I was just going through old photographs and archival material this morning and found a photo that Doug from New York shared with me of “brown buggies” around Cuba Lake in the Empire State. The fishing must have been quite good at the lake because there are a lot of buggies here! The open buggy seen in the picture also seems to be a style found among the New Wilmington Amish. While the vast majority of Old Order Amish drive buggies that are black in color, a few generally more conservative churches use different colors to punctuate their differences. These buggies in New York belong to a church that is a “daughter settlement” of the larger group in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Gray is another buggy top color that is relatively common, especially in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. There are groups in Pennsylvania that use white buggy tops and even one small group of Amish that use bright yellow buggies.
This is a buggy that one of our readers spotted near Cecil, Maryland. I understand the Amish in that area generally have ties to the Lancaster Amish, but the white-color of this buggy has me scratching my head. Unfortunately, the photo she shot was awful far and small. I’ve enlarged it as best I could. I can’t even tell 100 percent whether the buggy occupants are Amish (although I’m not sure who else they’d be).