Monday, April 21, 2008

Millersburg Ohio Swartzentruber Amish

Each morning after breakfast I share “places to go and things to do” with our guests. On my “Must Go to List” is a Swartzentruber Amish home where they make and sell hand-made baskets. The Swartzentruber Amish are the strictest sect of Amish in the Wayne/Holmes County area, adhering to very rigid regulations governing their home, garb, lifestyle, employment, and almost all other aspects of life. The Swartzentruber sect broke from the Old Order Amish in and around 1917. Because the use of power tools and the hiring of driver to go to job a site is forbidden, their earning power is limited; therefore, they subsidize their incomes by selling goods and services from their homes. We recommend this location because they sell from within their home, offering exceptionally well-crafted baskets at a very modest price. Most Swartzentruber families sell from a roadside stand or an outbuilding. Here you will have the wonderful privilege of going inside their home, where you will observe plain furnishings, a home devoid of clutter and “unnecessary” worldly items. Enter the gray porch door that faces the barn where you will be greeted by a warm smile – tell them Loretta sent you! Once inside, you will note the Pennsylvania Dutch gray/blue-colored woodwork and the absence of stuffed furniture. The only soft furniture item is that of their mattress and pillow on which they sleep. Hand-made signs mark this home, located at the corners of Berg and Kohler Roads just south of Kidron. Please plan to pay by cash only.