33 responses to The Amish of St. Joseph County, Michigan (Centreville)
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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on The Amish of St. Joseph County, Michigan (Centreville) (January 23rd, 2012 at 09:22)

    Good morning Erik and another Amish settlement that I’ve yet to visit. And while some folks flee the city of Detroit for better economic opportunities its one of the city’s that I’ve always wanted to visit because its the home base of our American car makers, and i always wanted to take a tour of one of the big three’s auto factory’s. And of course while i was in this state id try and visit one of its Amish community as well. Richard

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      Comment on Detroit (January 23rd, 2012 at 12:35)


      Thanks Richard, maybe Detroit needs an Amish revitalization plan. One of the great US cities which hopefully will rebound someday, but not without changes.

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      Michigan Mary
      Comment on A VISIT TO DETROIT (January 25th, 2012 at 12:03)


      Richard! You simply must come visit us. My dear husband and I have a 1976 Cadillac Calais Coupe and we would love to take you on a tour of all of the automotive attractions that abound in the Detroit area – there are dozens of them around town! And, then, when we have tired of motorized transportation, we could trip on out to Centerville, or Clare, or Marlett, or Mio, or Hubbard Lake, or Cassville, or any of the other dozens of Amish settlement areas. Seriously, friend, after we get done playing in your neck of the woods in July, you should come visit us here – we live 14 miles north of the city… and would love to have you visit! Mary B. in Michigan.

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      Catherine Segal
      Comment on Amish/Detroit (October 21st, 2014 at 20:15)


      I have seen Amish in a few situations in Suburban Detroit, but never within city limits.

      My husband has surgery at Suburban Beaumont Hospital, and there was an Amish family in the surgical waiting room.

      An Amish builder came into the plumbing warehouse I work at. Customers in brief summer outfits made him uncomfortable.

      the only Mennonite group I know of is outside of Ann Arbor, far from Detroit.

      I too hope for the rebirth of Detroit, but I don’t know of any reason they would want to come into the city.


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    Comment on Michigan Amish (January 23rd, 2012 at 09:27)

    Michigan Amish

    Very much enjoyed this article! Thanks, Erik!!

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    Mary Manna
    Comment on Off-Topic (January 23rd, 2012 at 09:33)



    I have been following your blog for quite some time, and every so often, I comment on one of your blogs.

    I have not run across any mention of how you came to write about the Amish. Are you of Amish lineage yourself? Or have just come to love the Amish, and, therefore, simply must write of them?

    Perhaps, many of your readers already know your story. I don’t and would really like to know. I just love how you travel from one community to another, state-to-state, and tell us and show us of your many findings.

    I have Amish friends in Lancaster County, PA … but I far more love Holmes/Wayne County, OH. I have yet to visit other communities.

    Blessings, Erik!


    • Mary I appreciate you asking, I sold books in Amish communities and visited a lot of Amish homes over a 4 year period. That’s how things started. I wrote about that experience in more detail here: http://amishamerica.com/family-time/

      Also the kind and gracious Rich Stevick wrote a little bio in an Amish publication which was republished here: http://amishamerica.com/yours-truly-in-the-pinecraft-pauper/

      Thanks a lot for reading and hope to hear from you again!

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    Comment on The Amish of St. Joseph County, Michigan (Centreville) (January 23rd, 2012 at 10:07)

    Why are towns named Centreville rarely all that central?

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      Comment on Why Centerville? (January 23rd, 2012 at 11:32)

      Why Centerville?

      Likely for the same reason Greenland was called thus. A misnomer to attract folks. 😀

    • I think if you live there, they can start to feel pretty “central” 🙂

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      Comment on Centreville is central :) (January 3rd, 2017 at 12:01)

      Centreville is central :)

      Centreville is about as ‘central’ as you can get in St. Joseph County, MI! 🙂 It is the county seat. Though at only 1400 people, Sturgis, Three Rivers, Constantine and White Pigeon are all larger cities/villages.

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    Comment on Centreville (January 23rd, 2012 at 13:06)


    I don’t know this for certain, but my guess is that the town was named Centreville because it is the county seat for St. Joseph County, and it sits almost dead-center in the middle of the county.

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    Comment on St. Joe Amish (January 23rd, 2012 at 13:11)

    St. Joe Amish

    Wonderful article Erik! As you know this is the community that first welcomed me 27 years ago. My friends were part of the Missouri migration, and arriving in the mid-1950s. I wasn’t aware of the Swiss connection – very interesting! And I feel the same way you do about that mill; it can be pretty intimidating, especially when all the saws are going.

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      Comment on Log piles (January 23rd, 2012 at 13:18)

      Log piles

      Thanks Keith! And I appreciate you helping me on this visit. I’m always impressed how they get the log piles nice and balanced. Wonder how often they go a-tumbling. I’m guessing rarely, but still would not want to be in the way of that!

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    Kevin Lindsey
    Comment on The Amish of St. Joseph County, Michigan (Centreville) (January 23rd, 2012 at 13:21)

    Thanks for this article. While I am a Michigander, and have visited several Amish communities, I havent made it to this community yet. I am definitely going to put it on my agenda. Thanks also for the Detroit comments. Perhaps an “amish” type revitilization of sorts is taking place there, as urban gardening on vacant city lots is taking off very sucessfully! I dont live there, but we hope it can turn itself around soon!

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      Comment on Detroit urban decay and city agriculture (January 23rd, 2012 at 13:51)

      Detroit urban decay and city agriculture

      I’ve read about plans to return vast portions of the city to green areas in tandem with the urban agriculture project. That sparked the half-in-jest Amish comment but I also think it could go deeper than that.

      I remember reading about full-sized family homes selling for less than $1000 in the city. People have probably seen the photos of grand city landmarks fallen into utter decay. This was once one of the nation’s premier cities. I don’t think it falls apart by accident.

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        Kevin Lindsey
        Comment on The Amish of St. Joseph County, Michigan (Centreville) (January 23rd, 2012 at 15:43)

        It definitely didnt fall apart by accident, but through a whole conglameration of reasons. It is on the verge of something, and nobody quite knows what yet. It is a mixed bag of great hope and rejuvenation, and decay and despair. For instance, the North American Auto Show just closed with the biggest attendance since 2005, but at the same time the Governor is considering appointing a emergency financial manager, which is a hotly contested issue. There is new business and residential development going on, at the same time there are many abandoned buildings. It really is a mixed bag.

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    Comment on My town! (January 23rd, 2012 at 13:40)

    My town!

    This is so wonderful good that you have posted about this area!!! I attend a Beachy Amish church there. Have many friends there as well. Actully the Yoders store that you posted a picture of. Well one our our pastors owns that store! My husband and I do not live in this area “YET”! But come spring time, we are hoping to move down if the Lord is willing.

    This is such a beautiful area. Their are not alot of amish, not like Indiana (our next door naibor). It is quite and peaceful. But for me it’s just right!

    I hope you come back to visit, and wright more posts on this area!

    God Bless
    A Friend

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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on The Detroit renaissance may have already started! (January 23rd, 2012 at 16:18)

    The Detroit renaissance may have already started!

    Yes Erik i hope also for Detroit’s come-back and i think that may be starting with General motors and Chrysler now starting to get stronger legs beneath them with better products, and improving profits. And i just read that the General is now again the largest automaker in the world, but i hope they want to be the most profitable instead, which to me is the most important thing. Richard

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    Comment on St Joseph Co , Michigan (January 23rd, 2012 at 18:58)

    St Joseph Co , Michigan

    I enjoyed your post on St Joseph Co. I was born and raised there and it is still “home” to me even though I left 43 years ago. A lot of changes have been made since I lived there.

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    Comment on The Amish of St. Joseph County, Michigan (Centreville) (January 23rd, 2012 at 20:08)

    I taught school there on Truckenmiller Rd for 6 terms,,,,and enjoyed it for the most part,,,,,,,,,taught 13 terms altogether,,,

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    Joan Sheldon
    Comment on yours-truly-in-the-pinecraft-pauper/ (January 23rd, 2012 at 21:03)


    http://amishamerica.com/yours-truly-in-the-pinecraft-pauper/. What a great article, Erik. Thanks for the link to it. Very well written.

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    Comment on The Amish of St. Joseph County, Michigan (Centreville) (January 23rd, 2012 at 21:56)

    I looked it up (I found a listing on GAMEO) and there is a Mennonite church in Detroit, and it is a reasonably old one, according to the encyclopedia, it was established in 1926. Perhaps not horse and buggy folk, but still a faith community.

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    Comment on The Amish of St. Joseph County, Michigan (Centreville) (January 24th, 2012 at 12:01)

    Another great read! Thanks, Erik! Seeing something from Amish America on my facebook page always makes my day — I love reading your posts and seeing your pictures very much.

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    Comment on Visit St Joseph County, Michgan Amish (June 13th, 2016 at 17:30)

    Visit St Joseph County, Michgan Amish

    I am extremely interested or should I say fasinatec by the Amish community. I would like to drive up there for a short visit. What type of accommodations are up there( hotel/motels/bed&breakfast?

    • Hi Diane, it’s not really a very touristy area, more of that would be found nearby in the northern Indiana settlement around Shipshewana. But, we did put together this tourism page several years ago, listing area Amish businesses along with lodging. With the caveat that I don’t know if everything is completely up to date, this might be helpful:

      http://amishamerica.com/michigan-amish-tourism-business/#st josephs

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        Comment on "Meandering your" (March 21st, 2017 at 14:10)

        "Meandering your"

        In the article about the Amish in St. Joseph you mentioned a “meandering tour”. Any idea if this is still offered, and if so where? I’m facinsated my Amish cooking/recipes and would love more information!

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      Comment on Re: Visit St Joseph County, Michgan Amish (January 3rd, 2017 at 12:13)

      Re: Visit St Joseph County, Michgan Amish

      Sturgis is actually a good starting point to look for lodging. It is my hometown. It is literally right off of the toll road (80/90). There’s a Hampton Inn and Suites and there’s also some fairly new lodging immediately south of the Sturgis exit too. Sturgis has also been bringing in many new restaraunts making the area more tourist friendly. It is located about 30 minutes east of Shipshewana (a huge Amish tourist destination) and about 15 minutes south/southeast of Nottawa (where the author seems to have spent most of his time. There are some B&B’s around the area too. I hope this helps!

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    Comment on Employment (February 10th, 2018 at 12:56)


    Would like to speak to someone about recruitment within the Amish community for production/factory workers.

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    B.J. Miller
    Comment on Amish-Mennonite? (April 21st, 2018 at 16:34)


    Hi Erik,

    We’re You Born And Raised In The Amish Or Mennonite Faith? I Was. I Am Just Curious. I Enjoyed Your Article On The Centreville, Mich. Amish. Did You Know That Verne Troyer Was Born Into The Amish …In Centreville, Mich? His Family Left The Faith When He Was Just A Little Over A Year Old.

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