History

 

July 1968

THE RED RABBIT was founded in 1964 by Sam & Maggie Snyder.

The Snyders were committed to quality food and on-site working management.

Sam Snyder and his daughter, Cindy, in July of 1966

After many hours of research, the site of Mr. Snyder’s new restaurant was found.  It was a plot of land on which the Distlefink Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop was located just above the Clark’s Ferry Bridge on Rte. 322. 

Aerial view of the Distlefink.

Because the ‘Rabbit’ has no inside seating, it is closed during the winter months.  This photo taken prior to 1972.  

June 1972 - Hurricane Agnes ravaged the East Coast

‘Agnes’ was one of the most costly natural disasters in Pennsylvania history.  The heaviest reported 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Harrisburg, where 12.53 inches fell between 8 pm on June 21st through 8 pm on June 22nd.  This storm caused major flooding throughout the Susquehanna River Basin.  The ‘Rabbit’ is situated on a peninsula between the Juniata River and the Susquehanna River.    The Susquehanna crested 16 feet above flood stage (a record that still stands today) and the Juniata crested 12 feet above flood stage. 

In 1988, the Snyders retired and the business was placed into the hands of their son-in-law and daughter, Sam & Cindy Berger. The Bergers were involved until retiring at the end of 2016. It is now on the Third Generation as their son began operating the Red Rabbit in 2017

Sam & Cindy Berger 1990

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pencil sketch by

Cindy M Berger