Lancaster County’s green pastures and cattle-dotted hillsides add to the peaceful experience of visitors from large cities and crowded suburbs. It was this fertile land, the natural
resources, and idyllic scenery that attracted the founders of the Masonic Village to its 1,400-acre location in Elizabethtown more than 100 years ago.
People have moved from 31 states to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, a continuing care retirement community. Two of the reasons cited are an appreciation for the grazing beef cattle and the on-site orchard and Farm Market.
The Masonic Village Farm Market sells apples, peaches, nectarines, sweet cherries, tart
cherries, plums, and pears from its orchard, as well as canned and baked goods, premium dry-aged beef, and other items. In the fall, it offers pick-your-own apple and pumpkin dates.
Masonic Village residents and the local community also frequent the Orchard View Café. The café serves hand-dipped ice cream, milk shakes, sundaes, soda floats, hot dogs, hot soup, apple cider slushies, and weekly specials.
In addition to the orchard and Farm Market, this valuable land enables Masonic Village
visitors approximately eight miles of scenic walking paths to traverse, a Veterans Grove and Eternal Flame monument to reflect upon and Formal Gardens which serve as a backdrop for high school proms, family photos, and weddings (please check with our event planning department before scheduling a photo shoot).
“Land is the only true resource there is,” Frank Stoltzfus, supervisor of agricultural
production for farm operations at Masonic Village, said. “Everything we have comes from the earth in one way or another: food, clothing, shelter, energy, etc. We cannot make any more land, so it is imperative that we take care of every acre we are entrusted with.”
The farms and pastoral country sides of Lancaster County symbolize the hard work
of generations of caretakers of the land. The fruits of their labors are just one of many
reasons people love to visit, work and live in the county. Come experience it for yourself!