About Almost Amish

Thank-you for your interest in Almost Amish. Our love of the Old Order Amish culture started eighteen years ago when, as a tourist, I took a Lancaster County hot air balloon ride and crashed in an Amish man's field, amongst his hay bales.  Eleven of his twelve children came running out to see if the passengers were all right.  I looked around and fell in love that night- with the Amish culture.  Imagine a sun low on the horizon, giving a golden glow to a fertile green valley, dotted with 80-acre farms.  White windmills turned gently, the corn and alfalfa were sprouting, and cows grazed quietly nearby.  My friendly hosts were beautifully robed in vibrantly colored dresses and shirts coupled with black pinafores for the girls and suspenders and pants for the boys.  I noticed a roadside stand that stood beside the farm, and knew that I would return the next day.  I didn't care what they were selling-I knew that I had to be a part of this.

When I got out of the car the next day, two little girls, ages 8 and 10, were minding the stand.  The older girl pointed to me and said to her sister, "Look!  It's the balloon lady!"

Six months later on my birthday, after making repeated visits to the stand and forming a real bond with the two girls, I was invited inside the house to meet the parents.  I became a regular fixture around the home on the weekends, washing an occasional dish, telling frequent stories, learning about many facets of the Amish culture, and trying to learn their dialect of Pennsylvania Dutch.

Eight years later, I met my husband Ken.  Our second date was a day trip to Lancaster County.  He saw the beauty of the area and fit right in with my friends immediately.   Three years after we married, we decided to move to Lancaster County then instead of waiting years for retirement.  After three years in the county, the idea of doing what we really love slowly started to evolve. The luckiest people get to work with their passions.  We're passionate about Lancaster County's Old Order Amish Settlement, and helping you enjoy their craftsmanship through the merchandise we offer.

Eighteen years after that first evening, the Amish man now has thirteen children and twenty-six grandchildren. We've attended each other's weddings, and shared each other's sorrows.  Both girls that I encountered the next day at the roadside stand are now wives and mothers, with their own growing families.

We are constantly adding to our website, so please come back regularly.  You can contact us at: customerservice@almost-amish.com or by phone at 1.866.471.4614 between 9 AM - 9 PM US Eastern Time on weekdays and from 10 AM - 9 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  If you're in the County, you can reach us at 717.983.0145.

Also, if you have any suggestions about what you'd like to see on our website or the website itself, please just drop us a line at customerservice@almost-amish.com.

Thanks again for visiting!

Ken and Sally Treadwell

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