Amish Country Near Fort Wayne, Indiana

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A small cafe in the Amish area outside Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The desserts were awesome!Any plate ordered at this cafe was exceptional and very reasonable in price!The sweet potato fries were a hit at our table!To get to the Cafe, we parked in a huge pile of leaves! Apparently they rake them to the curb and trucks pick them up.The foliage outside the cafe was beautiful in October!An Amish farm outside Fort Wayne.An Amish farm outside Fort Wayne.The famous Amish buggy.Our Front Porch located outside Fort Wayne,In front of Our Front Porch.Traffic jam in the country in front of the store!
A small cafe in the Amish area outside Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The desserts were awesome!
A small cafe in the Amish area outside Fort Wayne, Indiana. The desserts were awesome!
Any plate ordered at this cafe was exceptional and very reasonable in price!
Any plate ordered at this cafe was exceptional and very reasonable in price!
The sweet potato fries were a hit at our table!
The sweet potato fries were a hit at our table!
To get to the Cafe, we parked in a huge pile of leaves! Apparently they rake them to the curb and trucks pick them up.
To get to the Cafe, we parked in a huge pile of leaves! Apparently they rake them to the curb and trucks pick them up.
The foliage outside the cafe was beautiful in October!
The foliage outside the cafe was beautiful in October!
An Amish farm outside Fort Wayne.
An Amish farm outside Fort Wayne.
An Amish farm outside Fort Wayne.
An Amish farm outside Fort Wayne.
The famous Amish buggy.
The famous Amish buggy.
Our Front Porch located outside Fort Wayne,
Our Front Porch located outside Fort Wayne,
In front of Our Front Porch.
In front of Our Front Porch.
Traffic jam in the country in front of the store!
Traffic jam in the country in front of the store!

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Fort Wayne, Indianna

In late October, my better half and I were in Fort Wayne for a Conference. We had some time on that Friday afternoon to do some exploring in the area. Our group piled in three cars to do some quick and eventful hunting for adventure! Our mission was to have fun! This trek took us about forty-five minutes into the rolling country-side surrounding the peaceful terrain of Fort Wayne.The drive was restful and our eyes soaked up the sprawling pastoral scenes as we ambled our way into unknown territory. We disembarked from our vehicles on a small town street with leaves piled in every direction. The curbs in front of the houses on the street were piled high with leaves ready to carted away by a city truck. The leaves were so deep, we were almost afraid to park on them. The trees were colorful and bright against a gray sky that day!

Walking into a local Cafe in the surrounding Fort Wayne area, we immediately encountered the dessert display with lots of homemade pies and cakes! Yum! As we ordered from the large menu, we took note of the very reasonable prices. I decided to try some homemade seafood chowder and sweet potato fries. I was not disappointed, as they were steamy and tasty! Watch out for those hot dishes. I blistered the roof of my mouth, as a fry could not be quickly dislodged from it. I finished my meal with a pumpkin cake that was unique and light and full of pumpkin flavor! Wonderful!

As we continued on our journey, we saw Amish farms sprinkled over the area! Occasionally we passed Amish buggies making their way slowly down the road. The weather was chilly that day and most of the buggies were closed to keep the cold out therefore we were not able to see many faces as we passed by.

We eventually stopped at an Amish shop called Our Front Porch. It was very touristy in appearance, but clean, bright and appealing. Their merchandise ranged from clothing to knick knacks to toys. We found lots of fun items and several of us made early Christmas purchases!

While searching the shelves for gifts, I found a salt and pepper shaker set on a plate, designed as Christmas packages! They were inexpensive, brightly colored and a great Christmas purchase for some of the ladies in my family! I took my purchases to the counter to check out and placed them carefully on the counter, as they were breakable. The sales clerk went to the stockroom to find some of the sets boxed for travel. As my selection sat on the counter, the ladies checking out at the counter began to express their desire for a set. One of my friends found the cream and sugar set and brought it to the counter for me to see. Let's just say that there was a buying frenzy for several minutes! Where is my commission? Oh, did I mention where these were made? China, of course. But, I like my purchases!

As we were leaving the gift shop, the traffic was piling up on the only road leading out of town! Just past the store, a car was in the ditch! The memory we took away with us was the sight of many Amish buggies and cars stopped on the road, like a small traffic jam in the city. Instead of the big city, we were in this little Amish country town in the middle of nowhere!

All in all, we had a relaxing and memorable day with images from the Amish culture embedded in our thoughts for a long time! I still smile today as I remember our excursion that Friday afternoon as we toured the outskirts of Fort Wayne! The question is Do they remember us?


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Vernpaulwriter 5 years ago from backwoods of Nevada

I love Amish food great post!


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PaulaK 5 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Barbara Kay, I hope you get to revisit the area. If you do, check out the surrounding Amish country. Thanks for stopping by!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

I've been to Fort Wayne several times and never knew the Amish lived near there. We've always visited Shipshewana Indiana. There are lots of Amish shops and restaurants. Your hub reminded me of going there. It was always so much fun.


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PaulaK 5 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Thank you Vietnamvet68 for you input about the NY Amish community. Having traveled to several portions of the US where there are Amish communities, I do see where there are differences of culture in the communities. Merry Christmas to you!


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

The Amish are thick here in the Mountains of Western NY, with their little one room schools, ans buggies galore always in the way on the roads. As a boy I lived in Indiana, they are a different breed of Amish there, here they really stick to the old ways of life. Great write though I enjoyed reading it. God Bless


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Thanks Emeraldkell. We sure enjoy our visits to the Amish areas! The shops are always fun in the little communities. Kentucky is beautiful. We have also visited that area and an Amish village!


emeraldkell 6 years ago

Paula,

That's an awesome hub. I grew up in North Ohio. I have fond memories of the Amish in Ohio. When my mom and I moved to Texas I missed the Amish culture. Two years ago my West Texas hubby and I moved to Kentucky. We had the greatest pleasure to meet an Amish man. He really enjoyed talking to him. I love Amish culture and communities.


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

It was an awesome place to eat and my first time to have a pumpkin cake like that! If you ever get the change to visit the area, take it! It is an adventure waiting to happen!


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JannyC 6 years ago

Good Article I felt like I was right there with you and could taste the pumpkin cake that sounds so good now! Lol


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

The Amish country continues to be intriguing! Thanks gwennies pen!


gwennies pen 6 years ago

Thanks for your hub, it made me feel a part of the Amish country. :) I fully enjoyed the description of the little shop and your experiences. I have always been intrigued with their way of life. So simple appearing and stress free. Makes you want to visit!


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

I will work on that Lisa! Thanks for the idea!


Marie Kirchner 7 years ago

Paula, good article, gives you a sense of being along on the Indiana adventures.

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