"LIHT' its (not "le TIHTS' ")" Lititz by NitnyLeo

Lititz Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 31 photos

Claims to Fame

The first settlement of the present-day Amish.
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Site of the USA's first pretzel bakery (still in operation).
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Site of Linden Hall, the oldest girl's boarding school in the USA, founded 1746. (Refreshing to hear that the Swiss send their daughters over here).
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Final home and burial place for General Sutter, the founder of Sacramento, CA and the Sutter of Sutter's Mill during the Gold Rush. Alas, he died broke and broken.
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The home of Listerine.
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Technical center for Rolex watches.

History

The physical heart and soul of Lititz is Lititz Springs Park. Although most of the arrowheads found here date from 1500 to 6000 BC, there is additional evidence that the Springs have been a center of activity for at least 10,000 years.
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The earliest known "settlers" arrived in the 1720's. The last documented Indian contacts date from the 1740's, when the Springs had become the center for horse trading. And, it was about this same time when the town began to take its present shape.
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Lititz was originally formed as a utopian community run by the Moravian Church. The land had been donated to the Church and the village was named to honor the town of Lidice (Czech Republic) where the followers of John Hus had received sanctuary from religious persecution and formed the Moravian Church, the oldest of all Protestant denominations .
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To ensure that inhabitants would be "free from all dangerous and worldly connections, and live a peaceful and quiet life in Godliness and Honesty," the Town Regulations of 1756 were adopted. Only those who signed the Regulations were allowed to live in the town. The strictness of the rules is self-evident. There was to be no "light-minded, disorderly and needless conversation, no changing of professions, no giving a night's lodging to any person or no undertaking a journey, either far or near, without permission." Other prohibitions included "dancing; taverning; feasting at weddings, christenings or burials; common sports and pastimes; and the playing of the children in the streets".
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Marriages were arranged ... by lot! A prospective bridegroom would draw the name of his wife from a coconut shell filled with scrolls on which were written the names of all elegible young women. The girl he drew was the one Divine Providence selected to be his wife; and he "always" married this girl.
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For a century, Lititz remained a Moravian commune, exclusive of all other faiths. Although the Church had found ways to compromise with the real world, by 1856, the Church could no longer sustain itself . Even though the Church owned all of the property in the town. it no longer had community support . The rules were abolished and the town was opened up. And. property was sold to people of all religious faiths.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Colonial era buildings
  • Cons:Traffic; self-righteous citizens
  • In a nutshell:Small town America with a pedigree
  • Last visit to Lititz: Sep 2002
  • Intro Written Sep 11, 2002
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  • billus's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2002 at 1:33 PM

    I will never shun a Sturgis or Hammond pretzel, nor any other member of the baked goods community.

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