farm house
Leading the way to the establishment of the Ephrata Community, the Cloister, and ultimately the Henry Miller Tavern (aka Historic Smithton Inn), was the settlement of Lancaster County in 1710. Nine immigrant families from the Palatinate section of southwest Germany staked their claim in what was then the wilderness of a British colony. These settlers, […]
happy fausnaught day
Being new residents of Lancaster County, we’re having fun learning about and experiencing the local customs and traditions. We were ready for New Years day with delicious pork and sauerkraut; that was actually a tradition I carried down to Texas with me, I just never got into the whole black eyed pea thing. But just […]
Green dragon sign
If the ‘thrill of the hunt’ is the best part of shopping for you, then you need to check out one of Ephrata’s most famous attractions, the Green Dragon Market. Located on a thirty acre site in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Green Dragon Market has grown to be one of the […]
If you’re thinking that right now there’s nothing to do in Lancaster County and you should simply wait until Spring to come visit us, you couldn’t be more wrong. There are lots of great reasons why now is the perfect time to visit the Historic Smithton Inn. Here are my top 10: Fireplaces in every […]


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