A Reflection on the Culture and Lifestyles on the Eastern Shore

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Properties, Hayward Realty 503939,0002915,0225220243

This morning, I was reminded of the diverse lifestyles and culture on the eastern shore.  I went on a listing appointment in an area west of Dover, Delaware.  The area is heavily settled by the Amish.  I passed by an enclosed, black, Amish carriage along the way.  I went whizzing by in my car and heard the klomp, klomp, of the horse's hooves on the roadway.  I waved at the driver and I think he waved back.  I noticed many Amish farm houses in the area.  Their farm houses stand out because there are no electric lines running to them, there are no "vehicles" in their yards, and generally there "are" clothes on their clotheslines, even in the Winter months.  As I write this and reflect on this morning, I ponder just how different their plain, simple, lifestyles are in comparison to mine.  It's interesting how we can live so close to others and yet have lifestyles and cultures which are worlds apart. It's a part of what makes our country so great.  God bless America.   

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Mickey Hayward, CRB, CRS, MD & DE Farms Homes and Land Sales
Sunset Properties, 110 Market Street,
Denton, Maryland 21629                                                                                                                                        Office Phone: (410) 479-9729 x 21, Cell Phone: (410) 924-2277                                                                           http://www.marylandanddelawarehomes.com

Comments (22)

Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Very interesting and thought provoking post Mickey. You brought up some good food for thought!

Jan 04, 2010 07:56 AM
Sonsie Conroy
I serve buyers and sellers everywhere in San Luis Obispo County - San Luis Obispo, CA
Energetic, Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable Realtor

I still bake, just not as often as I wish I could! I also sew and knit, and again, not nearly as often as I used to, and I miss all these old-fashioned activities.

Our diversity is part of whqt makes us great, and I hope we never lose it. A true "melting pot" would make us all very boring! :-)

Jan 04, 2010 08:14 AM
Mickey Hayward
Sunset Properties, Hayward Realty - Onley, VA
Farm - Land - Home Sales & Commercial Real Estate

Sonsie - Good for you!  I agree.

Jan 04, 2010 08:37 AM
Christianne O'Malley
Dickson Realty - Reno, NV
Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno!

Mickey - When we lived in Germantown, MD, we traveled into Lancaster County, PA for a field trip when my older son was in Second Grade. It was a real eye opener. I wonder how much less depression, obesity, and anxiety there would be in the world if we all just lived a simpler life.

Jan 04, 2010 08:38 AM
Mickey Hayward
Sunset Properties, Hayward Realty - Onley, VA
Farm - Land - Home Sales & Commercial Real Estate

Yes Christianne - So true!

Jan 04, 2010 08:40 AM
Michael Bergin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES - Alexandria, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

We have friends who live and run a clinic in the Amish country in Pennsylvania.  We've been to visit several times and it's always a thought provoking experience.


Jan 04, 2010 09:14 AM
Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor

Mickey - I remember as a young child seeing the Amish for the first time in Pennsylvania and thinking about how different it would be to live that lifestyle.  I'll be honest - there are definitely days when I wish my lifestyle were simpler!  In Tennessee we have a community of Menonites who prescribe to some of the same tenets as the Amish.  I also love how all-encompassing our country is!  We do have our hate-groups, but they are the exception rather than the rule.

Jan 04, 2010 09:37 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I went to college near a large Menonite community.  Everyone was respectful of their lifestyle and choices as it should be throughout the US.

Jan 04, 2010 09:56 AM
Scott Guay
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Ocean Pines, MD
Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD

Amish country is a great place to drive thru. so well keep and maintained.

Jan 04, 2010 10:55 AM
An Marshall
Berkshire Hathaway - St. Augustine - Saint Augustine, FL
Your St Augustine Real Estate Consultant

I don't think of Delaware as Amish country.  I am a big quilter but I use the machine (for everything).

Jan 04, 2010 12:04 PM
Travis Olson
Agent Breakthrough Consulting - White Bear Lake, MN

Sounds kind of nice to be able to "unplug" from the phone, internet and so forth.  The grass always looks a little greener on the other side.

Jan 04, 2010 12:51 PM
Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs
Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186 - Wilmington, DE
Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics

Hi Mickey- I lived in Delaware for 20 years before I heard there were Amish living below Dover.  Good people.

Jan 04, 2010 02:04 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

They have Amish near here in the Hughesville area also. How far is your area from Rehoboth?

Jan 04, 2010 05:54 PM
Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv
REISA - 317-663-4173 - Indianapolis, IN

Wonder how they recharge their laptops and cell phones? (kidding). While I guess simpler can be better I'm a fan of electricity and inside running water.


Jan 04, 2010 10:00 PM
Trisha P Realty Group
Realty Executives - Leavenworth, KS
"Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home"
I've always wanted to live in an Amish community for a week to see what it is like.
Jan 04, 2010 11:19 PM
Susan Thompson-Solomons
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties - Solomons, MD
Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist

We also have Amish communities here in Southern Maryland (also in Western Maryland, as you probably know). For me, it's a welcome daily reminder of a much simpler life in complicated times. 

Jan 05, 2010 12:17 AM
Mickey Hayward
Sunset Properties, Hayward Realty - Onley, VA
Farm - Land - Home Sales & Commercial Real Estate

Michael - Yes, it's a very thought provoking experience to be in their communities. Plain hard working people.

Emily - Like you, many days I wish for the simpler ways.

Cindy - Yes, it's what makes us great.

Scott - It's hard to believe that with so little technology in play everything is so neat and so well maintained in their communities.

An - No quilting rack?  I actually have an old one that was left in the attic of my old farm house when I bought it. I just don't know how to use it.

Travis - They actually have nice, green, grass.  It's from the horse manure.

Larry - They seem like good, hard-working, people.  Some of the large businesses in the Dover, DE, area actually have shelters with rails for the Amish to tie up their horses and carriages.

Cheryl - I didn't realize there are Amish in your area.  We are about an hour from Rehoboth Beach.

Tony - I'm with you.  Give me the technology.  Maybe they recharge with small turbines mounted on their windmills?  Just kidding too.  I grew up very poor, in the country, in an area primarily with people who made their living working the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries or on small farms in the area. I did both. I have first-hand knowledge of a primitive lifestyle.  It has many positives and negatives for sure.

Trisha - I think it would be "painfully" fun.

Susan - I wasn't aware of the Amish communities in Southern and Western Maryland.  Nice!


Jan 05, 2010 01:29 AM
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Hello Mickey,  Diversity is one of the reasons I chose the little east coast island where I live and work.  The "locals" are old fashioned, mostly fishermen, who speak with a noticable British brogue.  The retirees here are from all over the country, but mostly from the north east and then there are folks like me who came east to get to the water.  Viva la diversity!

Jan 05, 2010 07:55 AM
Karen Pannell
Real Living / Home Realty - Owensboro, KY
Owensboro KY Real Estate -270-903-2167 Homes, Cond


Thanks for painting that beautiful picture of tranquility for us.


Jan 05, 2010 09:02 AM
Mickey Hayward
Sunset Properties, Hayward Realty - Onley, VA
Farm - Land - Home Sales & Commercial Real Estate

Marian - I was born on Hoopers Island, Maryland, a duplicate of the island you describe. My father and relatives were all waterman with accents carried on from the original settlers.  What island are you on?

Karen - Thank you.  I love the feeling of peace and tranquility and try to share it when I can.

Erica -  You are right. It's so neat to see the small windmills, like in the old western movies, too.


Jan 06, 2010 02:43 AM