A Roadtrip Through Amish Country
Jul. 26, 2010 7:32 pm
Updated: Mar. 7, 2011 7:16 pm
There’s an Amish community about 40 minutes from my home where I like to shop for dry goods such as spices, grains and any flour you can imagine. The prices can’t be beat. My mother-in-law knows how much I enjoy it, so last week, she recommended to me
that I take a trip to southern Iowa to a town called Cantril.
I packed up the family and popped in our road-tripping cd (a mix I made for our trip down south last summer: Keith Whitley, George Strait, Conway Twitty, Randy Travis and Willie Nelson. I made the mister crazy by playing “Carrying Your Love with Me” over and
over as we drove through Tennessee and West Virginia. I finally turned it off because he threatened to drive us off the side of the mountain if I didn’t. I know what you’re thinking, and I agree: he is hard to live with sometimes.)
Our first stop on this trip was in Columbus Junction, where they have a swinging bridge. Legend has it that an Indian woman threw herself off the bridge and to her death because of some man troubles. He probably complained about her choice of music one too
Here’s the bridge:
It’s very swingy and the drop, though it doesn’t look like it in the pictures, is significant. The boys loved it, naturally. They made it swing until I screamed and clutched the side for dear life.
I learned, while researching Cantril, that it’s part of a group of villages in Van Buren county known collectively as, The Villages of Van Buren. It’s a county entirely devoid of stop lights, and many of its residents are Amish and Mennonite.
Here is a beautiful buggy shop in Farmington:
A telephone company in Milton:
And the wonderful creamery and some of the goodies we came away with:
Here are some stores we visited:
And some signs we saw:
They aren’t kidding, either:
This is an astonishingly beautiful park we stopped at to stretch our legs for a bit. It’s right next to the river. It reminded me of “The Secret Garden”:
Here is a pedestrian bridge that connects two of the villages:
This is a pretty view of the soybeans and corn we grow in Iowa:
These are the labels off of some of the items I typically purchase at the Amish grocer. I would pay much more if I attempted to buy these same ingredients in my town:
Thanks for coming with me on my road trip. I had a great weekend- I hope you did, too!