Tuesday, October 18, 2011

200 Years in the Amish Countryside

Autumn in Amish Country! On a recent evening, I took a walk around sunset and was amazed for the millionth time at what a truly unique and beautiful area we live in! Our Amish and Mennonite neighbors were cutting down the corn that canvases the landscape and the sound of machinery whirling in the fields lasted long after sunset. A host of fun autumn activities have arrived and continue throughout the upcoming months including fall festivals, PA Renaissance fair, Apple festivals and the like.

A few days ago, our 200 year old farmstead was visited by some unique visitors - the ancestors of the original owner and builder of our home, Jacob Metlzer. He emigrated here mid 1700s and built what is the first stage of our grey limestone farmhouse. The Metlzer clan is planning an event celebrating the family name in the near future and I feel blessed to be a part of it. Our family is also direct descendants to this man - our 4 year old son, Kiefer is the 9th generation to live within the walls of our home from the unbroken family bloodline! If the walls could talk!

Before there was an America, US Dollars or a Revolutionary War there was what is now the Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast! What a unique and cherished history we have and one that we love to share with guests from around the world! And autumn in Amish country is truly the cherry on top of that proverbial warm and fragrant apple pie!

Submitted by: Kristen Hertzog, Owner/Innkeeper of the Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast

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