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DIY Pretzels at the Julius Sturgis Factory



    Get hands-on with some dough and a lot of history during a factory tour of America's first commercial pretzel bakery.

    The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory (219 E. Main St., Lititz, Pa.) is a quaint and humble factory located in a town of just the same substance. And the town's a part of the factory -- literally. It's housed inside a stone building made from stones that were dug from the Lititz city streets back in 1784.

    As for the pretzels, Julius Sturgis was the first commercial pretzel bakery in America, although back in 1861 it was known as the Pretzel House.

    A tour of the original factory ($3 adults; $2 kids) will not only give you a history lesson into the pretzel baking history of America (we know you've been waiting to hear all about that), but you'll also be given your own hunk of dough and a lesson on twisting pretzels.

    Hours for bakery tours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The bakery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fresh pretzels are made by the hour in the bakery.