Our friends at Archangel Investigations of Lancaster, PA have kindly shed some light on the reality of the Amish “Hut parties” as depicted on Discovery’s reality show Amish Mafia. Separating the truth from obfuscation from outright fabrication, Archangel Investigations provides some insight below on real hut parties and how similar events were staged by the show’s producers.
In Plain communities across the country, so-called “hut parties” are popular events among young people; Amish and non-Amish alike. Generally speaking, a house is made available, a date is set and the “invitation” goes out by word of mouth to let people know about the party. A fee for admission may be charged at the door. There may be alcohol served, but there are also games and other activities not generally available in a Plain home.
In the world of Amish Mafia “reality,” Lebanon Levi, Godfather of the Amish Mafia, is reputed to be the hut party king of Lancaster County. He organizes ‘em, he run’s ‘em, and he controls ‘em. In an episode of Amish Mafia’s first season, Levi’s laughable lieutenant, John Schmucker, receives an assignment to coordinate and operate a “hut” party on behalf of Levi as a way to gain stature in the organization and, perhaps, move into a role that allows him to get a car or truck like the other members of the crew. But for now, John’s “ride” is less impressive and he is seen heading off on his foot powered scooter to the location of the hut house to carry out his assignment.
Because Amish Mafia insists on portraying itself as “reality,” we at Archangel Investigations are lifting the curtain to tell the truth about what is being portrayed as “real.” For example, Levi’s “office” is frequently depicted on the show and it is shown to be inside a barn. The fact is that the barn which Levi is depicted as using for his base of operations is actually on the grounds of a very upscale bed and breakfast… in Lancaster, PA.
Getting back to John’s scooter ride… the hut house depicted in the show is located in Washington Boro on the far western edge of Lancaster County along the Susquehanna River a good 23 miles from the site of Lebanon Levi’s “office” at the bed and breakfast and far, far away from the center of the Plain population in Lancaster. We can’t help but wonder how long it took him to make the trip!
A side[note]… the “hut house” property is owned by a well known Lancaster County Olympian. An informed source revealed that this gentleman had no idea that the tenants of the house allowed it to be used as a “hut house” for the TV show. That source also revealed that the house was trashed when the tenants, who allowed the show to hold the hut party, moved out. - via Archangel Investigations.