Lancaster, PA - Part A
Old Mill Stream Campground
October 17 - 19, 2005
430 miles and 8 days into the trip.

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Lancaster county has the second largest Amish population in the nation.
We learned a lot about the Amish and the Mennonite people by going to various welcome centers and touring.

When I was in the Boy Scouts we camped every summer on a farm which was surrounded by Amish farms in Parkman, Ohio. Our orienteering hikes took us over Amish property. Back then, we learned about their customs by word of mouth.

When we lived in Baltimore, we went camping with a rented tent trailer. We spent a week at New Germany State Park in the Maryland panhandle. After several days Mom wanted to buy some milk and the rangers sent us to Yoder's Meat Market. Yoder's turned out to be a Mennonite operation. We only went to buy milk but after Mom saw the meats and home made bakery we really loaded up. After eating the breakfast sausage, we went back the next day and bought more food. We ended up coming home from the campout with more food than we started out with. We did not know how the Mennonite differed from the Amish at that time.

After seeing several movies and listening to several talks, we now understand the differences between the Mennonites and Amish. And also that the Amish customs differ between locations.

The Amish/Mennonites in Ohio and Pennsylvania originated in south western Germany and Switzerland. The Amish/Mennonites in Michigan and Far Mid-Western states originated in Ukraine.

The Amish broke off from the Mennonite religion because they felt that the Mennonites were too liberal. The Mennonites were willing to advance in technology and comforts with the rest of the world. The Amish wanted to keep themselves separate from the rest of the world and only accept advancements that did not interfere with their family morals. They do not connect to the outside world with water lines, gas lines, or electric lines. They do use batteries, LP gas, and generators to power their electric milking machines.
After watching several movies we toured a "typical Amish house."
Only single women are allowed to wear the white apron.
Women are not allowed to cut their hair.
Amish only wear solid colors. Men wear only black pants, buttons (no zippers) and suspenders (no belt).


A Maytag washing machine with a motor generator.

A very interesting table. It is made of 3 benches.
The benches are used when the family has others over for meetings.


All of the Amish in this part of PA must use the same style and color buggy.

An Amish farmer working his land with 5 horses.
That is his house and barn in the background.
This farm is next to the campground.


The previous picture enlarged.
The farmer walks behind the horses.
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