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Home-spun, traditional, and proud of it!

The Amana Colony - or Amana Villages - is a cluster of seven small settlements about 20 miles SW of Cedar Rapids, in the rolling Iowa countryside. Originally, the "Ebenezer Society" was one of many "traditional" and pietistic sects in Reformation-era Germany. They immigrated to America in the early 19th century, ultimately choosing here to settle here in east central in an attempt to recreate their community back in the "Old World." For an almost a century, the Amana-ists were intensely inward-looking, resisting integration with the mainstream rural society which surrounded them. In 1932, Amana was transformed into a modern co-operative corporation, with complete separation of the religious and economic functions. Over the last 50 years, the Amana Colonies have opened up to the world - somewhat.

Today, the Amana villages are a popular regional travel destination. But you won't find mass tourism here: no McDonald's, no water parks, overt commericalization. So you won't be surprised to find the main tourist information center in Amana is in a tastefully restored barn!

Amana is the largest and most centrally located of the seven Amana settlements, so it has the greatest concentration of visitor attractions and amenities. The General Store here has a wide variety of local produced foods and crafts, as well as more general touristy tschotskes.

I didn't get a chance to visit the Amana Museum in the main village, but I imagine it would be quite interesting.

  • Last visit to Amana: Jun 2006
  • Intro Written Sep 4, 2006
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    Sep 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    The Amana colonies accomodate to the world more than the Amish, but they still favor an innate conservativism in their clothing. Some of the women favorite unadorned simple dresses, and traditional bonnets. Men go out into the world more frequently, so they dress like most other Iowa rural folk.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Im trying to understand. These towns..are they distinct like the Amish in Pennsylvania? In terms of dress and lifestyle?

  • Hopkid's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2006 at 4:42 PM

    Oh how I remember meals at the Ox-Yoke and Colony Inns. And Zubers! Brunch was always the best...you only needed that single meal for the day! Thanks for the memories!

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