These colorful decorations seen
on barns and houses in the area, are not really superstitious symbols at
all. The bright patterns and geometric forms, known as Hex Signs, were
used by the ancestors of our Pennsylvania German settlers on birth
certificates, furniture, pottery, textile, etc. Indeed many are thought to
have come originally from religious motif designs, the two main patterns
being the Sun and Tree of Life. While many people today use Hex Signs
purely for decoration, the Amish have not painted and do not paint hex
signs on their barns.
If you would like to learn more
about specific Hex Signs, simply click on one of the links below.