Berks County Pennsylvania Amish-Mennonite Heritage Tour

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When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Join this fall’s Heritage Tour of beautiful Berks County, Pa., on a chartered bus to see the same land (although quite changed at places) that Amish-Mennonite immigrants settled in the 1700s. Historic sites will be pointed out with stops made at a few old homesteads including the Nicholas Stoltzfus House, Gnaegi Mill, Yoder Cemetery, Jacob Hertzler Homeand Cemetery, Strong Jacob Yoder Homestead, Jacob Hochstetler Homestead, Hans Kurtz Home and Cemetery, and more.

This tour will cover many of the early Amish-Mennonite families with an emphasis on the Gnaegi(Kanagy) families in Berks County before they movedto Bethel Township, Lebanon County. Homesteads of families who moved to Somerset County will also be identified.

The all-day tour will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead, 1700 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing, Pa., although the chartered buswill pick up tour participants at the Stoltzfus Deli, Intercourse, at 6:30 a.m. Please mark the attached form as to where you wish to board the bus. Register now to take a step back into the past and learn about our Amish-Mennonite roots in Berks County! Paul Kurtz, J. Lemar Mast, and Sam Stoltzfus will serve as tour guides for the day. Send $68.00 per person
(check payable to “Mennonite Family History”) to: Mennonite Family History219 Mill Road Morgantown, PA 19543-9516484-798-8556; mast@masthof.comMore information including your ticket will be mailed upon receipt of payment. Register for this Berks County, Pa.,Amish-Mennonite Heritage Tour on October7, 2017. The all-day chartered bus tour of Berks County will include an 8:30 a.m. brunch stop at Mohrsville Church of the Brethren and a late lunch stop at Love’s Truck Stop (Subway, McDonalds).(Only the brunch is covered with your ticket.)

_____ tickets for Oct. 7 tour at $68.00/person:

TOTAL ENCLOSED: $ ______________(check payable to “Mennonite Family History”)

____ I/We will board the bus at Intercourse, Pa.

____ I/We will board the bus at Wyomissing, Pa.

Please list name and address for each person coming (as desired for name tag):



Send registrations by September 1, 2017, to: Mennonite Family History 219 Mill Road Morgantown, PA 19543-9516484-798-8556;

Surnames you will hear mentioned on this tour and also see where many families lived include: Beiler, Berkey, Blank, Detweiler, Gnage, Hershberger, Hertzler, Hochstetler, Hooley, Kauffman, King, Kurtz, Lehman,Mast, Rickenbach, Sieber, Stehley, Stoltzfus, Stutzman,Yoder, and Zug.

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