12 responses to Amish Moving To Vermont?
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    Comment on Amish Moving To Vermont? (July 14th, 2015 at 08:39)

    The Amish Funeral article certainly has overshadowed this article, but both are interesting.

    Is the price of farmland expensive in Vermont? As mentioned in several sources, that could be a factor in why the Amish of any denomination has kept away from the state, or is it the geography and weather?

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    John Amey
    Comment on Welcome (July 14th, 2015 at 11:05)


    I have long wondered why no Amish live in VT. Or NH. I will be looking into what is happening in Brownington, as soon as I can. As a life-long farmer and certainly a friend of many of the Amish ways, I tout my farm as one with ‘four tractors but a three horse attitude’. Orleans County and Vermont in general are very farmer friendly as well as organic friendly. Conventional dairy farms are in serious trouble right now and Organic Handlers are looking for milk. I sincerely hope an Amish community will become established and thrive in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Interestingly, I know a handful of Menonite farmers in the Hardwick, Vt. area, but I don’t know if this fact is coincidental.
    As I learn, facts, first hand, I will share coments here.
    Thanks for the good news,
    John Amey

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      Comment on Amish Moving To Vermont? (July 14th, 2015 at 11:27)

      Thanks for the view from NH, John, sounds like you know VT well as well. I found it very interesting to see this happening. Based on what Saloma shared in her previous comment, perhaps Vermont is an overlooked area where Amish might thrive. Hopefully this community will take hold and grow.

      Also, I want to say I was glad to learn of the area’s great nickname of Northeast Kingdom, with a name like that it has to be a beautiful area, right? 🙂

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    Gary Counterman
    Comment on Seems A Near Perfect Fit! (July 14th, 2015 at 12:21)

    Seems A Near Perfect Fit!

    As Soloma has already reflected upon, Vermont and the Amish seem like rather a good fit! It’s surprising that settlements didn’t happen there long before now. Vermont is old fashion in the way people live, most people live closer to the land and nature there and have a greater appreciation and reverence for it. But it can also be very progressive in how people’s differences are accepted and encouraged, or at least not discouraged. I believe the Amish will do very well there, time of course will tell…, I certainly wish them the best in this venture and would love to see them on land and farms which seem custom made for their lifestyle.

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    Comment on Amish in Vermont? (July 14th, 2015 at 15:44)

    Amish in Vermont?

    Not sure if there is a connection but two years ago this month I was at an event at an Amish farm in Christiana and started chatting with an OOA woman about lack of available/affordable land in Amish settled areas in PA and the need to start new settlements (which was being heavily discussed – why and how to choose new places for settlement, etc).

    I mentioned we had acquired a property near the Amish in Maine and she said that “they” had not been to Maine but had been to Vermont recently.


    Again, not sure if there is a connection but she was most certainly OOA and from Perry County.

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      Comment on Amish Moving To Vermont? (July 15th, 2015 at 07:19)

      Interesting. In Saloma’s post that I referenced in my comment below, she writes that the Vermont settlers are from western PA, just over the Ohio border, and that they hope “to be joined by several more families” by autumn. Perhaps there are some in the Perry Co. community who are among the potential future settlers.

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    Comment on Saloma's post on this community (July 15th, 2015 at 07:16)

    Saloma's post on this community

    I contacted Saloma Furlong yesterday, and it turns out that she paid a visit to this community Sunday after reading the news story.

    She wrote a nice account of the visit here, looks like they’ve only been there about a month (at least one of the families, that is): http://salomafurlong.com/aboutamish/2015/07/a-visit-with-amish-in-vermont/

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    Comment on Amish Moving To Vermont? (July 21st, 2015 at 11:52)

    Been so busy on the farm havent had time to computer much. We live in Castleton, west of Rutland close to the NY line. The Byler group that has moved into the Whitehall NY, close to us said they really like VT, but issues such as outhouses and no manure spreading in winter are keeping them just over the line in NY. You have to stack manure from Dec 15 to April 1 in VT. This Byler group, 22 families, mostly dairy farmers, and i can see without a loader tractor this would be a huge task to fork into the spreader come spring, rather then one load each day all winter, which is what they do. Also one mentioned winters seem harder here then Fort Plain where they came from. There are many groups on mennonites and our Apostolic Christian Church here in VT.

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    Bill Rushby
    Comment on Amish at Shoreham VT in the 1970s (September 29th, 2015 at 09:33)

    Amish at Shoreham VT in the 1970s

    I grew up across Lake Champlain i9n NYS, just north of the Shoreham area. A friend and I checked out the Amish settlement at Shoreham back in the 70s’. The settlement there was not sanctioned by their church district. The families there grew cabbage, and flooded the New York metropolitan market when they marketed their crop. Their church district did not support the initiative to settle at Shoreham, and no additional families moved in. As I recall, they were “one suspender” Amish.

    According to relatives of relatives who are dairy farmers near Vergennes (lots of Christian Reformed there), tax rates in VT are not high, but real estate is expensive, with consequent large tax obligations. Some of these folks have bought farmland across the lake in Essex County NY, but they have not moved there. NY has rather high tax rates, but the land is much less expensive; no “Vermont mystique!”

    The plain folks seem to tolerate high tax rates in NYS, (I guess) because land is no much cheaper.

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    Bob Walker
    Comment on Welcome to the Amish (October 26th, 2015 at 08:27)

    Welcome to the Amish

    My wife and I are the people who sold our Brownington farm to the Kauffman family. We love these people and are so happy to see what they are doing with our farm; the buildings and the land that surrounds them. We sincerely hope that they will be successful in there endeavors here in our state and are anxious to see their settlement grow.

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      Lydia McMillan
      Comment on Amish Moving To Vermont? (December 1st, 2015 at 15:53)

      I am very interested in finding out if the Amish in Bownington are going to have bake sales on the weekends etc. Are they going to be selling what they make?

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    Comment on Amish Moving To Vermont? (August 9th, 2016 at 19:38)

    It seems that someone needs to start selling Amish people in Vermont, and then see if customers take them out of state.

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