I enjoyed my brief visit to Daviess County Amish country immensely and I am looking forward to going back sometime soon. I wanted to share a few other random photos from my visit along with some observations. I love the background gravel roads that cross-cross the country. You aren't really in Amish country unless you get your car dusty and dirty from the gravel roads:). I also like the sprinkling of "variety" type stores in the area, which is home to some 800 Amish families. Variety stores usually focus less on food and more on clothing, shoes, and sundries.
Solar power was on display in this Amish settlement. Some outsiders cluck at the thought of the Amish using solar: "isn't that the same as electricity?" some will sniff. No, to them, it is not. Being "on the grid" is more the issue with the Amish than the electricity itself. Being on the grid means you can have TV, internet, radio, etc, all items that clash with the Amish lifestyle (although some Amish do use the internet on the sly or even not on the sly), solar power, along with battery power, allows one to "cherry pick" their electricity.
I did notice that gasoline-powered mowers and other implements were in use, which is a bit more progressive than what you see in some other settlements. Another interesting observation I made about the Amish of Daviess County is just how "suburban" some of the homes look. There is a mix of classic century-old white farmhouse homes and much more modern adobes that look like something plucked out of Cincinnati suburbia. Take a look at this Amish home.
Great photos..I am sad to see the end of this series. The small variety store reminds of the one I go to called Detweiler's. They are an older couple. They also have a sawmill and a basket shop. Their daughters make the baskets,which are beautiful. They are a very nice family.
You'll see more series like this, Barb, so stay tuned!:)
I have to say again that growing up near Berne, I thought it was the most wonderful place - UNTIL my first visit to Daviess County... I love the back roads and visiting all of the little markets.
I have some great pics from Daviess County from a few years ago and you're right, the homes are beautiful and the area is just so pretty!