There is a lot of work that goes into preparation for these events, so I tried to make myself useful by helping to carry in and set up some tables and joined in to erect a huge tent which was going to be used to hold the bake sale outside. Meanwhile, a chicken and fixin's lunch would held inside the school-house. A couple of ovens on the school's porch were going overtime churning out confections like homemade cinnamon rolls, pies,and breads. The homemade tomato bread looked intriguing. And back at their homes some women were busy making homemade fried pies dipped in a sugar glaze. Oh, wow. Awesome stuff. How was no one here overweight? All the hard physical work! Take a look at these bread beauties in the oven!
The Pearisburg Amish settlement is a fascinating community on many levels. Horse-drawn buggy is the local mode of transportation or hired drivers to go into town. But even those trips are relatively rare because it does take about 30 minutes by car to reach the nearest non-Amish settlements. I had to run an errand into Pearisburg to a Food Lion to find a battery for my camera and that trip took 26 minutes. And I was booking it. So the Amish here are very self-sufficient. I was struck by how much the community resembled Rexford, Montana in lay-out and physical geography, something that others who have been to both have apparently noted. Pearisburg features some stunning mountain vistas. The above photo shows a horse-drawn buggy heading up the mountainside where many of the homes are located. Stay tuned because I'll be posting more from Pearisburg over the days ahead.