I’ve been obsessed with the Amish ever since I read my first book on them. Moving to the US meant that I could go visit anytime I wanted. On one of our many trips to Lancaster Country in Pennsylvania, realization struck- high time I shared my love for them on the blog! So off we went on a Sunday drive…
“The Amish are islands of sanity in a whirlpool of change.” – Nancy Sleeth
A trip to the East Coast, must entail a visit to Lancaster Country in Pennsylvania, a place known for its Amish population dating back to the 18th century. For the uninitiated- The Amish people are known for their simple living, plain dress and their hesitance to adopt to modern conveniences. The Amish prioritize farm and family- placing both only after their love and respect for God. They live and work like their forefathers did, and are extremely devout Christians living a biblical life. There are over 25 different Amish, Mennonite and Brethren groups in Lancaster Country, all practicing similar traditions with minute differences. Some groups don’t permit television, radio or electricity- let alone the internet.
Lunchtime drew near as we pulled in to the ‘Good and Plenty Restaurant’ in Lancaster Country. If the rumble in our tummies aroused by the aromas wafting out of their kitchen was any indication of our need for wholesome food, the meal surpassed all our expectations. Opened in 1969, this restaurant features family style dining as well as menu dining.
Growing up Amish:
Once adolescents are ready, they get baptized and are initiated into the Amish church and faith. But before this ritual, they get a free pass or ‘Rumspringa’. It is the period when the young person is regarded as having reached maturity, and is permitted to attend the Sunday night “sings” that are the focus of courtship among the Amish. During this period they are allowed to dabble with alcohol, dressing up, make up and worldly goods- even drive!
Some Amish youth venture out into the world better known as non-Amish North Americans. Their behavior during this period of time does not prevent them from adult baptism into the Amish church and life. However, once baptized they join the church and follow the Amish way of life.
Driving through the towns of ‘Bird in Hand’ and ‘Intercourse’, we came across a number a people in their buggys (horse drawn carriages- which prevent them from paying a tax on vehicles), some spending Sunday playing a game of ball, while others took leisurely walks on their massive farms.
Could you live the Amish life? I don’t think I could- even for a day! How would I blog???