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Lancaster County is a perfect fall getaway, even in a pandemic, says National Geographic.

Even in a pandemic, Lancaster County’s the perfect fall getaway, says National Geographic.

Last week, the magazine shared a travel story about visiting the county, with a focus on Amish communities for “low-stress, nature-connected escapes." 

“For a curious traveler, there is much to learn from people who have perfected patterns of life that many of us are now discovering for the first time,” writes Paula Wolf, a former LNP | LancasterOnline staff writer.

The story suggests a farm stay, where guests might have a chance to play or care for animals and enjoy home-cooked food.

Communal meals may look different when guests are trying to avoid COVID-19. Verdant View Farm in Paradise, for example, arranged tables outdoors so guests can be separate but still face each other and chat, according to the story.

National Geographic journalists have written about and photographed Lancaster County for decades. Here are some images through the years.

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Photo by @williamalbertallard | Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1964. This gently portrait of an Amish boy holding his pet guinea pig started my career as a professional photographer and my 50 years as a contributor to National Geographic Magazine. In the spring of 1964, I was blessed with getting a photographic internship at National Geographic in Washington D.C. after showing my portfolio of work to Robert E. Gilka, the legendary director of photography at National Geographic. As my first assignment as an intern, Gilka sent me to Lancaster County, PA to cover a Pennsylvania Dutch festival. ""Try to get some pictures of the Amish, if you can,"" he told me. It seemed the magazine had a finished manuscript about the Amish but had no pictures. He didn't tell he'd earlier sent a staff photographer to Pennsylvania who'd come back with nothing. Although I photographed the festival events my success with the Amish came through driving the country roads, introducing myself to Amish farmers, many of whom turned me down but eventually finding one who allowed me to photograph his family and their way of life. My first assignment which was to have been for a weekend or perhaps a week, lasted through much of the summer and into the fall of 1964. On an overcast afternoon, after photographing an Amish farmer working in his fields I was brought to the barn by his son so he could show me his pet guinea pig. My portrait of the boy and his pet became the lead picture in my essay on the Amish of Lancaster county published in the August, 1965 issue, a story which has been credited as the beginning of a new, more intimate look at people in the National Geographic Magazine. #followme @williamalbertallard for more images of the Amish and other assignments spanning a five-decade career. @thephotosociety #amish #farm #onassignment #filmphotography

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***CLICK LINK IN PROFILE TO PURCHASE*** As part of my bi-annual flash sale, I am offering this signed print at $100 for a three week period beginning October 8th and ending on October 29th. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1964 The portrait of the fragile but seemingly unafraid little girl seen alongside the heads of two enormous draft horses was published in the August, 1964 issue of National Geographic in my essay on the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The child was with her father who was working in his fields. At some point in the afternoon she was standing in the back of a farm wagon, the horses, unhitched, were about to be led to the barn and for a moment they provided the background for her profile. Her blouse appears worn, perhaps a bit dirty from childish play, and its pale blue color seems to echo the softness in the child's light complexion and whispy, blond hair. Photographing the Amish was the beginning of my photographic depiction of several subcultures in my country and elsewhere during the 1960's. My essays on the Amish in 1964, the Basques of France and Spain in 1968, and the Hutterites of Montana in 1969, all dealt with the lives of people living in a culture all their own. This flash sale print is a 6” x 9” image on a 9” x 11” paper. It is an archival ink jet print on archival watercolor paper. It is signed in graphite pencil on the front border. It is a perfect gift for a young aspiring photographer or for anyone who loves photography. At a price of only $100.00 it is a bargain not to pass up. All prints are shipped via USPS priority mail. @natgeo @thephotosociety @leica_camera #flashsale #girl #amish #horses #farm #leica #filmphotography #kodachrome

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PBS shared two photos from a 1938 National Geographic story, including one of a woman prepping lunch for her children and a scene from recess at a one-room schoolhouse.