What’s with those yellow buggies?

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Lately I’ve introduced a lot of you to the Amish of Kish Valley (also known as Big Valley). The Valley is home to the second largest settlement in Pennsylvania and twelve distinct Amish and Mennonite groups. It’s also the setting for my new mystery series that begins in early 2018.

The most obvious distinction between the Amish groups is the use of different colored buggies.

Now most people are familiar with the gray-topped buggies of Lancaster County and the black-topped buggies of places like Holmes County, Ohio, and Jamesport, Missouri. But a trip through Big Valley is colorful in so many ways.

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Before I get into that, let’s talk about the black-toppers.

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The black-topped buggies belong to the Renno or Peachey Amish. I love this name since almost all the mailboxes we stopped to read in the Valley bore the name Peachey. Β The Renno Amish are considered to be the least conservative of the Amish groups in the Valley, which isn’t saying a lot. After all, they are more conservative than our Amish friends in Lancaster County.

While we were in the Valley, Stacey and I stopped at a quilt shop that belonged to a Renno Amish woman. Of course the quilts were amazingly beautiful, but I couldn’t help taking note of a few things in the house. The windows were covered with a plain green shade. (You know the kind they use in cartoons that once you pull it down it winds back up with hilarious results.) The floors were wooden and bare. There was running water in the house, but all in all it made me think of my grandmother’s–just a small, country farmhouse filled with love.

The white-topped buggies belong to the Nebraska Amish.

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This is something of a misnomer since most of the Nebraska Amish live in Pennsylvania. The Nebraska Amish are hands-down the most conservative of the three main groups in the Big Valley. They also dress a bit differently. We only saw a couple of Nebraska Amish so I wasn’t able to test my research, but I am told that the Nebraska Amish men wear brown trousers and no suspenders. Their pants reportedly lace up the back and they wear their hair to their shoulders. Nebraska Amish women aren’t allowed to wear bonnets and supposedly wear a tie-on flat straw hat for working outside. On my next trip to the Valley, I am definitely going to be looking closer!

The yellow-topped buggies are certainly eye-catching.

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They belong to the Byler Amish. They are the middle of the road when it comes to being conservative in the Valley. The men wear one diagonal suspender and it is said that the women wear brown bonnets. I can testify that the men indeed wear only one suspender, but I wasn’t able to catch a glimpse at a Byler Amish woman wearing a bonnet. Stacey and I stopped in a bait/hunting shop run by a Byler Amish man who also sold honey. We talked to him a while mostly about hunting and bait, but he was very friendly and seemed to enjoy chatting with us.

Now, these aren’t all the differences in the three sub-groups of Amish in Big Valley. But it’s a start! What’s the most surprising difference that you’ve read in this post?

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124 thoughts on “What’s with those yellow buggies?

    1. I’m surprised that the Nebraska Amish women don’t wear bonnets! I’m guessing that they DO wear headcovering though? I have always loved trying to discern the differences in the groups. You have a great eye for detail, and your diligence to try to represent the Amish fairly & correctly shines through in your writing!

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      1. Hi, Kelly–They do wear prayer kapps (at least every Amish/Mennonite woman I saw there had on some type of prayer covering.) I’m guessing this information was referring to the travel bonnets. I’m looking forward to going back and investigating further. I’ll keep y’all posted! πŸ™‚

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  1. Interesting facts. I have never seen the brown bonnets, but I will certainly look for them on our next trip over the Seven Mountains! Happy Holiday season, Amy!

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    1. Happy Holidays, Karen! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see brown bonnets either, but if you make it back before me and you see brown bonnets, we expect a full report! LOL

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  2. Thanks for the interesting facts that I didn’t know and I am from this area. I live in Mcveytown which is on the other side of Jack’s Mt. from the Big Valley.

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  3. Learn something every day…As much as I love Lancaster County, I never knew of any yellow buggies in Pennsylvania. Thanks!

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  4. This is n r a to me. Did not realize there are different color buggies nor different color bonnets. I did know the are different shapes to the bonnets.

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  5. Lots of interesting information you’ve shared. Love those yellow buggies. Kind of a shock. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  6. Learned lots of new information! Thank you !
    Didn’t know or pay attention before about the different colored roofs of buggies or the different way the suspenders are worn. Thanks again Blessings

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  7. I for one never knew there were different colored buggies depending on the area they are from. Yellow, white or black! Love reading Amish books!

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  8. I live in western NY and have some Amish friends. I love learning new facts about the Amish. They are friendly and always ready ro welcome you.

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    1. Awesome, Candy! I have one book that’s set in NY with the Amish, but I can’t remember the exact location. (Too many books since then. LOL)

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  9. thanks for the information, I live in Wisconsin and we have both Amish and Mennonite’s with in two miles of us. I didn’t know of many of the facts you wrote about., very interesting

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  10. I’ve only seen black buggies in Ohio so seeing that there are yellow ones surprised me. I like them. I think they would be easier for drivers to see on the road.

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  11. Never seen yellow on the buggies … but makes sense might be good idea for all maybe there would be less accidents involving them . I am curious about the suspenders too and brown bonnets

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    1. One of the first things I learned about the Amish was that they wore different suspenders. Some with a Y back and some with a H back, but this was the first I had seen with one strap only! Very interesting!

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  12. I would love to win this.. We used to have Amish in our community, but several years ago, most turned Mennonite.. And the ones who stayed Amish moved out.. I have always been interested intheir ways.. I have never seen a yellow buggy…lol. Interesting…

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    1. wow, Janice, that’s interesting. where are you from? The Amish here in OK drive tractors and they split over that decision. I guess they didn’t want to become Mennonite. But the non-tractor driving Amish had to leave because it was too hard to farm here without them. So interesting how these splits develop!

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  13. I wonder how one suspenders would help! Seems like it would slip sideways like a Greek toga listing over. Yellow would seem to draw attention, not be plain, the diversity does astound me.

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    1. I thought the same thing. The suspender is worn diagonally. Makes me think a little of a seat belt. πŸ™‚ The diversity is definitely intriguing!

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  14. Isn’t it just one suspender in back which divides in the upper back and becomes two over the shoulders and down the front?

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    1. It’s actually one strap that fastens in the back on one side, crosses over one shoulder, and fastens on the opposite side in the front. It’s very unusual to me. πŸ™‚ I’ve seen the suspenders you are describing and this is definitely something different. πŸ™‚ Neat, huh?

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  15. It is all surprising and very interesting to me since I have only visited the Amish in Holmes County and see only black buggies, 2 suspenders on the men and definitely not brown bonnets on the girls and women..I have made friends with a few of the Amish in Holmes County and enjoy spending time with them..My family and I visit every year…I also enjoy reading your books and am looking forward to all future books.

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  16. I just looked at one of the pictures I took in Whitehall, NY (a new Amish community that is about 3 years old) and just realized there are brown and yellow buggies with one white buggy. I wonder why all the different color buggies? I would have posted the picture here but don’t know how. I haven’t seen the Amish people since they were having church that day.

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    1. Cool info, Karen! Thanks for sharing! I would love to see a pic, but I don’t know how you could post it here. If you would like to share it, you can email it to me. I would be happy to post it in a blog and credit you, of course! amylillard918@gmail.com if you are interested.

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  17. I am very interested in learning about the Amish. I am impressed with the way these people live and work in harmony. The world needs to model their lives after their peaceful way of life.

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    1. They are worth the drive from Lancaster if you ever get out that way. The entire valley is just gorgeous! The yellow buggies are an added bonus!

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  18. I’ve been to Lancaster & central-Pennsylvania & even have Amish living close by in NW Pa, I haven’t seen the yellow buggies yet so I have something to look forward to. I thought the white buggies were so unusual, that is what they have in Central Pa. I have been to Berlin, Ohio & surrounding areas & LOVE it there. This is so very nteresting to hear of the yellow buggies. Would love your book. I love Amish novels.

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  19. One thing about the yellow buggies is that it shouldn’t be hard to spot them on the road. Kinda like a big caution sign. I’ve read some of your books and really enjoyed them. Winning one would be awesome!!!

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  20. This was extremely insteresting. I love going to Lancaster County, PA and have been going since a kid. That is the only place I have ever seen any Amish and it’s always the black buggies and I think I’ve seen grey. It’s been a while since I have been there. I can’t wait to take my stepsons there because like their father father, I think they will be interested. Thank you for teaching me something new about the Amish.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Shannon! Kish Valley isn’t far from Lancaster. Hopefully you can visit there someday too. It’s really a beautiful place!

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  21. Most surprising thing to me is that the Nebraska Amish women are not allowed to wear bonnets. I thought that was the normal head covering for all Amish women. Thanks for a chance to win.

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    1. I believe that they still wear prayer kapps, just not the bonnets (the black coverings that look like something off of Little House on the Prairie) when they go out. Make sense? I’m not 100% positive of this, so next trip I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out!

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  22. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!!! You are always very generous…having giveaways quite frequently too! I would be so honored and blessed to win a copy of this book…you must know by now…how much I love your books and treasure them as well…you are an awesome writer!!! I hope you have a great holiday…with your family…God Bless You and Your Family too!!! My holiday would be that much greater…if I could win a copy of this book…and put it under my tree!!!

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  23. Loved the pictures and information about the buggies. Most interesting was the brown bonnets on women and the variety of color in buggies depending the type of Amish. Thank you for sharing your and Stacey’s experience in Kish Valley.

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  24. Love the little lesson on the buggies. I am from Northwestern Pa..I grew up around the Amish..I love their way of life…Thank you

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  25. Amish people are so kind and helpful . . . love reading about them! Used to buy produce from some PA Amish for a produce stand we had in NY before moving to FL 22 years ago. Love to visit them when we go back to PA and NY in the summer. Wonderful people!!

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