Friday, September 17, 2010
Strausburg Pa - Steam Engines in Amish Country
I knew the region was easily accessible via 95 N. to Baltimore, 83 up to York Pa, then 30 East to Lancaster - Strasburg lies just few miles beyond. Opting for a different route, I decided on Rte. 95 to Baltimore until I crossed the Susquehana River and took the road through Port Deposit Maryland. The payoff was huge. Port Deposit is similar to old Ellicott City, only instead of being nestled in an valley, this town was built on the narrow strech of flat land between the river shore and steep rocky cliffs. The town boast a variety of fine dining (think seafood) and enough great early 19th Century Architecture to make this town stop a must. Seems the bikers like this destination too - I noticed a lot roll through town, their periodic rumblings made more tolerable by the beauty of the day and surroundings.
The following day, we drove around the countryside, paid a visit to the Intercourse Cannery for some fresh applebutter then hit the Choo Choo Barn. This massive train layout has a reasonable admission rate and the anatromic diarama was first rate, my son was going bananas. After the obligatory trip to the gift shop, we headed for the Dutch Haven. This was a personal highlight of the day for me -seeing the first roadside attraction that went up in Amish Country in the 1940s. It was and remains the best site to purchase the Amish favorite - the famous Shoo-Fly Pie. I love goofy architecture too and this building fit the bill - a large windmill mounted on an octangular shaped building.