We didn't have time to go to any real Amish villages and have a look around, but we drove past many farms and buggies along the way. We saw one guy commuting home from work on rollerblades, which reminded me of this really interesting article on Amish technology that I read awhile back. Apparently, while it varies community to community, some Amish communities allow rollerblades but don't allow bicycles because bicycles have the potential to take members too far from home. I also spent some time thinking about a recent article about Amish farming practices as we passed their fields of cattle and corn.
We did have one planned stop in Amish country. A trip to a homesteader's ideal shopping destination--the Lehman's store in Kidron, OH. Lehman's is a purveyor of old-fashioned housewares and non-electric appliances, and I have been drooling over their website for years. When I found out that they had an actual store in Ohio, I had to make the pilgrimage. Boy, was it worth it.
I was like a kid in a candy store. A whole room full of kerosene lamps? A hardware store featuring hand cut nails and leather-working tools? All the best in canning equipment, pickling crocks, and other food preservation gear? Hand-cranked EVERYTHING? Oh boy! Unfortunately, I don't have any room for anything, but it was fun to browse, and Tristan was able to purchase a nickel-plated cast iron griddle at 75% off. He is the breakfast cooking champion, and now he is equipped like one.