Reader Lydia Good has helped provide answers to some of the questions behind the “Snow Pass” photo we saw here two weeks ago. I wondered several things, including when it was taken and where. She doesn’t have definitive answers on all of it, but she does on some. As it turns out, Lydia has a personal connection to the area shown in the photo.
Lydia shares the following:
As soon as I looked at that picture, I knew exactly where it was. It’s Maxwell’s Hill on Rt.23. My old neck of the woods. I showed it to my husband and asked him if he knew where this was. He knew right away. He thinks it may have been in the 80’s. I don’t know when the Amish in the Conestoga were allowed to have storm fronts on their buggies, but I don’t think it was much before the 80’s.
Just up the road on the right is Freddie’s Sears and Roebuck house and the Little Red School just down the road from our house on the left. That whole area, on the right at the fenced meadow, where the car and the buggy are passing, was part of my grandfather’s farm. His land stretched from there all the way down to the Little Red School. My grandfather is also the Amos J. Stoltzfus that started the Maxwell’s Hill Stone Quarry. He had 3 kilns and sold burnt lime and also crushed stone. My older brothers all worked in the quarry when they were teenagers.
If you look at the picture from then and look at the picture of now from Google Earth, there is no room for doubt. It’s Maxwell’s Hill. See attached pictures.
Thanks to Lydia for giving us more of the story behind this photo. To add a bit more, I’m sharing this comment from our Facebook page by Gunnar Miller, who adds another detail, and seems to agree with Lydia on the dates:
The British photographer who took it won awards for it in 2014 and 2016…”Amish Transport” by Jack Taylor, Eastbourne. TinEye shows a Getty Stock image version with the license plate airbrushed out; original here.
That’s a ’68-’74 Chevy Nova, and most states where the Amish live (PA, OH) went from ABC-123 to ABC-1234 plates around 1990 (IN is still 123ABC), so I would guess this was taken in the late 1970s or early 1980s.
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