(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, country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living shares her love for the written word on The Amish Lifestyle.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania I spent my childhood immersed deep in Amish Country. The clip-clop of horse and buggies woke me each morning as Amish men drove past my parent’s home on their way to the lumber mill to work. As a young teenager, I was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved my family and changed my life forever. (If you want to read about it, please read Crimson Stain by Jim Fisher and take note that Jake, who was an essential part of that true story was my uncle.)
My life has always been intertwined with the Amish culture, and its only fitting I have a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered life.
Be sure to read my collection of Amish Short Stories and watch for “Secrets of Willow Spring” coming to a bookstore near you Fall of 2018. If you are intrigued by the Amish lifestyle, then I invite you to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and at TheAmishLifestyle.com.