The Amish country’s old-fashioned charm and homespun warmth stem from members of the sect having followed a deeply religious, family-centered lifestyle for some 400 years. As far as technology goes, they carefully examine what is available before they decide whether they want to incorporate it into their lifestyle. For instance, while they cultivate their fields with horse-drawn machinery and do not own or drive cars, they do on occasion ride in cars, buses, and trains. They do not use electricity in their homes, but do have bottled-gas stoves and refrigerators. They do not maintain phones in their homes, but do use cell phones.