|The woolen mill in Amana|
|General Store in High Amana|
The religion rewarded piety and a simple utilitarian lifestyle. Everyone worked for the common good, ate the same food, received the same medical care, lived in the same style of homes, and worshiped in the same church. No one received wages for work as there was no need for money. Individual communities formed for practical purposes. It made sense to live closer to farms and work. Since everyone ate in communal kitchens, it was convenient for residents to eat near their homes.
|Winery in South Amana|
|Store in Amana|
|Store in Amana|
Why should you visit? The residents have a loyal and fierce pride in their heritage. They have preserved their architecture and serene lifestyle in an often hectic world. The mill still operates, the residents still hone their crafts, and the farmers still work the land. The buildings - simple and beautiful in their wood, stone and brick construction - are a study in eye-appeal.
Residents love their vegetable and flower gardens. Many of the communal kitchens became private homes or bed & breakfast inns. The Amanas - Amana, Middle Amana, High Amana and Homestead - offer historical sites that educate visitors. They have been designated as a National Historical Landmark.
Plan at least a couple of days. Visit the candy stores, the old mill, the old general store, the blacksmith shop and the art galleries. Stay in a bed and breakfast, eat at the local restaurants, sample the lifestyle and leave feeling relaxed and happy.
Oh, and if you have a camera in hand, you can take a piece of their uniqueness home with you.
I plan to return!