Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blue Doors-

We noticed many blue doors on homes (and the school house seen in the first photo) in the Palatine, NY area in Montgomery County. The reason given is 'tradition.'  Some say it is a POW WOW superstition passed down by the PA Dutch to ward off evil entering the house. Others say it is part of their particular rules.  Whatever the reason, I learned that the Byler Amish in Wilmington, PA, also adhere to the same practice. It seems these NY Amish are a sister group of the Wilmington sect.

Hard to see, but the frame of the screen door on the left is light blue on this home.                                         

 (Please note that the face of this little guy has been smudged to be respectful of the Amish rule of no pictures. Note the blue door.)

Photos by Sylvia Hasenkopf

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