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.
Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Visit JenniferBeckstrand.com for recipes, upcoming events, and news about books and giveaways.