Bob Burnley and I started canning in our new 2-car garage back in 1954. Me with three children in tow. Bob raised chickens, geese, pheasants, rabbits and even sheep in our backyard that is now the village. I learned how to cook at home by Mother–with a lot of love and care in everything we made.

This is my house growing up. It's now the Kling House Restaurant (currently only open for private group events). This is where my mother taught me her secrets of cooking. Later on, Bob Burnley and I raised 3 wonderful children here.

I still recall the day Bob came home with a real hair-brained scheme to start our own jelly business in the garage. We started with a range, 30 kettles, and a half-dozen good recipes, And with a little help from Ben Stoltzfus and Katie Kling we had a jelly business.

Before long Bob had another far-fetched idea to invite people to come to our kitchen to chat over coffee and see how we do it.

Newspaper article from 1954 when Kitchen Kettle first opened
Kitchen Kettle Village store today

Soon we had to expand. Build a store. Then one store led to another and a small village was born. People would come as far away as Philadelphia to stock their pantries.

Kitchen Kettle Village has now grown to 40+ shops, eateries & lodging rooms, and like most homes in Lancaster County, the hub of activity around here is our family-run kitchen.

My three children worked with me in our Village, and a few grand kids as well. I have always said, "Once the fun stops, then I'll retire." I might just be working a few more lifetimes.

Pat Burnley

Pat Burnley passed away in 2021 at the age of 92. She touched the lives of many people with her generosity, hospitality and entrepreneurial spirit. Her legacy lives on with the creation of MOMS Pretzels, the mission based pretzel shop in the Village named after her four great grandchildren, that donates all profits to Lancaster County charitable organizations. Since it's inception in 2021 MOMS Pretzel has donated over $210,000 to local non-profit organizations.

The original homestead is now the Kling House Restaurant
The original Kitchen Kettle Store
Central Penn Business Journal's video about Pat Burnley
Pat Burnley and her family today