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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tennessee Amish Country

After three straight days of rain, we awoke to clear blue and sunny skies this morning.  With our back roads maps, we set out about 9:00am to explore the Amish farms and lifestyle.  Since we were just in the Ohio Amish country in June, we really did not have a shopping list for baskets or furniture.  We just wanted to see the farms and their simple life style.  Our day is best reviewed in pictures……….

The first buggy we saw on a major highway:

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A load of sugar cane on the way to a molasses cooking at a farm:

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Cattle on the way to an auction:

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A non-Amish tour trailer ($10/person for a tour of the farm area) waiting for customers:

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A sugar cane hauler and a cattle trailer meeting at an intersection:

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Haystacks in the field:

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The following are two different molasses making operations.  We got out at the second one, and the process is to run the can through a press to squeeze the ‘juice’ out of it, and then boiling it down to a thicker syrup:

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We stopped at the farm “store” at the first molasses making farm and Patsy bought some “pear butter”, sorta like apple butter!:

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While Patsy was shopping, another ‘tour trailer’ showed up, and the little Amish boy was curious about the tourist:

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Here is a typical sign at the entrance of a farm to show what is sold:

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A trailer load of timber going to a mill (note:  all of the drivers are just standing flat-footed to drive the horses):

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We drove up to one farmhouse that advertised ‘homemade bread’, and bought a couple of hot loaves.  We also bought some grape jelly and ate some of it right there.  Note the table on the porch with the bread and jellies):

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Along the way, we saw several ‘tobacco’ drying barns:

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Here are some miscellaneous photos:Ethridge TN 041 Ethridge TN 019

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Amish men cutting firewood:

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Tomorrow, we head back to Red Bay (about 80 miles) to Custom RV to get some modifications made to the Bus.


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