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Christmas in Lancaster
December 2007
When I was a little kid, my grandparents would take me to Lancaster, PA to go to Dutch Wonderland, the Strasburg Railroad, the Choo-Choo Barn and other really cool places. When we were out there we would stay at a little motel called The Willows. It was like stepping into the 70's. My favorite thing about it was The Willows Covered Bridge. This small covered bridge was on their property. It is the whole reason why I have such an interest in covered bridges today.

In late 2007, I was Googling and trying to find out what happened to The Willows. As it turns out, it was demolished about 10 years ago and the American Music Theatre now sits on the site. For Christmas, we took my grandfather to the theatre for ther annual Christmas show. It was sad seeing that the motel is long gone, and the open space around it is now home to a Target, Panera Bread and a ton of other stores, but the show was a lot of fun.

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5-01 Amish Buggy 5-02 Amish Buggy 5-06 Pennsylvania Railroad Museum
An Amish buggy out for a Sunday drive along Route 741
An Amish buggy out for a Sunday drive along Route 741
The Pennsylvania Railroad Museum
5-07 Strasburg Railroad 5-09 Strasburg Railroad 5-10 Choo Choo Barn
The Strasburg Railroad brings back many memories of trips to Lancaster with my grandparents
The Strasburg Railroad station is decked out for Christmas
The Choo Choo Barn is a miniature representation of Lancaster. It was another favorite when my grandparents took me to Lancaster.
5-12 Willows Covered Bridge 5-13 Willows Covered Bridge 5-20 Willows Covered Bridge
The Willows Covered Bridge at the site of The Willows Motel and Restaurant is what got me interested in covered bridges.
The Willows Covered Bridge at the site of The Willows Motel and Restaurant is what got me interested in covered bridges.
The Willows Covered Bridge at the site of The Willows Motel and Restaurant is what got me interested in covered bridges.
5-22 Willows Covered Bridge 5-23 American Music Theatre Sign
The Willows Covered Bridge at the site of The Willows Motel and Restaurant is what got me interested in covered bridges.
The American Music Theatre now sits on the property where The Willows once existed. We were in town to see their Christmas Show.

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