Sharing a glimpse of life in and around Holmes County, Ohio

Follow my Amish Country Blog for recaps of our motorcoach tours, photos in and around Holmes County, personal reflections and various happenings in our area.
You may contact me at lavonne@amishheartlandtours.com

Hitchin' a ride

Jun
19
2014
Hitchin' a ride

Hitchin' a ride


Buggy, Car.... Or wagon?
If you've driven on State Route 39, 557 or US 62 in Holmes County, Ohio, cars are not the only style of transportation on the scenic, winding roads. Speed limits of 25 - 45 miles an hour are posted for a reason. Slow. Moving. Vehicles. . . . Read Entire Article >


H.I.T.C.H.

Jun
12
2014
H.I.T.C.H.

Drive It Your-Self Tour Booklet


A Dream becomes reality
After a long 5 1/2 months, a dream is becoming reality. Listening to the visitors over the years has spurred a desire inside me to create a self driving tour booklet to help travelers navigate around back roads of Ohio's Amish Country. . . . Read Entire Article >


Connecting through Facebook

Jul
16
2013
Connecting through Facebook


The passing of a friend
Facebook has its good and bad. People either love it or don't. It's like anything in life. When you use things for good, it produces good. What I have experienced recently goes beyond what I ever thought Facebook would bring into peoples . . . Read Entire Article >


A Flag and an Amish rug maker

Jun
27
2013
A Flag and an Amish rug maker


Lessons in Patriotism
Just when I think I understand Swartzentruber Amish, I am reminded of yet other elements in their Ordnung. (set of rules)

This evening I arrived at a family home of 12 children in the Kidron, Ohio area. They have been supplying me with creative, . . . Read Entire Article >


Using Talents

May
24
2013
Using Talents


Artisans of Holmes County
It only takes one visit to Holmes County to realize the variety of creative, talented residents. It can be seen even in the simplist form of a small hand made basket signed by a 6 year old Swartzentruber child or in the majestic styles . . . Read Entire Article >


A Day To Rest

May
24
2013
A Day To Rest


Holmes County on a Sunday
I have traveled to major cities throughout the US and rarely am I concerned about what to do on a Sunday. Attractions and activities sometime overwhelm me. If only there was enough time to do everything I wanted.

In Holmes County, the pace is . . . Read Entire Article >


Sorting out the colors

May
18
2013
Sorting out the colors


I truly enjoy my job. The experiences with the local Amish community still keep me intrigued, amazed, surprised, and yet when I spend time with them, I do not feel any division or barrier. I always say, "We all need one another." . . . Read Entire Article >


Education on the roof-tops...

May
18
2013
Education on the roof-tops...


Learning by experience
People coming to Holmes County always hope they can spot a barn raising or an un-scheduled event that catches their attention. Barn raisings top the list. Sometimes you can drive along and spot a wedding or funeral or school picnic, but there's something . . . Read Entire Article >


School Days

Mar
5
2013
School Days


reading, writing and arithmetic
Along the back roads of Holmes County is nearly 200 one room school houses. Nothing new for those who remember attending one not so long ago. Holmes County, Ohio is made up of 423 square miles. Within its boundaries are 2 English . . . Read Entire Article >


It's Laundry Time

Feb
7
2013
It's Laundry Time


Maytag Wringer Washer
Visiting local Amish families is a constant reminder of how fast our world is changing. Just a short 50 years ago, I recall my mom using a Maytag Wringer washer to launder clothes for her 7 children and dad's dirty overalls. After each load, . . . Read Entire Article >


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