While in Lancaster, PA, my wife and I toured the Amish area. Through our tour guid, we learned about the passion and purpose, which inspires these Godly people. Their Christian spirituality is the framework that sets their lifestyle.
The picture below show mules that are the power force to pull the plows, hay wagons, balers, hay cutters, and wagons through the acres of farm land.
Tractors often must be adapted for off-road use only, lest they provide the opportunity to go too far from home. This usually means steel tires rather than rubber.
The Amish look to God for help in this dangerous world. When they are face with problems, their first instinct is to pray rather than to seek a quick fix. They learned patience; they feel demanding a quick fix signals a lack of trust in God.
I hope you enjoyed this little article and have an opportunity to tour and visit an Amish community.
This is a plein air painting I did at Blue Bird Gap Farm.
The first known owner of the property on which Blue Bird Gap Farm now stands was Captain William Tucker. Captain Tucker bought the property in 1622. Since then it has changed hands several times through out the centuries. In 1969, the City of Hampton, Virginia acquired the property and opened Blue Gap Farm.
The 60-acre farm has around 150 domestic and wild animals; such as the typical farm animals, also it is the home to birds of prey, whitetail deer, llamas, alpacas, tortoises, peacocks, rabbits, and waterfowl.
On the property is a petting zoo, for the young and the young at heart.
Although this setting is surrounded by the interstate and the urban communities, it is a peaceful, quiet, and tranquil place. The atmosphere and environment mesmerizes you to the deep country life of days gone by.
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This is a re-creation of a family farm during the 18th century. The farm buildings include a kitchen, smokehouse, corn house,to tobacco house. The log house and sheds were built out of uncut logs and a mixture of mud and manure filled in the cracks. The 900 square foot log cabin that housed the workers was home for as many as 12 men, women and children.