. Most of us don’t realize that these bells were actually … More The Liberty Bell

Founding Personalities

In honor of Presidents’ Day the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia) has several activities scheduled for this weekend. One is a Gallery Tour at the 2nd Bank of the U.S. Portrait Gallery: “The Early Presidents” tour is scheduled for this Saturday, February 17, 2018. View details for it and several other … More Founding Personalities

Shady Maple

As promised I have more food tales to share from our visit to Pennsylvania. Today let’s start with breakfast—a smorgasbord breakfast. Shady Maple Farm Market advertises their business: Where Food is a Destination. Now that is the truth. This family owned business is actually a combination of Farm Market, Smorgasbord, and Gift Shop. Marvin Weaver … More Shady Maple

Green Dragon

Did you know there are dragons in Lancaster County? Another surprise! Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction advertises a carnival atmosphere. Indeed it did remind me of a carnival or a county fair—without the Ferris wheel. The grounds had several buildings to shop in as well as outdoor stalls. Furniture to food, clothes to candy, … More Green Dragon

Gleaming in the Sun

Do you like beautifully modernized antique vehicles? If so, a National Street Rods Association® event may be the place for you. The NSRA annually hosts several specialty shows in the U.S. featuring hot rods and muscle cars among others. The photos in this post were taken at the Street Rod Nationals East this summer in … More Gleaming in the Sun

Amish Country

On a beautiful summer morning we climbed into a large Amish buggy. Levi, our Amish driver and tour guide was a retired farmer. He skillfully drove our wagonload of seven tourists (including 1 small boy) across the highway. Many people think of the Amish and Mennonites when someone mentions Lancaster County. Those same people often … More Amish Country

Ephrata Cloister

One glimpse of those buildings tucked away from the road and I was immediately intrigued. Their architecture was obviously early (1700s) and obviously European. What in the world were they doing here in Lancaster County? The sign read, Ephrata Cloister. Dressed in white monastic garments similar to descriptions of those worn by original members of … More Ephrata Cloister