Laundry in Amish Country by Jennifer Beckstrand

Laundry in Amish Country by Jennifer Beckstrand

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Ohio to the heart of Amish country in Sugarcreek. The Amish and Englisch live side-by-side, and sometimes it’s hard to tell which are the Amish houses. Power lines going to the house are usually a tell-tale sign the occupants are not Amish, but you can always tell an Amish home by the laundry hanging on the line outside.

I snapped a few photos of laundry in Sugarcreek. I think the colorful dresses and neatly hung shirts are such a charming sight. If the occupants had caught me taking pictures of their laundry, I’m sure they would have thought I was a little crazy—or just a wide-eyed Englisch tourist.


A few years ago, I was in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in January, and I saw laundry hanging outside in the freezing cold. In the winter, the laundry freezes on the line and sometimes you’ll see icicles hanging from the clothes. When the laundry is frozen solid, it is brought in to the house to finish drying. I can’t imagine how cold it must be hanging laundry in January.


Amish farm in Lancaster County, PA

My friend in Pennsylvania showed me the clever contraption she uses to dry stockings and underwear in her house. I guess the underwear never makes it outside on the line. Because if it did, someone would inevitably take a picture of it.

One Reply to “Laundry in Amish Country by Jennifer Beckstrand”

  1. The last time I was out in the Sugar Creek area, one of the things I did was take a picture of a clothes line. It sure was pretty. We stayed at the Charm Countryview Inn – a wonderful place!

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