Route 30 – Lincoln Highway East

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In the late 1700′s and early 1800′s Conestoga wagons carried freight along the nation’s turnpikes and hauled goods out to the frontier. These Conestoga wagons were built here in the Conestoga Valley of Pennsylvania.

In 1792 the demand for a new and better roadway from Philadelphia to Lancaster resulted in the formation of the Philadelphia-Lancaster Turnpike Company. Thirteen tollgates were found along this turnpike. Typically a two horse carriage or a Conestoga wagon was charged a quarter for ten miles. 19th century travelers on this roadway found themselves coping with large fleets of six horse Conestoga wagons, herds of cattle and sheep, and flocks of turkeys being driven to market.

This was the first road in North America made of crushed stone. Today, you can drive from Philadelphia to Lancaster in a little over an hour. But back then, a stagecoach leaving Philadelphia at 5:00 in the morning wouldn’t arrive in Lancaster until 11:00 that night!

This roadway is now part of U. S. Route 30, and is also known as the Lincoln Highway East. The Lincoln Highway was organized in 1913 as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln. This early American highway was 3,384 miles in length and connected New York with Philadelphia, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, and San Francisco.

Rainbow Dinner Theatre

3065 Lincoln Hwy. East (Route 30), Box 56, Paradise, PA 17562, 800-292-4301

All Comedy, All the Time! Fine dining and critically acclaimed shows in Paradise, PA. When was the last time you had a good laugh? America's only all comedy dinner theatre! Call for tickets 717.299.4300 or order on-line at RainbowDinnerTheatre.com.

American Music Theatre

2425 Lincoln Highway East, (Rt. 30 across from Rockvale Outlets), Lancaster, PA 17602
800-648-4102, 717-397-7700

AMT is where music is alive all year long. Here you can enjoy top celebrity concerts, Broadway tours, and original shows.  Conveniently located along Route 30 East across from Rockvale Outlets. Call the box office or visit www.AMTshows.com to check their current schedule.

Biblical Tabernacle

Mennonite Information Center, 2209 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-299-0954

Visit the full-size reproduction of Moses' Tabernacle in the Wilderness, designed from Biblical descriptions in the book of Exodus. Lecture tours explain the history and spiritual significance of this dwelling place of God among his people. Guests representing many faiths and cultures from all over the world have found this fascinating. Visit website

Dutch Haven

2857A Lincoln Highway East, (U.S. Route 30), Ronks (Paradise), PA 17572, 717-687-0111

Along Route 30 in Paradise, PA you can taste a free sample of shoofly pie from the place that made shoofly pie famous. Dutch Haven is the Amish country's oldest Amish craft store featuring over 10,000 items from Amish furniture and crafts to gifts and souvenirs. Open evenings & Sundays. Visit website

Mennonite Information Center

2209 Millstream Rd. (off Rt. 30), Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-299-0954

Visit us first to learn Amish and Mennonite beliefs, lifestyle, and culture. Our educational exhibits and multi-media programs will give you an interesting view into the Amish and Mennonite cultures.  Our Mennonite tour guides offer back country tours of Lancaster County. Also, we are home of the Biblical Tabernacle. Visit website

Other Lincoln Highway / Route 30 East Points of Interest:

 

This portion of the Lincoln Highway runs from downtown Lancaster through Eastern Lancaster County.  To the north are the towns of Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse.  To the south is Strasburg and Paradise.

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