(Photos by Jim Fisher)
I just love Fall. The cooler temperatures, the golds, and yellows of a changing landscape and the memories that conjure up in my head about growing up in Amish country in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The smell of apples still fills my head with stirring apple butter for hours over an open fire every November. Even though I live in South Carolina now, I still have an appreciation for the simpler life, much like how I was raised.
As a child, my sisters and I would sit in the ditch in front of our parent’s house and wave at all the Amish men who passed by our house on their way to the sawmill to work. In my hometown, their lifestyle was not mocked or singled out, and it didn’t matter how they dressed or how they lived we all helped and supported each other.
About an hour south of my hometown sits a quaint little town nestled in Lawerence County and about one hour north of Pittsburgh call New Wilmington. Its winding country roads show signs of well-traveled buggy wheels and its countryside is painted with picturesque white clapboard house with brightly painted blue doors.
To visit this Old Order Community is like stepping back in time. Amish businesses are scattered around the county promoting their businesses with handmade signs at the edge of the road. You’ll find everything from handmade furniture to harness shops. The dry goods store in the area carries an array of homemade Amish goods and bulk food items. Spending a day or two traveling the back roads of this Amish community is a real treat. If you happen to come on a Saturday, you may even get a chance to sample a fried pie or freshly made donuts.
If you can’t make it to New Wilmington, I have permission to take you for a tour through pictures from my friend Jim Fisher. Click the arrows to enjoy Fall in Amish Country.
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.