74 responses to The Amish Buggy
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    Amanda C
    Comment on Neat! (September 2nd, 2011 at 07:18)


    Great article! The Mercer County buggy is also used by the Amish in Crawford County, PA. It was great seeing all the different varieties! I’ve noticed how fancy the Lancaster buggies are compared to the more humble buggies of Atlantic, PA- windshields, rear view mirrors, not to mention some sort of contraption that I can only guess keeps the horse’s waste off the roads.

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      Comment on Crawford County Amish (September 2nd, 2011 at 07:24)

      Crawford County Amish

      Thanks Amanda! I really wanted to get to Crawford County PA this past trip, but it was just a little out of range. Crawford apparently has the most individual Amish settlements of any county–seven, or at least it did a few years ago.

      And you are right, buggies in some of these communities start to look a bit fancy. Something about the wheel guards in northern Indiana (picture above) make it look not like an Amish buggy, in my opinion.

      The lighting on some of these buggies is incredible too, I wish I got a better photo.

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    Comment on Question about buggies (September 2nd, 2011 at 07:34)

    Question about buggies

    I’m curious — what might a basic family buggy in, say, Lancaster County cost? I’ve often wondered. I realize that it can vary widely, but you could definitely help me out with this bit of trivia. I’m really enjoying your articles and photos, too. Thanks for all the work you put into your website!

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      Comment on Price of an Amish buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 07:41)

      Price of an Amish buggy

      Thank you Laura–buggy cost varies by the style and features, but when I went along with an Amish friend to order a new buggy last year, it was close to $8000. $7000-8000 range seems pretty standard in Lancaster. There are a number of add-ons you can get which affect the price.

      Plainer buggies in other communities wouldn’t be so much. There would be fewer features available and a simpler construction (ie no storm fronts in some settlements, basic lighting, etc.)

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        Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 07:48)

        Wow, a good buggy is as much as a good used car — and if you add in the horse and all its attendant costs, you’re not really saving any money by traveling plain, are you? Although I realize that’s not the reason.

        On a related subject, thanks to recommendations I’ve seen here for various books, I’ve gotten a couple of the most recommended scholarly-type books on the Amish to learn about them on a more factual basis. I find minority cultures fascinating, especially ones who live a life as different and challenging from mainstream American life as the Amish. Thanks for helping me to fight my own ignorance! And I am VERY jealous of all the food you talk about all the time….we used to live very close to an Amish market (outside DC), so we had a chance to sample some of the homemade goodies. We’ve moved 50 miles away, but still make occasional trips back to pick up things like the jams and jellies — once you taste Amish-made food, it’s hard to go back to the mass manufactured stuff, isn’t it?

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          Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 10:33)

          I agree Laura–the key is to take a small haul with you when you leave…won’t last forever but you can ration. I’ve got about 10 jars of spreads and canned goods to tide me over for awhile 🙂

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 08:02)

    This might have been my favorite post – this was GREAT!! I was just in Daviess County, IN, and took a bunch of pics inside a buggy shop – but they were kind of boring because it was like looking at skeletons and you’ve got lots of pics of the finished product. Good job!

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      Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 10:35)

      Thanks Beth–these big ones take a LOT longer, but I think they’re worth it. I’ve got a few more in the works.

      Some people like to see the process as well so your Daviess County buggy pics might not be as boring as you think!

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    Amish Stories
    Comment on I enjoyed this post very much! (September 2nd, 2011 at 08:02)

    I enjoyed this post very much!

    Excellent post Erik and for me one of my most favorites from you. I really like the buggy styles from the state of Indiana as shown in your story. I have never seen an Amish buggy with fenders before so I’m really liking that one a lot. I kind of wish our Amish over my way would use rubber lined wheels because it may be a little more gentle on our roads, plus like you said provide a quieter ride for the Amish as well. Richard from www.Amishstorys.com

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      Comment on Buggy wheel covers (September 2nd, 2011 at 10:36)

      Buggy wheel covers

      Richard the wheel covers (guards? fenders?) were not common even in Elkhart County–I only saw 3 or 4 buggies with them the whole time I was there (though I doubt that was all). They definitely give the buggy a different look.

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    Judy Duer
    Comment on Amish buggies (September 2nd, 2011 at 08:34)

    Amish buggies

    Wonderful pictures, I so enjoyed looking at them, learned a lot too. Thanks

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      Comment on Buggy vanity plate (September 2nd, 2011 at 10:45)

      Buggy vanity plate

      Thank you Judy, my favorite photo is probably the one with the dolphin “license” plate–this was taken in Ohio, where buggies don’t carry plates, but the family had actually just moved from Indiana, where they do…not that you’d see a lot of buggies with this type of plate even in Indiana!

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    Comment on Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 09:39)

    Amish Buggy

    Great post and photos, Erik! I have read Stephen Scott’s book and it is excellent on this subject. I am interested in the buggy shop and plan the next time I return home to Illinois and visit the Arthur area on perhaps visiting a shop or two. This is my first time commenting but have followed this site for awhile…great work.

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      Comment on Old buggy shops (September 2nd, 2011 at 10:40)

      Old buggy shops

      Greg, I appreciate you sharing, feel free anytime. You’re sure to find a few buggy places in Arthur.

      What’s interesting is that carriage makers can be some of the oldest Amish businesses–before the “Amish business revolution” of the past few decades, someone had to have a shop to make the buggies. So these would have been some of the only Amish businesses while most Amish were still on the farm. In Lancaster County I believe there is one that is in the 80-90 year old range.

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    Mary Miller
    Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 09:56)

    Interesting post! I’d thought it would be cool to run into you sometime while you were here in northern IN, but it didn’t happen. Of possible interest to you- my uncle Dan founded a “buggy shop” many years ago, northeast of Topeka (D.A.Hochstetler & Sons) many years ago. In fact my Dad worked for them for 20-25 years. At one time making deliveries for them, and also in the shop. They make mostly farm equipment these day, I believe. Uncle Dan passed away in March, at age 94, but sons, Ivan & Albert are running the business.

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      Comment on Buggy shops Elkhart-Lagrange (September 2nd, 2011 at 10:42)

      Buggy shops Elkhart-Lagrange

      Mary that would have been fun–I actually bumped into a couple of people who knew me from the blog–that was a nice surprise!

      Thanks for sharing about the DA Hochstetler shop, neat to hear that is your family. Just curious, do you have a sense of how many buggy shops there are in northern Indiana?

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        Mary Miller
        Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 3rd, 2011 at 08:15)

        Sorry, Erik. I really have no idea. Sometime when I talk to one of my cousins I’ll ask them.

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    Comment on Amish Buggies (September 2nd, 2011 at 11:35)

    Amish Buggies

    Thanks, Erik, great post!

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 12:29)

    My buggy looked just like the Hardin Co buggies except without the reflector bar. It cost me $2000 in the yr 2000. I am 6’1″ tall, so the buggy maker made the top 4″ higher than normal. I later had the top buggy box exchanged for an open top type buggy box when I left the Amish. The wheels and chassis remained the same. The people that got the top were the shortest in the community, so they have plenty of head room. I later sold the buggy to an Amish convert who put lights, decals, and reflectors all over it. Yuck. That convert was a little crazy. He drove that buggy into downtown Fort Wayne, IN (population 275,000), also to a community 55 miles away in MI. The buggy was moved to VA and very soon will be in southern OH.

    Buggy speed is about the same as bicycle speed. At that speed you see all the flowers, birds, trees, and other sites that car speed does not allow or diminishes. Sometimes you get things you don’t want. One horse was a little dangerous to be behind. If he lifted his tail, he was going to pass gas, but there often were solids too, and at high speed. I was glad for the 4″ brim on my hat as it made a great shield :-O Oh, close your mouth, real quick too! It was possible for women(and girls) to get a real bee in their real bonnet!

    Steel wheel buggies are very LOUD, especially on fresh chip-seal. In addition to the wheels, the wood frame and plastic canvas covering it act like a drum to make it even louder. You generally have to yell at the person sitting right next to you just to be heard. I would like to ride in a rubber wheeled buggy someday.

    In the community I was in, the buggy builder’s oldest son is just starting up a buggy wheel making shop. Apparently the demand for wheels is so great, there is now a 6 month wait to get new or replacements for broken wheels. So, this just married young man is going to try to setup shop building wheels. I wish him well, he is a great kid and his new family needs him to succeed.

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      Lissa Holder
      Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 13:54)

      @ Lance, thanks for the comment. I enjoyed reading it and learning.o-: Lissa

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      Don Curtis
      Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 9th, 2015 at 13:13)

      Hi Lance. I read your post on buggies to my son, Mark. He said from your description that he knows who the convert was that you sold your buggy to. His initials are C.P.

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        Mark – Holmes Co.
        Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 10th, 2015 at 08:09)

        I guessed the same thing. 🙂

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    Lissa Holder
    Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 13:43)

    Wow! I learned so much. Thank you for your post and all the pictures. I really enjoyed seeing all the different types of buggies. I always wondered what the church buggy looked like. Lissa

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    Comment on Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 14:16)

    Amish Buggy

    After following the Amish blog for awhile, thought I would participate.
    Thank-you Erik for the great informative and varied article on Amish buggies. In my possession I have an Amish buggy and horse. The buggy needs alittle work but the Minnesota horse is awesome. I recently approached our township board to post two buggy signs along our busy country road. Safety is always my main concern.
    I am proud of my Mennonite heritage from Lancaster County, PA.
    I have come full circle with my roots. No wonder I enjoy my horse and buggy,painting barn quilts,and the Amish American blog.
    Erik, you are so fortunate and blessed to be a part of the Amish life.

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      Comment on Installing a buggy sign (September 3rd, 2011 at 07:49)

      Installing a buggy sign

      Wow Linda, thanks for your kind comments and for sharing with us–I’ll be curious to see if you get the signs up, I’ve always assumed it would take a full Amish or Mennonite settlement to get a local gov’t to do that–but maybe your horse-and-buggy will inspire your neighbors to get one too 🙂

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    Kevin Lindsey
    Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 19:43)

    The Amish family we know are buggy makers. He started as a wheelwright and then his business expanded. What suprised me was that the floor system was fiberglass, while the rest of the buggy was wood. That was allowed in his district, and as he said it holds up better to the weather. Once he has all the electrical wired then his wife does all the upholstery. It is truly a family business.

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      Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 3rd, 2011 at 07:57)

      Nice example Kevin, I tried to sing the praises of some of these Amish wives in Success Made Simple, they often play a pretty big role. And when you ask Amish men about their wives they tend to give them credit (or at least they oughtta!)

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 20:51)

    In large Amish settlements where everyone is of the same affiliation and has the same style buggy, are Amish people ever
    not able to find their buggy at a large Amish event such as
    a benefit auction? Do they ever forget where they parked their
    buggy (like we English sometimes forget where we parked our
    car at the shopping center lot)?

    I had an interesting experience lately. I went to one of the
    Amish farms where I regularly buy produce. I needed to talk
    with the man of the household, but he was not yet home from a
    neighbors. As his wife and I were standing in the yard waiting
    for him, I saw a buggy coming down the road about 1/4 mile
    away, and I said, “Oh, this must be him coming now.” She paused
    a minute and said, “No, that’s not the sound of our horse, so it’s
    not him.” A few minutes later, she said, “I hear our horse now,
    so my husband will be home soon.” I thought it was so
    interesting that this woman identifed their buggy by the sound of their horse trotting on the road.

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      Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 22:20)

      I never lost my buggy once, even in a very large group of them. Every buggy has something slightly different about it. You just need to remember what the buggy you came in looks like. Also, you learn right from the start to remember where you put your buggy. Helps if no young folks are playing tricks that day. Happens.

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 2nd, 2011 at 21:24)

    I remember visiting Old Order County in Ontario and seeing kids peering back at us through rather larger back windows than the ones shown here. I think its possible they where just as curious about the unfamiliar vehicles and people inside as we were about them, either that or they were playing and making fun, but no one would know.

    I kind of feel for the horse that has to look at the dull gray cement wall while the owners are in doing whatever, I know its just an animal, but that has to be a dull thing for the handsome beast to have to stand in front of.

    Erik you did a tremendous job on this entry, as everyone has said. You’ve outdone yourself this time!

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      Comment on What do buggy horses do while waiting? (September 3rd, 2011 at 07:54)

      What do buggy horses do while waiting?

      Shom I’ve always wondered what goes through the horse’s mind as he patiently wait. I mean, once you’ve eaten all the food/drunk all the water, what can you do besides stomp your hooves, snort and pick at the grass? 🙂

      In the Adams County auction photo above, you can see some of the horses which had been tied to a wagon with some horse eats scattered about on top. There were a couple dozen horses around it, I can imagine the conversation they must have been having, “bid on the thing already Schwartz, it’s time to hit it for home!”

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    Sue Yoder
    Comment on DON'T UNDER STAND (September 3rd, 2011 at 09:06)



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      Comment on Why don't Amish drive cars? (September 4th, 2011 at 05:29)

      Why don't Amish drive cars?

      Sue, it is part practical and part symbolic. There is still an important distance there when you have to rely on an Amish taxi vs. having a personal car you can use at any time.

      With a taxi you have to arrange the ride in advance (there might not be anyone available if you don’t plan ahead), depend on the driver’s schedule (who could also be late) and pay high rates for it, which tends to discourage using it too much. Quite different from the American freedom concept of jumping in the car, hitting the open road and leaving your cares behind.

      The car is not evil according to Amish–but having one sitting in your driveway that you could take for a spin anytime would inevitably lead to more trips and time away from home.

      Amish feel this would weaken their families and communities. Some would tell you that outright, some would know it instinctively, and others probably wouldn’t give it a lot of thought, just being the way things are done. A car is also symbolic of the world, and Amish generally try to keep the world at arm’s length (though as you note with the cell phone, that is not always so easy).

      Amish people do have to travel long distances–for work or to visit family–so hiring an Amish taxi is a practical solution to that problem that still prevents the car from taking over their lives.

      Some Amish surely use it more than others, and for the wealthier business folks the cost is not the discouraging factor it is for others in their commmunity. No doubt some Amish frown on “over-use” of the car. There are some Amish that don’t even allow hiring a car for these purposes, but most do.

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      Comment on Cell phone and shed (September 4th, 2011 at 05:35)

      Cell phone and shed

      The cell phone is more controversial. More and more Amish have been getting one. Some are good about switching it off after business hours or keeping it physically segregated (in a driver’s car or out of the home). But it’s definitely of concern. It fits in your pocket and it’s not like the car where it is obvious if someone owns one.

      With the phone shanty, it is a similar concept as the car above–inconvenience encourages you to use it less. And not having it in the home keeps the “world” from invading and disturbing family life (how many teens spend a ton of time texting or on the phone, not to mention other members of the family). However the phone shanty seems to keep creeping physically closer and closer to the home in some communities, and rather than a number of families sharing one, as is the case in some places, homes are getting personal phone sheds.

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (September 6th, 2011 at 15:18)

    Sadly, just learned of a pony cart accident which happened yesterday (Labor Day Mon) in northern Indiana. 2 children were killed:


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    Comment on Wheelwrights in Pennsylvania (September 11th, 2011 at 17:40)

    Wheelwrights in Pennsylvania

    I’m a traditional English wheelwright and Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights of London, England. I’ve wanted to come over and visit the Amish Communities for some time and often wondered what opportunities there might be to establish a small business building, repairing or restoring carriages and wheels in Pennsylvania, particularly around the New Castle area, near Pittsburgh

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (October 23rd, 2011 at 15:27)

    My nephew just called me a bit ago and told me to do an image search on Google for Hicksville, OH, and said I would find a picture of his buggy. He was right, and I followed the link to your interesting blog post…then, coincidentally enough, I scrolled down to find another familiar scene…the auction picture in Adams County was taken at my brother-in-law’s auction! 🙂

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    Comment on LED lights for Amish buggy (February 28th, 2012 at 16:46)

    LED lights for Amish buggy

    I read the buggy cost around 8,000 with option for assessories. Is LED lights available? I manufacture LED lights and is looking for people to work with. Regards, Johnson

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      Wayne Schwartz
      Comment on The Amish Buggy (February 28th, 2012 at 17:09)

      Mr. Johnson,
      LED are widely used among the Amish. I might be able to help you with your marketing to them. Feel free to send me an email at wayn.swiss@gmail.com.

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (January 12th, 2013 at 17:27)

    This was a great article. I was raised by my grandparents
    & although they weren’t Amish I used to wonder why my
    grandmother would always wear long dresses & skirts with
    a bonnet. And both grandparents were extremely
    “STRICT” & lived by the bible (totally). It’s hard to
    find honest, hard working folks today. Thanks for a
    great article.

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    Comment on Horse transport is natural! (March 5th, 2013 at 01:26)

    Horse transport is natural!

    Like composting, recycling, bicycling, modest use of resources, re-use and organic food – it’s good for you, your family, community and the world!
    No need for wars for fuel security… no air pollution… no senseless noisy zipping through other people’s places… no barrier and obstacles to non-motorised traffic and animals in town and country…

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 21st, 2013 at 23:36)

    I live by an Amish community, located near Wilton, Wisconsin. I give them rides when they need it, they use my phone. Their children would come by one afternoon to play on my trampoline (even their father had fun too!!)The Amish are very friendly people. They always come by and drop off a variety of produce and bakery items. The Amish are quiet people, but once they get to know you, they treat you like you are part of the family. Always respect the way they do things, it is different then what we are used to but they are happy people..

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    Comment on Where can i find a Wheelwright in amish country,PA (February 14th, 2014 at 10:48)

    Where can i find a Wheelwright in amish country,PA

    I am from nova scotia, canada and am restoring several old buggies. I will be travelling through PA around the 12/13 of March 2014 and was wanting to know of any wheelwrights so I can purchase several wheels
    My e-mail address is hossmackenzie@hotmail.com

    thank you for you help


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    Comment on purchase a Amish Buggy? (April 7th, 2014 at 18:22)

    purchase a Amish Buggy?

    Would like to purchase a used Amish Buggy?

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      Comment on The Amish Buggy (April 7th, 2014 at 19:44)

      Randy, there are probably folks on here that can give you better answers than I can, but I do know that there is a *huge* auction in Jamesport, MO, every year, and it includes a number of buggies. There are acres and acres of stuff, with some four or more auctions going on at the same time. It’s supposed to be a major draw, with Amish coming in from even out of state (so I’m told). And plenty of non-Amish there as well, so it’s not like you or I would stand out.

      If you’re interested in getting a ‘feel’ of how big the auction is, this link will show you one of three batches of pictures that I took while there last summer. Down in the middle of the set you’ll see some of the buggies lined up for auction.


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        Comment on Reply to Don Burke (April 7th, 2014 at 20:00)

        Reply to Don Burke

        Thank you Don. This is some thing I should check into.
        More suggestions welcome!

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (April 7th, 2014 at 20:31)

    You are welcome. I should have mentioned that the auction is usually the first week of July (although I have not been able to find a date for this year’s auction yet).

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    John Apthorpe
    Comment on Custom Woodworking (April 11th, 2014 at 01:08)

    Custom Woodworking

    I have been referred to this site my a fellow Long Beach Model T Ford Club member. I am currently repairing/restoring the two man top of a 1922 Model T Ford Touring Car. The bows that are held in irons that support the top fabric and pads have deteriorated and may need to be replaced. The two end pieces on each of the four iron assemblies are a curved piece of wood (oak or other suitable hardwood) at a 90 degree bend that are either steamed and bent or constructed by gluing thin laminations at the proper curve while holding them at the proper curve while the glue sets. I believe the radius of the curve of the bend is approximately 3 ½ inches. The bent section should be approximately 2 inches wide and 10 to 12 inches in length. I will have to do the final finishing and sizing to the total of 8 curved/bent pieces into the steel irons and an upholster specialist will attached the pads and top fabric along with the supporting straps/webbing tacks and upholstery nails. I was wondering if you could recommend several of your woodworking craftsmen capable of doing this small job and what the approximate total cost would be. I can be much more precise with the specification/measurements and send photos of the current woodwork if needed I think this may be similar woodworking that is done when repairing or constructing Amish buggies. Thank you in advance for your effort.

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      City Slicker
      Comment on Amish - Vehicle Restoration (April 11th, 2014 at 07:09)

      Amish - Vehicle Restoration

      Mr. Apthorpe:
      If you scroll back on this site to the entry of 19 November 2013, there is an article about an Amish company that specializes in the restoration of old vehicles (including motor vehicles). I’m pretty sure they have woodworkers and upholsterers.
      Specifically in the article, the firm was in the process of toally restoring a Stanley Steamer. I believe they might be able to be of assistance:

      “Double E Carriages”, 40 North Harvest Rd., Bird-in-Hand PA 17505; phone [717] 768-8484

      If you telephone you might reach an answering machine; leave a message and they will surely get back to you.

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        Comment on Carriage Shop (April 11th, 2014 at 07:41)

        Carriage Shop

        Good memory, City Slicker. If anyone has trouble finding the post you mentioned, here’s the link:

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      John Apthorpe
      Comment on Model T Ford Top Bow wood restaration (April 12th, 2014 at 02:18)

      Model T Ford Top Bow wood restaration

      Dear City Slicker-
      Thank you for the quick reply to my query regarding the availability of craftsmen to fabricate replacement shaped/curved bow parts for the top irons of my 1922 Model T ford Touring car. I will contact the referrals ASAP.
      Thanks again.
      John R. Apthorpe, MD

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    Catherine Wengerd Palmer
    Comment on the Amish buggy (November 24th, 2014 at 13:07)

    the Amish buggy

    I have been reading your articles/blogs for some time and you mention a lot of communities in various States, but I have yet to see you mention ours here in southern Maryland….one of the oldest Old Order Amish settlements…Mechanicsville and Charlotte Hall.

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      Comment on Articles on the Amish in St. Mary's County, MD (November 24th, 2014 at 15:17)

      Articles on the Amish in St. Mary's County, MD

      Catherine we actually do already have a couple of articles on that community.



      We probably have some other mentions of the community on other posts over the years; if you use the search box at the top of the page you should be able to find those.

      I had a chance to visit this settlement in 2010 and enjoyed it. The community was started in the 1940s by Amish from Lancaster County. I liked the bilingual signs that Amish use there to advertise their goods in both English and Spanish (“Fresca Queso”; “Gallinas”).

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        Catherine Wengerd Palmer
        Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 24th, 2014 at 15:51)

        The Amish Buggy

        Thank you. Your quick response is always appreciated. I will enjoy looking those up. I am interested in knowing how you were received by the Amish here? For the most part they are not as quick to talk to the “English” and Tourists as say the ones in Lancaster, for example.
        Safe travels.

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 24th, 2014 at 16:00)

    Good observation, I was only there one day, I believe this community is generally considered to be more conservative than the average Amish in Lancaster, at least those on the north end. Amish originally came here in the 40s in response to threats to parochial schooling.

    I did have a couple of nice conversations with people who seemed pretty friendly towards me, one in a woodworking place and another at a dry goods shop. I don’t think this community gets that many tourists either though, does it?

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    Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 5th, 2015 at 00:28)

    Great article! Was curious, have you ever encountered Amish people who call it a “carriage”? I read a novel about the Amish by a very popular author – not something I normally read fiction about – and noticed she used the word carriage interchangeably with buggy. I have never heard that term used by my Amish friends, but maybe it’s because they’re from Illinois & Indiana? The novel took place in Lancaster, PA, if I remember right. So maybe it’s something that happens some places but not others?

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      Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 5th, 2015 at 12:30)

      I want to say yes and that may actually even be more common in some places, but I’m relying on my sketchy memory, as I hadn’t paid close attention to that English language detail. Perhaps someone else can confirm/refute.

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 7th, 2015 at 13:51)

      In most PA Amish communities, the covered vehicle is called a carriage and a buggy is used for a one-seat open vehicle. In western communities (OH, IN, IA, WI, etc.) a buggy is a one-seat covered vehicle and a one-seat open vehicle is an open buggy. Two seated covered vehicles are usually called a surrey and an open two-seat vehicle is an open-surrey. Sound confusing? That doesn’t get into all the other vehicles like hacks, springwagons, top-hacks, cab-wagons, market-wagons, etc.! 🙂
      In PA a business making or repairing vehicle is usually called a coach-shop or carriage-shop. In western communities it will be called a buggy-shop.

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        Comment on Thank you! (November 7th, 2015 at 15:03)

        Thank you!

        That wasn’t confusing at all. My friends are in the Midwest. I think I’ve heard them refer to it as anything other than a buggy only once, and that was -possibly- a surrey. So when you say “one seat” and “two seat,” you mean a bench or row? When I was little, and I lived near that family, they had a buggy with two rows… at least (I guess there’s no such thing as one that goes deeper than that; it probably just felt huge because I was 3 years old!). It would’ve been able to seat… four adults, I’d say? So is that what you mean by a “two-seat”?

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          Mark – Holmes Co.
          Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 7th, 2015 at 15:17)

          Hi Jan. Yes, one buggy seat can easily seat two adults. (Three if they know each other well – ha.) A surrey with two seats easily sits 4 adults.

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            Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 7th, 2015 at 15:20)

            That must have been it, then. Thanks, Mark, I really appreciate you sharing your expertise! 🙂

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              Mark — Holmes County
              Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 7th, 2015 at 16:12)

              You’re welcome.

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        Don Curtis
        Comment on Mark's buggies (November 9th, 2015 at 13:28)

        Mark's buggies

        I asked Mark about his buggies. He says that around Belle Center they are referred to as “gaul und bouggies”. The u in buggy is pronounced as you would the ou in double. Mark has a single-top buggy, a mini-surrey, an open buggy, a two seated spring wagon, a cab hack, and a road cart. As you can tell, Mark likes to collect carriages. Some of the Amish kid him and say he’s going to need to add a ssecond floor to his barn with a ramp like in parking garages if he wants to add any additional buggies.

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          Don Curtis
          Comment on Mark's buggies (November 9th, 2015 at 13:29)

          Mark's buggies

          When I was referring to Mark and his buggies I was referring to my son, Mark, of Belle Center, Ohio. Not the Mark of Holmes County. Sorry.

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          Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 9th, 2015 at 15:55)

          Ha! Very interesting, thank you for sharing! That’s funny about adding a second storey to the barn. 🙂

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    Comment on Buggy (November 9th, 2015 at 15:20)


    In my area it’s like this:
    Cart – the two wheel open surry. Ponies are often the driving force. All road horses should be trained and are most always tested with carts.

    Buggy – closed top four wheel vehicles with usually one horse but sometimes two. I’ve have seen them with wagons (like a large kids wagon) attached and trailing behind.

    Carriage – open top “buck board” type. Also called a market carriage.

    Farm wagon – four wheeled and pulled by a team of work horses. Once I saw a covered wagon (Conestoga type) in Lancaster county.

    I’ve heard these terms used by Amish and OOM in Synder and Dauphin counties at seasonal mud sales. I’m a bit of a buggy nut and I can study one for up to 30 minutes looking for different details. My father and grandfather made many horse-drawn vehicles in the 1930’s and 30 years there after.

    It seems that it differs from place to place much like the Amish themselves.

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      Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 9th, 2015 at 15:58)

      That’s really cool, Jerry, thank you for sharing!

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on The Amish Buggy (November 10th, 2015 at 08:12)

      Jerry, if you are ever in Holmes Co. you’d have lots of details to look at. There are several Amish groups here and each group has its own way of making buggies. Winesburg Carriage Shop is an interesting place for “buggy nuts” and on the top floor of the three story building there is a collection of old buggies & surreys — not just Amish — from all over. You’d probably enjoy that!

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    Comment on Horses (July 22nd, 2016 at 17:12)


    Hey Erik – I saw this interesting article about an Amish Horse Buyer in Modern Farmer….


    It was out a few years ago, but might be an interesting post. I would love to know more about the horses of the Amish.

    Just a thought…

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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on The Amish Buggy (July 23rd, 2016 at 08:41)

      Hi Judith. Was there anything in particular you were interested in? (about horses)

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    Comment on SEEKING: DRAFT-size Wooden-wheel Cart (July 1st, 2017 at 16:10)

    SEEKING: DRAFT-size Wooden-wheel Cart

    New friends,

    I’m in San Antonio, TX & looking for a good-condition “old school” DRAFT-size cart for the local trail-rides.
    (The Amish gentleman, who used to build my carts, has sadly passed away & his family has left TX.)

    yours, tex

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    Comment on Lancaster Amish buggies (August 18th, 2017 at 05:24)

    Lancaster Amish buggies

    These buggies look really small. How many people can sit in them? What do they do to carry more people?


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    Kathy Ducote
    Comment on parts? (July 4th, 2018 at 22:10)


    We purchased a home that has an Amish buggy parked out front. We are hoping to get the lights working again, and are having a hard time finding replacement bulbs. Any suggestions on where to find/order bulbs or other parts we may need to keep it from falling apart?


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      Marcus Yoder
      Comment on The Amish buggy (July 5th, 2018 at 04:52)

      The Amish buggy

      Take the light bulbs to an auto parts store they should have the correct bulb.
      Marcus Yoder

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