Every summer we take a long grueling twenty-hour trip from South Carolina to Northern, Wisconsin, trading the smoldering heat for mosquitos as big as baby birds. The trade-off is worth it since we get to spend the summer loving on our two Wisconsin granddaughters.
However, what makes the trip is planning our route around a visit to an Amish community. This year our route ran right through southern Indiana and smacked dab in the middle of Daviess County.
Regardless of the area we visit, farming is still the backbone of Amish life. Many Amish men cannot make a living off the land as their fathers did, but what I did notice in this relatively flat rural landscape was each family has carved out a way to support themselves. From pole buildings to greenhouses, the Amish are true entrepreneurs. In every corner of Daviess County, you’ll find a business thriving. I am sure as with every Amish community, some of their success stems from tourism.
As we traveled the dusty backroads, trying to get a feel for the country, what struck me was it was an Amish community built around the values they hold so dear. Men were in the fields plowing; women were working in their gardens, older children were mowing grass, and little kids were running barefoot through the cool spring grass. It was a community who’s mailboxes sported the names, Knepp, Stoll, Yoder, Graber, Raber, and many more just living life in their quiet Amish surroundings.
The area has a mixture of both Amish and Mennonite, and most times it was hard to tell one from the other. Only knowing the Mennonite men by pockets on the backside of their trousers and the Amish women by the size of their white starched kapps, it was a picturesque scene at every turn.
We only had one day to visit, so we didn’t get to take in all it had to offer, but just the same what we did experience gave me my simple living fix for the day.
Click here and let me take you for a tour of the little town of Montgomery in Daviess County, Indiana.
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.