Inside An Amish Home With A Picture-Perfect Interior (21 Photos)
From the outside, this Pennsylvania Amish home is neat and tidy but not particularly remarkable:
But inside, the photos are some of the nicest I’ve seen of an Amish home interior:
I think that’s in part due to the quality of the photography, but the home is very neat with a lot of nice woodwork and furniture, crisp colors, and has a classic Amish look to it.
This is Fredonia, Pa, which is in Mercer County. Mercer is one of a handful of Amish “supercounties“, a term I just coined to describe those counties with a half-dozen or more distinct settlements lying all or partially within their borders (stay tuned for a post on this).
The founders of the Fredonia settlement put down roots in 1990. Thirty years later, three Amish church districts have been established.
So why did this family decide to put their home up for sale on the online market? We don’t know. But we do have the realtor’s description of the place from the listing. Let’s have a look:
Bring the kids and the horses to this meticulous and spacious farmhouse claiming 7 bedrooms in all!! The original structure was purchased by an Amish family in 2001 and additions were made in the years since. There is a well and septic on the property, as well as electric lines to the house. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout in this well built home.
The 8 year old barn has water and 7 horse stalls that opens to the pasture. The 43×21 outbuilding is an added bonus! The circular driveway leads to the garage as well as the back of the house. This large and welcoming home can be converted back to a modern home quite easily. The home and landscaped grounds are on one acre, and the pasture and fields around the property are rented from the neighbor. The screened in porch is another bonus!
Seven bedrooms sounds like an Amish place doesn’t it? We’ll see some of those below. No square footage figure is given, but we do know it’s on just a 0.83 acre lot, tiny by Amish standards. It sounds like it was built as a non-Amish home and this family made some additions and changes to it.
Another look at the kitchen:
On to the bedrooms. Pretty fancy bed in this bedroom:
That’s the biggest name hanging I’ve ever seen:
How about the vibrant decor in the second girl’s room – several Native American windcatchers and one of those spiral things that I don’t know the exact name for. These are popular items of decor for Amish youth rooms.
The boys’ rooms are simpler:
I don’t recall seeing one like this before – a large pipe (looks like a stove pipe coming up out of the basement) runs from floor-to-ceiling in this room with a small bed:
Not sure what this room is for – storage and playing?
The porch space’s neat look matches that of the interior:
And a look at the back door and buggies in the garage:
They don’t appear to be the most progressive buggies (open fronts and roll-up sides), though I’d say parts of the home had a more materially fancy look to it.
This home was last sold in 2019 for $125,000 and is currently off the market.
The Fredonia settlement
Bleak landscape in that part of Mercer County — the glaciers planed everything flat amd pushed much of it south of Route 80, for a bit of hill-and-valley you need to go twenty miles east — but the folks I know in that settlement are easy to get along with. I see the ceiling oil-lamp hangers and that big coal- / woodstove, but some drilling has happened around there and depending on the district your cellar kitchen (canner, etc.) or even, as out in Smicksburg / Plum Valley, your lights may be gas-fed.
Interesting. I was in Mercer County just once and I’m not even sure exactly which of the several settlements I was in – the visit was more an add-on to a trip to New Wilmington. Would like to make a dedicated trip just to Mercer and Crawford counties – might be fun to try to “visit” 10+ settlements in a single day 🙂
I’d buy this home myself! Amazing photographs!
"Open front" buggies?
Concerning the “open front” buggies not being very progressive. This was the design in “progressive” northern Indiana in my past. The glass or plexiglass framed front was hinged at the top and simply kept up and open in the warm weather, but could be hinged down in a moment. Aren’t there also battery lights in the front of these Pa. buggies? Lancaster Co. vehicles today are typically called carriages, and the carriage and horse together are called teams, according to my Lancaster brother-in-law.
Right, they do have some sort of electric lighting on the front, so that tells you they are not the plainest (eg, Swartzentruber) Amish. I’m not seeing signs of the hinged front on these, but maybe I’m missing something. You can also see the rolled-up sides, and not the sliding door design which is more common in the more progressive communities.
I believe you might be right about what Lancaster County buggies/carriages are referred to, thought this is a community on the other side of the state and not a Lancaster daughter settlement.
It’s an interesting home to me because some elements suggest a more progressive place (decor, fancier furniture) and others not as much. Some homes are like that.
Beautiful. If I could find work out there I would go for it.
On of my favorite
Indeed, one of my favorite houses among the series that Erik has already shown us.
I am always amazed by the very “affordable” prices compared to home in Europe. The same house and the same amount of land would cost at least three times more in Alsace.
Erik, I can’t reach you by e-mail anymore, have you changed your address?
Hi Romain – I just wrote you back, see the email, hopefully you got this one. I think our emails are not making it to the inbox for some reason.
25 pictures inside an Amish Home
Never could see any pictures