A tour of Amish country – Long Prairie and points north and west

Part of the reason for our day trip route a few weeks ago was to look for Amish buildings. We love looking for them – because often the Amish will also have a home store or stand where we can buy baked goods or other hand-crafted or home-grown items. This trip did not fail us; we bought bread, pie, and candy. All healthy and all tasted wonderful.

This blog contains bits of Amish life – buildings, work, and transportation.

First we have photos of Amish homes. Note the large size of the homes with additions — all painted white. Out buildings are often painted red.

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Below is a schoolhouse – small and serviceable to a rural neighborhood.

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And an outbuilding –

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Below is an Amish-run sawmill. It looks like they have been busy.

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And then there is farming and haying  …

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And finally, there is the preferred mode of transportation …

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And the end of the day …

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And there you have a quick glimpse of Amish life.

Thanks for reading. I hope you return. 

Other of my posts about Amish:

https://carolynlbraun.com/2015/09/15/eating-a-haystack/

https://carolynlbraun.com/2015/11/14/another-amish-haystack-dinner-fun-as-always/

 

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Once home …

On our recent road trip, we found an abandoned homestead. At least we think it was abandoned … but the barn may have been in use – based on the barnyard smells.

As we looked forward (parked in the end of the driveway, just off the narrow township road, we saw the house on a knoll — still commanding a grand presence, in a perfect setting – surrounded by full growth trees. The multi-roofed structure is typical of large farm homes, complete with the enclosed porch. A garage structure, now absent the windows, is attached to the house and open to the elements. I wonder what time has done to the inside of the house. I wonder what stories it can tell. I can visualize young children running across the knoll, perhaps flying a kite or playing tag. I imagine a woman hanging clothes on the clothes line. I imagine picnics on the lawn. What do you imagine?

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The barn on the site is starting to deteriorate (but may still be functional). It still has great character – with broken or open windows, missing boards, and weathering.

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This blog ends the posts of buildings from our recent road trip – well, almost. The upcoming Amish blog has a few buildings.

 

Next: A tour of Amish country – Long Prairie and points north and west

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Just off the freeway … cheese and breeze

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On our way home from the Herrshner’s Warehouse Sale (in Stevens Point, Wis.), we stopped in Thorp, Wisconsin – in search of cheese curds. The cheese store is at the Penterman Farm, whose cows provide the milk for the Marieke Gouda cheese that is served and sold on the site.

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030e.jpgThe site is much more than a farm and a cheese store. You can book or take a self-guided tour of the farm. On their web page, it states that the cheese is made within five hours of milking. Check it out HERE

There are children’s activities  … such as the self propelled go-karts and vehicles or you can jump and jump and jump …

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051e.jpgYou can have lunch or dinner, either inside or outside …

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Outside was absolutely beautiful … with a nice breeze, under a bright orange umbrella …

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And the food was wonderful and priced very affordably. And, of course, included cheese curds …

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And you can shop for gifts and cheese products.

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The back area where they keep the freshly made cheese

Or you can people watch … I would guess there is an Amish community nearby.

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How can you pass up dill pickle flavored chap stick?

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If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend a visit.

Thanks for reading! I hope you return.