About a half hour drive from my home, is the area known as Lancaster County. This area is known for the Amish & Mennonite people that live here. Many of them live on farms that dot the landscape of the area. It is also known for the great food and produce that is grown here by the Amish & Mennonite people. If you remember seeing the movie “Witness” starring Harrison Ford, this is the area that the movie was made. There are a few different towns located here that have some “different” names. Such as, Intercourse, Bird In Hand, and Lancaster. This is a heavy tourist area during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. Tourist’s come here to see the horse and buggy, tour the attractions that are offered, and enjoy the open farm lands. Another thing that people purchase here is one of the hand made Quilts that can cost over $100.00 to $1000.00 depending on which one you like. These quilts take a whole lot of time to make. This is where the name “sewing bee” came from. A bunch of Ladies get together and make one of these Quilts. Each Lady does a specific part of the quilt.
The above Image shows a team of Mules that have been hitched to a Cultivator to gather Soybeans from the field. There are not many farmers in the area that use tractors. Most of the farm work is done by horse or mule. The animals are well taken care of.
At one of the more popular Tourist places, people can take a ride on a horse drawn wagon that is pulled around the area for a short distance. They seem to get a huge enjoyment doing this, but why I don’t really know. Guess that some tourists have never ridden in a horse drawn wagon. To me, it’s no big deal. I’ve seen this 20 times.
This is what the Tourists come to see. A real Amish Horse & Buggy. These buggy’s are very common to see on the major roads traveling back and forth from one place to another. On the major roads they have the right of way, even though they can hold up lines of traffic. You are allowed to pass them, but only when it’s safe. Most of the time these buggy’s travel on the side of the road, so traffic can get by. At night they must have a visual means of being seen, such as shown above. Not many have lights. Now, there is a difference between the Amish buggy’s and the Mennonite buggy’s, but I can’t remember. I think it’s that one has a much more square roof and the other has more rounded. Not sure.
Here is another view of the famous Horse & Buggy.
Below is the Hotel that Harrison Ford made that phone call to his partner in Philadelphia in the Movie, Witness.