This visit to Lancaster County was very revealing about the communities and lifestyle of the Amish, which has changed little in 400 years. The traditional one room school for all ages, which finishes formal education at 16. A tour of a typical home allowed us to admire the beautiful quilt work, hear about daily family life, and see typical furnishings and clothing. No photographs, instead the family listed on paper- names and dates of birth- and hung on the wall. The ingenuity with which heating, lighting, refrigeration and cooking are undertaken without recourse to mains electricity or gas. Traditional farming methods, using animals to draw ploughs, etc.
A lovely restaurant with home grown produce and beautifully prepared and presented food. A gift shop with the usual tourist items, but including quilted aprons and other household goods, even homemade cakes and cookies. Buggy rides around the area are also available.
This community has always interested me so it was fascinating to be in the community and somewhat strange to be ignored!
I thoroughly recommend this experience to anyone who wants an insight into this amazing group of people whose way of life coexists with modern America so successfully that the majority of the youngsters return to it after “Rumspringa.”
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