Ohio's Amish Country
Visiting Ohio's Amish Country will help you appreciate modern-day conveniences, as well as the people who choose to live without them. Scenes like the one above are common: a young boy working the fields, riding aboard a horse-drawn plow.
Amish schools are everywhere, since most Amish schoolchildren either walk or ride a buggy to class.
Ah, yes. Another convenience the Amish choose to live without: indoor plumbing.
I visited Holmes County twice. My first visit was on a Sunday, which looking back was somewhat foolish. Of course, since this area is heavily influenced by the Amish beliefs, almost every store, restaurant, and gas station was closed.
As a side note, some of the pictures on the next few pages were taken on my first visit, the others are from my second visit, on my return trip to Pittsburgh.
If you stay on the main road (US 62) through Amish Country, you won't see much. Take any side road and you'll instantly be transported back 100 years. I recommend taking this loop: from Berlin, take Rte. 39 through Walnut Creek, Sugarcreek, and Dover. Return via a small backroad that passes through Winfield, Barrs Mills, and Trail. Remember to drive slowly, and watch for horse-drawn carriages along the route.
Their culture may be difficult to understand, but you will appreciate one thing about the Amish, they're friendly! Almost every time you pass a buggy, you'll receive a wave and a smile.
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