AROUND LANCASTER: TALES OF THE PAST, TASTE OF THE PRESENT
Come along to explore Lancaster’s many-layered past and taste the rich flavors of present-day Amish life. Our day will start with a guided bus and walking tour of the city, once the terminus of the nation’s first longdistance paved road, where today’s blossoming arts community shares ground with the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmer’s market, and where in the mid-1800s fiery abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens lived and practiced law. At lunchtime, we’ll visit an Amish family at their farm, where they will prepare and serve us a delicious traditional meal. Then we’ll head to Historic Rock Ford Plantation for a guided tour of the property that was once home to Revolutionary War General Edward Hand, who was a doctor, soldier, immigrant, farmer, politician and slave owner. Along with the topics of theAmerican Revolution, domestic life and politics, our guide will discuss slavery in 18th Century Pennsylvania through Hand’s connections to the people of African descent whom he enslaved. While at Rock Ford, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit on your own the John J. Snyder Gallery of Early Lancaster County Decorative Arts.
Cost includes transportation, entrance fees, guides, lunch, snacks and gratuities.
Masks and proof of vaccination are required on all trips.
502 – $172
8:15 a.m. to approximately 5:45 p.m.
Bus leaves Cheltenham High School promptly at 8:15 a.m.
Note: The lower and first floors of Historic Rock Ford mansion are accessible, but the second floor can be reached only by a staircase.