Different Amish settlements have their quirks and local traditions. Adams County, Indiana’s Amish has plenty: yodeling, a unique Swiss dialect, and open buggies to name a few. But here’s another lesser-known one to add to the list: elaborate playgrounds.
In some Amish settlements you might see a tire-swing hanging from a tree in someone’s yard or perhaps a rusty see-saw in a schoolyard. But drive around Berne, Indiana’s Amish settlement and you’ll notice elaborate wood-crafted playground sets with tall, twisty plastic tube slides.
This is another one that I saw and captured a poor photograph of from my car (I felt a little funny driving around taking playground pictures, so this is just a quick snapshot out my car window). I didn’t see these playsets in just two locations, I saw them at dozens of Amish homes in the area. Next time I am visiting I’ll make a point to inquire, but my guess is that they are locally made and an example of capitalism and good salesmanship combining. An Amish woodworking enterprise in the area probably makes them and is good at persuading parents that they need them and, presto, they have sprung up everywhere! The playsets are a combination of capitalism working as it is supposed to and good, old-fashioned wholesome fun for children.