My husband and I went to Berlin and Sugarcreek, Ohio, last August to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was wonderful visiting these Amish communities. I thought I'd share a few things about this visit!
I talked to Amish women during our visit, and one question in particular I asked was about the courting buggy. I was told they don't use this term and think it's just used in Amish romances. :) Because there are 42 Amish districts in the United States, perhaps that term is used in some place, but apparently not in Berlin.
Another thing I learned was the bishop allows single women to wear white kapps, but on Sunday they must wear black. Usually single women wear black prayer coverings until they marry, and then wear white. I included this fact in my Amish series.
Many of the Amish houses in Berlin are not the traditional white farmhouses. Because they have profitable furniture and tourist businesses, their income is higher and their houses reflect this difference. Farm land is too expensive so they had to find other ways to make a living for their families. We were told only 8 % still farm in Berlin.
I'm sharing pictures of Amish houses in Berlin and a picture of their school. I have a picture of another Amish house in Berlin on a page on my website, and it's brick. I also include a few Amish facts here. http://www.dianecraver.com/why-i-write-amish-fiction--amish-facts.html