Hey! I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Things at Chez Lillard are pretty laid back at the holidays, but that’s just the way we like it. There’s too much stress during the rest of the year; no sense making even more when the times should be happy.
And speaking of happy (see that smooth segue there?) it’s time for another post detailing my recent visit with Stacey and all the Amish Adventures we embarked on this year. #HappyTimes
Now, Chetopa, Kansas was an unscheduled stop in our trip–we had just left Kansas!–but if nothing else, we’ve learned to go with the flow. The flow being discovering the small community while visiting the Amish in Welch, OK.
At best I can figure there is only one church district in Chetopa. There are two schools and it’s clear that they are Old Order Amish. The men boast two suspenders and the women wear the prayer coverings similar to the cylindrical ones they use in Chouteau.
But you know me and I love the little details that make each Amish community unique unto itself. Here are the two best things I learned about the Amish in Chetopa. (which is pretty good seeing as how when the day started off I didn’t even know I was going to Chetopa!)
Each Amish family is allowed to have a phone at their house but it must be in a separate out building (or shanty.) Here is a picture of one of the phone shanties we saw.
And each family is allowed to own one piece of mobile machinery. Here’s a Bobcat we spotted at one farm.
All in all, it was a good trip, although it was a bit short. I guess that’s what happens when you happen upon a community your hadn’t known was there at the start of the day.
For a complete recount of the day in facts and pictures, check out the page I have dedicated to THE AMISH OF CHETOPA.
And as always, thanks for reading!