Farmers, Amish and Mohicans

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Loudonville Campground State Park - $25 night. good

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Having spent the night in Canton, Ohio, famous for Don Emmerling being born there, in an okayish Motel, today we started our journey to Amish country. We expected it to be more backwards, with no electricity etc, but actually these guys are pretty much with it.

To get our knowledge on the Amish and Mennonite community up to date,we went to the "Amish and Mennonite Heritage Centre", just outside Berlin, Ohio. There we watched a documentary and were then taken round a very large mural painting by a Mennonite. The painting explained the history of the Amish and Mennonites and the actual diffences. They fled from Germany/ Switzerland in the 17th century to the US, and were recruited here by Mr Penn (the founder of Pensylvannia) as farmers.
Their history in Europe and Russia is a bloody one, as Mennonites refused war and weapons even in self defence, so they were butchered and burned by the hundreds. In the US they could thrive on the land in Pennsylvannia and Ohio. There are 3 groups:
The Hutterites, who are the most conservatives and share all goods. They live in the North of the US
The Amish, also conservative,do not use electricity nor cars, but do have private property, women do not wear prints or buttons (the dresses are needled).
The Mennotites, most progressive, do use cars etc. Mostly famers or carpenters etc
All three groups have in common the baptism of adults, refuse weapons and live the simple life of the lands.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutterite
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mennonites
 
Berlin itself is a little town with mostly shops, and to our disgust also a Burger King. However, we went to a local Amish diner,and were rewarded with delicious meatloaf, potatoe stew, salad, cottage cheese, and Peach Pie,all homemade of course!!!!!! And for the price of 6 Dollars per person! And the place was run by Amish girls in their traditional dresses and bonnets, except for the waitresses, wo wore modern clothes. There, Amish girls are allowed to cook and clean, but not serve directly to customers (no idea why). It was also good to see that the place was frequented by tourists and Amish alike.
 
Then we were on the road again, towards Mohican country! That is where we are now,in a little town called Loudonville. It is thein Mohican reservoir, and we are camping just outside town at the river.
 
So, Cheerio!!!
 
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