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Your first stop in Amish Country needs to be the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. An extensive look at the Amish faith complete with a 265-foot mural-in-the-round, Behalt depicts local life and culture. This is a must stop for guests of all ages.
Amish Country is rich in cultural heritage. To truly capture the essence of Amish Country, a visit to the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center is a must.
With the goal to accurately inform visitors about the faith, culture and lifestyle of the Amish, Mennonite and Hutterite people, the center’s knowledgeable guides can answer all your questions and provide a better understanding of the people and their communities, such as why don’t the Amish drive automobiles; have telephones in their homes; why they wear the clothes they do, and much more.
But wait, the center is not your regular tourist center. It is home to the Behalt, a 10-foot tall by 265-foot long cyclorama, or mural-in-the-round. Behalt, meaning “to keep" or "to remember,” illustrates the heritage of the Amish and Mennonite people from their Anabaptist beginnings in Switzerland in 1525 to the present day. For multimedia lovers, a 15-minute video provides an inside look to Holmes County’s Amish and Mennonite communities.
In addition to the stunning cyclorama, a pioneer barn houses a restored Conestoga wagon used by early settlers, and a pre-Civil War era one-room schoolhouse is on the grounds, along with a bookstore and gift shop.
M-Th, 9-5 F-Sat 9-8 thru Oct, closed Sun
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