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How long have the Amish been in Lancaster County? Where do they get their buggies? [We the People]

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In this this file photo, a Lancaster General Health doctor doing field research for a pamphlet on safe driving is taking a ride in an Amish buggy. 

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"Is there a specific place the Amish buy their buggies? If so, how much does a buggy typically cost?"

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Horse and buggies are part of Amish culture. But some are leaving farms for towns and subdivisions and are asking municipalities to allow them to bring their horses.

In Lancaster County, there are a lot of moving parts surrounding buggy sales. 

There are several places where Amish folk could buy buggies, said Steven Nolt, Professor of History and Anabaptist studies at Elizabethtown College, in an interview with LNP | LancasterOnline.

Places to buy buggies include:

- C & L Carriage, 212 Osceloa Mill Road, Leacock Township

- A+A Carriage and Wheel Shop, 214 N. Shirk Road, Earl Township

Shops typically sell new buggies, Nolt said; though, there are lots of opportunities to buy used buggies at mud sales

There are also designated parts shops, such as the Carriage Machine Shop, at 250 Maple Avenue in East Lampeter Township and Carriage-Lite, at 406 Mt. Vernon Road in West Sadsbury Township.

A new, basic model Amish buggy will run about $7,000, said Nolt. With customizations such as windshield wipers, steel wheels and carpeting, those looking to purchase a new buggy could spend over $10,000. 

Question submitted by Celine S. 

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"How long have the Amish lived in Lancaster County?"

The Amish have been in Lancaster County since the 1760s, according to "The Amish: A Concise Introduction," by Nolt.

The families immigrated to flee religious prosecution.

Amish families who live in Mifflin County have been there since 1791, according to Nolt. These are the two oldest remaining factions of Amish in North America.

Question submitted by Gary L.


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