Settlers seeking land and religious freedom flocked to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, even before its official establishment in 1729. Among the settlers were the Amish and Mennonites, Protestant sects from Germany and Switzerland, who have become synonymous with Lancaster County. Because of their strict adherence to Biblical scripture and their belief in a community-centered life, the Old Order Amish in particular created a separate and distinct culture that has endured, largely unchanged, for centuries.
Tourism is among the most profitable enterprises of Lancaster County. Horse-drawn buggies, picture-perfect farmhouses, and villages with evocative names like Bird-in-Hand and Blue Ball draw visitors from around the world; the county is also blessed with a natural beauty and an enviable historical heritage. Scores of perfectly preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings grace the area’s small towns. Beautiful parks, rivers, wildflower glens and woodlands beckon nature lovers, hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. A ride down tranquil country roads leads past pristine farms, cultivated fields surrounded by flower gardens, historic churches, and quaint covered bridges. Famous for its antiques markets and country auctions, the county is also home to a thriving arts and crafts community.
Fertile land makes Lancaster County one of the most productive non-irrigated agricultural counties in the United States. It is home to more than 5,000 farms, the majority of them family-owned for generations. Roadside stands and farmer’s markets greet residents and visitors alike with a feast of fresh produce and Pennsylvania Dutch favorites like shoofly pie and chow chow relish.
This picturesque stamp image of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is one of ten designs featured on the upcoming set of Scenic American Landscapes stamped cards. Scheduled for release on June 23 at the National Topical Stamp Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, these stamped cards are the second set highlighting some of our nation’s most beautiful natural places.