Spending the 4th with the Amish and President
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.