From the Winery to good Dining in Orrtanna

It’s been too long since my last entry here, I’ll use the lame excuse that many businesses are claiming for low profits, “It’s because of bad weather“. But I’ve resumed my rambling around. This time I’m in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania, a few miles west of Gettysburg in a “Census-designated place“, a description I hadn’t heard of before.

Orrtanna is located in western Adams County at the eastern foot of South Mountain. The community is primarily in the northeast corner of Hamiltonban Township, with a small portion extending into the northwest corner of Highland Township.
– Wikipedia

I bicycle through here from time to time. In the late summer I enjoy the aroma of apples in the orchards that are full of shiny red apples waiting for the harvest. One end of Orrtanna is home to the Adams County Winery, making what I consider some really good wine – but I’m no wine expert. At the other end of Orrtanna is one of my favorite places to dine, the Hickory Bridge Farm. I’ve eaten at the Hickory Bridge many times, always enjoying the dining experience, but have yet to stay at the Bed and Breakfast.

The following are some photos of the town, starting at the winery one afternoon with a craft festival, moving through town to the Hickory Bridge Farm and the bell, Yes I’ve rung it a few times.









A railroad in Railroad

Well, the previous article was about Gainesville, Ga. really stretched my idea of a Small Town. I hope this atones for that sin. This one is not only small, but it keeps with one of the motifs of that article, Railroad. This time I’m traveling northward, only a few miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania

Yes, a railroad runs through the small borough of Railroad, Pa. The borough boasts a population of just a few hundred, a Church or two and a BnB. Of course there is the ‘required’ antique ship for any small country town.

The rail line was built from Baltimore, Md. to Harrisburg, Pa. but today the rail line is almost unused. But for about 45 miles along the tracks from Baltimore to York, Pa the Rails to Trails Conversancy has worked to build multi-use trail. I’ve cycled the entire route a few times, but only about half at a time. Besides bicycling the NCR trail as it is known in Maryland and the York Heritage trail in Pennsylvania caters to many other activities. Hiking, horseback riding, dog walking, or just enjoying fresh air and seeing nature.

But today’s photos are only of one town, more of a borough in Pennsylvania. This one actually got it’s name from the railroad, “RAILROAD”, so says the great authority on all such things, Wikipedia.

The biggest building in Railroad, and in the summer it is probable the liveliest place in town is the Jackson House B&B. It sits adjacent to the trail and railroad tracks

Across the street, the only street in town is an old building that looks to have been some sort of wearhouse.

Just up the road is a curious barn with a couple “horses”.

My first walk through Railroad was just before Holloween, these flags were the only decorations I saw, but there were steps leading to … could that be a haunted house?


Ah yes, the town postoffice and the General Store Clock – which doesn’t seem to keep the right time.

I’ve warned you, I don’t take the normal tourist photos, two more.

What happens on the trail? Why walking and cycling!

And the occasional train! I’ll close with a short video of some activity on in Railroad.

Where’s my next stop? You’ll have to keep guessing for a month or so. I think I know, I’ve been working on it but I like to seep some surprises in store for you.