Monday, August 11, 2014

The Amish in Tennessee


I just wanted to share with you what Greg and I have been doing recently.  It's something I would hope everyone would get to do, as it's an educational experience.  We just recently got to visit an Amish community in Tennessee near the town of Ethridge.  It's the South's largest "old order Amish settlement."

An Amish Horse and Buggy, on a Trip to Town, Which Are in Sharp Contrast to the Telephone Poles and Wires Which They Don't Even Use in Their Community

We got to go on a tour of Amish farms in a horse-drawn wagon .  We're glad we got to do this as we learned so much more about the Amish than we'd ever known before.

We went to the Amish Welcome Center in Ethridge to take our tour.

On the tour, our driver did a great job filling us in on all of the interesting details of Amish life as she actually lives near their community.  She said that the Amish helped her out with two traumatic events in her life, more than any of the "English" (the name the Amish call non-Amish people) did.  The Amish really take good care of each other, too, from cradle to grave.

Before we went on the tour, we ate a delicious dinner at The Red Rooster which is in the back of the Welcome Center.  It's good country cooking, and plenty of it!

After dinner and the tour, Greg and I looked around The Welcome Center, as well as other nearby shops, which have various Amish wares, souvenirs, etc.

Greg, Taking a Break from All That Shopping!

Earlier, on the tour, we got to stop at several farms, to not only watch them go about their daily lives, but we also had an opportunity to buy some of their items, anything from fresh produce to jewelry to baskets to fried pies, etc., right there on their farms.  They even make sturdy furniture.

Apple and Peach Fried Pies

We plan to go back again sometime on our own to visit some of the other 250 plus farms we didn't get to visit on the tour.  This was truly a wonderful experience.  In fact, I'd have to say, it was one of the most fun days of my whole life!

Amish Welcome Center
4001 Hwy. 43 N.
Ethridge, TN 38456

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Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

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