Preface: In 2013 a small town by the name of Lititz, Pennsylvania, just to the north of Lancaster was honored by being voted Budget Travel Magazine's America's Coolest Small Town. At the time I wrote a story telling some of the highlights of the town, but since that time have made many more visits and discovered exactly why the town was given the honor. The oldest pretzel bakery in the country, one of the earliest Moravian communities in the country and one of the neatest July 4th celebrations in the country all make Lititz a cool town. The history of Lititz, which is more than 250 years old, is varied and extremely interesting. Follow along during the next few weeks as I post stories that will give you an idea why Lititz was so honored in 2013.
|Elma is explaining how to "twist" a pretzel.|
But enough about the place where I am standing. Elma is in the midst of helping me shape my own pretzel to look as they did when they were first made.
|I found this stone on the side of the building at 219 E. Main St.|
|Julius Stugis, founder of the bakery and the hard|
crispy pretzel, in front of his winter home in Florida.
|Workers twist pretzels and put them on boards to "proof" or rise, before taking them to the ovens.|
|The pretzel ovens in front of me are the original ovens used to bake Sturgis pretzels.|
|This shows the baker using the "Peal" to place the pretzels in the oven.|
|Plaque on the wall of the building.|
|What the building looks like today.|