Thursday, June 7, 2012
Amish Heartland Tour - Holmes County, Ohio
The Amish Heartland Bus tour was AWESOME!!
We learned so much about the Amish.
The countryside and farmland was so beautiful.
This is one of the oldest homes around. This has an old Slate Tile roof. I think it was built in 1800's.
This is a church bench wagon.The Amish have church services in their homes. They bring wagons to each home. They also store their hymnals in the little door on the wagon.
They do not put flowers on the graves. They also never visit the graves outside of a burial.
They believe in visiting with people only when they are alive.
They also dig their graves by hand & shovel, no machines.
They bury their dead in pine boxes and put them in a 4ft deep by 3 ft wide hole.
All of their cemeteries are on a hillside to prevent flooding.
This is a watering troth on the side of the road. Notice the small cup on a string. That is for the people. Sharing with the animal... yum!
I love all of these martin boxes.They eat the bugs around the house and garden. In the winter they bring the boxes down to prevent other birds from building nests in them. The same purple martins come back year after year!
This is an ice house. They cannot run electric to their homes, so they rent storage buildings from "English" neighbors to keep their frozen foods. This shed has 3 deep freezers in it!
They raise broiler hens and sell them.
This driveway is a Swartzentruber drive.
The Swartzentrubers are the strictest form of Amish.You can see the paved "Englisher" driveway next to it. Can you see the man walking?
We walked through this Amish Kitchen to get to the quilt store. Everything was from another era. It felt like we were at a "live history" museum.
Another church wagon. Notice this one has metal wheels. That means it is a Swartzentruber wagon. They do not use rubber tires.
As we were leaving, the children all ran to the fence to wave goodbye. They were all so nice and sweet.
We really enjoyed our Amish Heartland Tour!