Kalona–a little beyond Amana
When I travel to the Amana Colonies, I seldom have time to visit elsewhere, but on one of my trips, I made a visit to Kalona, a community settled by the Amish and located about thirty-five miles south of the Amana Colonies.
With an Amish settlement so close to the Amana Colonies, it’s little wonder there’s so much confusion about the settlers of Kalona and those of the Amana Colonies. In other blogs, I’ve mentioned some of the many differences between the two religious groups, but today I thought I’d tell you a little about some of the sightseeing opportunities in Kalona.
If you go to Amana and can take a little extra time, drive south to Kalona and visit the Quilt and Textile Museum where they feature both Amish and English quilts. I snapped pictures of ones I thought quite unique, but I couldn’t get a good angle on those that were on the beds.
And don’t miss the authentic 1800’s Kalona Historic Village where you can visit and explore pioneer life in thirteen authentic buildings. Each structure is painstakingly restored and filled with interesting and informative displays depicting the rugged years when immigrant settlers tamed the prairie.You can visit the Rock Island Railroad station, just as it appeared back in the 1800′s. That’s it below.
Or you can visit an authentic log cabin–that’s my sister standing outside the log cabin–talkl about cramped quarters!You’ll find more spacious living in the Wahl Victoria home that’s furnished with gorgeous furniture and antiques.
I also stopped to visit the “spinners’ shop,” where I snapped a picture of this spinner’s weasel, also known as a clock reel. It’s a mechanical yarn measuring device consisting of a spoked wheel with gears attached to a pointer on a marked face (which looks like a clock) and an internal mechanism which makes a “pop” sound after the desired length of yarn is measured (usually a skein). So just in case you ever wondered how that little ditty “Pop Goes the Weasel” came about, now you know.
And don’t leave without a visit to the Kalona Cheese Factory where you can watch cheese being made, try a few samples and purchase some to take home!
May you find joy as you discover something new each day. ~Judy