15 responses to The 10 Oldest Amish Settlements
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    Comment on 10 Oldest Amish Settlements (April 29th, 2013 at 07:22)

    10 Oldest Amish Settlements

    Most interesting! Hopefully expanding and growing, if they can find suitable land, these days.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Do you have a list of all settlements? (April 29th, 2013 at 07:36)

    Do you have a list of all settlements?


    Erik, this was quite interesting but I was wondering if you have a list somewhere of all the settlements with dates established and church district sizes. I know that would be quite an undertaking but also very interesting. I well expected the oldest to be in PA but would be interested to see the time frame of others, especially as the Amish started to migrate more to the west.

    Blessings, Alice

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      Comment on The 10 Oldest Amish Settlements (April 29th, 2013 at 08:05)

      I do not have one of my own Alice but there is such as list from 2008. It first appeared in Family Life and is sometimes seen in booklet form. By David Luthy, it’s called Amish Settlements Across America: 2008. They may have one at one of the Arthur-area Amish bookstores, otherwise I believe it would be orderable from Pathway Publishing. Here is the address, it is a small booklet and shouldn’t be more than a few dollars:

      Pathway Publishers, 2580N 250W, LaGrange, IN 46761

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        Alice Aber
        Comment on Thanks Erik!! (April 29th, 2013 at 10:19)

        Thanks Erik!!

        Thanks Erik!! I will check that out. I am planning a trip to Arthur in the near future and will look there first.

        Blessings, Alice

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        Comment on Amish in Western PA (October 22nd, 2014 at 08:23)

        Amish in Western PA

        Have you done any research (articles) of the Amish living in the following areas of western PA? :

        Sandy Lake/Stoneboro PA area ( Mercer County about 3o minutes NE of New Wilmington, PA)
        Atlantic/Kennard PA area (Crawford County about 45 minutes N of New Wilmington, PA)

        Both of these are not far from New Wilmington…which I have seen mentioned in your articles.

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          Comment on Amish in Mercer and Crawford County, PA (October 22nd, 2014 at 08:46)

          Amish in Mercer and Crawford County, PA

          Here is a post on Amish in Mercer County, not sure if this is the same settlement b/c there are a number of communities in that area:


          Also a reader comment describing Amish settlements’ locations in the area: http://amishamerica.com/mercer-county-pennsylvania-amish/comment-page-1/#comment-4609

          I visited a Mercer County settlement in 2011 but not for very long. Did not make it to Atlantic unfortunately, we don’t have an article on that community (maybe you’d like to do one?), but here are a couple of mentions on the site:


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            Comment on western PA settlements (October 22nd, 2014 at 09:26)

            western PA settlements

            The two areas I mentioned in western PA are indeed what you commented on in your articles….
            Jackson Center would be near the Sandy Lake/Stoneboro settlement area.

            I agree with ‘Bill’ I believe it was…..as far as the picture being most likely in JC area . The buggies around here are different than the New Wilmington ones…..New Wilmington buggies have the brown covering.

            Lancaster farms… I would agree to the fact would be more vast and upkeep noticeably different for the most part….however, our nearby Amish farms/homes are generally very well taken care of.

            We have had a influx of MI Amish moving to the area in the last few years … more so west of rt 19 going towards Greenville, Fredonia areas (Mercer County)…..
            they are noticeably different than older standing farms etc on the ‘other side’ of rt 19……
            supposedly migrated here with much more cash at hand etc.

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on The 10 Oldest Amish Settlements (April 29th, 2013 at 07:38)

    Will have to go to Yoder< Kansas next time we are there. Have family living in Wichita.

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    Comment on The 10 Oldest Amish Settlements (April 29th, 2013 at 08:33)

    Thanks Eric I found this very interesting. Do you know when the Amish first migrated South?

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      Comment on Historical Amish migration to the South (April 29th, 2013 at 10:25)

      Historical Amish migration to the South

      Debbie there were settlements in Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia by the late 1800s. Alabama, Texas and North Carolina saw communities in the early 1900s. And if Maryland counts as Southern, there was a settlement there in the 1830s. These communities are all extinct now however. The best book for this is “The Amish in America: Settlements That Failed, 1840-1960” by David Luthy. Frequently found in Amish bookstores but can also be ordered from Pathway Publishers (see address in comment above). The price tag on mine says $19, I picked it up in Indiana about 7 years ago.

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    Comment on New Amish Settlement (April 29th, 2013 at 12:24)

    New Amish Settlement

    Not too long ago there was mention of a Nebraska (Yoder) Amish settlement syarying in New York State. Recently I spoke to an Amish friend who said that they were settling in Hammondsport in Steuben, NY at the south end of Keuka Lake. This location is in the southern area of the Finger Lakes Region where real estate prices might be high by Amish standards. I will have to travel down there this summer.
    Tom the Back Roads Traveller

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    Comment on We’re # 5, we’re # 5! (April 29th, 2013 at 15:30)

    We’re # 5, we’re # 5!

    I am surprised that Milverton, ON is as old as it is.

    I remember seeing a documentary when I was a young teenager about the migration of Mennonite families to a certain area in areas north of Lake Erie somewhere between 1800 and 1810 and it featured an OO descendent of one of the original families.

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    Drew Lebrecht
    Comment on Allen County,Indiana (October 13th, 2016 at 16:56)

    Allen County,Indiana

    There is a significant Amish population in eastern Allen County, Indiana,particularly around the town of Grabill.Do you know if this community is it’s own or is it possibly an extension of either the Adams County settlement or the larger Elkhart -Lagrange settlement?

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      Comment on The 10 Oldest Amish Settlements (October 13th, 2016 at 17:38)

      That is a separate community, Drew, though related to the Adams County settlement. You can find more on it at these links:


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    Comment on Adams County, Ohio Amish (June 12th, 2017 at 21:48)

    Adams County, Ohio Amish

    I was interested in learning more about the Adams County, Ohio Amish.
    Are there any articles on them or anyone who has visited and taken pictures? I am originally from Dayton, Ohio but I was unaware that there was even an Amish settlement there until rather recently. Any info would be appreciated.

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