All About Aaron
Did you know?
Aaron was a Standardbred ex-race track horse. Like many Amish families, standardbreds are a preferred breed for travel as they have a faster speed and can travel up to 20 miles per day. In the barn. Aaron loved to wear Dad’s straw hat on his head.
All About Jessica
Aaron & Jessica’s began over 30 years ago with Jessica’s dream to share her love for horses and Amish Country with visitors to bucolic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Raised Old Order River Brethren, the oldest of 6 children, Jessica attended a one-roomed school with her siblings and completed her eighth-grade education. At the age of 14, Jessica obtained working papers from the state and worked with her father to open a new family venture, Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides. With her first horse, Aaron, she enjoyed welcoming all cultures and visitors to learn about the lifestyle of the Plain community from a horse-drawn carriage perspective.
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While caring for horses over these early years, Jessica realized she had a love of medicine and wished to provide the best possible care to her horses. At the age of 20, she enrolled in a local community college and after placement testing, began her first college courses. Completing her first degree in Veterinary Technology, she accepted a full-time position in the Operating Room of University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, a large animal hospital. This employment in the modern world taught her much about the outside world of the “English” and it was during this time that she chose to withdraw her Beachy Amish church membership.
Five years later, she aspired to learn more about anesthesia and graduated from human nursing school! She immediately took a position in a local hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and gained valuable experience and life skills she had not received during farm life.
Presently, Jessica continues to work part-time as a CRNP in the local medical community. When she is not seeing patients, she enjoys giving rides and sharing her experiences and perspective of Plain community healthcare practices.
A Family Tradition That Never Disappoints
No matter the stage in life or agenda of the day, guests, locals (and even our drivers) find riding in a horse-drawn carriage to be very relaxing! Even after thousands of carriage rides, Jessica, Sarah, Rachel, Miriam, and their two brothers still love taking an evening joy ride in the carriage.
When you come to our buggy ride, every ride begins with a ride through our covered bridge!
As Jessica and Miriam continue to expand our rides, we now offer many public, private, and “themed” buggy rides. Inquire about scheduling your next special moment and create memories to last a lifetime!