Growing up in Staten Island one of my all time favorite places to visit was Richmond Town. It was close by so we went often. We fed the ducks there, toured the old schoolhouses, made candles out of hot wax and string. It was always a fun and exciting place to visit because it was so different then what I was used to.
When I stepped out of my car at The Amish Village my mind immediately flashed back to Richmond Town. I was so excited to be a grown woman about to take her kids to a place very similar to one that brought such joy to me!
We started on our tour and Derek got a few strange looks. I guess people didn’t know Captain America would be with them in The Amish Country
The tour was so interesting! We learned a lot about Amish culture. Different dresses and hats for different ages and why. We learned how they mostly had wooden floors because they couldn’t use a vacuum. Instead they used a brush type swatter to clean the minimal carpets they did have (see below hanging between the coats)
As the daughter of a quilter I was amazed at the gorgeous quilt they had displayed on the bed. Many Amish women will make and sell quilts. The one below sells for $795. It’s all handmade!
I also loved to see the old fashioned Singer sewing machine there. My mother would LOVE one of these
The tour was so informative, interesting and short enough that my kids never got bored or disruptive (BONUS!)
After the tour we walked around The Amish Village. It was beautiful to just be outdoors in a calm and peaceful place. It just exuded serenity!
The kids loved the playground and running free on the grass
We strolled around a while and just enjoyed the weather
Then before we left, Derek took Hayley for a ride!! Ok fine he didn’t but he tried!!
Information About the Amish Village
Experience the Amish way of life – up close – and learn how Lancaster County’s Amish live. Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and just down the road from Sight & Sound Theatre, The Amish Village sprawls across 12 acres of farmland. Visitors can take a guided tour of an authentic Amish farmhouse and explore the farm property at their leisure.
The 25-minute guided Amish tour tells the story of the Pennsylvania Amish lifestyle. With real Amish working in the Village, visitors learn about the Lancaster County Amish community – present and past. From religious, cultural and educational traditions visitors get a first-hand glimpse of what it truly means to live “unplugged.” No video games to pass the time here!
Families are welcome to explore the rest of The Amish Village on their own. Walk through the one-room schoolhouse featuring homework and lessons on loan from real Amish students. Visit the blacksmith shop, the Amish barn and watch the farm animals in the barnyard. Families can also take advantage of the picnic grounds and purchase handmade Amish crafts and food from the Amish Village Store and Smokehouse Market.
The Amish Village includes:
- The Amish house & barnyard
- Windmill & water wheel
- Amish schoolhouse
- Blacksmith shop
- Outdoor picnic grounds
- Smokehouse Market (featuring local food)
- Amish Village Store (featuring Amish handmade crafts)
Important Links: The Amish Village