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“Ok Tour”

The Amish Farm and House
Ranked #5 of 72 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.
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Ok Tour”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

The amish farm and house was ok. It was a quick tour with an explaination of how the amish live. The kids kind a got a little bored after the first 15 minutes. It would have been nice if they had some kind of a buggy ride or something so that they could have seen the horses. It was ok. but next time we plan to go to Abbe's buggy ride so the kids get a chance to see a real live horse.

Visited December 2013
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Amish F, Director of Marketing at The Amish Farm and House, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Sheri T: Thank you for your recent visit to the Amish Farm and House. Please come back and visit us during the summer when you'll see horses on the farm as well as a full array of demonstrators and kids activities. Unfortunately, during the Winter months, outside farm activities are limited due to weather, etc. But definitely come back in the summer. You'll enjoy it!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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179 reviews
73 attraction reviews
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“Good intro...especially on a Sunday”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Lancaster is really nice, but if you go there on a Sunday and expect to see Amish people, you'll be disappointed. It is their day off.
This is an old Amish house and the tour gives you a short insight into Amish life (40 min). The farm itself is not much, but would work well if you are there with kids.

Visited November 2013
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Amish F, Director of Marketing at The Amish Farm and House, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Ellehoj: Thank you for your recent visit to the Amish Farm and House! We're glad you found your tour enjoyable and informative. It is true that you'll find all Amish business closed on Sunday. It is their Sabbath, however, if you do our Countryside Bus Tour on a Sunday, you'll probably see more Amish than you would during the week. Typically, visitors will see more buggies on the road, more people walking about, and may even see a church service or two....you'll probably see more Amish on Sunday than during the week. If you visit us during the summer, you'll see several Amish people working on our farm. Again thank you for visiting us. We hope to see you again soon!
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Westover, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Amish House in the middle of a shopping area.”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

The last time I visited this Amish house was in 1968. Many changes since then, most notably is that the house and farm are sandwiched between a Target and shopping plaza unfortunately. It used to be out in the country. I felt that it lost it's ambience when that happened. Just not the same. Also, our guide seemed scripted. If you asked questions about the amish, she didn't seem to know many of the answers. I seemed to know a bit more than her, just from watching some shows about them. I feel a guide should know just about anything about the subject. The older gentleman that worked in the gift shop was a wealth of information, especially about the area and things to do and how to get there. I bet he would be a great guide.

Visited November 2013
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Amish F, Director of Marketing at The Amish Farm and House, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Robincatsmeow: Thank you for your recent visit to the Amish Farm and House. It is true that modernity has surrounded a once-1000 acre farm. However, during the construction all around us, not one single original building was touched! Plus, the farm has many new features that make the farm more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Our farm is still 15-acres behind the original 1805 farmhouse. As someone who knows first hand what the farm looked like in 1968 and now who works there, I can honestly say that the farm property is much better than it was 45 years ago! We strive to keep it updated, friendly, clean, and enjoyable. But don't take our word for it...just ask the many Lancasterians who voted us "Best of Lancaster County". I'm not sure who you had as a tour guide, but all our tour guides are highly knowledgeable about the Amish culture. Some guides could (and have) written books about it. Please come back and visit us again soon, and when you do, I can guarantee that you'll learn more than you ever could by watching TV shows!
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Perryville, Maryland
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“Nice tour, cute things for kids”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

We went here on a class trip. The kids loved the school house and the scooter rides. The house tour was very good as well. Interesting place to learn about Amish. The Target that was built right on top of the place was a little disappointing. The place is right on the Target parking lot. They didn't get an easement for some scenery here. The animals were all visible and there were many buildings and things to see.

Visited October 2013
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Amish F, Director of Marketing at The Amish Farm and House, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Mary532: Thank you for your recent visit to the Amish Farm and House! We're glad you and your field trip enjoyed your tour and farm experience. We fought tooth and nail to preserve the farm. We tried to keep the ambiance of the farm so that once you walk through the front doors, you'll forget about the modern world on the other side. It's true...we literally are "tucked behind the hustle and bustle of today's world!' We're glad your kids enjoyed the animals, and all that the farm has to offer. We hope to see you again soon!
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Brick, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Was a little disappointing.”
Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

The front desk lady was not rude, but definitely not friendly. I just think when the first person you come across is not happy, it kind of rubs off.

Toured the grounds while we were waiting for the house tour to start. It was informative for a self guided tour. The barn was gross. I know barns have animals and are not usually slick and span, but this barn could really use a cleaning. If I had kids with me I would yell them not to touch anything. The railings are covered in bird poop. The animals looked sad. I saw a couple barns in the area and they didn't look like this.

House tour was packed. Tour lady was pretty serious. She did answer some questions at the end.

Overall I would recommend the Amish village over this place, even though its staged its a much happier place.

Visited November 2013
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Amish F, Director of Marketing at The Amish Farm and House, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
JerseyShoreGirl123: Thank you for your recent visit to the Amish Farm and House. We're disappointed that you found your visit not what you expected. I'm not sure who greeted you at the front desk, but our front line staff is trained to be friendly, helpful, and informative, so anything to the contrary will be or has been addressed. We have a full time animal care staff who maintains the barns and outbuildings. If you see something that needs to be addressed, please tell a staff member so that it can be taken care of immediately. Since 1955, our property, tour, and staff have won multiple awards. No other "Amish attraction" can claim that. We're proud of our heritage and our customer service. We hope you'll visit us again soon!
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