The history of little Strasburg, PA is a fun one. It was established in the early 1700s clearly marking it as one of the oldest areas in the region. In its younger days, Strasburg was a popular stagecoach stop between Lancaster and Philadelphia and many taverns opened to cater to the travelers.
Because Strasburg’s growth was slow, many of the architectural and historical aspects of its early days remain. Examples of Swiss, German, Georgian and Federal architecture can be seen in Strasburg. Today, Strasburg has kept with its history as a stop for travelers and the town of just under 3,000 people hosts a number of places to stay, enjoy a treat or small meal, and purchase a few special items.
Strasburg is known as a railroad epicenter and visitors can enjoy a trip to the Strasburg Rail Road, the oldest short line in the United States. A trip can be arranged from there across the Amish countryside. In addition to this, you can satisfy your train fancy by visiting the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the Choo Choo Barn (a 1,700 sq. ft. custom model train display), the National Toy Train Museum (an interactive toy train collection), and the Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant where you can dine and sleep in refurbished rail cars.
The Lil Country Store and Mini Farm is a popular attraction in Strasburg. It iis located on an Amish farm and is a great place to have an immersive Amish experience. The store is full of hand crafted goods including furniture and there is a herd of miniature horses on the property that are an attraction in their own right.
One of the largest theaters in the Lancaster area is found right in Strasburg. The Sights and Sounds theater is the largest faith based live theater in the whole country and draws nearly a million visitors each year. It hosts productions of many musicals of a biblical nature and is obviously a huge tourist draw to Strasburg.
The Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is an interesting stop especially for families. It is one of the largest sites in the country specializing in agri-tainment or the idea that learning about agriculture can be mixed with fun activities and entertainment. The Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is located in Ronks, PA and features a 5 acre corn maze which is the largest of its kind. There are many special events held at Cherry Crest year round in addition to the impressive farm itself.
Ed’s Buggy Rides is another popular pastime for visitors. It is also located in Ronks, just a mile and a half south of Strasburg. Patrons board an authentic Amish buggy and get to take a trip around the beautiful countryside, watching Amish farmers and families go about their day.
Finally, the Amish Village is an extremely special attraction in Strasburg. Visitors can take a trip back in time and experience life like the Amish live by visiting this self sufficient community. Guests can tour an Old Order Amish farmhouse that has been furnished with authentic pieces as well as see a one room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and have a visit with the animals inside the family barn. There is, of course, a gift and souvenir store on the grounds providing something physical to bring home to represent the wonderful time you are sure to have at the Amish Village.