June 26, 2008
We spent the day around the Lancaster/Amish area. Places with names like Paradise, Bird-In-Hand, and Intercourse.We left Roamers (our campground) and proceeded to the Amish Experience at Plain and Fancy Farm. We began our visit by watching a special movie consisting of four screens and a special effect known as Pepper’s Ghost (where a 2-D image is transported into a 3-D room making it appear as a ghost). The movie told the story of a young Amish man struggling with his choice of whether to be baptized Amish or leave his family. It was quite an education to learn how the Amish live and why they live the way they do. Family is the most important thing to them and the reason they do not use cars or bicycles is because they would be taken too far from their family. An average Amish family has 6 to 8 children, and they consider each child a gift from God.
After the movie we toured an Amish home learning how the Amish live without electricity (no TV, no computers) or telephones. After dinner together and after homework the entire family plays board games.
Washing machine powered by a Briggs and Stratton gas engine.
Typical child’s room.
We traveled a little further down the road and ate lunch at Family Cupboard Restaurant. They had a traditional Amish buffet and everything was delicious.
After lunch we took advantage of Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides and rode on a 3.5 mile tour of the Amish countryside, stopping to see a young Amish girl who was selling chocolate chip cookies. Our driver was a 73year old Amish man who has 11 children ranging in age from 32 to 52. None of his children are dairy farmers. Today, less than 50% are dairy farmers. The land is too expensive.
Buggy we rode in.
Thinking our day was about over we headed back to Roamers and happened upon Mascot Roller Mills. The mill was built in 1730 and milling was carried on until 1977. William Ressler acquired the mill in 1864 and his family continued operating the mill until 1977. The two remaining family members decide to preserve the family property and turned it over to the Ressler Mill Foundation. There is no charge to visit the mill and it is fun and educational to watch how the mill works.
Pop and Kory looking at the wheat roller mill.
The next stop was an Amish health food store. This is a store my sister Linda would love to visit. The store was out in the middle of nowhere. We got directions from the guide at the mill. We were looking for information on Spelt flour and any recipes. Well, we found a book on Spelt flour. The Amish use some spelt flour since it dates back to Europe more than 9,000 years ago and it is mentioned in the Old Testament.
The store had a sign stating that there are no electric lights in the store. They used Coleman lanterns hung from the ceiling.
The bright areas you see in this photo are skylights, not electric lights.. You can see hanging from the ceiling Coleman lanterns.
Our last stop of the day was at Village Greens, which is a miniature golf course. All of us had a great time and Pop had the lowest score!
The above was written by our guest blogger, Kathy.