As many of our guests know, the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has "adopted" a Swartzentruber Amish family that sells baskets out of their house to subsidize their income. As a rule, members of the Swartzentruber sect are not as prosperous as the more progressive old order and new order Amish because their Ordnung limits their use of technology. For over a year, we have been recommending our guests go to their home to see their lifestyle, purchase baskets, and most importantly, experience a "step back in history."
|Old Stove, circa 1922|
Note that the chilren are mentioning that they can "fire it from the front". Their old stove had to be fired from the back and had only a small area that held only about three pieces of wood, whereas this stove holds many more pieces.