Our love for the Old Order Amish culture began when I crashed landed in a hot air balloon in an Amish field twenty-two years ago.
I was just another tourist, then, enjoying the unique aerial view of Lancaster County that a hot air balloon offers. I had no idea that it would be a turning point in my life! When we hit the ground, in the midst of an Amish farmer’s hay bales, eleven of his twelve children came running to see if we were alright.
Climbing out of the wreck, I looked around and fell in love that night…with the Amish culture. Imagine the sun, low on the horizon, giving a golden glow to a fertile green valley, dotted with 80-acre farms. White windmills turning gently, corn and alfalfa sprouting as far as the eye could see, and cows grazing quietly nearby. I had discovered Utopia.
My friendly rescuers were beautifully robed in vibrantly colored dresses and shirts. The boys all wore suspenders and the girls had black pinafores over their dresses. As I parted ways with them—ever so reluctantly!–I noticed a roadside stand beside their farm. I decided then that, no matter what they were selling, I would return the next day. I had to be a part of this.
The following day, I kept my resolution and returned. Two little girls, ages 8 and 10, were minding the stand. “Look!” exclaimed the older girl, “It’s the balloon lady!”
For six months I visited that stand and bonded with the two girls. Then, on my birthday, I was invited inside to meet their parents. I became a regular fixture around the home on the weekends, washing the occasional dish, telling frequent stories, learning many facets of the Amish culture, and being educated in their Pennsylvania Dutch dialect.
Eight years later, I met my husband Ken. Our second date was a day trip to Lancaster County. He recognized the beauty of the area and he fit in with my friends immediately. Three years after we married, we decided we couldn’t wait until retirement—we packed our things and moved to Lancaster.
The luckiest people get to work with their passions and we slowly realized what that would mean for us. We’re passionate about Lancaster County’s Old Order Amish Settlement and we wanted our work to reflect that. Almost Amish is the culmination of that dream—our passion for the Amish culture is something we can share through this store. We delight in the craftsmanship of Amish furniture, the needlework of Amish quilts, the joy of childhood that resides in an Amish wagon…and we know you will, too.
Twenty-two years after my balloon accident, the Amish man now has thirteen children and thirty grandchildren. We’ve attended each other’s weddings and shared each other’s sorrows. The girls from the roadside stand are now wives and mothers, with growing families of their own.
We are constantly adding to our inventory, so please come back regularly.
Thanks again for visiting!
Ken and Sally Treadwell