If you have never been to Lehman’s Hardware, it is a MUST DO on your next trip to Amish Country. Located about 25 miles from Donna’s Premier Lodging, Lehman’s Hardware is your portal to the past where you will find simple products for a simpler life.
I have been to Lehman’s once, many years ago. Doing my research for my blog makes me realize just how much I want and need to go back. I would appreciate it much more now. It appears much has changed since I was there last. Lehman’s boasts a 35,000 square foot space of the finest selection of “non-electric technology” you’ll ever see. Some of the features of the store would be the Soda Pop Shop, where they have over 300 vintage style and handcrafted sodas in stock every day, with 70 of them being different varieties of root beer. Lehman’s Candy Land features old fashioned treats such as salt water taffy and real milk caramels, plus many more. The Major Appliance Room is where you will find heat stoves, cook stoves and gas powered appliances. And for the grill master they also have a great selection of grills, smokers and accessories. Housewares and pantry items are found throughout the store. You will find thousands of items from seasoned cast iron to silicone kitchen utensils to copper cookie cutters. For the kids or the kid at heart, check out the Toy Room, where you will find classic toys from days gone by. And for the Lego enthusiast you can visit the Lego Loft where you will be able to find those hard to find collectible sets. Growing up my grandpa had an AMAZING and beautiful collection of oil lamps. On my visit back to Lehman’s I will definitely be taking a stroll down memory lane by spending time in the Lamp Room. And who knows maybe I will start my own collection.
Whether you are a beginner gardener or a skilled green thumb, growing a small garden or are planning to can for the future, their Gardening Room will have
all of your needs in a one stop shop. The Buggy Barn Cinema features short presentations on organic gardening, oil lamp restoration and other interesting topics. Before
you leave, be sure to grab a bite to eat at the Cast Iron Café. Their soups and sandwiches are made fresh daily and I hear their home made Amish desserts
are the best around.
Lehman’s Hardware has been family owned and operated since 1955. I viewed a video on their website of their humble beginnings and how they grew to what they are today. It was totally awesome to see. Aside from visiting their store, you can order items and have them shipped right to your door. They have a print catalog that can be mailed to you or you can order direct from their website.
One of my favorite things I pulled from their website while I was visiting was this quote “City or country, rural or urban, we can help you build a better future, one that values personal connections, integrity and tradition.” I think in today’s fast paced, technology driven world, finding joy in the simple life is key. And I think Lehman’s Hardware is the place to find those simple joys. I cannot wait to get back there and to take my kids!