The family is the most important social unit in the Amish culture. Large families with seven to ten children are common. Chores are clearly divided by sexual role in the Amish home - the man usually works on the farm, while the wife does the washing, cleaning, cooking, and other household chores. There are exceptions, but typically the father is considered the head of the Amish household. German is spoken in the home, though English is also taught in school. Amish marry Amish - no intermarriage is allowed. Divorce is not permitted in the Amish lifestyle and separation is very ...
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There is something surreal about an early morning fog in the valleys of southeast Ohio.  Hill tops look like tiny islands surrounded by mysterious white fluff.  As the sun slowly burns off the low-lying haze, one notices small clusters of Amish homes nestled within the edges of woodlands & harvested fields. Dairymen, already finished with their early morning milking, have given leave to the cows who now slowly choose a place in the pasture to enjoy another fall day. A breeze blows through the low-lands & chases off the final wisps of any lingering haze.  A new beauty emerges for ...
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Dave Mast

Road apple.

The American slang term for horse dung or droppings originated in the mid 20th century. Clearly, the allusion is to the appearance of horse droppings, which, in shape and size at least, resemble apples.

Road apples are as authentic to Holmes County and Amish Country as are buggies, wind mills, cows and straw hats.

As a distance runner, if you want to experience Amish Country in all of its glory, the Amish Country Half Marathon & 5K envelops the very heart of Amish Country, including the road apples.

Now in its third year, the ...
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