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The Ugly Reality Behind Amish "Reality" TV

Comment #644402 by Yoder in Ohio on 16.09.19, 06:02

You hit the nail on the head, Heather! There are still a lot of tourists coming to Holmes Co., but we here more and more people saying it has become too commercialized and that Berlin is nothing but a tacky tourist trap with “nothing Amish about it.” Recently someone called Berlin “an Amish-themed Disneyland atmosphere.” It is sad. Getting out into some of the smaller towns or way out on the back roads is the way to see the real Homes Co.!

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A Visit To Pineview Bulk Food & Deli - Farmville, VA (30 Photos)

Comment #644335 by Susan Schrock on 14.09.19, 15:17

There is also a store somewhat similar to Pineview, but has been there a lot longer, that is run by Amish Mennonites. The name of that store is Miller’s Country Store and it is located on 3rd Street in Farmville.

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The Ugly Reality Behind Amish "Reality" TV

Comment #644327 by Heather Lea Bauman on 14.09.19, 10:49

I live about an hour and a half away from Holmes County Ohio. And I used to go to Amish Country before the reality TV shows moved in and it was a nice place you can get good quality Goods good quality food and it was nice and relaxed.
Yesterday I went to Amish Country For the First Time In many years and it has turned into a tourist trap.
The two main Dutch restaurants are commercial food they’re not homemade food anymore. The gift shop across the street from it it’s just full of stuff that I carried at my gift shop inside of a historical Hotel from many different National Vendors.

It’s a absolute shame that someone had to come in and an exploit this community and take it from a nice place to visit to just another money hole of a tourist trap.

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Amish Clock and Watch Shop (South Dayton, NY)

Comment #644320 by Greg Gerard Allison on 14.09.19, 06:36

I recently met Mahlon and couldn’t agree more about what a talented gentleman he is. My grandfather, a watchmaker in CA, created a very unique clock for my left-handed father as a wedding gift (1951), designed to be wound left-handed…but didn’t tell him. My father, a piano player in NY, opened and turned RIGHT-HANDED and broke it the very first wind.
It sat for years broken on our bookshelf while I grew up. I inherited the broken clock when my dad died in 2003. Recently began exploring a repair thru National Assc. of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). No one was able to help with this unique device…until I got in touch with Mahlon. He was able to facilitate the repair…and now my grandfather’s clock is running once again, 68 years later! I made a short video about the experience on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4AUi6x6UOu4

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Amish Seventh-Day Adventists? A Look At The West Salem Mission

Comment #644281 by Joseph on 13.09.19, 08:34

What percentage of Amish kids were adopted from outside, in your experience?

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Amish Seventh-Day Adventists? A Look At The West Salem Mission

Comment #644280 by Joseph on 13.09.19, 08:29

I guess my question was, how common is it? My co-worker made it sound like every other family among the Amish were adopting children from outside and I was curious to see if that’s your experience, given how much time you’ve spent among the Amish.

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Amish Youth Talk: Cell Phones & The Internet

Comment #644271 by Buggy on 13.09.19, 01:29

It will be very interesting to see how the Amish adapt to the next few decades of rapid technological change. I have some faith that the Amish will handle this very well on the whole, based on centuries of survival, growth, and separation. Supposing they do embrace cell phones more and more, it will be no different than working in factory jobs away from home or having extensive regular contact with outsiders through running businesses. They have the ability to adapt technology to their communities. They are a source of much inspiration.

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David McConnell & Marilyn Loveless on Nature and The Environment in Amish Life (Q&A + Book Giveaway)…

Comment #644249 by Jamie Vaughn on 12.09.19, 13:11

I would love to read this book!

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Amish Seventh-Day Adventists? A Look At The West Salem Mission

Comment #644244 by Erik/Amish America on 12.09.19, 11:07

Amish do adopt in some cases, sometimes those adoptions happen from within the community, as when a tragedy occurs and both parents are killed. Other times Amish adopt children from outside the community. Here are some posts which might shed some more light on the topic:

http://amishamerica.com/a-closer-look-at-amish-fostering-adoption/
http://amishamerica.com/amish-foster-children/
http://amishamerica.com/12-ny-amish-orphans-adopted/

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A Visit To The Amish Of Lagrange County, Indiana (16 Photos)

Comment #644243 by Erik/Amish America on 12.09.19, 11:03

Thanks for the local update, Susan. It might be that a model like one that is working in Lancaster County could succeed in northern Indiana as well. They have expanded from 6 to 12+ Amish places to stay at since last year. Most of these places are off the grid. The online part is managed by a non-Amish person.

Here’s the blog post on it from earlier this summer: http://amishamerica.com/12-amish-farms-where-you-can-stay-overnight-lancaster-county-2019/

And the link to the site: https://www.amishfarmstay.com/

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5 Insights From Swartzentruber Amishman Sam Shetler

Comment #644242 by Erik/Amish America on 12.09.19, 10:59

I hope you enjoy it, Walter!

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Do you own Amish furniture?

Comment #644241 by Erik/Amish America on 12.09.19, 10:58

Carole I wish I could give you some expert advice, but I’m not up to speed on furniture care. I would really encourage you to contact the store where you purchased the set (if it’s still around?), and I’d think they’d be able to advise you. If not, maybe another local Amish furniture shop could advise you?

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What's your favorite Amish community?

Comment #644240 by Erik/Amish America on 12.09.19, 10:54

Martha, I’m glad you found us! This is an 8-year-old post but I’m happy it still gets comments, always curious which communities people have been to and like. Those are both really interesting communities. I’ve only been to Ethridge once, but to Lancaster County many times. Very different places but gives you a good picture of the differences across the Amish.

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Amish Seventh-Day Adventists? A Look At The West Salem Mission

Comment #644239 by Erik/Amish America on 12.09.19, 10:45

Thanks for sharing this perspective, AdventFarmer. My impression of Andy and Naomi is that they seem like very positive people and it seems like they would make good neighbors. Although evidently being a member of an Amish church wasn’t for him, Andy seems to have a healthy perspective on his Amish roots.

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Is Hemp The New Amish Cash Crop?

Comment #644238 by Erik/Amish America on 12.09.19, 10:43

Thanks for catching that, Alex. Just fixed it.

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Amish Business Directory

Comment #644233 by Mette Karlsen on 12.09.19, 09:35

Good morning, Erik,
First, let me say what a relief and joy it is to participate on this website. I really appreciate that you made this site possible, and that you keep it going so well.
Anyway, I have been looking for years for an Amish girl or lady who, for very generous payment, would agree to sew authentic Amish clothes (of the Lancaster County more-liberal sort) and kapps for me. I did write to one girl whom I met in the Reading Terminal Market, at The Dutch Eating Place, but our correspondence didn’t go so well. If you could point me in the direction of whom and where to go to, I’d be most grateful.
Sincerely, Mette Karlsen og Spring City, PA

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Amish Business Directory

Comment #644196 by Mark Hunter on 11.09.19, 21:53

I have 8-10 old Maytag wringer washers for sale. I’m an appliance dealer here in Wyoming. I have bought these from customers over the years. I also have (4) Maytag gas engines as well. All will need work to function properly. I will be driving from Wyoming to Maine during the first week of October.

I also have various parts as well. Happy to send pictures.

Best,

Mark Hunter 307-887-9999 or mark@markhunter.us
P.O. Box 938
Afton, Wyoming 83110

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Thoughts From 3 Amish Families In A New Michigan Community

Comment #644182 by Debra Wetzel on 11.09.19, 15:00

Anita, Thank you for the response.

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Thoughts From 3 Amish Families In A New Michigan Community

Comment #644181 by Anita Beckman on 11.09.19, 14:38

Check out Pinecraft in Sarasota. That’s where many many Amish spend time in the winter. Der Dutchman is a great restaurant in the area.

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Is Hemp The New Amish Cash Crop?

Comment #644173 by Alex Knisely on 11.09.19, 11:04

I’m sorry, Erik. “Mark” ! Cerebral air-lock, I’m afraid.

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Thoughts From 3 Amish Families In A New Michigan Community

Comment #644170 by Debra Wetzel on 11.09.19, 10:23

My thoughts regarding this article:

I am a born again christian living in Florida and would love to learn more about Amish beliefs.

Personally, I would be honored to have Amish neighbors and friends. I am told that they don’t trust or care the English and I get that. I’m English and I don’t care for many of us either.

Is it possible to become pen pals with Amish women of my age (65)?

Also, do you know how many communities in Florida?

I very much enjoyed reading this article.

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Residents Object To Amish-Friendly Horse Acreage Change; Vote Postponed, Lawsuit Possible

Comment #644167 by Janice Reamer on 11.09.19, 10:03

Abraham. Thank you. I agree that it isn’t only the Amish who can be quite lax in their care of God’s creatures. Too many non-Amish are as bad, if not worse!

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Amish Seventh-Day Adventists? A Look At The West Salem Mission

Comment #644166 by J on 11.09.19, 09:11

That is a propaganda video by the SDA.

The first 2 minutes the video talks negative about the Amish. Even Eric wrote that it paints a bleak picture of the Amish.

Slow sad music plays with lines of hearts of many are struggling and the Amish church is shaken…..

Then, New uplifting music starts to play as they start talking about the SDA. As if the SDA is some savior. That sure is haughty. Show some humility please.

They literally say they are there because of the Amish. To reach the Amish. That is targeting the Amish. Literally. That is recruiting to increase your numbers.

And of course, at the end, they mention they will need money. Of course.

This is the same kind of video politicians make……speak poorly of your opponent(Amish). Then speak positive about yourself(SDA). Then ask for campaign donations. Yep. This video does all 3.

As a christian, you should know the bible frowns upon such behavior.

Also, if God forgives people who lie and steal and so on….then chances are, God might be just fine if your day of rest falls on a Sunday as long as your heart is in the right place….

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Is Hemp The New Amish Cash Crop?

Comment #644161 by Alex Knisely on 11.09.19, 07:20

Mark, I think that you’re quoting a news story in part of your post. The text uses “for” as the complement of “confused”. Seems to me that what once was a “mistaken for” has been edited, but edited incompletely — “confused with” is standard. Any chance that you can emend that?

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Colorado Amish

Comment #644153 by Valerie on 11.09.19, 02:03

I am looking for someone to demolish and remove a mobile home trailer for me in Del Norte CO. Please message me. Thank you!

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