Broom Making in the Amana Colonies

The Amana folks were fairly self-sufficient when they arrived in Iowa in the mid-1800s. They performed all the traditional crafts in each village – Crafts such as wood-working, rug-weaving, quilting, blacksmithing, and tinsmithing, among others. They also made brooms. Today the broom-maker still makes brooms at the Broom and Basket Shop in West Amana. Amana […]

Die Heimat Country Inn Bed and Breakfast sign with purple clematis growing next to it.

Amana Colonies in Bloom

History of flowers in Communal Amana During the communal era, leaders of the Amana Colonies discouraged growing flowers. Vegetable gardens filled the yards and surrounded the communal kitchens. Land was not to be wasted, so grape trellises were attached to the sides of homes to provide fruit for wines and jellies. Trellises also shaded the […]