My next stop in Strasburg: The National Toy Train Museum
I was stunned. This museum is huge and filled with a variety of trains, displays, and model layouts. Resembling a Victorian Era California railroad station, it exhibits trains from mid-1800s through present and holds one of the largest collections in the world. This space is covered by famous train manufacturers like Lionel, American Flyer, Marklin, and more.
While walking through the museum, I appreciated the artistic and intricate model displays and their unique paint colors. The toy train industry has mastered the art of incorporating pop culture into their work. Lionel, for instance, saved Walt Disney from going bankrupted by purchasing a copyright to produce the original Walt Disney character-themed trains. Guess who has an original collection? You guessed it – The National Toy Train Museum! Lego also produces a model display for the museum which changes yearly.
After spending a couple hours exploring the museum, it was time to visit another noteworthy Strasburg location – the beautiful and historic 1786 Limestone Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Growing up in an older farm house, I have grown fond of the beauty and character of older spaces; this was no exception. This B&B was built by Jacob Pfoutz in 1786 and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and the Lancaster County Historical Sites Register.
As I walked into the side door, I received the warmest of welcomes from Denise, the innkeeper. Denise and her husband had their eye on the home long before they purchased it. These two are passionate about history and Lancaster County as a whole. The primitive, yet comfortable décor create the perfect aesthetic. If you want to learn about Lancaster County, past and present, this is the place for you! Denise is always happy to share detailed facts about the area.
Strasburg is filled with many more places to see and stay. It is a hidden gem filled with unique and historic spaces. Here are more attractions and lodging options to check out when you are in Strasburg: Eldreth Pottery, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Verdant View Farm Bed & Breakfast, Village Greens Miniature Golf and White Oak Campground. Check out the Historic Strasburg facebook page for updates.
Have fun discovering Strasburg for yourself!
The author of this post, Julie Press, is currently the Marketing Intern at Discover Lancaster. She encompasses the Lancaster brand. Growing up in a farm house in Adamstown, she identifies with the rustic, homegrown feel Lancaster brings. Now relocated only minutes away from Lancaster City, she feels a strong connection to the City’s creativity, culture, and innovation. Julie studies Public Relations at Millersville University.