Located just outside of Pontotoc, Mississippi is an Amish community of 14 families. While small in numbers, visitors are able to get an idea of how life among the Amish unfolds. Each farm consists of a two story home, simple in design, and many out buildings, including a large barn. In each barn are stalls which are filled by the many horses used to work the land. Also, David and I spotted a neatly kept buggy in most barns. Although we passed a wagon, which was being used for obvious work purposes.
It appears the families settled in Pontotoc are young, with lots of small children. Each family has a sign posted at the end of their drive with their crafts and goods offered for sale, along with the notice of NO SUNDAY SALES. Among the items offered were
In the leather shop there were lots of interesting items, such as bridles, horse collars, saddle bags, belts and other various leather crafted offerings. The young man working in the shop was very shy, but after a brief conversation we found he was 20 years old. He had machines with power supplied by generators located beneath the floor of the shop. He expects the arrival of a new machine within days in order to assist in making saddles. His work was excellent quality and it was no surprise he had more work than he could often do with repairing shoes and other leather items. He came to Mississippi from a settlement of more than 300 families in Ohio.
Located on the Amish property is a little building which resemebles either a school or church. There are two outside buildings which look very much like outhouses, perhaps, boys & girls.
Among the houses we visited there were wood burning stoves on the front porches. After an inquiry we found these stoves were used for summer baking. One lady stated she cooked on an oil stove within the house during other times.
It was obvious that each family offered a trait beneficial to the community. We saw a farm which apparently raised the meat used for slaughter, there was the farmer who shoed horses, the one who did the leather work, one who made the wooden strips for basket weaving, one who made the cedar furniture and so forth. It was an interesting trip and a very insightful visit to a place seemingly set back in time.
If you get the chance to visit just head to Hwy 9 in Pontotoc, follow it to 341 where you'll take a left and then (next to a church) take a right on Salmon Road, which will lead you into the community after approximately 5 miles (at one point you'll come to another main road with a church to the left, just cross over and keep heading north).
On a lighter note ~ I watched the little Amish children of approximately 2 years old playing outdoors, all dressed in their little amish clothes, as David talked with the leatherman. When I asked David if we could have a couple of those he quickly ushered me to the car. Enough shopping for the day!
For More Amish Information Try These Links
The Amish Homepage
A Week With The Amish
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