51 responses to The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities
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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 07:29)

    Greetings,

    I guess I would add Arthur, IL. Even though it is flat as a pancake here in Illinois compared to those in PA or OH, it has it’s own beauty. Downtown Arthur is full of cute little shops, both Amish owned and “Englisher” owned. The farms are spread out over a large area and you can drive around the countryside for hours discovering new places to explore. Because of it’s flatness you can see for miles out in the country which adds to its beauty.

    We are blessed here in the United States, every state in this country has it’s own beauty. Some, will prefer certain areas over others. I still miss the hills and mountains of the northeast but have come to enjoy the flatlands of the midwest as well. I love the rocky mountains of the west too and the desert holds its own beauty. I would think it would be very difficult to put a list such as this together because each area has its atributes.

    Blessings, Alice

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      JJ Gladney
      Comment on Illinois Amish country (December 19th, 2012 at 07:58)

      Illinois Amish country

      Maybe we are biased but I agree with Alice. Twice a year, in March and November, there are several early American antique shows in the Arcola-Arthur area. We have visitors from all across the country who truly enjoy the Amish farmlands and happily share the roads between the shows with the horses and buggies. To see the farms stretching out to the horizon and then to be able to explore the side roads that take you right past the farmsteads is definitely worth the trip.

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      Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 12:04)

      Alice great to hear from you in Illinois. I will join with JJ and say you have a good point, the flat lands offer nice long distance vistas. That being the first Amish community I visited as an adult makes me partial as well.

      Speaking of shops, hope yours is going well!

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        Alice Aber
        Comment on Erik (December 19th, 2012 at 17:17)

        Erik

        Hello Erik,

        Sorry I do not get to post much these days but I do try to catch up on reading whenever possible. The shop is doing very well and keeping me quite busy. I won’t get a day off until Christmas but I do love what I am doing very much. Folks here love the Amish products and other items I have to offer. Some of the comments are interesting. I’ll have to send you an email sometime soon and fill you in. You will get a kick out of it, LOL.

        Blessings,
        Alice

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        Tammy Vaughn
        Comment on 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (July 14th, 2015 at 17:26)

        7 Most Scenic Amish Communities

        I would like to add Clare, MI. Whenever we go there, we often visit “Colonville Country Store” which has everything from their beautiful chime clocks, postcards, books, etc. We also visit Surrey Discount Foods, which they just moved recently on the corner of Surrey and Tobacco Rds. Of course, there is the Amish Bakery! I just love visiting Clare.

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      Carolyn B
      Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 20th, 2012 at 00:08)

      Alice Aber, we rarely interact but I wanted to add my message to Erik’s that you’ve been missed and please come see us here at Amish America whenever you can. I love seeing your contributions to the comments.

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        Alice Aber
        Comment on Carolyn B (December 20th, 2012 at 06:38)

        Carolyn B

        Greetings Carolyn!!

        Thanks so much for the kind words!! I really miss being here. You probably know I opened a store in November and that has really kept me hopping. Not only do I offer many of the same items Beachy’s has in Arthur, IL but I also bake on the premises. You might say the store is a “mini copy” of Beachy’s in a way. That has kept my days pretty full as I usually work 12 hours a day. Especially right now with the holidays.

        Things should slow down just a bit after Christmas and hopefully I will have some more time to spend on my favorite blog, Amish America. :-) I also finally took the time to get a computer set up in the store so hopefully when I have a break I can get online a little more. Seems a bit strange having a computer and modern technoglogy in an Amish style store but then I am not Amish and do not pretend to be.

        I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I do hope to be able to be back on here a little more regular soon.

        Blessings, Alice

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    Tim
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 08:34)

    I have to add Randolph, Mississippi, simply because its the only Amish settlement I have seen. I enjoy doing business with its people, and count myself friends to some of them. And, as I always say, “No one makes better fried pies than M. Yoder!”

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    ann
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 09:12)

    I would add Shipshewana/LaGrange County, IN… mostly because the places tend to be so well-kept and beautiful, esp in the summer. Or is it because that’s where I’m from and so, it will always be beautiful to me?! :)

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      Susan
      Comment on Agreed (December 19th, 2012 at 12:18)

      Agreed

      The Lagrange folks in particular have such spectacular gardens that they are really beautiful, and most places are very well-kept with buildings in good repair but not as they say in New England “nasty neat”; they look very inviting.

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    Robin
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 09:15)

    I’d add St. Mary’s County, MD … a small settlement with Old Order Amish in the Charlotte Hall area and Old Order Mennonite (horse and buggy)in the Loveville area. I’m partial, because my family is from that area, and yes, it does have it’s own beauty!

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      Comment on St. Mary's Co. Amish (December 19th, 2012 at 11:59)

      St. Mary's Co. Amish

      Robin it was raining the one day I was there, so that may have biased me :) I do like the very long dead-end “lanes” that come off the main roads, with many farms off each one.

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    Judith Grober
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 09:36)

    Are there any Amish or Mennonite communities in Oregon? would really like to know.I”ve lived in Medford for many years,but never knew for sure if there are.Thank you.

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    Comment on What about Maine? (December 19th, 2012 at 09:39)

    What about Maine?

    There are 3 communities in Maine that are really nice too. http://amishamerica.com/tag/maine-amish/

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Oregon (December 19th, 2012 at 10:12)

    Oregon

    According to Kraybilland Hostetter “Anabatist World USA” there are no Old Order people in Oregon. There are, however, conservative Mennonites at Brownsville, Cove, Harrisburg, Estacada, Fruitland, Sheridan and Tangent.
    I have visited Amish communities in Pa., Indiana, New York, and Ontario but when you asked about the most scenic, I automatically thought it had to be in Montana!

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      Judith Grober
      Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 10:46)

      Thank you,Osiah,for the information.I truly appreciate it.Some of those places are not that far from Medford!Thank you again-God bless you.

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      OldKat
      Comment on I am late to this conversation ... (December 22nd, 2012 at 04:43)

      I am late to this conversation ...

      I am late to this conversation, but this subject interests me so please forgive my reviving a stale thread.

      The term “conservative” Mennonites is used, yet the authors of the book referenced say there are no “Old Order” people living in Oregon … so I am just curious how “conservative” Mennonites would defer from “Old Order” Mennonites. (Specifically: how would they differ other than the use of or lack thereof horse and buggy for transportation). Can anyone answer this question? Thanks, DOK

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        Comment on Conservative Mennonites (December 24th, 2012 at 07:49)

        Conservative Mennonites

        I believe Osiah has commented on this before, but some Mennonites who consider themselves Old Order would actually drive cars (Horning Mennonites). “Conservative” would throw the net wider to take in those a step or two beyond the Old Order, who use higher technology but may maintain some plain dress/head covering for women and may incorporate things like Sunday School which are not widely seen in Old Order Anabaptism. I’m sure Osiah can better explain though.

        Also here is Osiah’s interview from earlier in the year which may touch on some of this: http://amishamerica.com/osiah-horst-old-order-mennonites/

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    Naomi Wilson
    Comment on Lancaster (December 19th, 2012 at 10:22)

    Lancaster

    I have a serious case of “the grass is greener” over Lancaster Co. Maybe because anytime I am there, the grass actually *is* greener than most other places. I have only been in the southern part of the county, with the occasional foray northwards into the touristy area for a meal or a ride on the Strasburg RR. I often half jokingly daydream about how I could get “stuck” in Lancaster and never find my way out.

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      Comment on Green Lancaster (December 19th, 2012 at 12:01)

      Green Lancaster

      Good point Naomi, in my mind’s eye it actually does seem a little greener. Garden Spot turns out to be an apt nickname.

      The world outside is extra-gray right now, so that may be influencing how I remember some of these places, I’ll admit :)

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      Robin
      Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 12:34)

      Naomi,you really need to explore the other ares of the county … we are in love with the New Holland area and thinking that’s our ultimate retirement destination. We decided on Lancaster Co. several years ago …

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        Naomi Wilson
        Comment on Lancaster (December 20th, 2012 at 09:21)

        Lancaster

        Robin, that sounds great. I’m sure there is nothing I would enjoy more!!!

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on Favorite Amish communities (December 19th, 2012 at 13:31)

    Favorite Amish communities

    I would agree with ann. My husband and I love to travel and visit various Amish communities. My favorite is the Charm, OH community. I love the small communities, with downtown areas built along little streets, the curving county roads that wind through farms where homes are built right on the roadside.

    My second favorite would be the Shipshewana area, if you get into the countryside. Love seeing the farming communities and all the Buggies traveling everywhere. There are so many, they’ve built buggy lanes alongside most of the roads. Everywhere you go, there are Amish families shopping and busily hurrying along their way.

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    John Lueders
    Comment on Favorite Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 14:41)

    Favorite Amish Communities

    Most of my travels to Amish communities have been in Wisconsin. Some of my favorites include: Amherst, Wi. (disbanded), Cashton, Kingston, Wautoma, Mondovi/Durand, Loganville and Medford. But really anyplace there are Amish is a favorite to me.

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      Erin
      Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 15:22)

      I have been the Amish community near Mondovi. Our family was in the area for a brick oven pizza restaurant featured in Midwest Living and on the GPS we saw an Amish school listed. Of course, we located it along with a few shops and a cemetery. Beautiful rolling hills in WI!

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on they only place I've been (December 19th, 2012 at 16:27)

    they only place I've been

    The Amish and Mennonites live in lovely farm country in southern Ontario

    I remember either hearing on the radio, or reading in a publication, a description of either the Amish or Mennonites in this province, the words describe them something like “our friends dressed in black working their farms and traveling in their carriages against the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment”, though now that I wrote down what I recall I’m thinking that this doesn’t sound right., I am an enthusiast not an expert.. it was years ago, and I’m sure I had heard that in the more southerly and west (compared to the escarpment) when vacationing near and about Aylmer.

    But of course this post did only focus on the USA settlements, and still, I’d love to see some of these places.

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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 17:17)

    I can’t let this go without adding New York State. Being in many areas of my state including the Finger Lakes area. Seeing the horse drawn buggies and the beautiful farms are really something to see.
    Marilyn

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    Mary
    Comment on most scenic areas (December 19th, 2012 at 17:28)

    most scenic areas

    Shipshewana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Suzanne
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 19th, 2012 at 18:08)

    I have visited 3 different Amish communities in the mid west within the past 3 years (Jamesport, MO, Pawnee City, NE and Redding, IA) It may be nice for others but I really thought they were lame. I am from the East Coast and LOVE my Lancaster, PA. Amish.

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    Mary
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 20th, 2012 at 01:48)

    I have either visited every one of these communities (except for Park Co. IN.)or then drove through them. My pick would be Rexford, MT. or then Big Valley, Pa.

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    Comment on Dalton, WI (December 21st, 2012 at 20:40)

    Dalton, WI

    I would definitely add Barry Rd in Dalton, WI! It’s a nice stretch of road where you will find Amish homes, farms, and stores for miles and miles! I know Cashton is the more recognized Amish community here in Wisconsin but the Dalton, Kingston, and Montello area is beautiful. I think my favorite part is how the Amish working outdoors always wave when you drive by! No matter what they are doing!

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    Erin
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 21st, 2012 at 20:59)

    Thanks for posting, Rose. I live in central MN and love planning day trips near the Amish. I will have to add this to my list!

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 22nd, 2012 at 17:39)

    Outside of Holmes County, the most scenic Amish community I’ve
    visited is Munfordville/Hart County, Kentucky. I love driving
    along the two-lane highway between Munfordville and Cub Run. This
    runs through the heart of the Amish community. I think you have
    to take a little time, drive slowly and stop frequently to look
    at the scenic beauty of the hills and dales in the community. Take
    a sidetrip along many of the curvy roads that go off the main
    highway and you will see many Amish farms.

    I like your commment, Erik, about the rustic beauty of the
    Swartzentruber communities. I think the Swartz. communities
    of Harmony, Minn., and Orange County, Indiana, have this type of
    charm in beautiful, hilly settings.

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      Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 22nd, 2012 at 17:56)

      I thought about Munfordville when compiling this list Al. Some similarity to Holmes County in the terrain. I got a little lost driving one of those curvy roads you mention off into nowhere while in that community.

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    Shylie Sagar
    Comment on Burke's Garden, VA (December 23rd, 2012 at 18:37)

    Burke's Garden, VA

    I do not think it is in existence any longer, but the most scenic Amish community I have seen out of the two dozen or so I have been too, would have to be/have been Burke’s Garden, VA. The views of the Blue Ridge were stunning and this part of VA was very rural, often even primitive. But my favorite overall is definitely Holmes County.

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      Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (December 24th, 2012 at 07:54)

      Shylie I just googled images of Burke’s Garden…I can see why you mentioned it here.

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        Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (June 4th, 2013 at 10:04)

        what is burks garden

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          Alice Aber
          Comment on ML Crowe (June 4th, 2013 at 12:34)

          ML Crowe

          ML, Burke’s Garden is in Virginia. If you look at the top of this page towards the left you will see a link for the “Amish State Guide” click on it and you will find listings of Amish communities in every state. I would suggest you start your search there to find the Amish community closest to where you will be moving to.

          Blessings, Alice

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    Annmarie
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (January 3rd, 2013 at 11:11)

    I have to agree with Lancaster being on your list. While I only have visited Lancaster and briefly passed through a community in Indiana…. I just think Lancaster is so picturesque and for me conveys a peace and tranquility. However, your detailed list of communities has me itching to explore during vacation time:)

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    Ava
    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (January 21st, 2013 at 18:23)

    I’d like to please add Kenton, Ohio to the list! The Amish settlement is just out of town, but the last time I visited Kenton proper, there were still hitching posts outside City Hall, and dotting the town. Just wonderful to see in a town where nearly half my family lived/lives.

    Also, I have a lot of relatives in Lodi, Ohio. I never knew there was a Schwartzentruber presence there.

    I’m now wondering if there are reasons my great-grandma spoke Penn-Dutch, and my grandfather learned German after marrying my grandma.

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    Jen
    Comment on Lodi, Ohio? (February 8th, 2013 at 19:03)

    Lodi, Ohio?

    I’m curious as to the exact location of the Amish in Lodi, Ohio. As a lifelong resident, I am not aware of Amish living in Lodi. There are a few neighboring communities (West Salem, Congress) who have Amish living in them, but Lodi is a small run down village. Also, Lodi is not located near “Medina-Ashland County”. It’s in Medina county, near Wayne County and about 15 miles from Ashland county, where even larger settlements of Amish live.

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      Janis
      Comment on Lodi, OH (March 27th, 2013 at 13:19)

      Lodi, OH

      I agree with Jen. My husband works in Lodi and it’s run down, not scenic. On the other hand, we’ve had a lot of work done by small businesses in the Lodi countryside who might be Amish or Mennonite. They’ve fixed our boatcover, replaced a convertible top and replaced our son’s car bumper – and they’re very reasonably priced and do great work.

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    Comment on The 7 Most Scenic Amish Communities (June 4th, 2013 at 10:00)

    im moving from holmes co ohio amish…looking to move close to my daughter but also what to find something around the amish in chester co pa…where do i look

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    Sharyn
    Comment on Mespo , Ohio (April 26th, 2014 at 13:42)

    Mespo , Ohio

    You gotta have Middlefield / Mespo , Ohio on the list 😀

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    Andy Dufresne
    Comment on Conewango Valley, New York (April 26th, 2014 at 16:58)

    Conewango Valley, New York

    I would add Conewango Valley, New York. Its a very old Amish Community and in the rolling hills of Southwestern New York (6+ hours from the big city – ie New York City)

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    Comment on The Land Was Theirs (June 25th, 2014 at 08:11)

    The Land Was Theirs

    As a historical fiction writer the most interesting adaptation people make is to react to technology. Sometimes, the technology choice is not theirs but forced on them, and farmers often fall victim to someone else’s efforts. Looking on the Pennsylvania fracking map http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/drilling/ the farms exposed are west of Appalachia. Lancaster relies on water and I wonder with all the fracking accidents in nearby Chester Pa will Lancaster farmers seek ways to store their own cistern water as in the 1930’s? http://chescodems.org/?p=2795

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    Buck
    Comment on Another community to add to list (October 29th, 2014 at 14:29)

    Another community to add to list

    There is a HUGE community of Swartzentruber amish located in Sullivan, OH and expands into West Salem, OH. This group continues to grow every year.

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      Comment on Lodi community (October 29th, 2014 at 22:51)

      Lodi community

      We actually already have this one on the list Buck. Number 7 (Lodi) includes Sullivan, West Salem, and other parts of Ashland, Medina, and Wayne Counties. It’s one of the largest of all Swartzentruber communities. I do like that area.

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