Hershey, Ephrata and Intercourse PA., Part One, Thursday the 25th March, 2010
March 25th, 2010 by susan_dyer

Thursday the 25th of March was a lazy day.  We decided to take a day of rest and tour around the countryside.  It was overcast and cold, not a great day for pictures, but I am fascinated by the Amish and I could spend days watching them at work and play.  We left Hershey, still following miles of the candy kiss lights.  I took this picture to show the silver foil kiss as well as the chocolate candy kiss!  :)

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We drove around Hershey looking for a Walmart to get an oil change on the Suzuki.  This is the Museum that tells the Hershey Story….

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There were some beautiful homes on Chocolate Ave.  I wonder if they aren’t the homes of some of the founders of the company….  I apologize for the sheen on the pictures.  It was too darn cold to open the car window that morning!  :)

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After getting the oil changed, we headed towards Paradise and Intercourse.  We drove through one subdivision that had a Susan Ave., and I swear every other house was lit up with single candles in each and every window.  In March. :)    And this was miles away from the place where we saw it yesterday.  So we stopped and asked a lady and she said that as far as she knew, there was no religious connection.  Somebody started doing it and everyone copied it.  I had to chuckle, because people constantly stop us in Tatamagouche and ask us the meaning of all the stars on the sides of local houses.  I guess it is like the craze years ago that saw wooden butterflies on the sides of homes, then years later the little boy fishing  at every other house!  :)   No I don’t have any pictures that turned out.  Sigh.  This was the only link that I found on Google that seemed to know anything about the subject…


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There were lots of farms that are automated…..

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We drove through a little place named Ephrata.  I saw this building and assumed it was an old church.  I asked Jim to turn around so that I could get a better picture…

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And the drive he pulled into was for the Ephrata Cloister. 

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We pulled into the parking lot anyway.  We needed the stretch.  :)   The place was beautiful.  Even though the gates were closed, we felt we could at least take some pictures from the well tended pathways….  I forget the reason, but the place was closed that Thursday. 

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This web site tells the very interesting story of the Cloisters. 


If you do visit the web site, take the virtual tour which will explain some of the buildings of which I was able to get a picture.  This photo looks at the Saron or Sisters House.

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I was hoping that the web site would explain this beautifully constructed water way. If you look at the map on the web site, you can see it starting at #7  (the cemetery) and # 8 (the Bake House) on the left of the map and going towards the parking lot….

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This is the Bake House…

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There were lots of squirrels on the property.  I tried to get a picture of this guy, but he literally just hopped from spot….

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…to spot!  :)

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Looking back towards what I initially thought was a church, but as it turns out, it was an Academy or school.

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The Weaver’s House….

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Pretty Daffodils…

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The Museum Store was open, so we took a stroll around inside.  There were very beautiful things including wonderful CD’s of choir music….  You can hears some of the music and see some of the other items for sale by going to the Online Store at the above link….

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After we left Ephrata we were in so many small towns and villages that I’m not sure where this picture was taken, but it is typical of stores accommodating the Amish population by building special areas for the horses and buggies while their owners shop.  Me, taking a picture out the car window….  :)  

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It is one thing to watch a horse and buggy on this kind of street…

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…but it is something else to watch them zig -zag on this kind of road…

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There are buggies for four people, and buggies for two.  Some are wide open and some are closed in….

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This is a typical Amish school.  While bikes lined up outside is a common sight, there is usually a horse and buggy as well.  I don’t know if the chain link fence around Amish schools is a result of the terrible murder/suicide in 2006 or not.  These are three different schools….

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At first, from a distance, I thought that this was a team of horses but they are either mules or donkeys?    A Donkey, an Ass and a Burro (Spanish for donkey) are all the same….A female horse plus a male ass (Jackass), male donkey or  male burro equals a Mule.  Still doesn’t help me figure out what these are, but they aren’t horses!  :)    A male horse and a female donkey, or Ass (Jenny) or burro results in a hinny.  My guess is that these aren’t hinnies!  :)   And that ladies and gentleman, is why it takes me so darn long to do these simple blog pages.  I’m going to Google myself to death one of these days!  :)  

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A different team, maybe horses :) , with some sort of farm machinery hitched behind.  

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And yet a different team heads home after a long day in the field….

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No idea what this piece of equipment might do in the field….

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And yet another team.  Monday was definitely a work day for the Amish men in the area…

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The farms were large, and beautiful…


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We stopped in Intercourse to look at a quilt shop along the side of the highway….

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This was NOT an Amish family.  In Intercourse, it is possible to pay for rides around the community in buggies such as these. When we were here a few years ago, we took just such a ride, but gave it a pass this time around. 

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And there they are, the stars that are stuck to houses all over Nova Scotia!!  :)

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We parked and went into Family Farm Quilts…

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There were no cameras allowed inside, but the quilts inside were even more spectacular than the few hanging outside! 

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Horses for Abby!!

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We stopped at a small store so that Jim could investigate the local cheese situation.  I took a picture of this lady from the road…then noticed a sign saying no photos, ever.   So I put the camera away.

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The next stop was a beautiful museum of quilts.  I took lots and lots of pictures, so the next entry will be all quilts!  :)

2 Responses  
  • Nina Dyer writes:
    November 24th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Lovely photos! A few years ago, I was shopping at the Superstore in Tantallon and a family of Amish got out of a van. The logo on its side said Pennsylvania. I am guessing the driver might not have been Amish. They were beautifully turned out in traditional clothes – their Sunday best most likely. Women in caps and bibs and boys in trousers and hats. On their vacation, maybe? By the look of these homes and farms, I thought maybe they were far too busy to vacation!

  • susan_dyer writes:
    November 24th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    The first time that we travelled through this particular Amish community, we paid for a half hour horse and buggy ride through the small community of Bird in Hand, PA. Our driver, Jake, was Amish and he told us that he travels to Florida every winter to spend a month or so. We asked if he flew, or took a train, but he said that they went by bus! Who knew? I guess the older ones certainly have family that could look after the farms back home and it strikes me that they might be a community that pitches in to help each other so that vacations are possible. The farms certainly are huge! :)

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