Pennsylvania Dutch Country refers to the fertile
region in the eastern part of Pennsylvania. It includes
the counties of York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Berks and
Lehigh. The early settlers were simple, industrious,
religious, happy people. Pennsylvania Dutch are the
descendants of the immigrants who came to the New World
from the Palatinate region of Germany. The "Dutch" does
not refer to Holland Dutch, but comes from the word "Deitsch"
or "Deutsch," which means "German."
Like the present-day Amish, the early Pennsylvania Dutch
were farmers and craftsmen. Their homes, barns and furniture
were decorated with colorful designs and motifs, which
reflected their personal life and activities. The most
common motifs were flower, birds, fruits and hearts.
Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine includes a variety of
vegetables, fruits, ham, sausage, cheese, chicken, homemade
noodles and pies. All meals are served with sweet
condiments, such as jellies and preserves, and sour
condiments, such as sauerkraut, pickles and relishes.
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH PROVERBS