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I’m a Kansas girl, born and bred among the waving fields of golden wheat and wide open prairie. When people think about visiting Amish country, they don’t normally think of Kansas. I’m here to tell you to think again.
The Amish have been in Kansas since the 1880s. Yoder, our largest Amish settlement is in Reno County between Wichita and Hutchinson just off of Highway 96. You can’t miss it.
There are also settlements near Hutchinson and Garnet along with smaller communities near Axtell and Marysville, and in Bourbon County near Fort Scott, Kansas.
My daughter and I recently spent an afternoon exploring Yoder. We started at a wonderful restaurant, bakery and gift shop known as Carriage Crossing. I was tickled by this sign. Parking for cars on one side, parking for buggies and RV’s on the other side.
You will notice some distinct difference between the Kansas Amish near Yoder and their cousins in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Here in Kansas, many of the Amish use tractors for field work and travel to town although each church district has its own rules on this issue. However, travel to church is always by buggy. It was cold and snowy the day we visited, and when one of the Amish girls at the restaurant finished her shift, she didn’t leave in a buggy. She drove off on a tractor. I think it would be warmer traveling enclosed in a buggy.
As much as we enjoyed our meals, the real treat of the day wasn’t a warm cinnamon roll or a slice of homemade pie. It was the quilts. March in Yoder means two things. Spring can’t be far off and it’s time for the Quilt Parade.
Over 150 quilts are on display at the businesses in town for the entire month. It’s a self-guided tour so you can linger as long as you like enjoying some amazing needlework.
We started out at the restaurant and ended up at the Yoder Furniture Company. The quilts were the star attraction, but seeing the beautiful Amish crafted furniture was well worth the trip. I’m afraid my pictures don’t do the setting justice but we had a wonderful time.
You can learn more about this unique Kansas community here.
Pat Davids is a former NICU nurse who has always enjoyed creating stories of romance and adventure. Pat lives in central Kansas with her daughter, two grandchildren and three dogs. It’s a busy household.
Pat has served as president of the Wichita Area Romance Authors and has been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. A frequent speaker to writer’s groups and book clubs, she enjoys sharing all she has learned about the Amish while researching her stories.
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