It seems like summer just flew by! I am sure many people are begrudging the end of beach and barbecue season, but there are a lot of activities to look forward to over the next few months.
To me, the bright lights of the ferris wheel and Tilt-a-Whirl along with the sweet scent of cotton candy and sugary fried dough signify the beginning of autumn. Lancaster County is host to a number of county fairs this September and October. I anxiously await this time of year because I am a funnel cake fanatic! But I only just found out a few weeks ago that you can buy funnel cakes at Root’s Market in Manheim every Tuesday. Weekly access to those fried treats could be dangerous!
The pencils are sharpened and the bookbags are packed! Seeing the kids wait for the school bus as I drive into work makes me a little nostalgic for history class and field trips. Fortunately there are a lot of great historical attractions for me to visit in Lancaster this fall! The 1719 Hans Herr House, the oldest homestead in Lancaster County, sits back on a beautiful piece of land in Willow Street. The Fall is a great time to visit because, let’s be honest, visiting the Lancaster Longhouse seems much more appealing when it isn’t 90 degrees and humid. Another interesting place to visit is the Winters Heritage House in Elizabethtown. The staff there are very friendly and they have a small geneological library in the back of the building. The museum is an old log home on High Street right down the street from a cute coffee shop, Folklore Coffee Company. It’s a great place to pick up a warm chai latte or cafe mocha. The Landis Valley Museum, a historical village and farm is also a beautiful place to walk around when the weather is cool and the leaves are changing colors. Last year I watched a few soldiers perform re-enactments on the property for their Civil War Days special event. The Landis Valley Museum’s Harvest Days Event on October 12-13 looks like a lot of fun…food, wagon rides, and live music!
Of course, my “must-do” this fall is to take The Amish Farm Tour buggy ride from Intercourse. I walk by the
AAA Buggy Rides stand every week at Kitchen Kettle Village and I keep telling myself that I need to come back for the tour. This fall seems like the perfect time to take a buggy ride… I am looking forward to wearing a sweatshirt and jeans and breathing in the crisp, autumn air as the horses clip-clop through the countryside. I am sure the vibrant colors of the trees and farmlands will be breathtaking. Who needs beaches and barbecues? Fall is right around the corner!