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Lititz, PA, little town with big character

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Litiz, PA

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Located a short distant from Reading, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County is the scenic town of Lititz.

The history of the town dates back to 1756 when the town was named "in commemoration of "Lititz" in Bohemia, where, three hundred years earlier, in 1456, the followers of John Hus had found refuge, and where, within the next twelve months, they founded the Moravian Church, the oldest of the Protestant denominations."

In 1757 the town was surveyed and laid out on an old farmstead of 491 acres donated by George Klein one of the early settlers of the area. The main street of the town does not run a true east and west because of the placement of Klein's old stone farmhouse on his land. In order to keep the house where it was the town was laid out accordingly.

Strolling down the streets of Lititz is like taking a step back in time not only to 1700's but also to a period in the early twentieth century when times were built around socializing and group gatherings.

Located at the heart of the town is the Lititz Welcome Center/Train Station where you can find info on the town and it's many attractions. The visitors center is located on the edge of the Lititz Springs Park, a seven acre expanse filled with the spring-fed Lititz Run, and ducks which call the waterway home. The park is used for, "concerts, craft shows, art shows, and antique shows, plus a variety of other events including a grand 4th of July Celebration."

Other attractions in Lititz worth seeing are the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, and the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery both located on main street. While at the Sturgis Bakery don't forget to take the tour and enjoy the tasty pretzels. Oh yeah, don't foget to grab you free bag of pretzels on the way.

While on the subject of tasty treats one sure stop on your walking tour should be Wilbur Chocolate Museum & Factory Store. Never heard Wilbur Chocolates you'll wish you had sooner once you try some free samples.

After you visit Wibur there are many other small shops and eateries both along Main Street and North Broad Street. One sure stop is Pork & Wally's Eatery, a little sandwich shop with big flavors. Make sure to ask to try their home made pickles.

Lititz bills itself as America's Coolest Small Town" and while it may not be the best small town in America is it one of the best town I have had the pleasure of strolling through. I would highly recommend, especially with the coming fall season, taking a leisurely stroll down the streets either by yourself or with someone you love is worth the time.

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