Some of the first European settlers in what were to become the United States of America were “Dutch”, people from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Holland and parts of northern Germany. In the 1620’s (the same period that the English were settling Jamestown here), New Castle, was founded near the mouth of the Delaware River. Among these early settlers were some of Jessica’s family. In the 1650’s the English took over New Castle Delaware, and William Penn landed there to take over his new colony.
In the years that followed, Jessica’s pioneer ancestors like other Plain groups went west to Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Missouri. One of Jessica’s Great Grandpas was born in 1865 and lived to be almost 100. Many valuable family stories live on because of his long years and keen mind. Some early Plain folk allowed photographs. Today there are Amish folks in 22 states with Brethren and Mennonite descendants in every state in the union.
Plain N Fancy Farm, an original Amish farm and home to Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides, began serving meals and giving buggy rides in 1959. When Jessica was a little girl she told her dad that she wanted to give buggy rides, so here we are today… with four routes through all-Amish areas! Whether a short or a long ride, you are sure to experience a fun a way to see Amish country!
Grandpa, Jessica, and grandchildren