Spending the 4th with the Amish and President

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Amish horse and buggy

It was the 4th of July (also known as Independence Day in the US, or America's Birthday), and my job ended a few days ago. I was not looking for another one, as I wanted to do some traveling. And on this day, I decided to take a trip to Lancaster.

I have been there numerous times before, and decided to visit one of the Amish attractions. I left in the morning, and drove out to Lancaster. The sky looked gray, and while I like cloud cover, I was worried about rain. I had a little trouble finding the place, until I remember reading somewhere, that it was next to a Target. So I went there, and found the Amish Farm and House. 

So who is the Amish? In short, they are a Christian religious group that pretty much lives mostly separate from the rest of society, and don't rely on electricity going through their homes.

The Amish Farm and House
But not necessarily cut themselves off completely from the outside world, as they do shop at department stores, and will occasionally get rides in motor vehicles. But they do keep the outside world at arms length. 

Also known as Pennsylvania Dutch in this state, which is actually a mis-pronunciation of the term "Deutsch", as they actually speak an early dialect of German. They trace back to the 16th century in Switzerland, within the Mennonite group, but would later split from them. Lancaster County has the 2nd largest Amish population in the country, only Holmes County in Ohio is larger.

Obviously, there is a lot more to who the Amish are, but you would be better off looking it up on Wikipedia and other sites for more information.  

I went inside the building, and decided to just tour this place.
grounds of Amish farm
I would walk around on the grounds, seeing various buildings on an Amish farm, including a blacksmith shop and an one-room schoolhouse. As the name indicated, it is also a farm, which meant, there were farm animals at this place. I would stop halfway, so I can join the guided tour of the house. Then resume seeing the farm grounds, until I was done. More about all this in the review here

After I finished seeing this place, I would leave, but could not believe that a shopping center was basically covering up this place. I was told by the staff there, that this place was in danger of being knocked down, when the developer of the land, wanted to put the Target and other stores there.

Leaving the place, I headed to President James Buchanan's Wheatland.
Wheatland mansion
I had this quest to visit the US Presidents sites, whether it's homes or memorials, or whatever. Though, finding a definitive list is just impossible, as some would list places that are not open to the public. Anyway, I was able to find this place, as I did visit this place before. But never got to tour the home. 

So who is James Buchanan? He was the 15th President of the US, from 1857 to 1861. And sometimes referred to, as the guy who came before Abraham Lincoln. Buchanan would be the only President from Pennsylvania, and the only one who would never marry. His niece, Harriet Lane, would serve as his First Lady. And the first one to ever be called "First Lady". 

Now considered one of the worst Presidents of all-time, as he basically just made things a lot worse in the country, which would lead to the Civil War between North and South, over the issue of slavery and other things.
portrait of James Buchanan
From what I have read and heard, he certainly did not seem interested in being President, as it was not so much what he did, but he did not do. And when he left office, he was really relieved, as if a huge burden was lifted off his shoulders. The Presidency was clearly not what it cracked up to be.

I would start with touring of his mansion. I did have a hard time keeping up with the tour guide, as I always wanted to take photos of the room, without any people in it. After touring the mansion, I would pay extra to see the Exhibit Gallery, which contained artfiacts from the Lancaster County area. More about visiting these 2 parts of Wheatland in the review here.

After seeing Wheatland, I decided to head to Hershey

WalterC says:
Yeah, the guide never got into that. And no one in our group asked about it. But the film did mention it, though very little.
Posted on: Jul 10, 2016
Zagnut66 says:
Buchanan might also have been gay, it was widely rumored at the time.
Posted on: Jul 10, 2016
WalterC says:
No, it is not!
Posted on: Jul 09, 2016
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Amish horse and buggy
Amish horse and buggy
The Amish Farm and House
The Amish Farm and House
grounds of Amish farm
grounds of Amish farm
Wheatland mansion
Wheatland mansion
portrait of James Buchanan
portrait of James Buchanan
Target store, next to Amish Farm &…
Target store, next to Amish Farm …
a bunch of chicks
a bunch of chicks
Summer Kitchen
Summer Kitchen
Summer Kitchen
Summer Kitchen
Blacksmith Shop - 1
Blacksmith Shop - 1
Blacksmith Shop - 2
Blacksmith Shop - 2
Blacksmith Shop - 3
Blacksmith Shop - 3
wagon
wagon
Bake Oven
Bake Oven
inside windmill building
inside windmill building
windmill
windmill
pigs lying around
pigs lying around
straw shed
straw shed
alpacas
alpacas
baby goat wondering freely
baby goat wondering freely
old sewing machine
old sewing machine
car battery, powering the sewing m…
car battery, powering the sewing …
kitchen, inside Amish house
kitchen, inside Amish house
girls room, inside Amish House
girl's room, inside Amish House
boys room, inside Amish House
boy's room, inside Amish House
cow
cow
Willow Lane Amish one-room schoolh…
Willow Lane Amish one-room school…
classroom of one-room schoolhouse
classroom of one-room schoolhouse
childrens art
children's art
checkers made of wood
checkers made of wood
where buggies park when shopping a…
where buggies park when shopping …
covered bridge
covered bridge
Amish buggy coming out of covered …
Amish buggy coming out of covered…
front of Wheatland mansion
front of Wheatland mansion
inside the Wheatland mansion
inside the Wheatland mansion
small dining room
small dining room
large dining room
large dining room
portrait of Harriet Lane, at old a…
portrait of Harriet Lane, at old …
pictures of Queen Victoria & Princ…
pictures of Queen Victoria & Prin…
parlor
parlor
parlor
parlor
Buchanans library
Buchanan's library
old wine bottle from 1840s, with …
old wine bottle from 1840's, with…
Buchanans library
Buchanan's library
table in library
table in library
Harriet Lanes bedroom
Harriet Lane's bedroom
me in front of mirror, taking photo
me in front of mirror, taking photo
Harriet Lanes bedroom
Harriet Lane's bedroom
James Buchanans bedroom
James Buchanan's bedroom
James Buchanans bedroom, with lit…
James Buchanan's bedroom, with li…
photo of Harriet Lane
photo of Harriet Lane
model of Conestoga Wagon
model of Conestoga Wagon
campaign poster for James Buchanan…
campaign poster for James Buchana…
statue of James Buchanan
statue of James Buchanan
displays of old furniture
displays of old furniture
Lancaster Sights & Attractions review
Nice attraction about one of the worst Presidents in US history
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland is the estate of the only US President to have come from Pennsylvania. This place consists of various parts, so… read entire review
Lancaster Sights & Attractions review
Great place to see how the Amish live
Located in a shopping center with PetSmart and Panera, and right next to a Target department store, the Amish House and Farm can be difficult to find,… read entire review
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