By Kevin Williams
I've been spending many Thursday evenings this summer at Chrisholm Historic Amish Farmstead south of Trenton, Ohio. The farmstead is part of the Butler County, Ohio MetroParks and they have weekly nature programs for children. It's a great way to get out of the house, get energetic Aster doing some outdoor exploration and crafts, and I love spending time in a place so deeply steeped in Amish history. For this was the site of a once pioneering and ambitious Amish settlement and, silly as it sounds, when I sit on the front porch of the farmhouse and feel the summer breeze blowing through the trees, I can almost channel those early settlers.
While Aster was engaged in the nature program and Bea was getting restless I decided to take her for a little walk around the grounds. I never tire of soaking in the serenity and it's changing face with the seasons. I never tire of admiring the beautiful brick farmhouse, it's angles sharp in the setting sun. I close my eyes and imagine the pioneer spirit of those early Amish settlements trying to carve out a community from scratch.
Check out some of these beautiful late summer scenes from Chrisholm: