53 responses to Amish in Virginia
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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 10th, 2011 at 13:46)

    Even though I’ve been through the state of Virginia many times , I’ve never stopped at its Amish settlement. But i would maybe say land prices Erik as maybe one reason why the Amish population has not grown like in most other settlements in other states. Being so close to heavily populated Washington D.C might be part of the reason why the land cost would be on the high side, and the Amish I’m sure are very sensitive to that fact. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa.

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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 10th, 2011 at 18:02)

    Richard I think you are right, well definitely in northern VA. But there is also a lot of Appalachian VA, not too unlike what Amish have settled in Kentucky. There could be other issues like building codes or who knows what. I haven’t really looked into it much but thought I’d throw it out on a Friday afternoon 🙂

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on Amish in Princess Anne County (June 10th, 2011 at 18:16)

    Amish in Princess Anne County

    I live in Virginia Beach, have for the most part since 1978. Though there are no Amish in our area, we do have several Mennonite communities in both Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Both the Bergey and Yoder families ran dairy farms and processing plants up until about 5 years ago, offering home delivery, fresh ice cream and dairy stores. I live in the Kempsville section of the city, once a rural farming community and home to these Mennonite families. The Bergey family has reopened their store in the “country” in Chesapeake, making small batch ice cream, delicious baked goods and sandwiches. They also offer bottled milk, though not processed by them as well as offering jams, potato chips, flours and other items “imported” from Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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      Comment on I am Amish (November 26th, 2014 at 00:21)

      I am Amish

      Hello my name is Elijah I am Amish and currently on my free time running around and checking out the country and world , I would like more information on the Amish that lived in the virginia beach area . Can anyone help me with this . I only have six more weeks before I get baptized into the Amish for the rest of my life. I am 17 years old and would like to know why the Amish moved away from Virginia beach, where they shunned away or something else. Please reply to my friends e-mail address. Snipper441@aol.com. I currently live here with a friend before I go home to my family . I normally can be found on the beach and making memories with my friends at there homes and at the malls. Thank you

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        Mark – Holmes Co.
        Comment on Amish in Virginia (November 26th, 2014 at 12:16)

        If you really were Amish, you’d be in the “Untericht” 3 weeks before baptism and you would know that the weeks before baptism are very important before they take a “gmaynah-rote” about your baptism. A little research before posting such a whopper would have been a good idea.

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          Mark – Holmes Co.
          Comment on Amish in Virginia (November 26th, 2014 at 12:20)

          Reread your post in the office. The Untericht is actually 18 weeks. I thought you wrote 3 weeks, but six, three, the result is the same. Six weeks before baptism would be two weeks before Rote-gmay.

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            Comment on I am Amish (November 27th, 2014 at 09:30)

            I am Amish

            Sir I am unsure why you say things like this. You don’t know me nor have I put word down that are not true, I am only 17 and still learning everyday , this is my rumspringa time to go out and see things and say things without being judged . I have much to learn and see and experience . I am in my learning stage of life right now and have years to learn .als er iemand anders zijn die me zou helpen met mijn oorspronkelijke vraag dank u. This is all I ask not to be judged , if I don’t find the answers I seek I will continue until I find them my family tells me I am welcome to come home once I have made my choose . They want me to come home but I seek more knowledge and God zal mij naar huis begeleiden wanneer hij wil.

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              Comment on Amish in Virginia (November 27th, 2014 at 23:06)

              “Elijah”, so is there a reason you’re posting comments in the Dutch they speak in the Netherlands? Think you should do a bit more research before trying this sort of thing.

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                Comment on I am Amish (November 28th, 2014 at 09:27)

                I am Amish

                Hello ,I would like to apologize , for you don’t know me and I will post here not any longer. I will go back to my family in Trenton Ky . Thank you for all your support and guidance .

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                  Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center
                  Comment on Amish in Virginia (December 8th, 2014 at 12:16)

                  Interesting. Trenton, KY, is a Mennonite community.

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              Comment on Amish in Virginia (November 28th, 2014 at 08:02)

              Please, let’s keep the phony Amish drama for the “reality” shows on TV. This guy is as real as those shows.

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              Mark – Holmes Co.
              Comment on Amish in Virginia (November 28th, 2014 at 09:49)

              “Elijah,” if you knew what Untericht and gmaynah-rote meant and how an Amish person goes about preparing for baptism and what rumspringa really means, you’d understand why I wrote such things. Your must be very confused — the “Dutch” you wrote must be, as Erik wrote, from the Netherlands, not the “Deitch” spoken by your supposed people. So let’s switch to “Amish Dutch” and you can reply in the same, okay?
              Du bisht noch naett bei die Gmay and ich glaub gar naett as du draa bisht die gmay-noch-gay. Witt du mich saage was du really noch bisht? Du kennsht undem saage es geht mich nix on, un es dutt naett, avvah so en lieg is graat plain naett g’scheit.

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              Forest in NC
              Comment on Amish in Virginia (November 28th, 2014 at 10:37)

              I think you’d find that most of the folks on this board will be happy to answer any questions that come up, no matter who they are from. Assuming of course, that they know the answer…

              I know only a very little about that settlement, but as I recall, it dispersed simply because the area got too crowded and built up. I believe I have been told that several of the men were dairymen, and that there were still one or two families in the area, but I cannot confirm this.

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    Comment on Pearisburg/White Gate (June 10th, 2011 at 19:36)

    Pearisburg/White Gate


    I just moved to VA from NC and was happy to find an Amish community nearby in the Appalachian foothills of Giles County right on the border of Bland County. The community is called White Gate. They dress and seem to conform as if they are Old Order, but I’m not sure that is the case. I talked to a girl in a store that a Kauffman family runs there and she said they came from Kentucky around 1991. They have buggies and the store is run on “Amish electricity.”

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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 10th, 2011 at 19:37)

    I live in the twin cities Bristol TN and VA. On the Bristol, VA side there is an Amish store just off Lee Highway. I’ve never been but am told it is run by Amish and is not “in name only”. Nearby at at Walmart, I encountered what I thought was an Amish lady, but I wasn’t 100% positive because her dress was pink and I wouldn’t expect pink on an adult; maybe I’m wrong on that or maybe this lady was actually Mennonite, but I am unaware of Mennonites in this are. Seems we have at least one Amish family in Bristol, VA. I have never heard of a settlement here. Is it unusual for one or two families to settle away from other Amish?

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      Comment on Amish in Virginia (October 4th, 2012 at 17:26)

      I also live in Bristol the amish store is amazing they have really good sandwiches!! But I didn’t know they were owned by amish people that’s really cool! I think an “amish” family lives in my neighborhood I live right on the Tn/Va line I’m not for sure though.. I do know they wear dresses and skirts all the time. I guess that could be amish lol!

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        Naomi WIlson
        Comment on Amish in Virginia (August 27th, 2013 at 08:59)

        They may be Beachy Amish Mennonite. I believe there is a congregation in that area. Why don’t you ask your neighbors? They would probably be more than happy to share information about their faith if you are interested!

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      Daphne Huffman
      Comment on Woman in pink dress (August 26th, 2013 at 17:13)

      Woman in pink dress

      Lisa from Bristol, in general, the Amish women I see from the Giles County VA area wear darker colors, and as Erik said, never print. I also agree that they use safety pins rather than buttons. My understanding for this is that they consider buttons to be an adornment. The woman in a pink dress that you saw may have been German Baptist. The women of that faith who I see in the Roanoke area were pretty print dresses in all colors.

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      Comment on No, Lisa, they're Baptist (November 29th, 2014 at 12:56)

      No, Lisa, they're Baptist

      I asked the question on my first visit. The goods are Amish or Mennonite, but the people running the store are not. They’re extremely nice, however, and the store is fabulous. Check out their spices; they cost a fraction of what the grocery stores sell them for.

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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 10th, 2011 at 21:32)

    Why is there no Amish out West, say, in California?

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    Donna Godfrey
    Comment on Here is a answer. (June 10th, 2011 at 21:44)

    Here is a answer.


    Fauquier County, Virginia, Old Order Amish Settlement

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    Donna Godfrey
    Comment on Here is another community in Va (June 10th, 2011 at 21:49)

    Here is another community in Va


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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 11th, 2011 at 00:12)

    Amish in Virginia

    We lived in Fauquier County, Virginia for two years, 1971 – 1973, and attended the Amish church. The church became extinct soon after we left with most of the other families moving out. Those that remained attended the Beachy church which is still there.

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      Mary Ellen
      Comment on "Amish" Churches (September 21st, 2011 at 10:24)

      "Amish" Churches

      I’m from Ohio, where we have the largest Amish settlement in the world. The Amish have Church services in private homes, every other week. Unlike most people, they do not have regular church buildings. Amish women wear any color they choose, as long as it’s a plain color, not a print. When out shopping, the females ALWAYS wear a large black bonnet over their smaller “kapp”, which is a small white bonnet. Here are some easy ways to tell if a woman is “real” Amish. The hair directly around the face is twisted and then pulled to the back and worked into the bun under the kapp. Their clothing does not use zippers or buttons, only pins. And then there is the language they speak, which is their own dialect and similar to High German. They do NOT speak “Pennsylvania Dutch”. That term is not correct, as there is no such thing. Years ago, I had several very good friends who were Old Order Amish and they were more than happy to answer all my silly questions!

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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 11th, 2011 at 11:17)

    Actually, land prices in Southside Virginia can be pretty reasonable, hence the recent move of AMish from Delaware to Halifax Co., Va. The Shenandoah Valley also has a large horse and buggy Mennonite settlement, which most visitors would take to be Amish if they didn’t know better. It’s near Dayton.

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    Comment on looking for amish (June 11th, 2011 at 11:53)

    looking for amish

    Does anyone know of any Amish in NY? I have visited those in Ohio and PA

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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 11th, 2011 at 11:54)

    very good information on this site would like any info on Amish in NY

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    Comment on NY Amish (June 11th, 2011 at 11:58)

    NY Amish

    Hi Marijane, thank you. For Amish in New York, try this: http://amishamerica.com/new-york-amish/

    Lot of info on NY Amish on that one.

    And if you’re interested in others here is the full guide to Amish in all states: http://amishamerica.com/amish-state-guide/

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    Comment on Amish in California (June 11th, 2011 at 12:02)

    Amish in California

    Karen to my knowledge there’s only been one attempt made to settle in California. It’s a good question, CA after all is a heavily agricultural state, though as I understand it a lot is large-scale production? Historically speaking distance I’m sure discouraged CA settlement; nowadays I have to think things like land prices and levels of taxation in California would discourage Amish from thinking of that kind of a move.

    Here’s the history of the one CA Amish settlement if you’re interested:


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    Donna Godfrey
    Comment on States may not welcome Amish (June 11th, 2011 at 12:47)

    States may not welcome Amish

    Some states simply do not welcome their buggies on the roads.
    I was raised Mennonite with relatives that are Amish. If you want some answers to questions you may want to read the books by Donald Kraybill.Here is his site.

    I will say we are cousins and he is very trusted by the Amish Bishops and he does write truth.
    Donna G

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    Comment on Pearisburg/Giles County VA Amish (June 11th, 2011 at 13:21)

    Pearisburg/Giles County VA Amish

    @Adrian the Pearisburg group is apparently a little different than most Amish from what I’ve heard. I’m not sure exactly what their affiliation is but I think there are some New Order-ish tendencies and apparently they are accomodating of visitors and outsiders. Maybe others on here know more about this group.

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      Comment on Amish Moving from Whitegate Community (December 22nd, 2011 at 16:06)

      Amish Moving from Whitegate Community

      My wife and I visited the Whitegate community in Giles County, VA,recently and discovered that meny families were leaving for other locations (notably Missourin and Lee County, VA).

      Also, the Amish merchantile store is relocating.

      Is this community completely dispersing to other locations?

      Thank you and we enjoy your information.

      Dave T.

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    Comment on Bristol VA plain people (June 11th, 2011 at 13:27)

    Bristol VA plain people

    Lisa sounds like that may have been a Mennonite or Beachy Amish person, to be honest I am not as up to speed on Mennonite communities’ locations but am not aware of any Amish in that area. There is however apparently a community in Lee County VA, or at least there was one as of a couple of years ago. It looks like this would be about an hour’s drive from Bristol. So perhaps there is someone from that group that travels to run the store?

    Sometimes Amish will set up with just one or two families but it is in the hopes of attracting more or knowing that more are planning to arrive.

    One of the keys to surviving as a settlement is attracting enough families and another is to have a permanent resident minister. Many Amish communities haven’t made it because they have failed to do one or the other (in addition to other reasons).

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      Comment on Mennoites in Lee County, VA (July 17th, 2013 at 23:55)

      Mennoites in Lee County, VA

      There is a community of Mennonites in Lee County, VA as of 7/17/13. They are a congregation full of vitality and life. Wonderful, hospitable people. I have been attending their church at Rose Hill, Va., and have been welcomed with open arms. They are very patient with me and try to answer all my questions! I feel welcome there and am always invited back.

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        Comment on Amish in Virginia (July 18th, 2013 at 07:11)

        Yes, very nice folks. Some of them have visited us in Yanceyville several times, and I hope we can return the visit fairly soon. It’s about a 5.5/6 hour drive from us here, or maybe less if you don’t drive like I do…

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    Comment on Fauquier County VA (June 11th, 2011 at 13:36)

    Fauquier County VA

    Donna thanks for the links and especially the Halifax Co Amish link, I had not seen that one. And the Fauquier Co link as well, I remembered reading a bit about this one (I mentioned the first late 1800s Fauquier County settlement at the state guide link).

    Also, Esther it was very interesting to hear from you as someone who was a part of this community. And one more thing, Donna you are lucky to have DK for a cousin! Agree with what you said. On that note here’s a recommended resources list but I need to add to it: http://amishamerica.com/recommended-amish-resources/

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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 11th, 2011 at 13:39)

    I would say the same thing would apply to California as Virginia with its high land prices, especially California with its very high taxes and outrageous cost of living. So i think the Amish are looking for good buys in land just like the rest of us are, and i can see why place like Montana and Missouri are growing to name just a few. For Lebanon county for example, prices are generally a little lower than in connecting county Lancaster, and as a whole so is the taxes. I think it mostly always comes down to how much value can someone get with the land, but i understand some other factors are in play like location and soil quality. I’m not sure if the Amish population in Lancaster county is growing because of new Amish residents, or the fact that its population that already live in the county is expanding. I would guess its the later. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon county.

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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 11th, 2011 at 17:13)

    So I have come across the concept of a group of Amish moving hundreds of miles to form a new community. I would love to hear about how they pull off the logistics of something like this without driving or the Internet. I would imagine they could hire a moving company and ride busses. Does a “scout” go touring around the country on a bus searching for locations?

    When the thought first entered my head I had a vision of a big horse drawn moving wagon 🙂

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    Donna Godfrey
    Comment on Here is an article on why they move (June 11th, 2011 at 18:08)

    Here is an article on why they move


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    Comment on How do Amish find new places to live? (June 13th, 2011 at 13:14)

    How do Amish find new places to live?

    Hi Eli, sorry I’m a little slow responding, I’ve been a bit under the weather. There is definitely scouting done and that has been the way of things even back in the “old days”. Some of that was encouraged and even financed by land agents, railroads and development companies. Some Amish took homesteading opportunities on the frontiers made available through the Homestead Act.

    Not much of that any more, but nowadays an Amish scout or group of Amish may and will often visit on their own, sometimes by hired vehicle, or occasionally by public transport with the more conservative groups. But when they do move, yes they do need to hire transport and moving companies to get essential things from point A to B.

    Also, even though they typically don’t use a lot of internet, they can still benefit from the knowledge online. Some will be able to access the data that is available online through non-Amish friends, co-workers, and other contacts.

    Of course there is also the Budget and other Plain publications. These, and in particular the Budget have a long history of communicating news from new settlements and encouraging/discouraging others to join. It really is in some ways like the Plain paper internet.

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    Comment on Pearisburg, VA / White Gate Community (June 14th, 2011 at 13:05)

    Pearisburg, VA / White Gate Community

    @ Adrian:

    Would love to hear more about this community. I was unaware there was an Amish Community [somewhat] close to me.

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    Julie Howson-Reinhart
    Comment on Amish in Giles County (March 9th, 2012 at 10:54)

    Amish in Giles County

    I realize this comment is probably several months too late for this thread! However I live not too far from Giles Co. (Whitegate) and we took a day trip up there in Autumn 2011 and had a good day there. There was an outdoor auction and bake sale. Proceeds from the bake sale go to their small school there. There seem to be regular bake sales. The lady we chatted with at a small store there said she was from Ohio, her husband was from PA and he was thinking of moving back there to be nearer his family but she said that she was done moving around! Anyway I know that the Amish don’t farm as much as they used to for a number of reasons, land prices being the main one I guess. But in this area I heard or read somewhere that the land is just too steep to farm well without mechanized equipment. They’re on a plateau up there a bit but it’s still pretty rugged land.

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      Comment on Amish Businesses - Giles County VA (March 17th, 2012 at 17:23)

      Amish Businesses - Giles County VA

      Julie, it’s never too late to comment on one of these threads, I’m glad that you did. This community is in my top 5 Amish settlements I’d like to visit (not only for the bake sales!)

      For anyone interested, here’s a Giles County website with Amish business listings for the Pearisburg community…I’m just assuming it’s up to date, might be worth calling before you drive out of your way, unless you’re like me and don’t mind the risk of the occasional wild-goose chase 🙂


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    Comment on Giles County, VA Amish (October 10th, 2012 at 17:42)

    Giles County, VA Amish

    I am quite a bit late in commenting on the Giles County Amish. I live extremely close to the Amish settlement. I see them frequently. They are definitely alive and well. Some have moved due to a split in the church but many have stayed and are doing well for themselves. They have fundraisers frequently throughout the summer and fall for their school. The land in the area is good for farming as it lies beside the creek with beautiful mountains around.

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    Connie Helm
    Comment on Amish in Va (March 27th, 2015 at 10:12)

    Amish in Va

    There were Amish families living in Burks Garden Va Which was the first choice for the Biltmore Estate and wanted to buy up more land but were unable to. They have since moved away. I also know of an Amish family(Yoder’s) that does cabinet work in Bland County, Va. They operate their business and store with generators. They have done work for me in the past. Very nice people and also do excellent work.

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    Comment on Amish in Virginia (April 28th, 2016 at 18:23)

    My family and I are considering moving to the Giles Co area and came upon this website while doing research. I realize that the above comments are quite old, but am wondering if the settlement is still there? I would love to have Amish neighbors!

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    Comment on Please Boycott All Amish Products (June 22nd, 2016 at 16:25)

    Please Boycott All Amish Products

    Please boycott all Amish products until they close down their abusive and filthy puppy mills. Dogs are angels on earth and not livestock.

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      Just Me
      Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 23rd, 2016 at 09:33)

      Oh, but let’s not stop THERE! We can ignore the fact there are many Amish who are NOT guilty of puppy-milling and turn our guns on OTHER causes as well. Let’s stop buying any Italian products until the mafia is abolished. Let’s stop buying any Indian products until child-brides are abolished. Let’s stop buying anything connected to Africa until the appalling genocide ceases and for mercy’s sake, don’t buy any Turkish delight until the slaughter of the Kurds is halted. Oh, wow, we are going to have QUITE the list here. Turning back to America, don’t buy anything from Catholics until clergy abuse is wiped out and of course we won’t buy anything from Muslims until they stop acts of terrorism.
      End of rant. Beth, not all people of any cultural group are guilty of the acts of some of their members. Knowing these atrocities exist is profoundly upsetting, I agree, but blanket boycotts are not the answer.
      Your worthy cause is better served by educating the public about responsible dog breeding and purchasing. I’ll go out on a limb and say I highly doubt these mill-puppies are being purchased by Amish customers, just as non-Amish owned puppy mills (and those do exist) are also selling to private individuals who want a boutique-type pet. Educate the potential buyers about responsible purchasing and the mass-produced product fails to find a market and the problem dissipates.

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        Comment on Puppy Mills (June 30th, 2016 at 17:23)

        Puppy Mills

        You make many good, salient points, but the communities you named all have members who come out in opposition to the terrible injustices you named. I just wish the Amish would come out against the puppy mill industry and criticize those who participate in it. Thank you for the respectful tone of your cerebral response. I try to do my best to educate others about all puppy mills.

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          Just Me
          Comment on Amish in Virginia (July 1st, 2016 at 14:42)

          So out of 300,000 some Amish in the world, none have ever spoken out about puppy mills? Hmmm…. I actually DO know a few personally who have spoken out on the issue just like I know some who are excellent caretakers of their dogs.

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            Comment on Thankful for those who speak out against puppy mills (July 8th, 2016 at 20:23)

            Thankful for those who speak out against puppy mills

            I am so thankful to hear that. I will also be thankful for the day when all Amish puppy mills are abolished, and I can support the Amish.

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    Just Me
    Comment on Amish in Virginia (June 22nd, 2016 at 16:29)

    a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God, conventionally represented in human form with wings and a long robe.
    “God sent an angel to talk to Gideon”
    a person of exemplary conduct or virtue.
    “women were then seen as angels or whores”
    synonyms: saint, paragon of virtue; More

    Just FYI.

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    Comment on Angels--defined (June 22nd, 2016 at 16:39)


    “A spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God”–You just described a dog. FYI

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