Whether you consider yourself a history buff, a nature lover or an open-minded traveler who's ready for anything, Lancaster County belongs on your destination bucket list. Discover the history of Lancaster by visiting the area's most remarkable and fascinating landmarks. Your adventure begins with a stop at each of these regional must-sees.
James Buchanan's presidency may not stand out in many history books, but his Lancaster home, Wheatland, remains in pristine condition. A Pennsylvanian by birth, Buchanan spent the rest of his life at Federal-style Wheatland after leaving office in 1861.
Visitors can explore this splendid building and grounds year-round at 1120 Marietta Avenue in Lancaster. General admission tickets are available at reasonable prices, and they're free for youngsters 10 and under.
2. Hans Herr House
About 17 minutes from the heart of Lancaster, you can step back 300 years into true Amish country. Located in Willow Street, PA the Hans Herr House celebrates centuries of German ingenuity, folklore and family life.
If you've ever wondered what the first Commonwealth settlers experienced, walk around this unique and beautiful property and its museum. You may even want to take a class in folk art or blacksmithing! With competitive pricing and discounts for the kiddos, the Hans Herr House should be on your itinerary.
3. Strasburg Rail Road
Who can resist the lure of a steam locomotive? At the Strasburg Rail Road in Ronks, you can climb aboard for a ride across picturesque farmland and other nostalgic landscapes reminiscent of bygone days yet vibrantly alive in Lancaster County.
Each ticket provides you with a 45-minute ride. When you're booking your Strasburg Rail Road excursion, be sure to ask about special events, such as the popular 'Day Out With Thomas the Train' event.
4. Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge
Many photographers and green space enthusiasts appreciate the ambiance, functionality and aesthetic of covered bridges. Pennsylvania has plenty of historic covered bridges standing, and the Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge is one of the landmarks in Lancaster that you'll be glad you saw.
Constructed in the mid-1800s, the Bridge in Bird-in-Hand, PA, features a single span and phenomenally solid engineering.
5. American Military Edged Weaponry Museum
Have a military buff in your group? The American Military Edged Weaponry Museum offers more than anyone could bargain for. From Bowie knives and bayonets to sabers and swords, each exhibit provides everything you could want to know about how, why and when each artifact was used.
At only a few dollars for each admission, a ticket to this museum is an incredible bargain.
Get Away From It All And Visit Historical Landmarks in Lancaster
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