April 2009 Issue
Goodwin House B&B
Understanding the Amish, Step Three - Find a Local Tour Guide
For small groups (from two to 15 people), Burton innkeeper Robyn Morris will arrange a customized tour based on the groups’ interests, or a back-roads tour that includes a home visit with an Amish weaver and an Amish artist who paints charming little scenes in the Grandma Moses style. Morris says her tours developed organically, in response to guests’ questions about the Amish.
Like all good tour guides, she checks her facts first with a local bishop. The Amish are often reluctant to discuss their beliefs — lest thy sound boastful. She also debunks some of the sillier myths that have cropped up — like the nonsensical belief that Amish parents paint their front doors blue to “advertise” the presence of a daughter of marrying age.
Goodwin House B&B,
14485 N. Cheshire St., Burton 44021, 440/834-5050.