Lancaster wasn’t always a popular tourist destination. That all changed in 1955 when Lancaster entrepreneur, Adolf Neuber, had the idea to open an educational destination for the public where people could learn the truth about the Amish way of life in Lancaster County.
Neuber opened The Amish Farm and House to provide an authentic and accurate educational experience that was true to the historical, and modern, customs of Lancaster County’s Amish, while always remaining respectful of his Amish neighbors and preference for privacy.
That tradition of providing an authentic educational experience while remaining respectful of our Amish neighbors continues to this day.
You will learn from knowledgeable guides, most of whom have lived in Lancaster their entire lives and some of whom have worked closely with, and in, the Amish community. Since our tours are un-scripted, you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions while on a guided bus or farmhouse tour.
"Very informative and interesting. Guide was great, answered questions and really gave us an idea of the people and the area."
Christina A. | Google review
“I like working at the Amish Farm and House because it’s given me the opportunity to extend my teaching career. This job allows me to teach people from all over the world.”
Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn, donates farmland to colonial Governor John Evans.
The Lancaster-Philadelphia Turnpike is built (now called Lincoln Highway/Route 30). It is the first paved road in the United States.
Isaac and Mary Evans begin construction on the farmhouse.
The property changed hands, but all its residents, Quakers, Mennonites, and Amish, operated the farm as a quintessential Pennsylvania German farm. They grew crops typical for Lancaster (corn, tobacco, alfalfa, etc.) and raised traditional farm animals too (cows, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs).
The play, "Plain and Fancy" was a smash hit on Broadway and featured the Amish and the area in which they live--Lancaster County. The play sparked so much interest in Lancaster County that visitation ballooned from 25,000 annual visitors to over 2,000,000 visitors by 1960.
The Amish Farm and House is born. Lancaster restaurateur Adolph Neuber, believed there should be a place where visitors could correctly learn about the Amish lifestyle.
The Willows Covered Bridge was relocated to the Amish Farm and House.
Adolph Neuber started the first PA Dutch Visitor’s Center out of our Willow’s Covered Bridge.
The Amish Farm and House become more international by translating the house tour into different languages. We now have the house tour translated into 16 languages.
Our resident woodcarver Chris Lubkemann joined the Amish Farm and House.
We continued to add language guides. We now have several bilingual tour guides.
We celebrated our 50 years. We invited all former employees back to the farm for a celebration.
An Amish construction team built an authentic Amish schoolhouse on our 15-acre farm property.
Started our countryside bus tour. First Countryside Bus tour operating in Lancaster County.
Our scooter run opened to the public.
Started to operate countryside bus tour out of the Lancaster Visitor Center.
Picnic pavilion was added to our farm for guests to use at the leisure.
Start of the Deluxe Dinner Tour.
We added our resident clay artist, Esther O’Hara.
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