About The Amish Farm and House

Quick Facts

  • We are the first tourist attraction in Lancaster County and the first Amish-focused attraction in the U.S.
  • Our farmland and farmhouse were once owned by an Amish family.
  • 90% of our professional tour guide staff are Lancaster County natives.
  • Expertise and authenticity are all part of the experience when visiting our nearly 300-year-old farm and taking one of our scenic bus tours.

What makes our Amish tour Authentic

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.

An Authentic Learning Opportunity

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

Featured Tour Guides
  • Name: Rose Kauffman
  • Lives in: Gap, PA
  • Role: Driver Guide, Front Desk Admission, Professional Gardner
  • Years worked: 3 years

“I love the Amish Farm and House! It’s a stress-free job and I like the people I work with, especially Mark our general manager. My favorite part of my job is getting to play with our animals.”

Farm and House History
  • 1715

    Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn, donates farmland to colonial Governor John Evans.

  • 1792

    The Lancaster-Philadelphia Turnpike is built (now called Lincoln Highway/Route 30). It is the first paved road in the United States.

  • 1805

    Isaac and Mary Evans begin construction on the farmhouse.

  • 1805-1950’s

    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 property changed hands, but all its residents, Quakers, Mennonites, and Amish, operated the farm as a quintessential Pennsylvania German farm
  • 1954

    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.

  • 1955

    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.

  • 1961

    The Willows Covered Bridge was relocated to the Amish Farm and House.

  • 1962

    Adolph Neuber started the first PA Dutch Visitor’s Center out of our Willow’s Covered Bridge.

  • 1990

    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.

  • 1997

    Our resident woodcarver Chris Lubkemann joined the Amish Farm and House.

  • 2000

    We continued to add language guides. We now have several bilingual tour guides.

  • 2005

    We celebrated our 50 years. We invited all former employees back to the farm for a celebration.

  • 2006

    An Amish construction team built an authentic Amish schoolhouse on our 15-acre farm property.

    An Amish construction team built an authentic Amish schoolhouse on our 15-acre farm property.
  • 2008

    Started our countryside bus tour. First Countryside Bus tour operating in Lancaster County.

    Started our countryside bus tour. First Countryside Bus tour operating in Lancaster County.
  • 2010

    Our scooter run opened to the public.

  • 2011

    Started to operate countryside bus tour out of the Lancaster Visitor Center.

  • 2013

    Picnic pavilion was added to our farm for guests to use at the leisure.

    Picnic pavilion was added to our farm for guests to use at the leisure.
  • 2014

    Start of the Deluxe Dinner Tour.

  • 2017

    We added our resident clay artist, Esther O’Hara.

Interactive Farm Map

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Interactive Farm Map

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1. Hand dug, stone lined well

22 feet to water

2. Summer Kitchen

This is where the cooking kettles and a water cooled refrigerator is located. Water that is pumped from the spring house feeds the water cooled refrigerator. From the refrigerator, the water flows by gravity to the barn. This water is then used for the animals.

3. Cucumber pump

The pump is powered by the water wheel (#16) via wire.

4. Exhibitor Shed

Rachel Esh, our resident Amish quilter, sells her crafts in this shed. Rachel is here Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from April to October.

5. Blacksmith Shop

Our resident blacksmith, Andrew, is in our blacksmith shop from June through August. Stop by the shop to see Andrew forging items out of metals. You can purchase some of his items in the blacksmith shop and in our gift shop.

6. Tobacco Shed

See how the Amish plant, grow, harvest and strip tobacco. See and smell actual tobacco that came from the fields.

7. Bake Oven

Smoke House, and Drying House

8. Windmill

Although this feature is no longer used in our house, you can see how the windmill is powered only by wind. They work quietly and are nonpolluting.

9. Milk house

10. Stone Bank Barn

This is the entrance to the lower end of our 1803 stone bank barn. Take a look inside the barn which is home to a variety of farm animals.

11. Straw Barn

This barn was built on stone pillars. The top of the barn is used for storing hay and straw. The bottom is used as a shelter for animals and farm equipment.

12. Herb Garden

13. Chicken House and Fowl Pens

For peacocks and pheasants

14. Willow Lane Covered Bridge

This covered bridge was built in 1855 by an Amish crew from Strasburg.

15. Meadow and Animal pens

16. Water Wheel

The water wheel is fed by water from a mill pond, which is formed when a flowing stream is dammed. The wheel powers the cucumber pump (#3) via the connected wire.

17. Spring house

Water wheel powers the "Peter Shirk Pump" which forces the cold spring water into the summer kitchen refrigerator (#2).

18. Lime Kiln

Where limestone was burned to produce lime for white washing, mortar, and fertilizer. The limestone that was used to build the house and stone bank barn was quarried from the property.

19. Scooter Run

Experience first hand how the Amish travel around town. Adult supervision is required at the scooter run.

20. Willow Lane Amish One-room schoolhouse

Built by local Amish men, our schoolhouse is an accurate replica of a modern day Amish school. The artwork found in the schoolhouse was supplied by local Amish kids.

21. Animal Pen

Check out our goats and our famous "Goat Mountain". Feeder machines are available to give our goats a special treat.

22. Corn Barn

This is where our resident woodcarver, Chris Lubkemann, is located. Chris Lubkemann is a master woodcarver and the author of several best-selling whittling books.

23. Stone Bank Barn

This is the entrance to the upper level of the stone bank barn. This section of the barn is used for threshing grains and storing hay. This section of the barn is also used for storing farm implements.

24. Stake & Rider fence

This is the type of fencing that was used in the 1800's on Lancaster Country farms.

25. Buttercup the Cow

Practice milking our famous cow, Buttercup.

26. Corn Maze

Try out your navigational skills in our quilt pattern corn maze. The corn maze is open mid July through mid October

27. Picnic Pavilion

Relax and take in the view while you enjoy your picnic lunch.

28. BBQ Barn

The Amish BBQ Barn is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. David King and his family offer grilled chicken, ribs and pulled pork. Come enjoy an Amish style picnic. We even have a beautiful picnic pavilion.

29. Tractor Trails

Put down the cellphones and let your kids be kids again! These peddle tractors are the perfect activity to enhance your child's farm experience.

30. House Entrance

Welcome to the Amish Farm and House! This is where our house tours, gift shop and ticket lobby are located.

31. Gift Shop

Our gift shop is open during our operating hours and there is no entrance fee. Inside you will find handmade Amish souvenirs, crafts, quilts and our clay artist, Esther.

32. Buggy Rides

Buggy Rides. We offer buggy rides during the summer season. Check our event’s calendar for the buggy ride schedule. Buggy rides are $5 per person and the buggy driver only accepts cash.

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