As I travel to different Amish communities, I enjoy seeing the buggies they drive. Most people are familiar with the black and gray ones, which come in a variety of shapes and styles. But my favorites are the ones I’ve seen around Big Valley, PA.
When I travel there, I look for the brown tops and the white tops, but by far the most unusual are the yellow buggies. With the Amish being so conservative in their dress, it’s interesting to see such bright yellow tops. I wondered why they started using such an eye-popping color. One theory is that the neutral-colored canvas originally used for the buggies yellowed over time, so the Amish, who are practical, began using yellow as the color for their buggy tops. Who knows if that was the real reason, but it makes a fun story, along with the suggestion that brown buggy tops began when the Amish started using the same canvas as circus tents. I imagine that canvas must have been inexpensive, making it a good purchase.
To outsiders most buggies may look the same, but by studying their colors and shapes, it’s easy to tell what group the Amish belong to. Can you identify the Amish near you by their buggies?
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Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – Sisters & Friends series, Love & Promises series, and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. Rachel also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers. She loves reading (of course!), traveling, and spending time with her five children and three grandchildren.