49 responses to Inside an Amish Bookstore
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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 06:33)


    This looks like a fun place to visit and shop in. I love books!! I have not been to an Amish book store yet but would love to go. Do you happen to know of any in Arthur, IL? I plan on going to Arthur next week if all works out. I will also check in with the tourist information place in the old train depot but if you know of any Erik that would be appreciated.

    Miller’s Dry Goods in Arthur has gas lamps that hang from the ceiling. They do a double duty as they provide both light and heat in the winter time. I remember the first time I was in there in the winter. It was quite warm with those gas fixtures going. It was a little dim in some areas of the store but as you said, still plenty of light to see by.

    Blessings, Alice

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      Comment on Amish bookstore Illinois (August 31st, 2011 at 07:00)

      Amish bookstore Illinois

      Alice as far as I know this is an Amish-owned shop with books, I don’t know what their selection is like:

      Clearview Fabrics & Books
      178 E Cr 500 N, Arthur, IL 61911-6262
      (217) 543-9091 ‎

      There is (was?) a book dealer a couple miles southeast of town when I was there in 2004, not sure of the name or coordinates though.

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        Alice Aber
        Comment on Erik (August 31st, 2011 at 10:25)


        Thanks Erik!! I printed your info and will look for it while I am down there. I’ll also see if I can find the other one south of town too.


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        Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (September 1st, 2011 at 09:23)

        I love to read, and frequent the library in my area a lot. I am happy to know that the Amish are aloud to read books, out side of the bible that is. I had heard that books other than the bible were not aloud is some communities, is that true?

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        Penni Pfizenmaier
        Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 8th, 2015 at 13:33)

        I love clear view fabrics. A wonderful selection of books. They are Mennonite mostly. They carry readers too.

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 07:05)

    The photos could have been taken at an Amish store I often frequent in Sinking Valley, PA It is owned by two elderly Amish sisters. (Renno sisters) It is charming with greeting cards, quilts, fabric, notions, books, and necessities the Amish need for daily life. They will order anything they are able from a thick catalog they keep under the counter. If you are looking for non-electric appliances, this is the place to shop!

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 07:05)

    How fun! I’ve never seen an Amish bookstore. I wonder if in their new building they’ll have a few comfortable chairs and a Starbucks? LOL! I’ll have to look for a bookstore next time I’m near an Amish area.

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 07:12)

    If anyone would like to visit the shop in Sinking Valley, PA, please email me and I will send you directions.

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      Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (February 1st, 2013 at 14:17)

      I live on Long Island New York, I would love directions to this store, thank you, Bea

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 07:14)

    Looks very much like Gordonville Bookstore in Gordonville, PA- just outside of Bird In Hand.

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 07:52)

    I love the rack in the Children’s section … the little denim purses and what looks like maybe a bag of happy face pins or stickers?

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    Amish Stories
    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 08:53)

    Hey Erik I’ve not been around on Amish America for a week or so, but it looks like you are really getting around visiting Amish communities from state to state. It is kind of on the dark side at this Amish book store, and I’m not trying to use a “star wars” reference here. I have been in a few Amish shops with no gas lights but the thing that they did have working for them was plenty of natural light, but I’m getting picky here so i hope your enjoying your trip and i know some really good images will come from your visits to these Amish settlements in future posts. Richard www.Amishstorys.com

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    Marilyn fron New York
    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 08:58)

    I don’t know the name of it-but in Waterloo, New York there is a bookstore in the back of the Mennonite Grocery Store. They have Amish and Mennonite novels, childrens books, school books, and more. You are kind of surprised to find a book store in the back of a grocery store when you are going up and down the grocery isles. Of course it is a huge store.

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    linda saul
    Comment on amish bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 09:02)

    amish bookstore

    Love the pictures. I noticed they had two csh registers and also a calculator. I wonder why two ?

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 11:12)

    Yes, I have been to Amish bookstores … This one in fact!
    I used to haul Ben and his wife with my taxi service. (she was in a wheelchair … wonder how she is doing? That was about 4 years ago.)
    Ben is a very nice man. He gave me several books out of the store … to learn PA German. 🙂 Also gave me some good discounts on others. Nothing like taking care of your taxi driver. 🙂
    His son Aden is an interesting man (Mary’s husband). The only Amish “scrapper” that I know of. I would meet him at auctions buying up the scrap metal. When he got a few tons together he would hook his tractor to his overfilled wagons and head for Coshocton to cash out about $1500 worth of metals. Somehow he managed to get around on a rubber-tired tractor, in spite of being Old Order. But I am thinking maybe that it had a backhoe attachment, so maybe it skirted the ban on using tractors for going places. 🙂

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    Mona G.
    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 12:13)

    Haven’t been to an Amish book store, but the Amish stores I go to, they also have several books…..
    I also noticed the two cash registers and calculator…..aren’t these electric ??????Just wondering………

    Enjoyed your article, and the pictures….

    BTW did you receive my personal email re: butter ???? Haven’t heard from you on it !!!!

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      Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 13:44)

      Those cash registers are set up to run on batteries. The Old Order in that area are not opposed to solar, and the majority seem to have solar panels to run some lights and small equipment like this. Of course, they may just run on AA batteries.

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 12:32)

    In Lancaster County, PA there is a shop on Stumptown Road that has lots of books, lots of quilts, crafts, best homemade soft pretzels, fresh milk shakes, bird houses, clocks, fudge, root beer, cakes, etc. Unfortunaly the Bus tours stop here too. Go to the crossroad of Stumptown Road and Rt. 772 (Newport Rd). Visit the Old Mill at that intersection. A guide will demostrate that the Mill still works. It use to have a post office in one corner. Free tour, but you can tip the volunteer guide. From this intersection, go NE on Stumptown Rd. (crossing 772) for about a mile and look for the beautiful farm with Green roofs to visit this Amish farm.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on My kind of place! JUST READ! (August 31st, 2011 at 13:27)

    My kind of place! JUST READ!

    I’ve never ben to Raber’s, but I’ve ordered a number of items from them, from bound books to coloring books—which are truly unique–I mean, how many children’s coloring books have you ever seen with a deer hanging from a tree, ready to be–uh–“prepared”? They’re all obviously hand-drawn by regular people—certainly not anyone trained in graphic design or art. They’re treasures!

    I had a credit from them for an item they no long carry. I’m waiting for my next order to arrive—it takes a while, but it’s worth it!

    Thanks for posting the pictures, Erik. I’d like to visit there someday!

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 13:53)

    Very nice Pathway bookstore on 250W in the South Howe, Indiana church district…

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      Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 14:14)

      http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/5756/dcp0001i.jpg – – – http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/4690/dcp0002.jpg

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      Comment on Amish Bookstore in Indiana (February 3rd, 2012 at 11:28)

      Amish Bookstore in Indiana

      Tom, you mentioned an Amish bookstore in West Howe(?), Indiana. Can you tell me approximately how far this is from Shipshewana, and if you know of any other Amish bookstores in the northern Indiana area? Thanks!

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    Debbie Welsh
    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 14:03)

    In Berlin, Ohio, right in the main hub of things, is a Christian bookshop that sells lots of Amish books, fiction & non-fiction, at a really good discount. Also, the big antique shops in that area have some dealers who are selling their Amish novels at a real good price. I remember we went to this Amish variety store way back on a farm somewhere in Fredericksburg, Ohio, and they had a large book and stationery section, and it was just as dark inside as Raber’s looks.

    In Lancaster County, PA, we stop into the Gordonville Bookstore at 275 Old Leacock Road where I get a copy of The Diary, which is a white pamphlet style newspaper similar to The Budget. They sell lots of books, stationery, and stamping supplies, and sometimes even foodstuffs where I’ve gotten a hefty zip-sealed bag of local shelled walnuts for $2.00! There’s also a place called JL Bookstore at 147 Amishtown Road in New Holland, PA, but sorry to say I’ve not been there yet.

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      Michigan Mary
      Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (September 1st, 2011 at 10:53)

      Debbie, that would have been Yoder’s Country Store, near Fredricksburg. It is a the far-end of a very long lane that runs back to several OO farms. I have been there several times – just love that place.

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    Comment on To Erik or Primitive Christianity... (August 31st, 2011 at 14:44)

    To Erik or Primitive Christianity...

    In a previous life did this book store use to be a milking parlour by any chance?

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 17:59)

    Rocky Cedars Enterprises
    2156 Country Store Lane
    Dayton, VA 22821-2112
    (540) 879-9714

    Run by two OO Mennonite sisters. Nice selection of books, fabric, childrens puzzles, hats and other items for plain living. I got my church jacket there. Nice ladies.

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    Michigan Mary
    Comment on OTHER AMISH BOOK SHOPS (August 31st, 2011 at 19:41)


    Has anyone ever been to Farmerstown Broom & Book. I am pretty sure that it is going out of business as I saw an “Absolute Auction” of the business in the Bargain Hunter 2 weeks ago…. bummer, it was a nice little shop.

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      Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 31st, 2011 at 20:50)

      Mary, I was there a few years back. Interesting shop, as the broom maker was blind. But he was getting to be an older man, so I can easy see that he would be retiring, or died?? Mike

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        Michigan Mary
        Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (September 1st, 2011 at 10:50)

        Mike – he did indeed pass away a couple of years back and his widow continued to run the shop. She, too, is up there in years and I think it has gotten to be too much.

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          Comment on Farmerstown Broom and Book (September 2nd, 2011 at 06:28)

          Farmerstown Broom and Book

          Mary on this last trip I visited Farmerstown Broom and Book and was told the same, that Blind Syl had died a couple years ago. I didn’t hear anything about a sale. The gentleman who was running the place showed me the brooms and broom-making equipment, and said someone else was helping out.

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    Kevin Lindsey
    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (September 1st, 2011 at 10:25)

    We stopped in Delaware at an Amish owned Fabric shop (my wife is a quilter). Now while it had a great selection of fabric, it also had alot of other goods and a wonderful book store. There were a couple of tall book shelves full! Cant remember the name of it, but we spent some money on fabric and books!

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      Kevin Lindsey
      Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (September 8th, 2011 at 06:48)

      Found the name of the store…its Shady Lane Selections, in Dover, DE.

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        Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (September 8th, 2011 at 07:51)

        Kevin I enjoyed visiting Shady Lane earlier this year, spent a bit more time at Sunny View (Almost sounds like they chose their names in tandem 🙂 )

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (September 1st, 2011 at 11:28)

    There is a small, but well stocked bookstore in the coutryside west of Nappanee, IN. The store is right on the Elkhart/Marshall county line. The road is CR100 in Elkhart Co just south of US 6 or 1050W in Marshall Co. The store sits well off the road on the west side behind another set of buildings, but a sign shows you the right driveway.

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    Comment on location of amish bookstores (January 3rd, 2012 at 20:08)

    location of amish bookstores

    Hi Erik! I really enjoy AMISH AMERICA which I just discovered this fall 2011. My Amish travels are only in Penn. (I live in northern New Jersy and travel alone).
    While I was in the Montuar/Columbia area,
    I asked an Amish woman about the Jersy Shore area but she could not give me any details so as not to disturb their privacy. Is there a Jersey Shore area along the Susquahana River that is friendly to tourists? I love quilt/fabric shops, bookstores and basically anything Amish.
    I have a very old copy of AMISH COMMUNITIES and would love to get the newest edition so I can find more of these special little shops. Is there a bookstore that accept mail-orders?
    I am already looking forward to a trip this spring.
    Keep up the good work!
    Marianne Penn

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    Robert Schwind
    Comment on AMISH BIBLE GERMAN (May 2nd, 2012 at 18:12)


    I believe that the Amish use the Luther translation of the Bible of 1542 in German. Do you carry the same and, if so, at what price? Robert Schwind

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      Alan Munday
      Comment on Re: AMISH BIBLE GERMAN (August 3rd, 2012 at 12:21)


      If it is any help, a version of the original Luther Bible is available for download from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bible/delut otherwise, including if you are happy to have an updated language version, these are readily available on sites like Amazon. Further searches may turn up copies of the original version, but these would be in German Gothic script, as I believe Amish source materials are, so you may have difficulties in reading them anyway.

      I believe the eSword Bible has a module of this Bible available as would Crosswire, which provides modules for a few free Bible softwares. The sites for these are –
      http://www.e-sword.net/ and http://www.crosswire.org/

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    Alan Munday
    Comment on Amish On-line bookstores ? A Contradiction in terms ! (August 3rd, 2012 at 11:56)

    Amish On-line bookstores ? A Contradiction in terms !

    What a pity that by virtue of their life, Amish people do not run on-line book services. It would be so helpful.

    On the other hand, if there are online book stores who sell Amish published books, and who take payments online from outside the USA, details of these would be most helpful.

    It is particularly difficult for people, like me, who are interested but who do not live in North America and short of being able to make a personal visit, or know someone who is able to, is unable to benefit. Similarly where sending a UK bank cheque, to a terrestrial book store in North America would not be any use.

    I know that there is a fair number of related books on Amazon, by non-Amish or former Amish, so there is no need to take up your time advising on these, thank you.

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      Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (August 3rd, 2012 at 12:15)

      Alan, try www.scrollpublishing.com. They sell a lot of Pathway Publishing materials, and I am pretty sure would be used to shipping to the UK (although I dont know how much shipping cost would be.)

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        Alan Munday
        Comment on Re: Amish On-line bookstores ? A Contradiction in terms ! (August 6th, 2012 at 22:41)

        Re: Amish On-line bookstores ? A Contradiction in terms !

        Thank you for your advice, although I have discovered them myself. Unfortunately their shipping price is unreasonably high and most disproportionate to the cost of the book I was interested in. Other suppliers from the USA use much less expensive methods of shipping that are not anywhere near as discouraging of doing business compared to Scroll Publishing !

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (November 25th, 2014 at 11:04)

    I was in the LaGrange County, Indiana, area last week shopping at
    Amish stores, and stopped by Pathway Bookstore which was located
    in the rural LaGrange area. As I entered the store, in the entryway was a big poster that said the store closed in July, 2014,
    due to low volume of in-store customers. They have moved to Bloomingdale, Michigan. I will get the address and put it on another post. They still do mail order. On the poster was a listing of several bookstores in the LaGrange area which sell some of the Pathway books, so I was able to purchase the two books I wanted at another store. But, I will miss the Pathway Store at
    LaGrange because I usually stopped by there at least once each year. It was a unique store and very interesting to anyone interested in learning more about Amish faith and life.

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      Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (November 25th, 2014 at 14:02)

      Thanks for sharing this Al. I had heard this was in the works but didn’t know where they ended up. It was a nice store in that community, but aligned with what they are saying, every time I went in there it was pretty quiet.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (November 26th, 2014 at 07:26)

    New address for Pathway Bookstore:

    43623 CR 390
    Bloomingdale, Michigan 49026

    I agree with your comments, Erik. I was in the Pathway Bookstore at LaGrange at least once a year the past five years and always was the only customer in the store at the time. I guess local Amish people didn’t go there much nor did many of the thousands of tourists who visit the area each year. I looked up the Bloomingdale settlement in the 2014 Raber’s Almanac. There is only one district listed with only one minister, no bishop or deacon. Must be a small settlement.

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      Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (February 11th, 2015 at 16:06)

      Is Pathway Bookstores connected to Pathway Publishers of LaGrange IN who publishes the Pathway Readers?

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        Comment on Inside an Amish Bookstore (February 11th, 2015 at 17:42)

        Yes, the main Pathway Publishers “HQ” is actually in the Amish settlement in Aylmer, Ontario, but up until recently they had a bookstore and presence in Lagrange County. That has since moved to Bloomingdale, Michigan. I’m not sure if the Pathway Readers are physically published in the US or Canada though.

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    Comment on blogs on traveling book sales (April 16th, 2016 at 08:02)

    blogs on traveling book sales

    Erik, I’m looking for blogs you may have written about your experiences as a traveling book salesman selling to the Amish. Could you point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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