I have been to many, many Amish settlements in the USA, literally from Maine to Montana, from Texas to Florida. But there are a few that have escaped my "dragnet" and one of them is New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. I've heard a lot of good things about the settlement. My understanding is that it is a very conservative community. And it is a rare "brown buggy" community so you'll see these beautiful brown buggies against the bucolic background of the surrounding countryside.
But I can "go" to New Wilmington by getting this awesome wall calendar. And so can you. We are lucky to have writer Tracy Fredrychowski share her thoughts about this Amish community. She is based near there and here is what she has to say about New Wilmington:
By Tracy Fredrychowskicalendar-post (1)
In a small corner of Northwestern Pennsylvania, about an hour northwest of Pittsburgh resides an Old Order Amish Community in the town of New Wilmington. From its well-worn buggy blacktop roads to its vibrant Main Street you’ll experience simple living at every turn.
Growing up just thirty minutes from here I’ve spent many days leisurely visiting Byler’s Quilts and Crafts, Byler’s Dry Good Store, The Cheese House, and my favorite, The Pine Hills Greenhouse. There is so much to see that I would highly recommend taking the time to schedule an Amish tour with Simple Life Tours. The tour guide Susan has spent years building friendships with the Amish merchants and can give you an authentic feel of the Amish lifestyle through her tours.
My friend, and author Jim Fisher who lives and walks the back roads of this little hidden Amish community shares his photographs with me and allows me to create a beautiful Amish Lifestyle Calendar each year.
If you are not able to visit New Wilmington in person, I invite you to enjoy thirteen picturesque scenes of Pennsylvania Amish Country in our new calendar, to look at more and ORDER, VISIT: 2019 Amish Lifestyle Wall Calendar.
Now, let's talk food! Bars like this are very popular in Amish kitchens and this chocolate-peanut butter combo make it a great Christmas dessert.
So, thanks to Tracy for sharing the recipe!
The Amish of New Wilmington - Rebecca's Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- 1 cup butter melted
- ¼ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- ¾ peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in oats and press into a 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool.
- Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread over baked crust and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.