The iconic windmill festooned with hex signs and touting its shoo-fly pies that has stood along Lincoln Highway East in East Lampeter Township is officially up for sale.
Dutch Haven Shoofly Pie Bakery, which is considered Route 30’s original Amish store, closed its doors on Jan. 1 and is now listed for sale for $2.4 million through Lancaster-based Kingsway Realty.
According to online histories, the business was established in 1946 as Lancaster’s first Amish tourist attraction and became known for its shoo-fly pie recipe, offering free samples to customers and shipping pies across the country. Time magazine labeled it “America’s best shoo-fly pie” and won prominent admirers, including Sen. Doug Mastriano who retold the story while on the campaign trail for governor of Pennsylvania of going on one of the first dates with his now wife, Rebecca, at Dutch Haven and trying the pie.
The business has caught the attention of the public in recent years as well. Members of the popular History Channel show “Pawn Stars” stopped at the bakery in August, posting pictures on social media. An employee of the business was also interviewed for an episode of the show.
The first Dutch Haven started in the 1920s as a luncheonette serving Pennsylvania Dutch food, including shoo-fly pie.
Current owner, Paul Stahl, took over the business in 1991, closing the restaurant and focusing on the bakery and gift shop.
Besides shoo-fly pies and other baked goods, Dutch Haven carried thousands of kitschy tourist items related to Lancaster County, including “I love Intercourse” T-shirts, mugs and magnets, local furniture, hex signs and jams and jellies.
An outdoor Amish furniture store behind the bakery, Amish Stuff Etc., remains open.
The windmill that served as a distinctive marker for local residents and tourists on Route 30 was reportedly built as an homage to the “Dutch” label of the Pennsylvania Dutch, combining it with the windmill culture of the Netherlands. The blades of the windmill still turn and light up at night.
The property sale includes five buildings on 3.5 acres, bakery equipment, fixtures, recipes for the shoo-fly pie and existing inventory, according to the listing. The main 7,000 square-foot building houses the bakery and gift shop with a 96-pie capacity commercial oven, a commercial mixer, pie presses and other equipment.
The former Jakey’s Amish BBQ, a 112-seat restaurant, is also included in the sale.