We went to the Amish Interperative Center and when asked what we hoped to accomplish in Arthur we told her that we wanted to understand that Amish and their lifestyle better. So she suggested that we hire a guide to come along with us in our van to tour the area. This sounded like a great idea to us and so we hired sweet lil Josephina. She was the sweetest little lady and we had a great time with her. She grew up in this Amish village so she had lots of helpful information for us.
In this particular Amish village they were allowed to ride bicycles and we saw lots of them.
Each family was allowed to own 2 diesel motors. This farmer was using a motor to run the baler. Supposedly the motor was used so it would be easier on the horses. The motor is on the wagon that the man is standing on.
This Amish village was allowed rubber tires, although I don't think all Amish villages are. They could also hire in tractors, vehicles to drive them around and other things, just as long as they weren't the drivers.
At the end of our tour we visited an Amish man's yard who made buggies for a living. It was interesting to see that there were even top of the line buggies with all the gadgets. Even though they tried so hard to stay simple, their buggies witnessed the fact that materialism creaped in here too. This particular buggy, which Josephina called a teenagers buggy, had a speedometer, clock, LED lights, blinkers, brake lights, and a battery gauge.
This one was a more simple version but bigger.
This is just a small sampling of all that we saw. Click here to see the whole album.