When we were planning our trip to Amish Country, Indiana, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that touring a real, working Amish farm was an option. I definitely wanted to sign up for that. An Amish man named Kenny offers buggy rides as well as farm tours. We met him in downtown Shipshewana where he picked us up in a buggy.
He then drove us through town and out into the country. It was a scenic and relaxing ride accompanied by the clip clop of horse hooves.
Although most Amish people do not want to be […]
We had the opportunity to visit Northern Indiana’s Amish Country last summer for a couple days. Our first stop was Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort, an historic Old Order Amish Farm that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a member of the media, I was given complimentary admission so that we could do the research for this article. There is much to do at Amish Acres and the PastPort is a combination ticket that allows you do see most of it. It includes a House & Farm Tour, Wagon Tour, Documentary Films, Horse & […]
We’ve been to many historical villages and living history museums over the years, but I think that the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has been our favorite. Calling their village “pleasant” was accurate, but perhaps also showed the Shakers’ tendency toward humility. A feeling of serenity permeates the village.
The Shakers first came to America in 1774 and settled in New England. In fact, there is still an active Shaker community living in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The Shakers practice communal living, celibacy, and worship that involves dancing and shaking, which is how they got their nickname. The Shakers established […]
When we travel, I try to find unique experiences that you can’t find in other locations. Alligator Alley, in Summerdale, Alabama, certainly fits the bill. You can’t go feed and hold alligators just anywhere. Summerdale, Alabama isn’t exactly a major metropolis, but it is within easy driving distance of Gulf Shores (about 30 minutes), Mobile (45 minutes), or Pensacola (< 1 hour) if you are vacationing in any of those places.
We visited Alligator Alley during the winter, which is not an ideal time. Alligators are less active when the temperature is cold. And it was rather cold that day. […]
On a vacation to New England several years ago, we visited Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vermont. As its name suggests, Billings is an operational farm as well as a museum of Vermont’s rural and farm heritage. My kids were rather young at the time and I thought they would really enjoy interacting with farm animals. Billings has lots of them–Jersey dairy cows, sheep, horses, oxen, and chickens.
We started our visit by viewing a 30-minute film called A Place in the Land. It was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Documentary Short) and gives an overview of the […]