In 1737, twenty families would step off of the planks of the ship that would deliver them into the new world of North America from the shores of the Netherlands. By 1770, a total of 100 Amish families would make the long voyage.
With little more than the clothes on their backs, they relied on the self-sufficienct skills that Amish communities are well-known for. Chief among those skills were a dedication to woodworking craftsmanship for building homes and furniture.
In 1774, shortly after those first 100 families arrived, a small group of English settlers would arrive, displaying a simple, unadorned model of furniture. The pieces this group would go on to craft and create would become very well known for its simplicity and its long lasting durability. This group was known as the Shakers. Ring a bell?
As the population rose in America in the 1800's, so would the time-tested popularity of Amish furniture. In the 1860's famed Amish cabinet builder Henry Lapp would make a name for himself, cementing the legacy of quality and craftsmanship in many of the nation's homes. And in 1898, the heavy "mission" style of furniture would be brought to the states by Amish missionaries who adopted the style during treks to Spanish and Latin American countries.
To date, Amish furniture and craftsmanship have become the pinnacle of quality in the world of furniture. Around 10% of the hardwood production in the United States is used in Amish furniture production. With finishes that come in walnut, hickory, maple, red oak, cherry & elm matched up with careful attention to wood grain and durable construction, its easy to understand why some folks see family heirlooms, and not just furniture.
At Heartland, we take pride in observing all the traditions that go into each outstanding piece we make available to the public. And we take even more pride when you are able to enjoy that tradition with your family.