It is very important to be considerate of Amish people and their lifestyle while visiting Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The Amish are very private people who avoid interacting with the outside world. Here are a few tips to help make your trip more comfortable, for both you and the Amish.
Don’t stare, point, laugh or gawk. While driving, be on the look out for slow moving Amish buggies. Be sure to give them plenty of room when following or passing - only pass where the road markings indicate and never pass on a curve. At least 60 percent of buggy/car accidents are caused by cars following too closely. Also, keep your headlights on low beams and refrain from using your horn.
Do not enter private property without permission. Do not take photographs without asking. The Amish consider posing for pictures to be an unacceptably prideful act. If you ask respectfully, they will usually allow you to photograph their homes, farms and buggies. When taking pictures, consider using a telephoto lens and avoid taking photos of Amish peoples’ faces. Capturing a picture of an Amish buggy as it travels down the road is fine. Also, do not feed or pet horses that are harnessed to a buggy or tied to a hitching rail.