NOT Your Typical Upstate NY Mennonite & Amish Tour

In the late 20th-century many Amish & Mennonite families began purchasing farmland throughout the state of New York making the state one of the fastest-growing Amish and Mennonite populations in the country. The combined population between these (2) groups is approximately 25,000. Penn Yan, NY where, many of them have settled, lies at the north end of the east branch of Keuka Lake.

Out of the eleven Finger Lakes in the region, Keuka Lake ranks third in size. The Empire State boasts more than 12,000 of these families in Upstate NY alone, making this distinguishable community now as large as that of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Penn Yan, which is the county seat in Yates County, is heavily populated by both Mennonites and Amish.

Our excursion begins just outside of the village of Penn Yan which originally was said to have been contrived from the first syllables of “Pennsylvania” and “Yankee”. These early settlers were from Pennsylvania and the New England area with the latter being known as Yankees.

Offered every Tuesday beginning in May and running through the end of October, this (4.5) hour tour is designed specifically to encourage each guest to participate fully. Our intention is to instill an emotional connection to this exceptional and divergent area rather than simply saying…oh I’ve been there.

We are quite pleased to offer this one-of-a-kind experience in conjunction with Finger Lakes Rail Riders for a portion of our latest addition, and feel strongly, it is beyond comparison to any tour we have offered in the past.

Get ready to…

♦ Journey back to an uncomplicated time
♦ Enjoy the region’s quintessential excursion
♦ Experience an uncommon physical challenge
♦ Absorb the countryside views of rural Yates County
♦ Listen to a descriptive narrative of America’s rail & transportation history
♦ Have the incomparable experience of meeting, eating and talking with a local Mennonite family
♦ Learn & ask questions about the Mennonite & Amish culture of upstate, NY
♦ Explore for yourselves the many Mennonite & Amish markets & country shops

Mennonite and Amish Tour FAQsView Calendar & Book Tickets

  • When

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    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    (approximate times)
    May – End of October

  • Cost


  • Who

    All ages and fitness levels

  • capacity


  • Bring

    Clothing for forecasted weather, water bottle and camera for scenic views

  • Where

    Finger Lakes Rail Riders, 2039 Havens Corners Rd., Penn Yan, NY

Private Tours Available

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