When I lived in Nashville in the eighties, work occasionally took me to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Just on the outskirts of Lawrenceburg is a small community of Etheridge mostly occupied by the Amish. Back then I just saw the horse and buggies and never ventured into their farmland.
I wanted to take my kids through the area and we ended up stopping at an Amish store and found out that each farm sold various goods. They even had a map for us. We started following the map and came to our first homestead where their was a hand painted sign that said Jams and Jellies. We were not sure what to do, so we started slowly up the dirt drive.
Meeting the Amish was interesting. We were a little nervous as we had no clue as to etiquette and certainly did not want to be rude. We met several women and a young man and I would not describe their demeanor as friendly, however they were not rude either. They also had no issues taking our money. We picked up some scarfs, jams, and even some salsa. We also bought a hand-made basket that was truly made solid with good craftsmanship.
Their farms were very beautiful and tranquil and it was quite the step back in time.
It was interesting that the local businesses such as Dollar General even had “hitching posts” for their horse-drawn buggies.
Beautiful BIG Horse
Horse and Buggy