I’ve said before that my hometown – Middletown, Ohio – is a dying rust-belt wasteland. What used to be a prosperous city of steel mills and paper plants has become a shell of itself with a dead mall, empty office buildings and shuttered factories. And there’s nothing remotely Amish around here. The closest I come to my “plain fix” is when the occasional Old German Baptist Brethren (Dunker) wanders into town from the rural lands west of the city, but with our mall’s pulse barely registering anymore even they rarely are seen. So I’m left to venture to Adams County, Ohio and Wayne County, Indiana for my close dose of Amish. But…wait…maybe there is something Amish in Middletown after all and in a most unlikely place….On an out-of-the-way road of industrial parks and mobile homes sits what looks to me to be an Amish buggy sitting behind a chain-link fence on the grounds of an office building. What the heck is it doing there? It appears, to my eye, to be a buggy belonging to a more conservative sect of the Amish because of the steel wheels and the fairly spartan motif. On the other hand, there also appear to be headlights on the front, perhaps the newer LED battery-powered ones,. Of course, maybe this isn’t an Amish buggy at all,but some 19th century antique that the office building owners just thought was cool. Any guesses? In the meantime I’ll try to reach out to the owners to find out the buggy’s story!