pleasant valley, Maryland guide

July 30, 2012 |

“Only one group of early Maryland settlers has descendants who have never given up their distinguishing customs: These are the Amish living near Grantsville in Garrett County. The German-Swiss Amishmen, Mennonite fundamentalists, came to Maryland from Pennsylvania during the eighteenth century. Like their forefathers, they scorn participation in government. Amish clothing is always fastened with ties and hooks, rather than buttons, and the men always wear a beard and no mustache. (These idiosyncrasies are relics of passive resistance to civil government in Switzerland, where buttons and mustaches were taxed.)”

-From the Maryland Writers’ Project’s book, published in 1940, Maryland: A Guide to the Old Line State


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