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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Occasionally we are asked questions from our guests about the “farming animals” of Ohio’s Amish Country. It’s always fun to share the things we’ve learned and today we would like to share a little about the Draft Horse.
 
There are 5 “official” breeds of Draft Horses; Belgian, Percheron, Clydesdale, Shire, Suffolk and Paint. Just like there are many different breeds of dogs in the “Working Class” of the dog world (like Sheep Dog, Police Dog, etc), the Draft Horse is the “Working Class” of the horse world.
 
Often called “Gentle Giants”, these behemoths were bred to assist the ...
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Kyle Valentini

You do not have to be a resident of Tuscarawas County or be Swiss to enjoy the annual Ohio Swiss Festival held each fall in the village of Sugarcreek. Now in its 61st year, the festival continues to draw people from the region and far beyond, thanks in part to the strong Swiss heritage that lives on in the tightly-knit community today. The festival runs Sept. 25 through Sept. 28 with each day offering something different for patrons to enjoy.

“We had some changes in leadership and for a time there we weren’t sure if we were going to have the ...
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