The most common sight in an Amish community is the horse and buggy. It marks distinctively the separation of the Amish community from the rest of the world who uses the automobile for every day transportation.
The buggy varies with the group and reflects how conservative the community is. The more conservative the community the more austere the buggy is, the more stocky the horse is. For instance, the Swartzentruber Amish, the most conservative of groups, will use a wooden wheeled buggy with steel bands that touch the road. The side curtains will be manually rolled up and tied. The ...
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By: Nancy Lembke
There are certain things that say “It’s Fall again~!”. Corn shocks, now ready to harvest, standing like giant, silent soldiers in fields; bright orange pumpkins peeking out from under the large green leaves that protected them through the summer heat; fuzzy caterpillars on their trek to find the perfect place to make their winter cocoon; peculiar-looking Praying Mantis waiting motionless until an unsuspecting cricket gets close enough to become a meal. Sugar Maple trees explode into brilliant colors of orange, gold, crimson red, mint green before shedding their leaves during the forthcoming rains & wind. The ...
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Amish buggies in Ohio’s Amish Country maybe all black, but they definitely aren’t all the same. The nondescript, unobtrusive color merely keeps them uniform and modest.
Even if they all are black, a closer look reveals that there are many differences in buggies. These variances are especially true for buggies owned by younger Amish men. Particular attention is paid to the kind of accessories included on their buggies. After all, a buggy can last for 30 years if it is well maintained.
At least two-dozen buggy shops are sprinkled around the greater Holmes County area. That way ...
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