Lindsay, Reagan, Randy & I went to the Amish Farm Village in Lancaster today. I have to say, I was a little disappointed, no make that just disappointed with no qualifier. I thought we were going to a working farm. I remember from several years ago that we had gone to an Amish farm that was active. This wasn't it; this was more of a museum-type farm. Oh, well. Reagan enjoyed it anyway.
We began our visit with a guided tour of the house. The guide shared the beginnings of the Amish in this country came from immigrants who were fleeing religious persecution in Europe. The name "Amish" comes from their leader, Jakob Amman, who began the sect in Switzerland in the late 1600s. It was in the early 18th century that they came to America, specifically Pennsylvania. The Amish now reside in 28 states across the country, with the largest population in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
While this wasn't a working farm, it still had the requisite animals: mules; horses - regular and miniature; goats, a sheep, baby pigs and a peacock. There were replicas of a schoolhouse, smokehouse and blacksmithy. Of course, we explored all parts of the farm, with Reagan having a good time everywhere she went.
The farm's water system
An Amish student?
Baby "Wilburs" as Reagan called them
Mandy, the Miniature Horse
Randy found a friend
Next summer, we're going to find the other farm - the one that truly shows Amish life.
Hope your week is off to a good start. If you're back in school, teacher or student, I hope you have a great year! Until the next time . . .