I’m so happy to visit Amish Wisdom today and talk about traveling to the scene of Anna’s Healing. The Plain community here is over 100 years old. So come along with me, and let’s head out down the road.
Where? Anna’s Healing takes place in Cody’s Creek, Oklahoma. The only problem for our travel adventure is there is no Cody’s Creek. There is Chouteau (formerly known as Cody’s Creek), and that’s the town that I based my story on. It’s 39 miles east of Tulsa Oklahoma. Take Highway 412, and then go north on 69.
First stop … Has to be the Amish Cheese House. Treat yourself to a wunderbaar sandwich which includes fresh cheese. What a treat! And you can do a little shopping while you’re here.
Keep your eyes open … for Amish men and women, young and old, driving tractors. The tractors will have canopies over the top, and many of them will be pulling a truck bed (for groceries and for passengers). No worries, it’s been approved by the Bishop. The Amish started using tractors here many years ago. You can read why at amishamerica.com.
Amish buggies … can still be seen on Sundays, as the Amish drive to church, and also for weddings and funerals..
The Amish shop … at a small store which you an find by heading south on 69. It’s only a few miles, and you’ll be rewarded by some find countryside views on the way.
Amish homes … are located throughout the countryside. So drive around and enjoy the scenery. Amish homes will have no electrical lines, and you’ll see a tractor parked in the driveway and of course a horse and buggy somewhere on the property.
Still hungry? Head back toward “town” and have a nice snack at the Dutch Pantry.
Chouteau is not a touristy place, but there are a lot of plain folks who make their living farming the land. It’s a beautiful afternoon drive, and the people there were very welcoming. I’ve enjoyed writing about the Oklahoma Amish and visiting a new place! I hope you have too.
Here a little teaser about Anna’s Healing:
When a tornado strikes, Anna Schwartz’s life is changed forever. She suffers a spinal cord injury and finds herself learning to live as a paraplegic. But then a miracle happens, and the world’s attention is drawn to this young Amish girl who has experienced the unexplainable.
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com
Her latest novel, Anna’s Healing, is now available!