One of the best known icons of the Amish community is the horse and buggy. But it is much more than an icon. The horse and buggy is a foundational component of Amish identity and culture.
The buggy is considered vital to Amish survival; many Amish believe that the use of motorized vehicles would usher in worldliness and ultimately destroy the purity of their simple way of life.
Buggies come in a variety of sizes, but not as many colors. Probably the most common buggy is the gray-topped buggy, as seen regularly on the roads of beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Another common buggy is the black buggy. Buggies can even be a specific color designating the particular sect to which its owners belong.
There are two basic types of buggies: open and enclosed. Open buggies are usually either wagon-like (for hauling and trips to market), or a two-seater, often referred to as a “courting buggy” (for its regular use by Amish sweethearts).
The Amish and the buggy are nigh inseparable. While the world goes speeding past, the horse and buggy ensure a slow and steady support to the fabric of the simple way of life.