What does an Amish home look like inside? That can vary. You’ll see some things appearing consistently across different church groups and communities. Still, there can be a big visual difference between a home such as this very plain one…and one that is significantly less plain.
Don Burke has visited an Amish home in Jamesport, Missouri, on several occasions – first on a tour, later on a personal visit. We’ll be sharing some views of the interior of that home, beginning with the first post today, from Don’s visits in 2013 and 2014.
You’ll see this family’s home has a certain look to it that–while in many ways is classically “Amish”–at the same time, I think reveals something of the character of the people who live there.
You kind of have a feel for who the occupants are and what they might be like by what you see in their home. I guess that’s true to varying degrees for anyone’s home. Have a look and see for yourself.
Don: In 2013, in one of our first trips to Jamesport, Missouri, my wife and I were introduced to the Grabers – an Old Order Amish family – as we enjoyed the Amish Farm Tour at their home.
This delightful tour allowed us to see a portion of their house, a view of their farm, and gave a chance to ask lots and lots of questions about all things Amish.
A Wringer washer. The family had powered the washer by connecting it to their shop’s compressed-air system, which was in turn powered by a diesel motor.
The family’s buggies.
A year later I had a special opportunity to privately take pictures throughout much of the rest of the Graber home – in their personal living areas that were not included in the normal tour.
When I walked into the kitchen it was a bit of a surprise. It was more contemporary than my preconceived idea of what would be in an Old Order Amish home. But, the Jamesport Amish do tend to be more progressive than a lot of Old Order groups.
Both the oven and the kitchen refrigerator (not pictured) operated on propane. A freezer in the basement was propane-powered, too.
The home had a large room that made for a cozy informal sitting area plus dining and sewing areas, too.
Amish dresses, with a painted-saw-blade clock in the background.
Although there is an electric cord on this modern sewing machine, the machine had been retro-fitted to be powered by an older sewing machine treadle.
A comfy recliner with Bible, inspirational books, a Sudoku puzzle and electronic games within easy reach.
In a nearby hallway.
Some personal and decorative wall items.
A wall-hanging with a list of all the family, and another in memory of a son/brother who had been killed in an automobile accident a few years earlier.
The women’s kapps, on empty containers, holding their shape.
A couple copies of Holy Scriptures (Bible in German), Martyrs Mirror, a family history, a state Amish Directory, and other publications.
Propane lamps were used to light the rooms.
This home – both the place and the people – have become very special to us through the years. We count our time spent there as one of the highlights of our experiences in the Amish world.