Gettysburg and Lancaster County: Traveling down different roads

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The Amish Stuff Etc. store on Route 30 in Lancaster County did a booming business with many out-of-town visitors on a recent Saturday.
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urshallow

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I am unclear on how purchasing souvenir junk from downtown shops in Gettysburg is more authentic than buying junk from shops in a strip mall? Supporting any business that is deriving its existence on the backs of dead soldiers is pathetic regardless of their location
Phonies Amongst Us

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urshallow wrote:
I am unclear on how purchasing souvenir junk from downtown shops in Gettysburg is more authentic than buying junk from shops in a strip mall? Supporting any business that is deriving its existence on the backs of dead soldiers is pathetic regardless of their location
Yea, those heroic dead soldiers...you don't have to go back 145+ years on your statement...Mitsubishi engines were the most efficient plane engines in the Japanese arsenal during WWII. And we can't get enough of them in today's autos. People forget rather rapidly when it is to their benefit.
Like the Amish...magnificent life style...they have us drive them to IL to visit family, or deliver their goods to market. Although they shun our modern day equipment. Anything to make a buck...whether it be auto engines or quilts. And the lady who opened their farm IS NOT about to close down her lucrative business. People are such phonies. Me First Attitude prevails.
beetle_juice

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The Amish have had to learn to adapt to the wants of tourists, unfortunately, which is why they have to come up with ways to supplement their income. There's nothing "magnificent" about their lifestyle...it's plain, simple and down-to-earth. If more of us had learned their self-sustaining way of life, we'd be all the better for it. They don't get government assistance, welfare, SSI, insurance coverage or health benefits...they take care of their own. We should be as fortunate, but no, we've relied on our government and its agencies to regulate and manage every aspect of our life to the brink of ruin. I, for one, envy the Amish culture and would live it gladly if given the opportunity.
GrayReb

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Dec 1, 2008
 
I visit Gettysburg a couple of times each year to dwell for a time on Hallowed Ground contemplating what took place there and to pay respects. Gettysburg must be protected and preserved from additional commercialism, over-development and tourist traps. Junk trinket, t-shirt shops and "Ghost Tours" inundate the town; laws should be implemented limiting or banning further encroachment anywhere near or on the Battlefield, and the same should apply to motels and hotels and proliferation of distracting billboards. Peace and quiet, tranquility and humility should be the order of the day, not the opposite.
easy

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Dec 1, 2008
 
"If you ask Susie Riehl why she opened her Lancaster County farm to tour buses and curious tourists, she'll tell you she simply wasn't thinking."

Ja, I'll bet she wasn't thinking! Considering her heritage and the significance of her decision she exhibits an obscene lack of sobriety with regard to language.

"Most of what she sells is handmade, sewn by 170 local families looking for supplemental income. "It's helping so many families - I guess that's what keeps us going," she said.
Riehl's struggle is just one example of the pressures tourism brings to the world's most significant historic destinations."

So, now she's a martyr! Who's the propagandist that wrote this crap?
easy

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"Why can we not celebrate a historic area without making cheap junk shops, especially when the local handicrafts are of such excellent quality?" asked one member of the international panel."

"A lot of times people go (to Lancaster County) once and they never come back because they feel a sense of disappointment," McMahon said.

"Chances are, those folks never found the back roads that would lead them to homemade root beer stands, country lanes, an old-time general store and a bake shop with to-die-for local specialties made daily."

HOW DO YOU KEEP SOMETHING SPECIAL AND UNIQUE WHEN YOU HAVE TO REPRODUCE IT A THOUSAND TIMES OVER EVERY DAY

STUPID STUPID STUPID
Semi-literate

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Dec 8, 2008
 
Heritage tourism is a tricky thing to pull off corrently, and we tend to fail miserably in all aspects of it around here.
When "heritage" began to equate "big business" and "lots of money," the real points of history people are attracted to visit suffer direly.
Other countries do some aspects better than we do, for sure, but they have their real problems too.
The greatest joke of all is that the Lancaster C of C, or whoever "created" the Amish craze were able to pull the thing off in the first place!
Meanwhile, York contiu8nes to sit here between two of the biggest tourist destinations on the east coast, and within stiking distance of a third, hershey, and still cannot figure out how to attract anyone to see anything other than Harley's plant!
That is one reason why so many of the lies told about York's own history were started in the first place: to draw in tourist money: like, First Capitol of the US, Factory Tour Capital of the World, the Wrightsville bridge burning as the turning point of the Civil War, etc.
easy

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Dec 8, 2008
 
In the case of the Battle Field, I can see how it would be possible for everyone involved to collectively embrace a vision of what's important and how to move towards that.

But what about the Amish?

The Amish didn't become who they are by "not thinking" with regard to their relationship to the outside world.

So the probability that there will be some disappointed tourists leaving Susie Riehl's farm is pretty high. If not in her time, what about the next generation?

Susie's success would indicate she's aware of the message in the Stone's lyrics

"You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need"

To bad she had to sell out to do it!
Chris

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Heritage Development is only popular with county officials if it generates money for the county, which makes sense because it's an investment, and usually paid for by local residents tax revenue. However there must be county planners who can make effective guidelines regarding tourist traps, strip malls, and cheap hotels to limit them and instead enhance the beauty of an area to make it both attractive and profitable. If this is not being done then some people are not doing thier jobs correctly.
Semi-literate

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Jan 14, 2009
 
Chris wrote:
Heritage Development is only popular with county officials if it generates money for the county, which makes sense because it's an investment, and usually paid for by local residents tax revenue. However there must be county planners who can make effective guidelines regarding tourist traps, strip malls, and cheap hotels to limit them and instead enhance the beauty of an area to make it both attractive and profitable. If this is not being done then some people are not doing thier jobs correctly.
A brutal truth about "planning" in PA, and i use the term loosely, is that county planning commissions are only advisory in their powers. All real control rests at the township, borough , and city levels, and a lot of those "planners" don't even exisit! The MUNICIPLE PLANNING CODE regulates how municipalities (or how very little, actually) can shape their growth and this document was put in place by folks who were lobbied hard by developers, so, not surprisingly, the developers usally are the ones who stand to gain by what is in the code. Sad but true.

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