5 Local Oddities You Must See

VL-Oddities (Big Amos)

A giant pretzel? A 15-foot Amish man? A presidential pond? Here are some of the most unusual sights in Lancaster County.

Big Amos, the 15-foot-tall Amish man

Before moving to his current home at Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn, Amos stood with his hay rake outside a restaurant called Zinn’s Diner, where he first appeared in 1969. When Zinn’s original owners closed in August 2003, Amos ended up going to the Lancaster Heritage Center. The Heritage Center loaned him to the Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn. As you pull in the driveway, Amos stands to the left of the restaurant.

Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn, 240 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks, PA 17572

(717) 687-8635

James Buchanan’s Frog Pond

The 15th president of the United States loved a freshwater spring on his property, Wheatland, 1120 Marietta Ave. He would go down to it on summer evenings, smoke a cigar and visit with friends. Shortly before he died, he reportedly asked for a drink from the spring. Dr. Jonathan Foltz, Buchanan’s friend and physician, said Buchanan once remarked: “If there is any truth in the Oriental teaching of the transmigration of souls, I want to return after my death and inhabit the body of a frog and live in this beautiful spring.” The pond is in the location of the original spring, to the right of the mansion’s front driveway.

President James Buchanan's Wheatland, 1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 392-8721

The Gap Town Clock

Built in 1892, this high, white tower at 5381 Bridge St., Gap, contains a clock that is a Lancaster County Historic Preservation Trust Site. The clock tower was restored in 1953 and now houses a cheese shop.

873 Gap Newport Pike, Gap, PA 17527

The Giant Pretzel

It’s 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Take a tour and twist your own pretzel while you’re there.

Outside the Sturgis Pretzel House, 219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543

(717) 626-4354

The White Cliffs of Conoy

Unusual white cliffs loom 60 feet over the Susquehanna River in Conoy Township, above the Haldeman Riffles, in western Lancaster County. The cliffs are apparently the waste material from a quarry that mined dolomite and limestone and a limestone-crushing operation that once operated in the area, and dates back to the late 1800s. The material was dumped over many years along the edge of the river.

Bainbridge, PA 17502. You can hike to see this strange and beautiful landmark via the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail Park at the Bainbridge trailhead, located in American Legion Park on Race Street off Route 441 in Bainbridge. It's a leisurely 1.5-mile stroll on the level trail to reach the cliffs on your right.

— Cindy Stauffer