During the late 1700s and early 1800s, the community (and its credibility) grew with the establishment of more schools, a post office and church. Strasburg's growth and development continued during the latter half of the 19th century, but at a slower pace, which helped to preserve the core examples of Swiss, German, Georgian and Federal architecture.
Today, visitors can travel through Strasburg and still see these unique structures of the past and experience the same old-town charm that was established hundreds of years ago. Notable buildings and residences are preserved and tucked in among warm bed and breakfasts, historic taverns and inns, quaint cafes and local shops.
Strasburg is also a railroading epicenter, with the Strasburg Rail Road (ride the oldest short-line in the U.S.), the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (one of the top such museums in the world), the Choo Choo Barn (a 1,700 sq. ft. custom model train display), the National Toy Train Museum (a world-class, interactive collection of toy trains), and the Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant (eat and sleep on refurbished railroad cars). That’s five awesome train venues, all within a mile or so of each other.
Plus, this "traintown" is surrounded by sprawling Amish farmlands. Drive just a few miles in most any direction of Strasburg and get lost in the picturesque countryside. Admire the southern end of Lancaster County and its covered bridges via either of two driving tours that stop in Strasburg: the Southern Amish Countryside Trail and the Scenic Parks & Preserves Trail.
Strasburg Rail Road events:
- Easter Bunny Train, Easter weekend
- Wine & Cheese Train, April through November
- Day Out with Thomas, mid-June, mid-September and early December
- Santa's Paradise Express, mid-December
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania events:
- Charter Day, early March
- Pennsy Days, late May
- Reading Railroad Days, early July
- Model Railroading Days, mid-October
- Trains & Troops, early November
- Home for the Holidays, early to mid December
For a list of great places to stay, shop, eat & have fun, visit www.strasburgpa.com