Friday, January 28, 2005

‘Witness’ Farm Becomes Amish Tourist Mecca

LANCASTER, Penn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – “If you film it, they will come” seems to be the motto in Pennsylvania’s Amish country.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Harrison Ford film, Witness – which deals with the Amish people – local tourism executives have created a special tour featuring places used in the film.

For instance, film geeks can see the silo that was used for a climactic shoot-out and the barn where Ford sings “Wonderful World” to Kelly McGillis.

Tour spokeswoman Cara O’Donnell says Witness put Amish country on the map as a tourist destination but says visitors haven’t been allowed on the farm where the movie was shot until now because it was a private residence.

The first Witness tour begins April 1 and visitors will be allowed to explore all the farm’s nooks and crannies to see how the Amish live.

However, tourists are asked not to photograph the residents. Apparently, that drives the Amish buggy.

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