Old order mennonite buggy

An Old Order Mennonite Buggy in Ontario

Ruth at Body, Soul, and Spirit shares the above photo and others in a recent post about a trip through an Old Order Mennonite-inhabited region in Canada.

Notice the wheels, or rather tires on this carriage.  Stephen Scott explains in Plain Buggies: Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren Horse-Drawn Transportation that rubber tires are common for the larger Mennonite groups in Waterloo County, Ontario, but that some smaller groups do not permit their use.  In fact, you’ll notice that in other photos on Ruth’s blog, the Mennonite carriages pictured have the usual spoked wheels.

Scott also notes that rubber tires are common among most of the Old Order Mennonites in Virginia.

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