By Kevin Williams
Wow, I have my doubts on this.
First, my doubts aren't meant in any disparaging way towards the photographer. But, geez, when the Carlisle, PA paper ran this photo package of an "Amish caravan" travelling through Pennsylvania, wow, I just have my doubts.
The story these people told the photographer is that they were on their way by horse and buggy from Glen Rock, PA to Centre County, a distance of some 160 miles. While the Amish do ride horseback on occasion for short distances, this would be highly unusual. Nothing adds up: the distance, the bizarre covered wagon, the lack of beards on the men, the garish patterns on some of the clothing. So, no, as someone has studied Amish culture for 25 years I can fairly unequivocally say that these are not Amish. Mennonites? Doubtful. IF they are Amish there are one or two possibilities here: 1) young Amish men on a "rumspringa" type adventure or 2) a sect I'm completely unfamiliar with.
This reminds me vaguely of a story that I ran on Amish365 over 10 years about about an "Amish couple" who showed up outside of Bangor, Maine claiming to have made a cross-country buggy trip from Tennessee. Their story was later discredited.
So, check out the link here to see more photos, what do you think? Does anyone know anything about the Amish near Glen Rock, PA?