The quaint town of Lititz is the home of the first commercial operation selling Pretzels. That would be the Julius Sturgis company. Like many good things in our lives, he "accidently" discovered Pretzels when there were some overdone bread pieces left overnight. In 1861, at the age of 26, Julius Sturgis purchased the house at 219 E. Main Street in Lititz and opened the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. Julius lived in the house with his family and added an addition to the house for his bakery. Sturgis is still the oldest pretzel baking family in America. Tom Sturgis and his son Bruce now run the business, with other family members helping to manage both Tom Sturgis Pretzels and the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. In addition to being the site of America's first commercial pretzel bakery, the building at 219 E. Main Street holds an even longer history. Built in 1784 by Peter Kreiter, the house is one of the original structures in Lititz. The sturdy stone house was built from stones dug from the street itself and timber hewed from the surrounding forest. The home has musket firing windows in the cellar to ward off attacks from Native Americans, while the interior included beautifully carved wooden panels on the staircase, heavy wooden doors on iron strap hinges, and plank pegged floors. The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Next we took the short drive to the town of Bird in Hand! It's a primary town of Amish influence. If you want to experience the Amish culture come here for sure. There are restaurants and stores galore, all of Amish flavor.... We ate at a restaurant then found the same horse drawn wagon company we use years ago. After we bought our tickets to ride the wagon there was a wait so Brent "watered" and petted the horses.