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Amish Highways and Byways – Sow The Heart: One Story at a Time
Exterior JOhn Stevens Gallery 2

Amish Highways and Byways

If you read my first blog in this series on my travels on Pentecost Sunday, welcome back! If not, get caught up by going back to the previous blog called Front Porch Scenery.


My second stop – Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania! Most places were not open in the heart of Amish Country on Pentacost Sunday but I found open doors at John Stevens’ Gallery.  What a find!

(The artist John Stevens and his work).

John Stevens’ Gallery at Nolt’s Mill contains a large collection of watercolors capturing the mid-Atlantic region. Pennsylvania Dutch barns and colonial scenes of everyday life are just the start of what’s in store in this historically attractive gallery. Stevens shares the space with Sarah Gilligan, a talented folk artist whose accurate reproductions are inspired by collections of museum pieces. Each artist’s work perfectly compliments the ole stone mill.


“Annapolis Skipjack” Watercolor by John Stevens

Above Photo: Exterior of Nolt’s Mill

Below Photo:  View from the Gallery Floor.

Window to view gears of the mill and the rushing water running beneath building.

Thank you John, for so graciously spending time with me talking about your art, the gallery and for letting me take your photo! I enjoyed the visit. I hope our readers will peruse your website which splendidly explains your background as an artist and this article aptly explains more about the painting technique you are known for.

I need to return to Bird in Hand on a day other than Sunday since not many businesses are open. Forgive me, please, for not remembering the Sabbath is a day of rest. I constantly need to remind myself this is something I need to practice!

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers,

and like a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole week.
—Henry Ward Beecher

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