By Kevin Williams
Monday is a common day to do laundry in Amish settlements, because the weekend is over and the dirty Sunday clothes need washing. But there is no one single day that laundry gets done. Much of the laundry calendar is dictated by the weather. Sunny, breezy weather bodes best for quick drying. I love to watch laundry drying on the lines. You can tell a lot about what settlement you are in just by looking at the laundry. In Holmes County, Ohio you're apt to see brighter hues, sometimes even bright reds flapping in the breeze. In more conservative Swartzentruber communities you'll see much darker colors. In the Berne, Indiana community rich, royal blues are a common sight. And among the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Amish hunter greens and deep blues are king.
These are some scenes of drying laundry at an Amish home in Wayne County, Indiana. Some darker items are drying on the beautiful front porch and it looks like linens and undergarments drying on the line (I do always ask for permission when photographing such things). The top photo is laundry drying in the Amish settlement of Partridge, Kansas just to throw in some variety!