In Lancaster County, Pennslyvania, the Plain people hew to the ways of the old country. The first wave of Amish and Mennonites came from Switzerland to Pennsylvania in the late 18th century. Other persecuted religious groups, including Quakers and Huguenots, settled in Pennsylvania, too, but the Amish alone strive to live now as their ancestors lived. Their simple, modest clothing derived from centuries-old patterns, their horse-drawn buggies, their devotion to the land and farming, their highly codified rules for behavior, set them apart from their 21st century neighbors. And that is the point. I visited Amish country this week and was humbled by the rectitude of the people I met and talked with---and so grateful for their friendliness to, and tolerance of, a sketching stranger. Here are some sketches of them and of some historical artifacts, too.
Added: I have a few more which I will post in the next day or so.