Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Buggies

Some of my earliest memories include buggies and the rides I had in them. I was only several years old when Daddy let me sit beside him on our open buggy to go somewhere. Part of the reason I remember this particular ride is because it was the first time I got to sit beside him instead of on his lap and I was feeling quite important.

The other reason is because I was wearing a brand new pair of boots that he had bought for me. They looked a lot like the ones he was wearing only much, much smaller. They were perfect! I kept admiring them and swinging my feet to see them better when all of a sudden one of them popped off my foot and landed on the road. Daddy had to stop and pick it up and then tucked both boots under the seat until we got home so it wouldn't happen again.

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I have had rides in all sorts of buggies, the Lancaster cracker box style with their straight sides and not very much room on the seats. A variety of open buggies, the usual top buggies that aren't Lancaster style. I've been to places where they used only lanterns instead of lights, and they couldn't have storm fronts. I have seen yellow buggies, brown buggies, gray and black  but not until yesterday when we were ready to start for home after spending a little time in the Lancaster area have I ever seen or heard of a green buggy before.

There are a lot of Old Order also known as horse and buggy Mennonites in that area so I'm guessing this buggy may not have belonged to someone Amish. I had to take a picture though so you can see it too.

14 comments:

  1. I always wondered what it would be like to ride in an Amish buggy. The green ones look fun, even tho they aren't Amish. :)

    Hope you had a nice weekend, MaryAnn, and that your week is filled with lovely things. :)

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  2. I've always loved seeing buggies of any type. The green one puts me in mind of a John Deere tractor.

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  3. I live in Lancaster County and I would say you must be right about it being a Mennonite buggy - the black one next to it is...the Amish in this area are grey...

    Deanna

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  4. I am a frequent visitor to Lancaster and have never seen a green buggy. Their buggies are usually gray.

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  5. What age were you when you were allowed to drive a buggy? Around my area in PA we've seen kids as small as 5 and 6 driving buggies. It's just a bit scary... especially because they don't always follow the rules of the road (like stopping!).

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  6. You remind me of home: Kansas. Neighboring farms were Mennonite and Amish--I miss them.

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  7. I can understand why a person would rather have a green buggy. The black ones (as in your picture) must get terribly hot in the summer. Especially if you had to wear a bonnet along with the head covering. It almost makes me feel faint just thinking about it.

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  8. When my family and I visit Ohio were my Mom's family is, we always look forward to seeing the buggies. When someone see's one, we always yell; "Buggy!!!"
    Thank you for sharing your memories and experiences!

    Blessings~
    Mikailah

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  9. I can never help chuckling when you say about riding in a buggy. I'd love to ride in what you call a buggy, but can't help thinking of what we call a buggy, which is why I can't help chuckling. Thing is, a "buggy" to us is what you call a "stroller"... As in, the thing you put a baby/toddler in. That aside though, I'd love to ride in a buggy!

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  10. I can't believe I've never ridden in a buggy! Went to IN. this past weekend and went to a buggy shop, but they don't offer test drives unfortunately - or we would've! :D

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  11. Hah! That's great! I wonder if they used the "John Deere Green" color. What area of the country do you live in that there are so many Amish and Mennonites?

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  12. The Amish where I live use black buggies, but it isn't too uncommon for Englishers who like the old ways to hook up a horse and buggy, too. My neighbor isn't Amish or Mennonite (I'm not even sure if he goes to church!) and he has buggies, sleighs, and sometimes uses his draught horses for field work. I also know of an Englisher who went "Amish" for a while. While he never actually became Amish or attempted to join a community, he wore plain clothes, grew a beard and bought a buggy. He still has the buggy. Hubby and I actually considered buying it what with gas prices and all! LOL! A friend of mine teases, "80 miles to a bale of hay!"

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  13. Our family for generations farmed, so it was not odd to see buggies in the sheds from days gone by. My grandfather had a John Deer buggy and it was painted just that color green. It had the flat bed for hauling small loads with. It was hard for my grandfather to five up the buggy for vehicles. He never got used to going more than 15 miles an hour even in the car he drove.
    Mrs. J.

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