Lancaster: Introduction

Lancaster, an important industrial and business center in southeastern Pennsylvania, is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. It is the county seat of Lancaster County, where the "Plain" people—Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren—living without benefit of automobiles, electricity, or television, practice a lifestyle that vanished from most areas of this country generations ago. The historic city of Lancaster, known for its strong work ethic and community spirit, won the All-America City Award in 2000 for its outstanding community-building programs.