Sunday, September 19, 2010

Amish Country

Finally getting around to finishing up these posts about my trip to Pennsylvania back in May/June!  So come join me on a quick tour around Amish Country!

Many of these pics were taken from our car as we were driving five miles an hour behind one of these:

They are everywhere!!  In fact, on the first day when we got back to my brother's house from Philadelphia, we turned onto main street in Akron (where my brother and sister-in-law were living at the time) and there was a buggy right in front of us. :)

It's so strange to see them everywhere... literally....

Alongside you....
Behind you....

And then you see these.... This one is a "tourist" attraction.  Can't blame them for wanting to make money from tourists I suppose, right?!

And my personal favorite.  The one with the car seat.  Safety first!  We even pulled over to get this picture.  Classy right?! ;)
And then, they have to park them somewhere right?

Welcome to Wal-Mart.  Yes.  Wal-Mart.   There's a barn.  For the Amish.  How does that work?  Really.... I mean don't the Amish people denounce all things modern like electricity?  But they'll go to Wal-Mart?!  Love it.
So aside from seeing Lancaster County countryside everyday... an interesting mix of Amish and modern... we went to the Amish farms.  Basically, you drive up to their house and they each sell different things.  Mostly jams, jellies, pies, whoopie pies.... some sell plants from their greenhouses.... others quilts from their basements.  I felt *slightly* guilty about taking their photos (it is against their beliefs), so I don't have many. 

Here is one of the roadside stands:
Isn't it quaint?  They had some yummy whoopie pies too!
And then there is the Amish Village...

I love this picture of my brother -- too funny!!  It's a gas powered washing machine.  No electricity, so they will use it.  The Amish also use a gas powered iron.  It just looks dangerous!
There were even buggies to climb in for pictures.  Great touristy trap!
I had a great time seeing Amish Country... it was picturesque.  All about the crafty stuff.  And the people were really nice!  I most enjoyed the quilt shop that I didn't get pictures of.  All the quilts are handmade.  Some are machine pieced now, but all are quilted by hand.  I can't wait to go back there and choose one for myself! 

In the meantime, here is one last picture of the countryside...

Hope you enjoyed this little peek at the Amish County in Lancaster County Pennsylvania!


  1. But the really important question is... was there ANY horse buggy's parked in the Wal-Mart horse buggy area of the parking lot?? lol lol lol!! I think that maybe wal-mart did that to draw attention to the Amish.. not the Amish wanting it.. lol lol lol...that is pretty humorous though! LOL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee all the photos....JUST GORGEOUS!!!! I have ALWAYS wanted to visit there! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. That's very cool!

    (Give it to Walmart, they'll weedle their way into ANY town.)

    Do the Amish use batteries?

  3. Very cool!

    (Give it to Walmart, they'll weedle their way into any town.)

    Do the Amish use batteries?

  4. what fun photos! haha... those will def make some fun layouts (or mini album, haha!)

    hope you have a wonderful week, amanda!


  5. I had to laugh at the buggy parking at Walmart! That's pretty awesome! Great photos Amanda. It sounds like an amazing trip!


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