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“Better hope for a different tour guide than who we had ...”

Amish Farm and House
Ranked #5 of 71 things to do in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In 1954, the play, “Plain and Fancy” was a smash hit on Broadway. The Broadway hit drew a spotlight as the play was featured around the Amish lifestyle and their home: Lancaster County. This was the tipping point of a tourist boom the progressively grew from 25,000 annual visitors to 2,000,000 by 1960. Due to the increase of tourists and invasion of privacy of the Amish, Lancaster-local Adolph Neuber believe that there should be a place to accurately learn about the Amish, while respecting their privacy. An Amish family opened their home and property to visitors for tours. Since 1955, The Amish Farm and House has been connecting the Amish community and the public. Tour Lancaster County’s Amish Farm and House. Opened nearly 60 years ago, The Amish Farm and House has hosted travelers from around the world visiting Lancaster County. Experience Lancaster County’s Premier Amish Attraction with our farm and house tours.
Rochester, MN
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2 reviews
“Better hope for a different tour guide than who we had ...”
Reviewed July 12, 2008

We had what we're assuming is the owner's mother. unfortunately, I didn't catch her name. Wow, I'm hoping it was just the tour guide, but this was not worth the money. The tour guide was a total ditz. Forgot to tell us things or would interrupt one thing she was talking about and start back on something else. We felt we learned almost nothing about the Amish way of life because all we could think was "Is this tour over? Can we get away from her yet?"

It really soured us on the rest of the place, too. It was a hot, muggy day. So we didn't have a whole lot of energy to begin with, but that made it even worse. We could barely care less about seeing anything at the farm. Thankfully, we did look around because we were able to find our best experience of the day. We wandered in to one of the shops out back and met the wood burner, Chris Lubkemann. While we were looking around, he asked Ashley her name and burnt it along with a smiley face into one of his scrap pieces and just handed it to her.

It wasn't just neat that we could get personalized things, but he had so much fun interacting with the people that it made you want to spend time around him just to hear his comments. He owned the goats on the farm (which made us want to go back and see them) and two of them were pregnant (due any minute), so he was always talking about them. He had one grandchild and LOTS of grand kids! He almost made it worth the price of admission.

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NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lots of fun”
Reviewed May 4, 2008

Ok, so it is not a scene out of "Witness" but if you have kids and want to spend 2 hours doing something hands on and fun, this place is great. You can go on a guided tour, though we chose to walk around on our own. There are farm animals, horse and carriage rides, a playground, blacksmith shop, sheep sheering demo, wood carving. It is more of a replica of an Amish Farm but as with all our trips, it is family friendly. It is unfortunate that it is behind a shopping center with Target, Cold Stone and Panera Bread but we found that convienient since when we were done we went out to lunch and then for ice cream! You can print a coupon off their site. The buggy ride was $5 and our guide (though not Amish) was very informative.

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Ringwood, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice if you can ignore the Target next door”
Reviewed August 27, 2007

THis was an authentic amish household and farm. The unfortunate part is it has been built up around, but once you are inside and out back it is easy to ignore. The guide was a nice older lady who had alot of info about the Amish way of life. You can tell she really felt passionate as she got choked up a few times speaking of their goodness and unselfishness. It was slow paced and a little over detailed for children. I saw several kids squirming and anxious to leave and explore on their own. Including my own (6 and 11) I would reccomend taking them anyway.. They might learn something accidentally!!

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Binghamton, New York
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“Amish Farm and House- Better than expected”
Reviewed August 27, 2007

I was leery of visiting the Amish Farm and House after reading some of the reviews, but since I had passes to visit I decided to go for it. Overall it was a nice place. The farm area was well maintained and our guide who took us through the house was a very well informed speaker. He took time to answer questions and explained the Amish culture very well. I do admit that is was a bit weird to have this atttraction smack dab in the middle of a shopping plaza, but once you get into the house and out on the farm area it really isn't as bad at seems.

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Montreal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Do not loose your time to go there”
Reviewed August 26, 2007

When you arrive to see an Amish house, someone is expecting to find green fields aroud the place just like in the movie "Witness"! Well, we arrive to that place by passing on the parking lot of a Target store... What is wrong ??? The place is so small it is ridiculous. Found more "real" Amish on the 897 from rt-30 to the rt-222 ! On that route you will see real farms and the most beautifuls landscapes !

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