I want to finish up our post and pictures of our time in the town of Intercourse, Pa. and of Lancaster County and will be the subject of today's blog. The weather there, was for the most part, was very pleasant but turned very hot and muggy the last two days.
I'm sure most of you already know this area is primarily known for the Amish and Mennonite populations. The area is primarily agricultural, but has a strong tourist attraction with many stores and shops that are Amish owned or supported. Their reputation for being hard working, god fearing people is right on and are known for their strict moral values and craftsmanship. The Amish have parishes and each parish has a Bishop who is their leader. Each parish has a one room school used to educate their children until age 14. They have strict beliefs that they do not wish to be "connected" to the outside world with electricity or telephones in their homes. They typically have propane gas for lighting and heat and make use of generators and air compressors to operate their equipment. Most of their farming is done using mules and horses, although small gasoline driven equipment is permitted to a degree. Their primary transportation is horse and buggy and scooters. They are extremely crafty and resilient people that deserve our respect and admiration.
|Couldn't pass up taking this shot. This store is typical of the ones found in the town of Intercourse and other small towns in the area.|
|Crickett with a bouquet of flowers we purchased at an Amish roadside stand for $2.00.|
|Mr Kauffman's home was beside his 'Clock Shop" and was impeccable. I'm sure he's not Amish, but guessing he's Mennonite.|
|Pretty swan in a pond on one of the Amish farms.|
|Not sure of the flower's name, but I thought they were pretty.|
|Pretty sure these are Hydrangeas.|
|One of many picturesque Amish yards. The pink and white flowers were very popular in the area. The bloom looked like a miniature Petunia.|
|Bus from an Amish tour company.|
|Annie's Kitchen that sold all types of preservatives, baked goods, quilts and quite a few other goodies.|
|Beautiful, but expensive quilts. It wasn't unusual to see a price tag of $1,000 or more on the quilts.|
|Crickett and Bailey in front of the Visitor's center|
|Storefront of Rehiels Crafts and Quilts.|
|Scooters for sale. The Amish don't believe in using bicycles, so they convert bikes into scooters and are used by children and adults alike.|
|Couldn't resist this one!|