As you are driving around Lanesboro and the surrounding countryside, you may see plain-clothed men and women wearing wide-brimmed straw hats or black bonnets, respectively, riding in black buggies pulled by a horse or two. This is a common site, as one of Minnesota's largest Old Order Amish groups live in the Lanesboro/Harmony/Canton area. The Amish arrived in Minnesota in 1974 from Ohio. They are a very conservative group of Old Order Amish also known as the Swartzentruber Amish.
You will not see electricity, motorized vehicles, or tractors used on the local Amish farms. The Amish want to live a humble, simple life and be separate from the modern world. Church services are held in their homes, they have their own one-room schools like many of us use to attend several years ago. The Amish are talented craftsmen and homemakers that create wood furniture, baskets, beautiful quilts, and leather goods. The Amish are allowed to use diesel and gasoline engines to power tools to use in their woodworking shops and wringer-roller type clothes washers in their homes to accomplish a few jobs and chores.
Learn more about the Amish culture of SE Minnesota with one of the local Amish tour companies listed below. You will find yourself immersed in the history and lifestyle of the Amish while treating yourself to buttery cashew crunch or sweet black raspberry jam found in the shops on their farms.
Audio CD takes you to shops and sites in the comfort of your own car at your own pace. Educational, scenic, fun. CD available in downtown shops:Amish Experience,105 Parkway Ave N, 507-467-2992;Stone Mill Hotel & Suites, 102 Beacon St E, 507-467-8663.
Southeast Minnesota's oldest tour company and Lanesboro's Original. We offer front door pick up service when staying at any Lanesboro local B&B/INN. CALL TODAY AND RESERVE!
Step back in time and take a tour to Amish farms and shops. Learn about the Amish culture while munching on buttery, sweet Amish-made cashew crunch you may find along the way!