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The Top 10 States By Amish Population (2017)

Comment #172799 by Alice Aber on 19.09.17, 07:49

I knew Illinois would be pretty low on the list. I have often wondered why more Amish are not attracted here with all the farm land. I imagine it has to do with the price as land here is very high. I have found land to be a lot less expensive in upstate NY, as long as you get away from the bigger cities like NYC and even Albany. Heuvelton is a beautiful area but winters can be pretty harsh. I guess it is a good trade off for the cheaper land and much less congestion.

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Guest Post: How I Became The "Amish Website Guy"

Comment #172766 by Carol on 18.09.17, 18:01

Hey Erik, I did not know some Amish businesses had an online presence. Glad this man is being helpful with building the websites, letting “English” know of the trades the Plain people have available.
Mrs Aber’s comment was right on! I do hope he’ll keep in touch with you, giving updates on his work.
Many blessings to you, Erik! Carol

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Comment #172749 by Amish girl- Rebecca on 18.09.17, 14:23

Yeah, at work when I talk of cooking Cajun jambalaya or gumbo or Chipotles, fried rice, curry, etc. I might get some funny looks. What most folks consider an authentic Amish meal is actually a special occasion meal (like for a wedding). We eat like most people around us. My Mom does a lot of grilling. We don’t eat a lot of rich desserts either except for special treats. We are very normal, average people for the most part.

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Should License Plates Be Required On Amish Buggies?

Comment #172734 by Anonymous on 18.09.17, 05:53

I’ve been around horses all my life and have frequently been riding or working with horses after dark. I don’t know where you get the idea they are scared of the dark! Their eyesight is far better than ours in the dark and my experience with horses leads me to consider your statement uninformed.

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This Amish Family Will Serve You Dinner

Comment #172703 by Dan on 17.09.17, 19:03

There are even some very few Amish families with whom you can stay for one to three nights, for only a small fee and even for a bit longer, if you are lucky and they invite you to do so.

I understand Pennsylvania Dutch quite well and speak it to some extend, even though I do not have an Amish or Mennonite background. I’m also quite familiar with Amish culture and lifestyle through very intense studies.

Last year I stayed for a week with a Michigan Amish family, a weekend with a New Order Amish family in Ohio and another week with a very Amish like Para-Amish group in Kentucky, that has more restrictions on technology than the strictest Old Order Amish, that is no combustion engines at all, only steam engines.

They were all very friendly and helpful and I did not feel odd or as an outsider there. My mother tongue is German and my Christian faith is heavily influenced by conservative Anabaptism.

For a long time I thought it would be impossible to do what I did, but one day I discovered a hospitality directory that made all this possible. I won’t tell which one it was, because these few Amish families for sure do not want to be flooded with visitors.

What I want so say here is that it is possible to stay with Amish families for some time even if you are an outsider.

You just have to learn an enormous amount of knowledge about them (language would be very helpful too) and you must be at least for some time be very adaptable.

I will try to do this again, but the Amish, Old Order Mennonite, Hutterite and Para-Amish groups I plan to visit are not the most conservative ones, but rather “odd” or unusual groups.

One of these unusual, more or or less well known groups, that was mentioned here several times, is the Amish congregation at Unity, Maine, but there are quite a few others.

It is not easy the discover and locate them, but if one tries hard, it is possible!

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Indiana Amish

Comment #172695 by Sharon Croft on 17.09.17, 13:02

I read in the Terre Haute Tribune of a restaurant or home that prepares a meal for a small group and serves it in a family atmosphere. I wrote the information down and cannot find it. This was located somewhere in or near Rockville. Our group would love to have this experience. Can you give me any information on this.

Thank you

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This Amish Family Will Serve You Dinner

Comment #172658 by KimH on 16.09.17, 21:00

Ive often heard of harmonicas called harps…and often called mouth harps .. so yes… Pretty common talk.

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This Amish Family Will Serve You Dinner

Comment #172654 by Bob the Quaker on 16.09.17, 19:33

In Lancaster, PA Katy’s Kitchen is a nice small Amish restaurant located a few miles south on Route 30 (Philadelphia Pike). It is south of Rt. 30 on Route 896 heading to Strasburg, PA. Restaurant is on the right just after a small bridge. My last visit, they had a white board with notes. One note said “Prayer is the best wireless connection”

I have an Amish friend that does meals for visitors and tourists.

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Amish Roofers

Comment #172646 by William Rushby on 16.09.17, 15:13

One of my sisters needs her roof replaced in the Champlain Valley of New York. We would like contact information for interested roofers. We could provide personal transportation and hauling of equipment, as well as clean up. Would like to have job done this fall. Call me and I will refer you. 540-474-3941

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Amishman Andy Yoder Discusses Caribou Wildfire (Video)

Comment #172640 by Erik/Amish America on 16.09.17, 12:41

Wow, 600 miles away? That’s an amazing distance. I guess it tells us something about the size of these ongoing blazes.

From what I recall reading it seemed the fire was quite small at first and potentially manageable with fewer resources, but then grew rapidly.

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Guest Post: How I Became The "Amish Website Guy"

Comment #172637 by Erik/Amish America on 16.09.17, 12:29

Sounds like a neat job Patty, and a nice service for your Amish dealer.

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Guest Post: How I Became The "Amish Website Guy"

Comment #172636 by Erik/Amish America on 16.09.17, 12:26

Great point Alice. People come with certain preconceptions of what is “Amish” and what isn’t. You mentioned mangoes but I think this would even apply to foods like pizza or Mexican style dishes which a lot of Amish make for themselves. I think that would surprise a lot of people who expect Amish to eat mainly or only classic PA Dutch style foods.

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Comment #172635 by Erik/Amish America on 16.09.17, 12:23

I enjoyed it as well, and the plasma stand hiccup is not something I thought of either. I think the net will continue to be important with people like Ryan playing a key role, though I wouldn’t be surprised if more Amish become directly involved with managing their own web presence.

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Do Amish use technology?

Comment #172634 by CJ on 16.09.17, 12:23

Anonymous…What you stated is not true. I was born in Europe and know this first hand. I do agree that Europe far surpasses our transportation system, but then Europe is a lot smaller than America. Your dislike of Americans show. That is sad. We are not all dismissive. I don’t know of anyone over here that would not love a better transportation system. However, with our debt and infrastructure problems, the cost would be prohibitive. Hopefully, one day, this will happen.

I live not far from a Mennonite community. People are very considerate when we see their buggies on the road. You might get a little frustrated sometimes…especially if you are in a hurry, but it is no worse than being stuck behind a slow moving farm vehicle, or stuck at a train crossing. I love seeing the buggies. It reminds me of a much simpler time. Also, to add, all of the above add much to our society.

Peace

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This Amish Family Will Serve You Dinner

Comment #172633 by Erik/Amish America on 16.09.17, 12:13

Must have been a nice experience to have been watched by Amish babysitters as a child, and not just for the food. Thanks for sharing J.M.

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This Amish Family Will Serve You Dinner

Comment #172632 by Erik/Amish America on 16.09.17, 12:11

Hi John, I think we’re talking about two different things (I am no expert on either instrument, just remembered the term when Ken mentioned “harp”). I agree it is a funny name 🙂

Nice to hear from a Keim with Holmes County roots, do you get back to visit much?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew%27s_harp

The Jew’s harp, also known as the jaw harp, mouth harp, Ozark harp or juice harp, is a lamellophone instrument, which is in the category of plucked idiophones: it consists of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue or reed attached to a frame. The tongue/reed is placed in the performer’s mouth and plucked with the finger to produce a note. Each instrument produces one pitch only, with its multiples (overtones), though different sized instruments provide different pitches. There is no standard pitch.

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Amish Seventh-Day Adventists?

Comment #172630 by Cathy on 16.09.17, 11:05

Saturdays was a Jewish law. Christians are not under the law so that is why it is on Sunday.

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This Amish Family Will Serve You Dinner

Comment #172626 by John J. Keim on 16.09.17, 09:24

I’ve never heard anyone refer to a Harmonica as a jaw harp before. I used to have a Harmonica when I was an Amish kid. That was back in the 1960’s. I grew up in the Ashland, Ohio community. I lived on a farm about a mile north of Shenandoah. I left the Amish in 1969. My grandfather used to own Keim lumber company in Mt. Hope, Ohio.

I have family members that are still Amish, but that lifestyle just wasn’t for me. If I’m not mistaken, One of my nephews, which I have a lot of, runs an electric store in Berlin, Ohio. It’s called Keim Electric. I live in Texas now with my son and his family.

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Should License Plates Be Required On Amish Buggies?

Comment #172624 by Merilee Nicely on 16.09.17, 09:07

Something I left out of my previous comment is that I think it should be against the law for the buggies and horses to be on the road after dusk/dark. It scares the horses and thereby could cause an accident harming the rider of the horse and/or buggy the occupants of the motor vehicle or the life of the wonderful animals that pull these buggies. I know this will not be looked upon favorable with the Amish especially if they attending evening worship at their church. Maybe they could work out some other way so not to have the buggies on the road at night.

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Guest Post: How I Became The "Amish Website Guy"

Comment #172615 by Alice Aber on 16.09.17, 07:14

Thank you for this informative story. I had often thought about doing something similar in Arthur, IL, but I am not expert enough in web design although I have created several web sites over the years. Plus the ride down there is a ways from here and I do not make it there very often.

One of the stigmas I see happening, at least from local people is judging the Amish as “not real Amish” if they do business online. People have a pre-conceived notion of what the Amish are or what they believe that is more often than not, very far from the truth. For example, I once had a store that sold Amish made products. In particular, an Amish made preserve that had mangos in it brought a lot of comments such as, “that can’t be Amish made, the Amish can’t grow mangos”. my reply was along the lines of, “but they can certainly buy them to make their preserves.” People could not picture the Amish buying anything they did not grow or make themselves. Just one example. I have also heard many comments about Amish web sites that were along the same vein, it just can’t be real Amish. Sorry but sometimes people can be so ignorant.

I am happy to hear someone is doing a fine job of crossing the bridge between the Amish and the “English”. Congratulations!!

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Amish Online Encyclopedia-Home and Family

Comment #172596 by Terrie on 15.09.17, 22:49

why do married Amish men grow beards and the unmarried do not

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The Dover, Delaware Amish settlement

Comment #172595 by Donald campbell on 15.09.17, 22:41

To the question about land preservation in de We farm in new castle co de. We wanted to put our farm in the farm land preservation and were told we can’t because we do what is called agritorusum. The Sec of ag said the state would loose their federal funding if they put us in that program. They buy your development rights and you receive about $2000 per acre You can still sell your farm but the rights still remain on that farm and can’t be sold for development We have made several attempts through legislation to change this to no avail The developers seem to have the upper hand Our farm is surrounded by development here in new castle co and traffic is horrific and machinery must be moved at night I can’t imagine a horse and buggy trying to navigate here Our new neighbors aren’t very tolerable if you have a slow moving vehicle to say the least

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This Amish Family Will Serve You Dinner

Comment #172585 by J. M. on 15.09.17, 18:49

I ate my lunch and dinner with an Amish family most days, during the time of my childhood when they were babysitting me. Very different, very nice. Decades later, I still haven’t had cottage cheese as good as theirs, and only one kind of ice cream that compares.

There’s a town near where I live now that has a lot of Mennonite (old and new order) and a few Amish, and there was a diner that was owned and operated by one of these groups. I was only an adolescent at the time, if that, so I don’t really remember more specific. I remember they had a gift shop upstairs. It was pretty neat, and I’m sad it didn’t last.

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Comment #172575 by Alice Mary on 15.09.17, 13:44

A very interesting and timely post! I’ve ordered Amish merchandise “online” and wondered who was behind the internet part of it. Now I have a better idea.

I chuckled at the “plasma stands”! Yes, I imagine there could certainly be a BIG “disconnect” with a lot of “English/Amish nomenclature.” I’d be interested in other examples.

I know it takes a LONG time for the Amish to adopt a lot of modern technology…but with the internet here to stay, in my opinion, (and agrarian life & “real estate” on the decline as the Amish continue to “increase”), I’m sure it’s only a matter of time (a couple of decades, maybe?) until mainstream Amish accept an online presence in order to make a living.

I hope Mr. Kralik keeps in touch with Amish America, as I find his work with the Amish intriguing!

Alice Mary

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Comment #172569 by Patty on 15.09.17, 11:32

I have been posting horses for an Amish dealer for four years now. He can now say he has sold horses to people in New Mexico to Canada, down to Florida and everywhere in between!

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