"L I T I T Z" Lititz by billus

Lititz Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 38 photos

I was fortunate to have come upon these most delightful buildings at the very height of the autumnal foliage season. A sheer riot of spectral coloring billowed down on the streets.

Lititz was a closed religious settlement for a century whose buildings betray a pronounced Central European influence. Perambulate the grounds of the Zinsendorf community buildings, church and brethren houses . See the Mueller house and the Lititz museum, dating to 1790, looking like little stone rowhouses transplanted from Germany. It is uncanny seeing the transfer of building, religious and farming technique directly from the old world to new. On a modern note there is a fantastic new Swiss watchmakers school north of the town on the left on Route 501. It looks like a pair of classic stone farmhouses crossed with a couple of grounded zeppelins. Weirdly there is nothing, repeat nothing betraying its name, nature, or provenance. How Swiss can you get?

Lititz, sometimes spelled by the early Germans as "Litiz," took its name from Lidice, in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia.* It was there that John Hus and followers founded the Moravian Church in 1457. Historians note that since this was 60 years before Luther’s Reformation, the Moravians may lay claim to being the oldest organized Protestant Church. But over the course of the Thirty Years War, its 200,000 members nearly disappeared. Moravian Count Zinzendorf invited all those persecuted for their faith to come to his lands in Saxony.

As with other persecuted religious groups, many Moravians took the perilous journey to the New World. Zinzendorf himself arrived in 1742.

*Lidice, Czechoslovakia along with its entire population was destroyed by the nazis as a reprisal after Czech partisans assassinated Reynhardt Heydrich in 1943.
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Old man Mill; Old man mill, he must know somethin - but he don't say nothin!

He just keep standin, he just keep standin a-lone

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:historical site
  • Cons:whole is less than the sum of its parts
  • In a nutshell:use your imagination
  • Intro Updated Jan 18, 2003
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  • beret's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2004 at 3:38 AM

    No pics of the Victor Mousetrap company? You do know that Victor must be a wholey owned subsidiary of Ramjac Corp.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2003 at 7:15 PM

    Checking if you're the only Lititz builder... if so, I'm putting my Col Sutter Inn pic in here! Healthy competition... well, I only have that one so no worry.:-)

  • Easty's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2003 at 5:00 PM

    Lititz is a nice little town. Some great historical information on this page. Your sense of humor comes through as well. Pennsylvania does have some wierd looking places.


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