Amish Buggy Rides

Amana  People

We often get asked about the differences between the Amana people and the Amish. They both start with “A”, but that’s about where the similarities end. The Amana group started as the Community of True Inspiration in 1714 in Germany. They migrated to Ebenezer NY in the 1840s and later to Iowa in 1855, as a communal group. The elders led the group in worship and in work assignments until 1932 when they ceased their communal way of life. In 1932 the land and business ownership became the Amana Society. The church continues separately, to this day, as the Amana Church  Society.

The Amish

The Amish are part of the Anabaptist history which began in 1525 in Switzerland and Germany. Just 40 minutes from the Amana Colonies, in the small town of Kalona, lives one of the largest Amish settlements west of the Mississippi River. Our guests often visit both places when they stay with us. There are many Amish farms and businesses in the countryside just north of Kalona.

Touring Kalona and the Amana Colonies

Both Kalona and Amana offer tours of their areas Monday-Sat. twice a day. During the month of September, Kalona is adding a buggy ride to their tour each of the five Wednesdays of the month. If you are interested, please call the Kalona Chamber of Commerce at the number listed below.  Book your rooms with us at Call the Amana Visitor’s Center at 319-622-7622 to book your tour in Amana. And you have a lovely two-day getaway all planned!