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Garden Spot: Lancaster County, the Old Order Amish, and the by David Walbert

By David Walbert

Every year, thousands of holiday makers are attracted to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to event first-hand the imperative pastoral--both as an get away from city existence and as a unprecedented chance to turn into immersed in heritage. the world has attracted viewers wanting to trap a glimpse of the exact non secular neighborhood of the outdated Order Amish, to understand the great thing about the farmland, to benefit from the ample and scrumptious nutrients of the Pennsylvania Dutch...and, so much lately, to buy on the area's outlet department shops. for almost 300 years, Lancaster county has been a version of agricultural prosperity, rooted within the family members farm. the agricultural personality of where continues to be Lancaster's essential vacationer charm, yet is at odds with its swiftly emerging inhabitants and the industrial and home progress that has introduced. it's the stress among rural culture, growth, and urbanization that lies on the middle of backyard Spot. David Walbert examines how 20th century American tradition has come to outline and relish rurality, and the way development and monetary growth can co-exist with renovation of the conventional methods of existence within the area. Will small farms fail in a tradition that has more and more come to worth productiveness over caliber of lifestyles? What impression will additional improvement have on keeping this region's personality? Can rurality and growth co-exist within the twenty first century? A brilliant portrayal of the land and other people, citizens and outsiders alike, backyard Spot narrates the background of this zone and considers the demanding situations Lancaster County and its humans face that allows you to safeguard their special position.

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Lancaster County, as usual, was more fortunate than most rural areas; farmers there were only then fully exploiting the possibilities of tobacco fields and stockyards, and intensive dairying still lay on the horizon. Yet Lancaster was not immune from broader changes in economy and culture. By the time of the Civil War, the county’s farms could be subdivided no further and remain profitable; the rural population had, for the time being, reached its peak. The “excess” population headed to the city—to Lancaster, or perhaps to Reading or Philadelphia—for industrial work.

And though the idea of the Garden Spot remained as strong as ever, if progress meant urbanization, how could Lancaster County remain rural without becoming backward? These questions, both philosophically and practically, would haunt Lancaster County throughout the twentieth century. ✸ 2 PRIDE AND PROGRESS Education, Literacy, and the Little Red Schoolhouse Rejoice, I say, rejoice, for the wilderness has blossomed the rose! —PERCY JEWETT BURRELL On three muggy evenings in the early summer of 1929, thousands of Lancaster Countians packed Franklin and Marshall College’s football stadium to watch their history come alive.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. rier against Catholic settlers from Maryland and Indians from the Appalachians. 16 By the eve of the Revolution, Lancaster city had become the largest inland town in the colonies, an important stop on the “Great Wagon Road” from Philadelphia west and south through the Appalachians. The Conestoga Wagon originated there, on the banks of the river from which it took its name, as did the misnamed Kentucky rifle. But it was agriculture for which Lancaster County fast became known.

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