Lately I’ve been sharing about the seven communities visited on my recent East Coast Amish trip. We’ll have detailed posts upcoming on a few more of them.
In the meantime I thought I’d share a bit more on one of the most obvious visual markers of Amish–the buggy. As you probably know, buggy styles can vary. Here are the five main styles I encountered on my recent trip.
First of all, a Nebraska Amish buggy in Big Valley, Pennsylvania. Nebraska Amish are among the most conservative. Nebraska Amish live in just a few places(see update in comments section below)–including Mifflin County’s Big Valley (the nickname for Kishacoquillas Valley–now you now why there’s a nickname)–and in a small community in northeastern Ohio.
Unlike most Amish buggies, the Nebraska buggy has no protective front. Brrr.
What’s funny is the actual SMV triangle these buggies carry is often smaller than the standard size, as you can see in the photo above. Maybe this is in fact due to the gaudy attention-getting top. With that much yellow, the SMV sign almost seems besides the point.
Byler Amish are the third main Amish group in Big Valley.
Amish in the Dover daughter settlement at Halifax County, Virgnia would also drive this style.