Adamstown, Pennsylvania: Antiques Capital, USA

Nestled in the famous farmland of Lancaster County, PA – a small village, rich in history and character, boasts what is decidedly the finest conglomeration of antique shops and antique dealers in the country. Adamstown, Pennsylvania – otherwise known as “Antiques Capital, USA” – is a charming, old-fashioned village in the heart of Dutch Country.

Over 5,000 Antique Dealers – to say nothing of the number of prospective buyers and collectors – have flocked over the years to this heart-center of old-world charm. If you’ve got a touch of sentimentality, a fondness for the echoes of decades (and even centuries) past, or else a simple interest in making your way to a national novelty – you’ll be more than satisfied in Adamstown, PA.

Treasure Hunting in Adamstown’s Antique Malls

Scattered along Route 272 and its many outreaching roads – “Antiques Capital” offers dozens upon dozens of antiques markets, flea markets, antique dealers, antique showcases, and antique stores. Some stores are indoors, some are tented or in fields, some do business on Fridays, some on Sundays, and some buy, sell and trade the whole year ‘round.

Spend hours – spend days – rifling through leather-bound tomes and documents, peering into glass cases stuffed with farm-life, wartime and cultural memorabilia… then break for lunch and dive in again. The avenues are endless and uncounted.

Lodging in and Around Adamstown, PA

After a full day of treasure hunting, you’ll need somewhere to relax and celebrate your spoils. Adamstown – and its surrounding areas – maintains an eclectic mix of hotels, motels and Bed and Breakfast Inns:

Adamstown Inn & Cottages
A Lancaster, PA Bed and Breakfast – the Adamstown Inn sits right in the heart of Antiques Central.

Artist's Inn & Gallery
The Artist’s Inn doubles as a fine art gallery. It’s Romantic, thematic, and just minutes from Adamstown’s Antiquing Strip.

Black Horse Lodge & Suites
Situated in the hub of Antiques Capital, the Black Horse makes for a top-notch antiquing headquarters.

Brownstone Colonial Inn
The Brownstone Inn is an 18th century Georgian sandstone farmhouse situated on seven acres in Lancaster PA’s sloping countryside.

Historic Smithton Inn Bed And Breakfast
With seven themed and spacious guest rooms, timeless charm and modern amenities – The Smithton Inn makes for a hallmark Dutch Country getaway.

Adamstown Cafés and Restaurants

Adamstown’s cafés and Restaurants offer everything from fine cuisine thematic cultural atmosphere:

Johnny's Bar & Steakhouse
Frank Sinatra's classics, black and white feature films, and an exceptionally personable service team all set the tone for this one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Stoudt's Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub
Stoudt’s Restaurant boasts over 47 years of excellence in casual and fine dining. Select from the finest and freshest in aged beef and seafood – Then wash it all down with a pilsner of one of Stoudt’s Award winning handcrafted lagers and ales.

The Village Haus
Unique lunch and dinner specials – and a spectacular cultural atmosphere make the Village Haus a Lancaster County Must-Visit.

Union Barrel Works Restaurant & Brewpub
The Union Barrel sits in a turn of the century brick-and-mortar building with original tin ceilings and an antique bar from the 19th century.

Adamstown’s Antique Legacy

Antiques Capital, USA was born in the early 60’s when Charles Weik – an antiques dealer – set to holding flea market sales and festivals in Shupp’s Grove. This set the standard for Farmer’s Markets in the area to begin transitioning into Antique sales themselves. It wasn’t long before the trend caught fire in the Adamstown community – as it was so quaint and long standing, with generations of collectors and local families – and other antiques markets cropped up all over the area. Today, Adamstown continues to grow, birthing new communities, attractions, restaurants and markets every year.

It’s a place for wholesome fun and fine living – a place to feed and foster a bit of Old World imagination.

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