10 responses to 10 Unusual Amish Communities
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    Kevin
    Comment on In regards to the photo with the solar panels (June 14th, 2018 at 08:50)

    In regards to the photo with the solar panels

    This comment has to do with the photo that has the solar panels in it. If you look closely just behind them, there is also a wind turbine as well. So they use these as well. If they have solar panels and/or wind turbines, they probably have banks of batteries to store the power generated by them. They are needed to keep the power flowing when its dark and/or there is no wind.

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      Comment on 10 Unusual Amish Communities (June 15th, 2018 at 06:13)

      Good observation Kevin. Batteries in general are pretty common among Amish, even the most conservative use flashlight batteries, of course the ones for this setup would be more robust.

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    Debbie Halcomb
    Comment on 10 Unusual Amish Communities (June 15th, 2018 at 08:44)

    Interesting articles. I read somewhere that Pinecraft allows the use of electric. I also read in that same article that some use the air conditioner and some don’t. Can you clarify this?

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on 10 Unusual Amish Communities (June 15th, 2018 at 14:09)

    I live in Pinecraft. All Amish use electricity. Those who live here year round use air conditioners.

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    Not now
    Comment on 10 Unusual Amish Communities (June 15th, 2018 at 18:01)

    Almost all communities use the horse and buggy as their first mode of transport except for Pinecraft. That includes “tractor settlements”. Probably the only other exception are a few smaller transitioning (i.e transition to Amish-Mennonite) settlements. There are several communities that are today transitioning similar to the way the Beachy Amish transitioned in the early 1900s and New Order in the 1960s. Some communities have become more liberal and slowly merged into broader society, while others became more conservative. It’s possible that “tractor settlements” will eventually merge with the Mennonites or New Order Amish at some point in the future. Does that mean the end of the Amish? I don’t think so. At least not if you base it on history. Splits, mergers, and transitions are a part of Amish history.

    The Pinecaft Amish community is not a normal Amish community. It was always an unusual community: An Amish vacation spot, that overtime became kind of a summer home/retirement home community for certain Amish. I would even call it a semi-Amish community because of the fact that the majority of the Amish are themselves visitors from other communities.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on 10 Unusual Amish Communities (June 15th, 2018 at 21:33)

    I enjoyed reading about these unusual Amish communities. Thanks, Katie Troyer, for your comments about Pinecraft. I did not realize that the Amish who live there use electricity and air conditioning. Pinecraft is on my “bucket list” to visit some day.

    I especially enjoyed a visit to the Pearisburg community about five years ago. It was a little hard to find, since it is at least 20 miles southwest of Pearisburg. Sam and Lydia Chupp of that community write very interesting letters in The Budget newspaper almost every week and often include information about people who once lived in the community, but left, and have come back to visit. It seems like some of these people were at one time “Amish seekers”, as mentioned above in this post. From what the Chupps write, it seems like the bulk food store/deli is doing very good business, but is under different management than the previous store (I think it was called Nature’s Way).

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on Al in KY (June 16th, 2018 at 12:12)

    Al in KY

    Al,

    When I drive to Lancaster County I come through the Shenendoah Valley, through Staunton, is Pearisburg fairly close by?

    If it is, (within 20-30 miles) would it be worthwhile to go out of the way a bit as far as what you will see? I like to stop at a general store or at least see some horses and buggies. Any home businesses to stop at?

    Thanks

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on 10 Unusual Amish Communities (June 17th, 2018 at 15:03)

    Loretta — I would say that Pearisburg is about 125 miles southwest of Staunton. The bulk food store/deli would be an interesting place to visit; not sure how many home businesses there are at the present, not too many.
    Also, I was in the community five years ago driving around for about two hours and I only saw one buggy — and it was in a shed. I think it would be worthwhile to go out of the way to visit if you contacted someone in the Amish community ahead of time and see if they could offer assistance in arranging a visit.

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on Al in KY (June 19th, 2018 at 21:32)

    Al in KY

    Thank you so very much for responding Al I appreciate it so much. That does tell me that at this time it likely wouldn’t be worth my going so far out of my way. One day, maybe.

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    Comment on Pinecraft (June 21st, 2018 at 21:02)

    Pinecraft

    Re: Pinecraft.
    I have always been fascinated by the concept of Amish on vacation.
    It must seem like paradise for them to go from the cold up North to the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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