Who are the Pennsylvania Dutch? - What counties are in PA Dutch Country?

Now to finally answer the question you have been waiting for. Who are the Pennsylvania Dutch? People tend to think that the PA Dutch are Old Order Mennonites and Amish people.

But that is not entirely true. The Pa Dutch are people who are descendants of the Germans, and people in the Rhineland area who immigrated to the US. The Pa Dutch are made up of people from different religious affiliations, such as, Lutheran, Reformed, and Anabaptists.

Most of the Pa Dutch live in southeastern Pennsylvania in cities such as York, Lancaster, Reading and Lebanon. So as you can see the Pa Dutch are not just Amish and Mennonites. But wait, you still have questions. Why do they call them Dutch you say? Because the Germans spoke Deitsch, which other people ended up pronouncing as Dutch. So being Pa Dutch has nothing to do with the Dutch in Holland. I hope that helps clear things up for you.

Below you'll find a list of the counties that are part of the PA Dutch Country region.

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Counties in PA Dutch Country

  • Lehigh
  • Berks
  • Lebanon
  • Dauphin
  • Lancaster
  • York
  • Perry
  • Cumberland
  • Adams
  • Franklin

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