“What are some do’s and don’ts when visiting Amish country?” is a question I often get asked.
Below are 3 do’s and don’ts to get you started. If you’d like more do’s and don’ts with detailed explanations, consider taking my Amish Culture 301 mini course. It includes video lectures, cheat sheets, and other resources.
Do and Don’t #1
Don’t ask children and adults to pose for photos. The religion forbids cameras and family portraits.
Ask permission to take a photo of the farm, business, or buggy. It’s legal to take a photo from the road (public property) without permission, but if you want to earn respect, you should ask for permission anyway.
Do and Don’t #2
Don’t worry about approaching a female in a place of business. If a woman or girl is . . .
. . . working in a business, treat her just like you would a non-Amish employee.
Ask to speak to the bishop or male of the household. Except in rare cases, women have no decision-making authority.
Do and Don’t #3
Don’t say words and phrases such as: hell, heck, shit, f*ck, oh my God, and good Lord.
Wear a top that fully covers your chest and abdomen (if you’re female). Even though this is America and you have the right to dress however you please, you should go to great lengths to hide your skin if you’d like to make progress within the Amish.
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