The Simple Life

by Joseph McKeown


 Hello, neighbor!

Hello, neighbor!

I visited my parents this week in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They live right next to an Amish farm—which Protima was very excited to find out as she's thinking about joining the Amish. Only a few hours outside New York City (weekend trip!), the Amish of Lancaster are America's oldest Amish settlement. Arriving at a time when William Penn (the founder of Pennsylvania) was promoting religious and cultural freedom, the Amish are devoted to their religion, plain dress, lack of modern conveniences, and their horse and buggies. They are an important part of Lancaster County culture and the agricultural and business industries in the area. And they make amazing furniture!