Lancaster, PA, Guide and Information


Exploring Pet-Friendly Delights: A Memorable Journey through Lancaster, PA

In the heart of Pennsylvania's picturesque countryside, Lancaster is a charming destination that caters to both humans and their furry companions. Known for its rich history, Amish culture, and breathtaking landscapes, this inviting city offers a myriad of pet-friendly activities that are sure to delight every member of the family. Join us on an unforgettable journey as we uncover the pet-friendly wonders of Lancaster, PA.

Lancaster County is a haven for nature enthusiasts and their four-legged friends. Start your adventure by exploring the magnificent trails at Lancaster County Central Park. With over 544 acres of lush greenery, it provides ample space for your pup to frolic and play. For a more scenic experience, head to the picturesque Susquehannock State Park, where hiking trails wind through dense forests and offer breathtaking vistas of the Susquehanna River.

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Historically Speaking Lancaster

Embracing the Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish culture most definitely plunges you back in time, however, there’s more dialing back of the years to be experienced elsewhere.

Let’s start with Lancaster, the city that’s the seat of Lancaster County. Founded as a borough in1742 and then chartered as a city in 1818, it’s one of the oldest inland cities in the United States. It’s named after the English city of Lancaster and as you may notice around town, its symbol is the red rose, which is also the symbol of the House of Lancaster in England.

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Embracing the PA Dutch and Amish Culture of Lancaster

The Dutch in Pennsylvania Dutch refers to Deutsch or Deitsch as in the people from Germany and their language. Indeed many from southern Germany, Austria and even parts of Switzerland settled in this part of Pennsylvania during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Fleeing religious intolerance at home, these Germanic people were free to practice their beliefs as they wished in Pennsylvania. German “colonies” were also established in other states such as Wisconsin, Ohio and the Dakotas, although Pennsylvania saw the greatest number of settlers.

By the time World War I seized the nation, these people were encouraged to assimilate more. Then with the onslaught of World War II, speaking the German language and practicing German traditions on American soil became increasingly verboten. Today the Amish, a specific religious denomination within the Pennsylvania Dutch people, are among the few to speak Pennsylfanisch Deitsch on a more regular basis, a language that you can hear being spoken when you pass or encounter some of these folks in and around Lancaster County. As for all the wonderful traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch, many have thankfully been preserved, which is largely what makes Lancaster County, the city of Lancaster and its jumble of small towns and villages so charming to visitors and locals alike.

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