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Old 04-17-2013, 09:59 AM   #29
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lancaster is a good place for not only Amish but they have a lot of antique shops, Outlet shopping, and as someone stated earlier lots of fabric shops. there is a railroad museum in Strausburg (right next to lancaster). and if you are heading north from lancaster you can hit Cabela's: Cabela's Official Website - Quality Hunting, Fishing, Camping and Outdoor Gear at competitive prices. I believe you can boon-dock in their parking lot I know they have a dump station. some of the amish stores are cool as you can get things like a hand crank Blender so you don't need power to make margaritas...

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Old 05-13-2013, 02:55 PM   #30
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There are Amish folk just south of the Finger Lakes in NY state also. We were there a month ago and saw a wonderful old Amish lady hanging her dresses out on a clothesline on her front porch. I would love to have taken a photo but it would have been intrusive. As a general rule, they prefer not to have their pictures taken.


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If you are in WBCCI and the time is right you can't beat the Swiss Festival rally in Sugarcreek, Ohio. It really teaches and shows you the Amish world. It's in Berlin county, Ohio
Berlin is a town near Sugarcreek. I think that Sugarcreek is in Tuscarawas County. The Swiss Festival is a great place, but we found the sights very crowded and the traffic horrendous. I would suggest doing a tour during another week. And Lehman's is a must least once. I think we have been there a dozen times. LOL!
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:14 PM   #32
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We have quite a few Amish scattered around Northern Missouri. Jamesport MO has Amish shops, furniture, and other places of business, it's just 13 miles from Crowder State Park. Crowder is a nice little park with good hiking trails, small lake, and a nice campground. I enjoy driving the dirt roads through Amish country on my way to Church. Love to see the small children walking along enjoying a beautiful morning as God intended, without a set of headphones, mp3 player, and texting. Sometimes I feel guilty driving by in the old Subaru BRAT but the little ones always smile and wave really big, I think they probably like the factory jump seats in the rear, must look like a carnival ride to them.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:54 PM   #33
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'nother Lehmans Hardware fan here.

I have been buying stuff from them for years, they are definitely the best place for off grid life ware.


Lehmans DOES have a website and you can do some eye-candy shopping before you get there. My sister bought a "washing machine" the last time we were there. Both of us remember our mother having one which was used exclusively on dad's grimy, greasy work clothing from the steel plant.

I have one of the tumbler hand machines, and wish I'd gotten this instead.

There is also a livestock auction in town - I don't recall if it's once a month or twice, but it is on Saturday. I love to see the big work horses which simply aren't found many other places. They breed and sell carriage horses for their own use, and even for sale to the English (worldly - i.e. "us") but their work horses are the core of survival on the farm. On Sunday no REAL Amish business will be open. On Sunday I'd never approach an Amish person except in an emergency, such as a buggy in a ditch or to assist an injured child.

Kidron has gotten pretty well commercialized. Look in the dumpsters behind any "Amish" restaurant and you'll find their homemade pies come from institutional sized cans of fruit filling and pre-made pie crusts sold by the gross. If you do wander the back roads of Northern and Central Ohio its easy to find much less well known communities and more authentic food/crafts. Be on the lookout for horse poo in the road, and buggy signs. Get on the two lane roads and look for the towns with 5,000 people. Oh and in buggy country SLOW DOWN and NEVER NEVER NEVER pass on a hill. Don't think you can pass a buggy either unless you have long clear sight lines or there are buggy lanes. The horses are used to cars, but still, pass at a reasonable speed and don't honk or do anything that might spook the horse.

Oh, and look for Cheese Factories & Trail Balogna stores... oh I'm drooling just thinking of it. Fondue anyone?

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Two of my favorite memories from the 1999 WBCCI/VAC Wagon Wheels Caravan to the International Rally at Dayton, OH were stops at Lehman's in Kidron, OH (we actually camped wagon-wheel formation in a field near Lehmans's), and Warther Fine Cutlery in Dover, OH. Kidron, OH reminded me of my favorite small towns in Western Kansas, and I thoroughly enjoyed an evening of investigating the various shops on their main street. The Warther Fine Cutlery facility featured a museum with many handcrafts made by the Warther family over the years . . . exceptional wood carvings and articstic creations made from buttons were my favorite items in the museum. Our Caravan stop in Kidron, OH is in the photo below:


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