15 responses to 10 Unexpected Things I Saw In An Amish Home (20 Photos)
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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on 10 Unexpected Things I Saw In An Amish Home (20 Photos) (October 1st, 2018 at 07:12)

    Wow. What an interesting read. It is amazing how the Amish are so different, but yet alike. We have been to Jamesport, MO. several times and didn’t know you could tour an Amish home there. But we have enjoyed going to the Amish bakery, grocery store & the county store when there. How does a person get to go on the tour when going there?

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      Comment on 10 Unexpected Things I Saw In An Amish Home (20 Photos) (October 1st, 2018 at 08:47)

      Juanita, there used to be a tour that was given by some of the local folks, and the name of their business was Step Back in Time (I think). Here is a link to a video that Ron Ledesma (one of the guides) did of the tour (https://youtu.be/GCf1dbappOo), but Ron has now moved away. I’m not sure if anyone operates that tour any more, but I would suggest that you contact Mary Graber (her home used to be a part of the larger tour); or contact her daughter, Marie Graber at Arbor House Country Inn (she has a Facebook page for the Inn). I’m sure that one of them could answer your question. And if no one is giving tours, I know that Marie could provide an area map and point out places for you to see.

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    Comment on Also common in Lancaster, Pa (October 1st, 2018 at 08:00)

    Also common in Lancaster, Pa

    I stayed in an Amish home many times a year for years. The solar panels, car batteries, all of that are becoming very common in homes there. The solar panels also power the car batteries for the buggies. The home I was in, of course, used gas refrigerator & stove. But rather than a wringer washer there was a typical standard electric washing machine & gas dryer. The bishop allowed electric to go to the house for the water pump (as well as the house up the road) because they were English owned first & he wasn’t going to make them convert it. Most outlets & light switches had plates. But not all! If we wanted to we could plug things in and turn lights on. But we strictly used LED lanterns. I had no problem adjusting to the differences during the last 5 years. Inconvenient, especially w no ac in the summer. But some of Lancaster’s Old Order is quite relaxed while still keeping w many of the ways. Just clever & accepted ways around it.

    • Interesting comment Amy. I have seen the standard electric washer run via a generator in Lancaster before, but had not seen the type of setup with the Maytag as in this post. As for the electric in the previously-English-owned home, is it possible that they had a period of time before needing to convert it? This is what I’ve run into before, for instance the family is expected to remove the electric but is given some time to do it on account of the cost involved.


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    Debbie Halcomb
    Comment on modern conveniences (October 1st, 2018 at 08:23)

    modern conveniences

    Thanks for sharing this Don. It amazes me the creativity of the Amish. This family has learned how to enjoy a few modern conveniences while still staying off the grid. Kudos to them.

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    Patrick J.
    Comment on Construction materials (October 1st, 2018 at 08:39)

    Construction materials

    To be honest, I was more surprised by the spray foam insulation beneath the roof and pre-fab roof trusses.

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      Comment on 10 Unexpected Things I Saw In An Amish Home (20 Photos) (October 1st, 2018 at 08:52)

      Patrick, you might find it even more surprising, then, to know that the Amish there in Jamesport have a business that makes trusses. I don’t know for sure that these came from there, but I’d say there is a good chance they did.

      Mary’s son is / has been a carpenter, and he seems to stay current on a lot of the stuff that is available. And naturally he’s going to put the best he can into his mom’s home.

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    Comment on Thanks. (October 1st, 2018 at 08:53)


    Thanks everyone for the compliments. And Erik it’s always a pleasure to be a part of Amish America again.

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    Gerald L Shouse
    Comment on I am confused (October 2nd, 2018 at 11:50)

    I am confused

    as to why the Amish use solar panels, inverters, batteries, etc presumably bought from the English instead of using electricity. I respect the Amish for their beliefs and lifestyle. They buy supplies, food, medical care, etc from the English so why not buy electricity? I’m not being critical but just fail to see the difference. BTW I am really enjoying learning more about these good people.

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      Don Burke
      Comment on 10 Unexpected Things I Saw In An Amish Home (20 Photos) (October 2nd, 2018 at 23:36)

      Gerald, you raise a very good question (IMO). The answer I’ve heard is that being “on the grid” would mean to be “unequally yoked together” with unbelievers, which the Bible says is wrong. How that is unequally yoked and being hooked up to the same natural gas utilities (which some Amish are known to do), that is an incongruency that I’ve yet to hear a believable answer for.

      But on the practical side, being off the grid does prevent (or seriously limit) access to a host of potentially worldly and certainly time-wasting possibilities, and distancing from that kind of thing is very consistent to the Amish perspective.

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    Kathy Rowe
    Comment on 10 Unexpected Things I Saw In An Amish Home (20 Photos) (October 2nd, 2018 at 15:18)

    Thanks, Don, for sharing the pictures. Very interesting. Always enjoy your posts. And, thanks, Erik, for letting him do so.

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    Gerald L Shouse
    Comment on Thanks Don (October 3rd, 2018 at 08:08)

    Thanks Don

    I thought of the wasted time angle and I understand how tempting it would be to computers, games etc to homes on the grid. Thanks for the answer. I too enjoyed the photos and descriptions.

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