We stopped here to pick up our guide and to see the Tabernacle reproduction. We spent 3 hours with our guide. She took us all over the area. I have no idea what we would have done in Amish country if not for her. I have no idea how other people tour the area without a guide. She was very knowledgeable of the Amish ways. She took us away from the touristy places to where the Amish farms really were. You can’t tour an Amish home, but you can see their farms and how they live. We stopped at several of their stores to shop and meet several Amish people.
Our guide gave us one very interesting tip. If the sign says “Amish” on it, then it’s not real Amish. The Amish people don’t refer to themselves as Amish. If they are selling something they just have a sign saying what it is (homemade jams and jellies, woodworking, homemade quilts, etc). But it won’t say Amish. That’s how you can tell the difference between authentic and something trying to attract tourists. That’s not to say that a tour of a farm or something labeled Amish can’t be good or informative, but it won’t be run by Amish people.
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