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Towns & Heritage

Towns and Villages

Come linger in Lancaster County, where there's no fast lane, and where life's brisk pace naturally slows to a stroll. Tucked into rolling Amish farmland are some of this country's oldest towns and villages. Each one has a story of its own, history carved into the restored buildings, churches, museums and attractions found in quaint downtowns. Meander the charming tree-lined streets bordered by local art galleries, funky boutiques, antiques shops, farmers' markets, cozy cafes and upscale restaurants. Venture out into the surrounding countryside to explore covered bridges, or plan to partake in community festivals and events.

Details about Lancaster County's individual towns and villages can be found at the links below.

Lancaster County Towns and Villages


Adamstown, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Adamstown
Known as the “Antiques Capital,” Adamstown is a premier year-round treasure-hunting destination in northeastern Lancaster County, home to thousands of quality antiques dealers within a three-mile radius.
Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Bird-in-Hand
Tucked into farm fields along Route 340, an AAA designated cultural scenic byway, Bird-in-Hand has been a farmers’ meeting place for centuries. Visit its charming restaurant, inns, farmers’ market and shops for an authentic experience.
Christiana, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Christiana
A tiny historic town known for its role in the Underground Railroad and Civil War, Christiana is located in the southeastern part of the county. It houses a museum and theatre that bring the moving freedom journey stories to life.
Columbia, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Columbia
Columbia’s rich history as an industrial hub along the Susquehanna River is reflected in the Victorian-inspired architecture that still remains today. While in town, visit a renowned clock museum, glass factory, historic mansion and farmers’ market.
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Elizabethtown
The quaint northwestern Lancaster County town is home to a variety of galleries, small shops, museums and eateries. Learn about its history via 19th and 20th century buildings, plus vibrant hand-painted murals created on the sides of buildings by a local artist.
Ephrata, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Ephrata
This charming town is home to one of America’s earliest religious communities. Surrounded by Amish farmland, the northeastern Lancaster County hub also offers antiques, shops and restaurants.
Intercourse, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Intercourse
In this true Amish hub along Route 340, you’ll be immersed in a unique way of life and find lots of handmade remembrances. Visit a charming shopping village, authentic cannery, pretzel factory, Amish theatre and PA Dutch restaurant. Hop on a buggy ride, too!
Lititz, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Lititz
Stroll the quaint, tree-lined streets of this historic northern Lancaster County village to browse its unique shops, galleries and bed and breakfasts. The “foodie town” is also home to several famous sweet and salty spots – take tours and grab some samples!
Manheim, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Manheim
Once a flourishing industrial center, Manheim still remains a trading center of sorts for farmers along well-traveled Rt. 72. When visiting the quaint town, stop at a nearby dairy farm tour and lively renaissance village.
Marietta, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Marietta
Once a hotbed for river commerce, this river town is steeped in old-world charm and 19th century flavor, thanks to cozy bed and breakfasts, fine restaurants and enticing antiques shops.
Mount Joy, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Mount Joy
Stroll down Main Street of this northwestern Lancaster County town and find that antique you’ve been looking for, or delight your taste buds in one of Mount Joy’s delicious eateries. A unique experience awaits at a 19th-century brewery and metal giftware factory tour and store.
Strasburg, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County
Strasburg
Nestled among sprawling Amish farmland, the streets of this southern  historic village are lined with country stores, quaint shops and eateries. The “traintown” also features train rides and other unique family railroad attractions, plus world-class theatre and antiques.