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Amish Carriage Horse Hex LbNA #44485

Owner:The Pink Ladies Contact
Plant date:Nov 9, 2008
Found by: JEK
Last found: Jan 30, 2013
Hike distance:Unknown
Last edited:Nov 9, 2008
About 300 years ago, groups of peasant farmers from the Rhine region of Germany migrated to southeastern Pennsylvania. These settlers came to take advantage of religious freedom being offered by William Penn. They included settlers of plain dress -Amish and Mennonites - and others of more "worldly" or "fancy" dress - Lutherans and other Reformed groups. Over time, these settlers became known as "Pennsylvania Dutch".

Likeother immigrants, they brought their old world language, dress, traditions and art to their new home. Mystical bird and floral designs graced their birth and marriage certificates, family Bibles, quilts, and some furniture. The "fancy" farmers also decorated their large German style bank barns with colorful geometric patterns. Six-pointed star designs were very popular. The German word for six, "sechs", sounded like hex to their English-speaking neighbors. In time these "hex" patterns became commonly called hex signs. This custom persists today.

These bright, colorful designs had meanings or legends. Families selected a hex sign based on color, design and its meaning. Some of the more popular symbols included: hearts for love, birds (called distelfinks) for luck and happiness, tulips for faith, and stars for good luck. The colors used for painting were also carefully chosen because of their added meaning. Blue conveyed protection, white purity, green abundance and red strong emotion. The hex symbols were individually hand painted for many years. This approach, naturally very time consuming, limited hex sign use and enjoyment even in the Dutch Country.

In the early 1940's, Jacob Zook, an 11th generation Pennsylvania Dutchman living in the village of Paradise, PA successfully pioneered the hand "silk screening" of hex signs. Here, a "silk screen" is used to apply each of the design's bright colors to a carefully prepared signboard. Four or five colors are usually used; each color requires it's own carefully designed screen. With air-drying between steps, a design usually takes about a week to complete. Silk screening, performed by skilled craftsmen, allowed hex signs to be made in quantity at modest cost. Interest in hex signs blossomed once they became readily available. Today, hex signs can be found throughout the world. In many homes, they have been enjoyed for almost three generations

Amish Carriage Horse
These horses played a major role in early farm life. It is not surprising that the horse was one of symbols selected to ensure protection for farm animals and pets. It helped protect the animals against disease and lighting. This design protects farm animals and pets. But even with the best Hex displayed at your home there may be need for veterinary medical care, so off to the box you go.

To find the Hex Box: Head to Madera Veterinary Clinic located at 7681 S. Houghton. From the south corner of the fenceline, follow the dirt path east for 96 paces. Stop. Now turn and look south, you should a large Palo Verde tree. Walk 27 paces to the tree. At the base of the tree look under the rocks to find the box.

As usual, watch out for critter that sting and bite.