I took a quick trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit a Clinard cousin and see some of the historic sights. George has lived there for years and loves antiques and history, so made an excellent tour guide. We spent a full day driving through Valley Forge and then out to Amish Country and the Ephrata Cloister in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.
Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge
The Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge. http://wmchapel.org/
Look for signs along the road for farms that are selling products and there are farm markets scattered around the area. The flowers at Beiler’s Fruit Farm drew us to stop. Their rows of dahilias and zinnias and perennials were gorgeous.
We asked the Amish fellow we bought cheese from at one of the farms where he recommended we eat lunch. He directed us to a local favorite diner, the White Horse Luncheonette. The delicious portions were big and very reasonable.
Since our Clinard family immigrated from the Palatine region (Germany/Switzerland) in Europe in the late 1700s to Pennsylvania, George wanted us to visit the Ephrata Cloister. “One of America’s earliest religious communities, the Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards.” http://www.ephratacloister.org/
It was a long day but I enjoyed every minute! Next up, downtown Philadelphia …