Last week we talked about the differences in Amish communities. Today let’s discuss similarities. Disclaimer: I haven’t been to all the Amish communities, but I do know 2 fairly well. Indiana is where my Shipshewana series is set, and Wisconsin is where my Pebble Creek Series is set.
- The schoolhouses looked very similar to me. They’re small and on the corner of a farmer’s property.
- In both areas, you’ll find many Amish family businesses. Just drive down a back road, and you’ll see signs at the end of lanes, advertising rugs, quilts, produce, etc.
- The buggies looked basically the same to me.
- Style of clothing also looked the same–though in Wisconsin I noticed more of the black outer kapps and shawls, but perhaps the was just the weather.
- Large gardens at every home, which included both vegetables and flowers.
- Extremely friendly people in both areas. I was invited into homes, schools, barns, and businesses. Folks were very willing to share stories and information about the area.
I’m sure there are more similarities, but these are the ones I remember. What about you? Have you noticed similarities in Amish communities?