Old Order Amish Tour in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Riding in an Amish horse-drawn buggy, we passed farms with no electricity and watched Amish farmers work the fields with their horse and mule-drawn plows.

Time seems to have stood still in this community

Steam trains run daily as the 19th century farming technology is in full force.

We got to see and buy quality Amish hand-made sewing of quilts, pillows, qillows and bedspreads with machine accuracy. It was too tempting not to purchased a few items. Homemade preserves and pickles were also for sale, we bought several. Touring the Amish homes, rich in carpenter skills, I especially noticed the cabinets and hand made furniture; being especially interesting to a carpenter like me. One can’t help to be in awe of all brightly painted yard ornaments and hand-made horse buggies still in use, even modernizing the newer ones with battery operated turn signals and brake lights

The Amish were particularly friendly and very camera-shy. Their love of God and religious ceremonies were shown in their community efforts of compassion for each other. Sunday services was shared in their homes with complete community meals and shared efforts. Feasts, following Sunday service, takes several days to prepare for. The chairs, tables, and eating utensils are moved to the families barns or rooms that are large enough for the whole congregation to worship in. The effort is rotated amongst several family homes, so all can provide. Even medical needs are contributed by the congregational insurance and support. Some can provide more than others.

Families are large, with an average of ten children, so a family tree is large to say the least, and proudly on display with all the nomes and dates. Not having photos of families saves the clutter of the 142 great grandchildren. Photos are considered worshiping and is not allowed. The gardens are large and canning is a big chore that also is shared. After the fall harvest, the wedding season is in full swing, again with community support. Some weddings are in the Spring, but most are after the harvest moon when the majority of farm work is coming to an end.

The beautiful farms are an average of 80 to 90 acres; about the most that animal-assisted work can handle. The dairies produce the best milk and creameries and the most delicious ice cream. The grocery stores have bulk goods packed in plastic bags and glass jars. Cheese is also locally made. The butchers shop is on the list for a must see and taste.

Schools are small buildings serving all grade levels. The children’s scooters are parked in front of the school yard, along with the occasional pony and cart. The Bishops have decided that bicycles are not modest enough for the young girls with their long dresses. The scooters look like bicycles at first glance with 12 inch wheels, but further study shows a low platform in the middle for the fast motion of their legs to propel them along. The back of the yard has two separate outhouses for each gender. This is not California, so 70 different outhouses, to match the ever growing gender issues, are not required.

On our Amish tour we crossed a covered bridge, just following an Amish horse and buggy carriage was crossing. The tour ended at a hotel/restaurant that was made from train cabooses. The steam train was passing by and the steam engine detached from the cars full of people. Luckily the land was level so the detached cars did not roll away. It was quite the scene as the engine had to back up, that caused the engine to be reduced of steam pressure for several minutes. After the reduction the engine could be reversed and recoupled . Soon the whole train took off with happy tourist.

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    1. A quillow is a pillow that a guilt is folded up and stuffed inside to form the fluffy part of the pillow. It makes a very neat decorating and quilt
      Thank you, the Amish are very interesting and friendly too

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