Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fun Things Visits The Amish Village

Recently my family and I visited The Amish Village in Ronks, PA.  I remember visiting the Amish Village when I was young and I was excited to share this experience with my kids.  The Amish Village is an authentic living museum showcasing Lancaster County’s Amish community, the oldest and largest in the nation. The 12-acre Amish farm and homestead, located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, gives visitors a unique look into history and into this beautiful and peaceful culture.

Farmhouse
Our tour started in the 1840's Amish farm house, our tour guide walked us through the rooms of the house and explained may of the Amish customs and the reasoning behind them.  I was fascinated with how they use some of our modern day appliances without electric by converting them over to propane. My kids enjoyed learning about the clothes the Amish women wear. They loved the simplicity of the Amish wedding dress.

This guided tour lasted about 25-minutes and we learned about the history of the Amish, their religion, family life and cultural traditions and why they choose not to use some modern conveniences.



Barn
Next we had the opportunity to visit the barn to see many of the animals that would normally be on an Amish farm. They have a baby bull named Fernando that my kids had the chance to feed.  They also got to see pigs, a horse and even a peacock.

One-room Schoolhouse
We were also able to experience a special treat only offered during the summer months. We got to meet an authentic Amish school teacher who explained what life in a one-room school house is like. During your lesson you find out what makes the Amish education different and why schooling ends at 8th grade. The authentic Amish teacher will be at The Amish Village on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June through August.  My family and I enjoyed talking to her and asking how the school day is different from the school day of my children.

Shops
There are 2 shops at the Amish village. The Smokehouse Market sells authentic food that you can take with you or use for your picnic on the grounds of the village.  The Amish Village Store is the second store and offers authentic Amish crafts like beautiful handmade quilts and bonnets.

The Amish Village, located at 199 Hartman Bridge Rd., Ronks, PA, is open Monday– Saturday, 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm. Admission for the tour and access to the entire 12 acre property is $8.25 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are free. For more information visit www.theamishvillage.net or call 717-687- 8511.

For a mix of fun and learning on a budget, you can't beat The Amish Village. Watch our video to learn more about the property before your go!




Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary tickets to visit The Amish Village.

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