Garden Spot: Lancaster County, the Old Order Amish, and the Selling of Rural America
Each year, millions of tourists are drawn to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to experience first-hand the quintessential pastoral--both as an escape from urban life and as a rare opportunity to become immersed in history. The area has attracted visitors eager to catch a glimpse of the distinctive religious community of the Old Order Amish, to appreciate the beauty of the farmland, to enjoy the abundant and delicious food of the Pennsylvania Dutch...and, most recently, to shop at the area's outlet malls. For nearly three hundred years, Lancaster county has been a model of agricultural prosperity, rooted in the family farm. The rural character of the place remains Lancaster's predominant tourist attraction, but is at odds with its rapidly rising population and the commercial and residential growth that has brought. It is the tension between rural tradition, progress, and urbanization that lies at the core of Garden Spot. David Walbert examines how twentieth century American culture has come to define and appreciate rurality, and how growth and economic expansion can co-exist with preservation of the traditional ways of life in the region. Will small farms fail in a culture that has increasingly come to value productivity over quality of life? What impact will further development have on maintaining this region's character? Can rurality and progress co-exist in the 21st century? A vivid portrayal of the land and people, residents and outsiders alike, Garden Spot narrates the history of this region and considers the challenges Lancaster County and its people face in order to preserve their unique place.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
acres agrarian agriculture American Amish and Mennonites Amish Culture Amish Farm areas argued authentic barns church cookbooks Countians county's crops dialect Dutch cooking Dutch Country Dutch Folklore early East Drumore Township economic family farm farm preservation farmers farmland preservation festival Folklife Garden Spot grew growing growth heritage hex signs highway History Hostetler ideal industry Intelligencer Kraybill Lancaster County Lancaster's land landscape LCPC Leacock Township live modern neighbors non-Amish Old Order Amish Old Order Mennonite open space past Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine Pennsylvania Dutch food Pennsylvania German photographs Plain and Fancy Plain sects planners popular population produce progress recipes religious remained residents rural America rural communities ruralites schoolhouse scrapple seemed Shoemaker shoofly pie small towns soil Spot of America suburban suburbs supervisors tion Township traditional twentieth century University Press urban urbanites values wanted writers wrote York
Page 18 - get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.
Page 3 - There is almost an inverse proportion, in the twentieth century, between the relative importance of the working rural economy and the cultural importance of rural ideas
All Book Search results »
Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History
Anne Mitchell Whisnant
Limited preview - 2006