There’s no better way to get a feel for how each Amish community is different than immersing yourself in the area.
Last week I had the joy of visiting an Amish community tucked deep in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin. About an hour southwest of Wausau is home to the town of Augusta. Known for its popular stores like Weaver’s Country Store and The Wood Shed, there’s not a shortage of winding country roads just waiting for you to explore.
We do a lot of traveling, and people often ask me how we find all the neat places we discover. Plain and simple, we are followers of buggy tracks. Some people are storm chasers, we’re buggy chasers. Not really, but when we find a community where we know the Amish live, we travel the back roads looking for buggy marks and road apples to guide our way.
This trip, the back roads played home to the “Red Barn Amish.”
Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.
Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country. The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.
Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.