Introduction:In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, there are a group of religious people referred to as Old Order Amish. There are some strict Amish culture restrictions, because the Amish culture wants to be plain. They don't want to be too fancy.
Cars are way too fancy for the old order Amish culture. They get around in a horse and buggy or they walk. It is OK, though, to get a ride in a car with someone who is "English", which means non-Amish. The more lenient of the Amish will allow a foot powered scooter to be used.
You can tell the Amish homes in Lancaster County,PA, because they do not have power lines running to them. The Amish culture may not use electricity. However, they may use kerosene, so they have lanterns.
Phones are way, way too worldly and fancy. the Amish culture may not use phones, but they can ask someone else to make a phone call for them.
Amish farms do not use modern tractors with engines. Instead, they have a mule team hitched to an old fashioned plow. Seeing those mules with an Amish farmer steering them as they ready the spring soil is quite a sight.
Zippers, buttons, safety pins, and velcro are all forbidden in the Amish culture. Therefore, the Amish use straight pins to fasten their clothing. You will see an impressive arrangement of straight pins holding closed the back of the Amish lady's black dresses.
Read some of the articles linked below to learn more about the Amish culture and the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Where do you get your info that they use only straight pins as fasteners? Can you please site your sources. I have seen many Amish men and women in Westminster, PA and Tionesta, PA with buttons on their shirts and dresses. I personally know an Amish couple in Tionesta, PA and am positive I have seen buttons on their clothing.
I've always found the Amish culture to be fascinating. I'm with the majority here - didn't know they used straight pins for fasteners!
Wow, straight pins! I didn't realize about restrictions on fasteners. Informative list.
The Amish have always intrigued me. Thanks for writing the explanatory list.
I'm from Indiana, and there's also a group of Amish in a section of that state. Sometimes you're driving and pop up over a hill, and there's a horse and buggy not 10 feet from you. Scary! But they are good-hearted folks. Nice list!
I'm with peggy; I didn't know they used straight pins. Very interesting list of Amish facts.
Yes, more power to them as long as it's not electric power.
Wow, I did not know they used straight pins as closures. That would require a dressing buddy, for sure!
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