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Visiting Amish Country | Not Quite Amish

Visiting Amish Country

Before I dive into this post, I hope you’ll join me tonight at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST for my Memory Jar author chat party! We’ll have tons of fun, and I have a few prizes to give away!

Recently John and I were driving around “Amish Country” in Missouri. How do you figure out where the Amish live in any community? Look up the address to the Amish school! Since children usually have to walk to school, homes of Amish families are nearby.

Here are photos of the homes and countryside. Beautiful!

While we were driving we saw a sign that said, “Hickory Rockers.” Of course we had to stop!

We followed the driveway and saw a simple Amish house and shop. Two dogs greeted us. (We had to drive slowly because they didn’t seem realize that our car could hurt them.)

A toddler in Amish dress was playing on the porch, but she quickly ran inside when she saw us.

Inside the shop was an Amish man and his son who looked about fourteen years old. They were busy at work on some hickory rockers. They showed us their tools—all of which they turned by hand. He also told us about his brother-in-law’s shop a mile up the road; his brother also had a wordworking shop with all the tools powered by bicycle. (We wish we could have seen that!) They allowed us to take photos of their shop.

Of course, we had to buy a hickory rocker for Alyssa! She loved it.

You never know what you’ll come home with when you go out for a drive!


The winner of yesterday’s giveaway is Jennifer Brewer! You should have an email awaiting you in your inbox regarding the details.

Today’s giveaway is an Amish calendar from Amy Clipston! (The other items in the picture will be given away later this month!) To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. If you have trouble seeing the widget, try using a different browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, etc.). Only those in the continental U.S. are eligible to win. The winner will be announced on tomorrow’s blog post.

PLUS, don’t forget about the Pin & Win contest where you could win a media library of more than 40 books, CDs, and DVDs! More info here!

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Tricia Goyer (77 Posts)

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005. Tricia's co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.


  1. What a beautiful pictures !!! And thank for the give away.

  2. I live near a amish area here. I love visiting around the area.

  3. Zook’s chair shop looks like some place I would love to visit

  4. What a beautiful area!

  5. Susan Fryman says:

    Love the pictures too. Thank you for the giveaway and the wonderful post.

  6. Rosemarie says:

    Living near an Amish community is such a bonus! We discovered one just recently here in Wisconsin that is only 90 minutes away. Headed there Saturday morning and hoping one of the women will consider being a pen pal with me! When we were there last month I sent thank you cards to those that we bought products from. I think it is important that we show them how much we appreciate their skills.

  7. i am so glad i found this website! i am in love with it!

  8. Karen Spence says:

    Loved the post, what such beautiful photos.

  9. Katie Johnson says:

    Loved the pictures. Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. Linda McFarland says:

    I would love to win…I left tweets and posted on facebook too

  11. Jasmine Augustine says:

    What a fascinating place! Thanks for sharing the pics

  12. Such beautiful pictures!

  13. Love the photos, too! Would love to win this, so beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. Love the rocker!

  15. Hannah Rollett says:

    Wow, breath-taking photos!

  16. Oh, it’s so pretty!

  17. April Raver says:

    enjoyed the party tonight and getting to talk to you – love your blog post too! Thanks!

  18. jesus_saved_me87@yahoo.com says:

    I love this!

  19. SO glad you were able to buy Alyssa an Amish made Hickory Rocking Chair! She’s probably LOVING it! Sounds like you had a GREAT time together as a family! That is what counts the most, is family and being together! You are very adventurous, and I envy that! GREAT way to meet the Amish! The photos are wonderful to get to see, too!
    Can’t wait to read you latest book! I LOVE reading books about the Amish! They are a GREAT escape from ‘our’ life here in the 21st century!
    Thank you for having these fun giveaways! They are so enjoyable! I have Tricia Goyer to thank for steering me here to your page and the giveaways! Thanks to Tricia Goyer!
    Looking forward to reading MORE here on your website!
    Laurie Carlson

    • Yes, Alyssa loved her rocking chair very much. And when she’d not sitting in it she shares it with her teddy bears!

      I hope you enjoy The Memory Jar! Have a blessed day, Laurie!

  20. Marcie Dark says:

    Love give-aways. Don’t win much but sure love to enter them. Love you all.

  21. Oh I’d love an amish rocker, but I’ll settle for a calendar. Yearning for the simple liffe!

    Elaine W. Miller

  22. Marlyce S. says:

    I live near an Amish community in Ohio. I love to take day trips and visit all of the shops and roadside stands.

  23. I have always wanted to visit an Amish community. At least I can read about them in certain fiction books 🙂 thanks for the opportunity to win!

  24. I absolutely LOVE that hickory rocker! It’s amazing how beautiful it is and all made by hand!

  25. They had adult sized rockers, too. I was very tempted!

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