54 responses to Maine Amish

  • Stephen B.
    Comment on Maine Amish (June 6th, 2011 at 16:50)

    Despite the fact that Aroostook County, Maine and a fair part of the other truly rural parts of Maine have stagnant to declining populations, I truly think Maine is going to enjoy a renaissance that will surprise many people, especially southern New Englanders that have long written off northern New England, northern Maine and The County (Aroostook) especially.

    Why?

    Cheap land, gorgeous scenery, low cost of living (heating oil-dependent homes being the notable exception to that), the continued growth of tourism in northern New England, a warm, welcoming population that still knows how to do things for themselves with their hands, and a general need in the US (eventually) for food and timber as world oil supplies decline.) Right now timber, and the paper industry are in decline, and that’s caused many to overreact and write northern Maine off. They’re making a mistake. The world, despite what people in my native Massachusetts may think, isn’t going to be all biotech and information technology.

    I think Amish people see the value that is Northern Maine, and sooner or later it’s going to be rediscovered by others as well.

    Disclaimer: I bought a 55 acre farm (about half tillable) with a fixer-upper 3 bedroom house in Littleton, Maine this past winter myself. Price? – $95,000. My town doesn’t have any Amish yet, but given the way Amish are moving to The County, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some move in sooner or later, given that my town is but one town away from downtown Houlton, Southern Aroostook’s shiretown.

    The Maine entry in the Amish Online Encyclopedia will be growing, there is no doubt about it in my mind.

    Maine Amish

    • Comment on Maine Amish (February 10th, 2013 at 00:28)

      Love To Visit The Amish People There In Maine

      I LOVE THE AMISH LIFE, HOPE TO GET A CAHANCE TO VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, AND AMISH FOLKS ONE DAY! My location: California

  • Comment on Maine Amish (June 6th, 2011 at 17:07)

    Very interesting to hear from a Maine insider Stephen. I hope to see your prediction come true.

  • Lindsay
    Comment on Maine Amish (June 6th, 2011 at 17:30)

    Stephen – I have a good friend from Aroostook County. I’ve always wanted to go back home with him to visit sometime, but usually it involves 2-3 flights and a very long car ride from Bangor, so he isn’t able to get back often. In particular I’ve been wanting to visit what he calls “The Valley” as it sounds like the French Canadians have an amazing sense of humor! The only thing I wouldn’t be able to deal with is the long winters…I’ve never been a fan of the cold. From what my friend has said it sounds like the Amish, though on the very conservative side, are also very friendly to boot and has helped out his family a lot in the past few years.

    Maine Amish

  • Stephen B.
    Comment on Maine Amish (June 6th, 2011 at 20:29)

    There is an Aroostook County web site, www.crownofmaine.com that has a photographer, Paul Cyr, that has posted extensive galleries of his Aroostook County work along with another photographer, Ken Lamb. From wildlife, farming, landscapes, the towns, weather, aerials, and the Amish, Paul especially, has really caught the essence of what Aroostook is all about. Though the CrownofMaine.com web site proper has a $12 annual fee, they have posted over 200 free photos at the Crown of Maine Facebook page as well: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crown-of-Maine/45547021971?sk=photos You all just have to take a look!

    I highly recommend Mr. Cyr’s and Mr. Lamb’s work. They are no ordinary pair of chamber of commerce photographers. Really, their stuff is really a quick, cheap portal into the heart of Aroostook.

    Maine Amish

  • Comment on Maine Amish (June 7th, 2011 at 21:15)

    Maine's Aroostook County, A Lot To Love.

    I took the Amish images used in this blog post. All the folks in Northern Maine are hard working, family oriented, community minded and have real purpose. Maine’s 4th lowest crime state status, being 46th lowest in the country for FSSR (foreclosure, short sale, repossession affect real estate sale). I find folks that relocate, invest, retire here like the low prices, large quantity of property acreage, wildlife, scenery. Many can bring their jobs with them and telecommute. Farmers here produce our local dairy milk, crops, raise beef and along with woods industry, vacation tourism create an economy not driven by lots of cash. Local folks don’t get depressed, bored or have to resort to retain temporary therapy. Aroostook County is no longer a sleeping giant. The Internet has made our images, videos, blog posts spread the world. It is not as dire, bleak as some comments hint, suggest.

    Maine Amish

    • Comment on Maine Amish (December 30th, 2013 at 16:08)

      Maine Images Of Amish, Other Northern Area

      For More Maine Images, More Than Ones We Provided For The Smyrna Maine Amish Settlement, copy and paste and enjoy at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mooersrealty/ or this link at
      http://www.pinterest.com/mooersrealty/ See Northern Maine One Photo At A Time.

  • Michael J Denis
    Comment on Maine Amish (August 26th, 2011 at 14:29)

    Friendly Aroostook

    I’m not at all surprised that the Amish are finding a warm welcome in Maine, and especially in Aroostook County. Being a born and bred Mainer for 62 years, I noticed that the further north one travels in Maine, the friendlier the people are. The stereotype of the dour Yankee is just that. Mainers do not like “flatlanders” coming in and changing things — we do not want Maine to be a colder version of MA, CT or NJ. But if you come in and EMBRACE the Maine lifestyle, you will be welcome. Amish values are very similar in many ways to Maine values, at least outside the cities.

    Maine Amish

    • Comment on Maine Amish (December 30th, 2013 at 17:14)

      Ridgecrest, Ca 93556

      I would love to visit Maine state again one day, if I can ever afford trip! A lovely State!

  • Ro Haywood
    Comment on Maine Amish (October 25th, 2011 at 09:48)

    Amish Store in Unity, ME

    My husband and I are from Phila, PA and last month (Sept.) we visited with some close friends in Lincolnville, ME. We took a day trip around Maine and came upon the Amish Country Store in Unity, ME. We were delighted to see an Amish community up there. In fact, I bought a beautiful glider rocking chair made of white cedar for an extremely great price. We were very impressed with the variety of supplies they sold in the store and also bought some other items also. Now we are waiting for our friends to bring the chair down to Philly in their van next month!

    Maine Amish

  • Joan Sheldon
    Comment on Maine Amish (November 18th, 2011 at 21:11)

    Unity Amish

    The Old Order Community in Unity is still growing. They had another family move in today from Virginia. Unity is an offshoot of the Smyrna Community which is now looking at options to start a third community in Maine, tho’ they haven’t settled on a location yet.
    I am privileged to be friends with several of them, and do some driving for some of them, too. I have also been welcomed at their church services and singings.

    Maine Amish

  • Natalie King
    Comment on Maine Amish (November 24th, 2011 at 08:19)

    Amish are welcome

    I am a member of Aroostook County in a neighboring town to Fort Fairfield. We personally welcome the Amish to the area. I have been enjoying buying the great veggies they grow, breads and bake goods, and especially enjoy the friendliness of the people! I hope the community will grow. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  • kacie poage
    Comment on Maine Amish (December 31st, 2011 at 15:42)

    I am interested in expiencing the amish lifestyle for a week with my two kids ages 10 and 9. I am having difficulty finding this opportunity and would appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction.

    Kacie Poage
    8387019

  • Kathy Baker
    Comment on Maine Amish (January 14th, 2012 at 19:06)

    Schwartzentruber Amish here now, too!

    I’m very happy to report the fact that the Schwartzentruber Amish have settled here in Patten and Sherman, Maine. As expected, they are very friendly also.
    My family had the privelege of attending a couple Church services with the Amish here at Smyrna. Wonderful people. They have just started another community over in Hodgden. They should be moving there this summer sometime. So happy to see them prospering.

    Maine Amish

    • Joan Sheldon
      Comment on Maine Amish (January 14th, 2012 at 19:30)

      reply to Kathy

      Kathy- I think you will find that the Amish in Smyrna and soon to be in Hodgden are Old Order, just like they are in Unity. Smyrna is the parent group and the other 2 are daughter communities.
      I have been told that the group in Fort Fairfield is Schwartzentruber.

      • Kathy Baker
        Comment on Maine Amish (January 14th, 2012 at 20:01)

        Yes, Joan. Our Amish friend named America (the wife’s first name), are one of the first to move from the Smyrna community to Hodgdon this summer.
        Haven’t met the Fort Fairfield group as we live in Patten.

  • Joan Sheldon
    Comment on Maine Amish (January 14th, 2012 at 22:16)

    Hodgdon

    Kathy- And my very good friends Louella and Isaac Kulp currently in Unity will move there too as he is to be the minister for Hodgdon. They lived in Smyrna before moving to Unity as he was needed to be a minister here for these past 2 years. I will miss them.

  • nelson
    Comment on Maine Amish (May 18th, 2012 at 14:14)

    joining? Joan,,,

    have you ever thought of wanting to join them???/

  • Joan Sheldon
    Comment on Maine Amish (May 18th, 2012 at 15:05)

    reply to Nelson

    No, I would not make a good Amish person. I am way too fond of my computer email, car, microwave, telephone, electric lights, and oil heat and am way too old to adapt. I much prefer to be a driver for them, to attend their services (the ones in English), singings, some weddings, and Bible study with some. I also read their Pathway Publications, and Beside Still Waters daily with the Scripture that goes with it, and have learned a lot.

    Maine Amish

  • Bonnie Boisvert
    Comment on Maine Amish (May 23rd, 2012 at 12:21)

    Visiting Amish in Smyrna, Maine

    How do I go about finding out if our son and I could visit the Amish for a day or weekend?

    • wendy
      Comment on Maine Amish (February 22nd, 2013 at 18:17)

      spending a day

      i went with a friend in smyrna to church with the amish people the let us spend the day with them and lunch afterwards very nice people it was different but very interesting

  • Joan Sheldon
    Comment on Maine Amish (May 23rd, 2012 at 15:33)

    answer to Bonnie

    You need to go to the community and be friendly and respectful to maybe a shop or farm stand lady. I would suggest reading all you can beforehand so you won’t offend them. No photos. Short visits are the best unless someone up there has a bed and breakfast (which I doubt). There is a very nice community market in Smyrna, maybe a good place to start.

    • Ryan
      Comment on Maine Amish (June 2nd, 2012 at 00:01)

      Amish Friends Easton/ Fort Fairfield

      I’ve made great friends with the Amish since they have moved to town. Having them for neighbors and seeing there way of life is priceless. Hope you all can see someday what I see everyday.

  • brendan
    Comment on Maine Amish (July 14th, 2012 at 17:03)

    Hello, I have a question

    Hello, My name is Brendan. I am looking to contact an Amish family in massachusetts. Do you know how I could possibly contact Amish families in massachusetts? I am looking to attend church to find out more from them. I want to find out if I can and would like to join their community. Thank you very much. -Brendan

    • Linda
      Comment on Maine Amish (September 19th, 2012 at 10:09)

      Brendan, I don’t know of any Amish in Massachusetts, but I do know of a plain Nationwide Mennonite Fellowship in Russell, Massachusetts.

  • Julie
    Comment on Maine Amish (September 19th, 2012 at 09:53)

    Mennonite in Brunswick?

    I was just at the Brunswick farmer’s market, when I noticed a Mennonite vendor there with his 2 children. The young girl was in a black/dark brown dress and dark prayer kapp. I think they were Mennonite because of the van they had extra produce in. I so wanted to find out more about them, but didn’t want to be rude. Does anyone know of any Mennonites in the southern Maine region?

  • Joan Sheldon
    Comment on Maine Amish (September 19th, 2012 at 19:24)

    reply to Julie

    The people at the Brunswick farmer’s market were my friend John and 2 of his 7 children. The van belongs to his driver. John is part of the Old Order Amish community in Unity. I took him to the market in Bangor today.

  • T
    Comment on Maine Amish (September 20th, 2012 at 07:29)

    Metal roofing

    Does anyone know the number to the Amish Metal roofing Company in Untiy????

    • Joan Sheldon
      Comment on Maine Amish (September 20th, 2012 at 20:31)

      Amish metal roofing co in Unity

      The phone number for the Amish metal roofing co in Unity is 948-4174. You will have to leave a message most of the time as the phone is in a shed, not in the store. It is also the number for the Community store.

  • T
    Comment on Maine Amish (September 20th, 2012 at 07:31)

    Metal roofing

    need roofing soon and would love to buy it from them just looking for a number or some information on the Amish Metal Rooking place in Untiy.

  • Valerie
    Comment on Maine Amish (September 20th, 2012 at 12:29)

    Metal Roofing

    Try Calling Kaufmann Metals in Smyrna (their other Amish community) 207-757-7122-
    Also, Sturdi-Built 207-757-7877

    Both those business in Smyrna would know the #.

    However, they are closed on Thursdays (both businesses)

  • Valerie
    Comment on Maine Amish (September 20th, 2012 at 12:31)

    Correction

    Thats Kauffman Metals, not Kaufmann, sorry

  • Annmarie
    Comment on Maine Amish (November 6th, 2012 at 09:04)

    Thanks Erik fr this post because I have always wanted to go to Maine. I always like to go to different states and knowing there in an Amish Community to visit is always the highlight(for me anyways :) ) . There are such great comments on ths thread…really sounds like a great place to visit!

  • Joan Sheldon
    Comment on Maine Amish (November 6th, 2012 at 19:29)

    new community in Maine

    Erik, you need to update this info. There is a new community in Hodgdon, 18 miles east of Smyrna. It currently has 6 families.

    • Comment on Maine Amish (November 7th, 2012 at 12:55)

      Joan, yes…given how much the Amish move, I could probably be updating something every week :) I’ll be doing a full update of all states next year (2013). In the meantime the comments sections have been a useful place for readers like yourself to share on new communities. I do appreciate you sharing this.

      • JOHN
        Comment on Maine Amish (January 28th, 2013 at 15:31)

        EASTON ME

        ANYONE LOOKING TO BUY A 25+ ACRE OLD POTATO FARM OVERLOOKING THE BEAUTIFUL RIV DE CHUTE PLEASE CONTACT ME AT 516.724.0422

      • Comment on Maine Amish (December 30th, 2013 at 16:11)

        Erik... How About The Photo Credit?

        Erik… Love To Help Round Out The Maine Section Of Amish Settlements, But The Photo Credit Promised…I Know You Are A Man Of Your Word….Will Be Looking For Acknowledgement. Thank You!

        • Comment on Maine Amish (December 30th, 2013 at 16:19)

          Photo credit

          Hi Andrew, I’ve had the credit listed in the “resources” section at bottom of this post since Day 1 :) You can see it in the “For further information, see:” section–

          “Photo credit: all Maine Amish photos by Andy Mooers of Mooers Realty”

          I can put it right under the photo as well–actually I just did that as well. Thanks again for letting them be used. And you’ve got some great photos in your other collections–Maine looks like it has some beautiful places.

          Maine Amish

  • Rhetta Edgar
    Comment on Maine Amish (January 2nd, 2013 at 10:55)

    Amish Roofing

    My husband and I will be needing a roof done this coming summer/fall. My husband was told of the Amish roofing from someone where he works. How does one go about getting a quote. Do the Amish come to our home and measure? We live in Bangor and don’t believe there is an Amish community near to us.

  • MLY
    Comment on Maine Amish (January 10th, 2013 at 19:16)

    Questions.

    I am planning a trip to ME and I thought it would be nice to visit an Amish community. I live in CT and this seems to be the closest place. Dose anyone have any recommendations? I know it would be great to see the alternate way of life, the way Amish people live. How could I arrange a trip like this? And could you have a pen-pal with someone who is Amish? I would like it if my 13 year old girl could have a pen-pal. Thanks

    Maine Amish

  • Valerie
    Comment on Maine Amish (January 11th, 2013 at 06:48)

    Visit Smyrna Mills ME Amish

    Hi MLY,
    A very open/friendly to visitors Old Order Amish community in Smyrna Mills Maine would be a great visit. They get outsider visitors and also have their church service in English.
    They are in northern Maine-do a google on Smyrna Mills Maine Amish-
    Enjoy!

  • nelson
    Comment on Maine Amish (March 7th, 2013 at 21:40)

    Amish Funeral

    there is a funeral in Smyrna Amish community tomorrow.. the funeral will be on Highway 2 just east of Smyrna mills…
    man had sinus infection and didn’t do anything about it , except not really buy herbs and it traveled to the brain…

  • nelson
    Comment on Maine Amish (March 7th, 2013 at 21:41)

    I am sorry he used herbs instead of doctors…… was only 49 years old

  • Kathy
    Comment on Maine Amish (March 8th, 2013 at 07:46)

    Oh no! Does anyone know his name? We just moved from there and may have known him!

  • Joan Sheldon
    Comment on Maine Amish (March 11th, 2013 at 15:54)

    relpy to Kathy

    I finally got the name today of the man who had the funeral last Friday. It is Dewayne Kauffman from Smyrna. Hope this helps.

  • Patricia O’Brien
    Comment on Maine Amish (May 7th, 2013 at 12:34)

    Laws

    Do the Amish follow their own laws, or are they required to follow state/federal law within their own communities? I’ve seen some videos that seem to denote them having their own system of judgment, and punishment. Not sure if this is true, or just tv hype.

    • TheWordGuy
      Comment on Maine Amish (May 7th, 2013 at 13:09)

      In response to Patricia/Laws

      Patricia:

      I live among the Amish and work with them daily, in a professional capacity.

      While it is true that many social issues that occur among the Amish are handled “internally,” through the church leadership, they are subject to the same laws that you and I are. Witness the recent convictions in federal court of the ex-Amish “Sam Mullet” conspirators.

      From your question, I am guessing you may be referencing the “Amish Mafia” TV show. Please know that this show is 100 percent scripted, and absolutely FALSE. Whereas they normally don’t care what Hollywood says about them, the Amish are aware of this show and quite upset about it.

      If any TV network tried to do a show about any other religious group that contained such blatant falsehoods, it would never make it on the air. This show is presenting false information about a core tenet of the Amish faith: the notion that folks have to go to some “enforcer” for things the church can’t/won’t handle is absurd, and completely false.

      Maine Amish

  • Nelson
    Comment on Maine Amish (May 7th, 2013 at 13:55)

    another funeral

    There was another funeral today of a man who committed suicide in that area,
    His name was Peter Smith,,,,,and his wife and two remaining children are there in Smyrna , too,

    • Kathy Baker
      Comment on Maine Amish (May 7th, 2013 at 15:06)

      Peter Smith death

      We knew Peter and his family. His wife, Susan, and son Stephen. Can’t remember daughter’s name right now. We are very sad at this news.

  • Nelson
    Comment on Maine Amish (May 7th, 2013 at 15:23)

    yes, Kathy

    I knew them well,,,,,,,he was in my house several years ago..
    email me followjesusonly@gmail.com

  • Nelson
    Comment on Maine Amish (May 7th, 2013 at 15:25)

    all of them were in my house,,,,, sorry

  • John Amey
    Comment on Maine Amish (March 29th, 2014 at 05:34)

    Welcome to New England

    While I never expect to be Amish, my wife and I were visiting last evening and she asked, “where would you live if you could go anywhere in the world”? I replied, “next to an Amish farm”. I asked her the same question and she replied, ” Near a rocky coastline”. This morning I checked on-line to see where in Maine the Amish communities were located. ( I had know there were Amish in Maine but was not sure where)
    As full time organic dairy farmers, we often think of the Amish and remind ourselves of their frugal ways and beautiful farms. We have attended the MOFG A fair in Unity but did not notice and an Amish presence. I think it may have been before they arrived.
    Dont be surprised if we spend a weekend trip in Unity and Camden.
    John and (Cindy-Lou) Amey
    Pittsburg,NH

    Maine Amish

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