Mennonite girls just wanna have fun, too.
These two, photographed by Dudenbostel in a Mennonite community at Muddy Pond in Putnam County in the early ’80s, were having their fun by turning a sawbuck (used to cut firewood to length with a man-powered crosscut saw) into a saw “horse.”
Their simple attire and lifestyle often causes Mennonites to be confused with the Amish. Although the two groups have common roots in Europe, Mennonites separated from the Amish in the 1600s.
The Amish shun the outside world, but Mennonites don’t always. So, to some there in the Mennonite community in Putnam County, the notion of going “commercial” and allowing the outside world in was perfectly acceptable.
Because of a community-wide disagreement about going “commercial” this particular Mennonite community has split. The ones who would allow the outside world in have stayed, while those who disagreed have moved away from Muddy Pond—and the modern world.