Historical 18th-Century Inn Nestled in Heart of Amish Country
The Cornwall Inn is located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country, and it encourages its guests to immerse themselves in a simpler, slower-paced way of life. During the day, the inn coordinates tours on a horse-drawn buggy. Located about 45 minutes away in Bird in Hand, PA, guests travel rural trails that lead to a real Amish farm.
Built by iron baron Robert Coleman in the late 1700s, the building now known as the Cornwall Inn served as a post office, a general store, and even a jailhouse before becoming the quaint, five-room bed and breakfast it is today. The inn's rooms and suites retain that 18th-century style, but each has been updated with modern amenities. The four-room Constable's suite houses a fireplace with an iron hearth and a whirlpool tub big enough for two. There's a secluded sitting porch with a swing outside the Washington suite. In the Harkins suite, a queen-size poster bed features 12-foot columns that stretch toward the ceiling, which is made of its original exposed beams.
Upon arrival, you'll receive a snack platter loaded with fruit, cheese, and crackers, and each morning, the inn serves a hot breakfast of homemade eggs and waffles. For the private-dinner option, our chef uses fresh ingredients from a local market to craft a three-course meal served by candlelight in the dining room.
Cornwall, Pennsylvania: Pastoral Farmland Steeped in Pennsylvania Dutch History
Though it‘s not far from Philadelphia or Baltimore, Cornwall’s location, smack-dab in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, makes it feel a universe away from the nearest city. Just down the road from the inn, the Cornwall Iron Furnace conducts daily tours of its gothic-revival buildings and original blast furnace.
In nearby Lancaster, meanwhile, Amish artisans show off their homespun crafts at the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum, which boasts one of the world’s largest collections of Amish quilts. About a 25-minute drive from Cornwall, the Ephrata Cloister stands as one of America's oldest religious communities. Its original monastic structures are remarkably well preserved and open to the public.
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