The Amish: Visit In Person?

Okay, maybe it's just because it's Monday, my brain isn't fully in gear, and I'm a little grumpy....but I'm skeptical about a story I  read today in the Allentown Morning Call.  The article describes a new kind of tour available in Lancaster County, called "Visit In Person", which is billed as a smaller, more intimate cultural exchange with the Amish.  I think we've discussed these tours before on this site. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing and, in fact, it probably is an interesting, engaging experience.  But I'm just skeptical about how authentic of an experience one can get on a carefully choreographed tour?  Again, I think this probably would be a fun experience and one would learn a lot about the Amish....but..I'm skeptical.  I think one could probably get a more authentic experience in other ways, more realistic one-on-one interaction in less touristy Amish settlements.  But, still, to give this new tour a fair shake you can decide for yourself.  Click here to read about it.

Re: The Amish: Visit In Person?

Well, I don't know if it is another "tourist" attraction or a real way to educate people who are wondering about our Amish neighbors.  I would say if this helps clear up misconceptions and helps foster awareness that the Amish are just people like us then it can't be a bad thing.

Re: The Amish: Visit In Person?

Cat lover...yea, I think I generally agree with you....I just am wary....but, yea, I don't think it the tour would be bad, per se, and I think people would learn from it....just maybe a bit more staged/contrived than the tour operator lets on (although may not...I have not been on one)

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