Visiting Amish Country
Visiting Big Valley, Pennsylvania, is taking a step back to a time when small family farms dominated the American countryside and horses were a common mode of transportation. This thirty-mile long valley nestled between two Appalachian mountain ranges, is officially named Kishacoquillas Valley but lovingly referred to as Big Valley by its residents. Home to three groups of Amish -- the Byler, Renno and Nebraska Amish, easily distinguished by the color of their yellow, black or white buggy tops -- Big Valley offers a unique opportunity to experience Amish culture without the commercialization that comes with visits to better known areas such as Lancaster country. If you want a genuine Amish experience, I recommend visiting Big Valley, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit my Backroad Travels blog.
By Beth Payne
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Lewistown, PA, PA, USA