The Quilt Museum
About 10 miles east of Lancaster, this small museum features antique and modern quilts, information about quilt-making, and a gift shop with folk objects and art. The current exhibition is "A Showcase of Quilts: Dazzling Contemporary Creations." Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday. www.ocsquiltmuseum.com/index.php.
Covered bridge driving tour
There are 25 covered bridges in the area, and one of several tours starts in the town of Ephrata, which is also home to the Ephrata Cloister, an early communal society. Another tour goes through the town of Christina, which played a major role in the history of the Underground Railroad. You can visit the Pool Forge Covered Bridge, where President James Buchanan supposedly met his fiancee, and Bitzer's Mill Bridge, built in 1846 at a reported cost of $1,115. Along the way you'll see one-room schoolhouses, sweets shops, and plenty of beautiful countryside. www. padutchcountry.com/activities/covered-bridges-driving-tours.asp.
Kitchen Kettle Village
This village of 42 shops is built around the Jam & Relish Kitchen. Sample pepper jam, watch fudge being rolled, and shop for everything Amish, from hand-carved signs to handmade quilts. Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday. www.padutchcountry.com/members/kitchen_kettle_village.asp.
Lititz Moravian Church Square
This archive and museum features diaries, ledgers, textiles, clothing, and furniture of the early Lititz community, which was organized in 1749. There is also a large collection of early musical instruments. During the Revolutionary War, one stone building was commandeered by Gen. George Washington as a hospital. Located nine miles north of Lancaster. Open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by advance appointment. www.lititzmoravian.org/newContent.aspx?ID=123.
Mennonite Information Center
This small museum features a short film about the faith and life of the Mennonites and Amish, an exhibit, and a bookstore. It also features a list of Mennonite bed and breakfasts in the area, and working farms that accept visitors. The center also offers guided tours of the region. Located in Lancaster. www.mennoniteinfoctr.com.
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