Fisher’s Soap Shop

Like I mentioned before, I often see shops beside Lancaster County’s country roads and think, “Tourists would enjoy this place.” Fishers Soap Shop is one of those places, one of the many cottage industries that are scattered throughout Lancaster County.   The...

Amish Culture Quiz

  How much do you know about Lancaster County Amish? Answer the following questions to find out.   1.       A traditional Lancaster County Amish wedding meal consists of a.       roast beef, noodles with brown butter, peas, tossed salad, shoo-fly pie,...

Nick Names

Years ago, Amish people named their babies John and Daniel and Samuel and Susie and Mary and Sadie and Lydia. Often babies were named after a grandfather or grandmother or aunt or uncle. As a result, many Amish people have the same names. To help differentiate among...

Grandma’s Bread

A piece of my Amish Grandma’s bread was one of the brightest memories of my childhood. It was pure white with a soft crust that didn’t seem like a crust at all. I felt like I was biting into a cloud. To make it even more heavenly, I would spread it with butter and...

Drive-Through Milk

If someone would ask me what my favorite Lancaster County food is, I would have my answer in a second: Lapp Valley Farm’s Butter Brickle ice cream. Made with cream from Jersey cows, it is the richest, creamiest ice cream I have ever tasted. Crunchy toffee bits mixed...

Amish Buggies

“How do Amish people tell their buggies apart?” a tourist asked one day. What a great question! Many Sunday mornings, I see a yard full of buggies at an Amish person’s house where they are gathered for church. The buggies all look identical. I asked Amish and ex-Amish...

Antique Wonderland

I had heard about a barn filled with antiques on an Amish farm, so this week I set out to find it. But I almost missed the tiny “Antiques” sign at the end of the lane. I drove in the long lane to a typical Amish homestead with various-sized buildings scattered here...

Wooden Things

When I was about ten years old, my Amish grandmother and grandfather gave me a handsome tiny treasure chest for Christmas. A talented carver must have carved the intricate pattern on the lid of the chest. Likely Grandpa bought it at Ten Thousand Villages, which was a...

Amish Viewings

  When I was a little girl, I thought the Pennsylvania German word for undertaker was “Furman.” When my little brother died at nine months old, the “Furman” came to help officiate the funeral. Only later did I realize that Furman was the undertaker’s last name....

Amish Funerals

  An Amish funeral is shorter than a normal Amish church service. It lasts about an hour and a half. Another difference is that there is no singing at all. After the service, everyone has the chance to file past the coffin to view the body. The close friends and...