On 4th day of our tour, we headed to the countryside – Lancaster County for an interesting Amish Homestead tour in the State of Pennsylvania.
The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches. They are known for simple living, plain dress and reluctance to adopt modern technology in their lives. They speak Pennsylvania Dutch, which is a German dialect, as they originate from Germany and Switzerland in the early 18th century.
They are not allowed to use electricity in their homes, and currently they are into the use of solar energy. As mentioned above, they are known for plain dressing and hence they only wear colours of nature such as green, blue, purple and pink. Red is not an acceptable colour. They do not wear jewellery or wedding rings as they deem it as a sign of vanity.
One can recognise an Amish family house by its green blinds. There is no church service in the church, instead they conduct the service at the houses of different members every other Sunday. During the service, the men and the women will sit separately.
In addition, one can tell whether a man is single or married by looking at his face. If he is single, he must be clean-shaven, if not he will grow a beard to indicate that he is married. For the lady, if her family has granted her permission to date men, the colour of her cape on the apron/ dress will be black instead of white.
To me, this homestead visit was really quite interesting as before this, I did not know that such a religious group actually exists! Below are some pictures taken during the tour:
After the 45-min tour of the Amish farmhouse, we went for lunch at the popular Bird In Hand Restaurant (about 20 min drive away from the farmhouse) which serves traditional Lancaster County buffets. Although the restaurant was big, we still had to queue to get in, really quite popular with the locals as we could see!
This was the only buffet lunch included in our itinerary, and a good one, unlike the fast food or buffet meals we had over the last 3 days. Overall, I enjoyed myself in Lancaster County for the unique countryside experience. 🙂