26 responses to Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley
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    Valerie
    Comment on Thank you Darlene (August 8th, 2012 at 10:38)

    Thank you Darlene

    For the beautiful pictures and I really enjoyed your comments.
    I could relate to the one where those 20 eyes were following you as we experienced similar when we visited an Amish home that sold baskets, and the children were so interested in watching us.

    The rolling hilss look very similar to Holmes COunty OH

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      OldKat
      Comment on It's human nature (August 8th, 2012 at 12:43)

      It's human nature

      … to be curious.

      My wife and I once went to check on my mares when they were being trained by a young Amish man. When we didn’t find him at home we drove back out of his driveway and had to stop at the highway as two Amish women, in the front seat of an open buggy, drove past. They had three little boys in the back seat and possibly a toddler in the front seat, but only the woman that was the passenger in the front seat waved. At that, she did not turn to look at us; rather only raising her hand in acknowledgement.

      We turned the opposite direction and I told my wife to look back and watch what they did. As soon as we were out on the highway all three of the little boys spun their heads around to watch us. When they saw my wife watching them they just as suddenly spun back around to face forward.

      My wife wanted to know how I knew what they would do. I told her that the Amish children (and the women) would be far too polite to stare at us as they passed by, but as soon as we were headed away curiosity would take over and they would want to sneak a peek. The only safe way for them to get a look at us, without being obvious, was if we turned and went the same way they were headed. However since we headed away from them instead, they probably felt comfortable turning to watch us; they just didn’t count on my wife doing the same thing! I was watching them in the mirror and it was amusing to see those little guys twisting their heads back and forth like that.

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    Valerie
    Comment on Edit (August 8th, 2012 at 10:41)

    Edit

    Make that “hills” above, rush rush, never pays off! :)

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    Randy A
    Comment on Nice Photos and Quilt (August 8th, 2012 at 11:00)

    Nice Photos and Quilt

    I always appreciate photos of the Amish areas. I am not surprised the quilt has unexpectedly fine stitching. It’s the Amish attention to detail.

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    Kevin L.
    Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (August 8th, 2012 at 11:18)

    Thanks for forwarding the pictures and commentary Darlene. I quite enjoyed them!

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    Lance
    Comment on Amish staring is universal (August 8th, 2012 at 12:14)

    Amish staring is universal

    I found that I just had to get used to being stared at. The Amish are not taught that it is rude, and telling the parents that it bothered me had no effect of any kind on the children. It took a long time, but most did stop staring, especially after I looked like all the rest. Still, it was an additional level of pressure I did not need.

    As you note, they were quite friendly and did not want to offend by staring, but it is just something the Amish don’t see as harmful so that is how we need to see when we are with them and to behave accordingly.

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      Comment on Under Amish eyes (August 8th, 2012 at 12:37)

      Under Amish eyes

      I’ve never lived Amish in the way Lance has, but I can remember experiencing the same on many occasions. I found it funny and a little distracting. Of course, I still experience it when visiting and going to big events like a singing or cook-out when you are the only non-Amish person. But I can imagine it would be a little disconcerting, as a reminder that you were different, were you attempting to join or fit in to a community.

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    Melissa H
    Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (August 8th, 2012 at 12:33)

    Thanks so much for sharing Darlene! I appreciated the pictures and your comments.

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    George H.
    Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (August 8th, 2012 at 13:57)

    Does any one know of an Amish quilt shop that has catalogs or a web site of the quilts they sell?
    Thanks!

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      Linda
      Comment on Quilt websites (July 23rd, 2013 at 13:52)

      Quilt websites

      George,

      www.weaverviewfarms.com/gallery.html
      in Penn Yan, NY has photos of samples of what may be available. Prices and sizes are subject to change.

      One online place in Franklin County, Pennsylvania is www.amishquilter.com/
      According to the website, they have Mennonite and Amish quilters. “The quilt has been on a quilt frame in the quilter’s home for between 2-5 months, and has been witness to Amish home life, while it was being created. The light pencil markings you see on a quilt are a sign that your quilt is truly hand-quilted, as the quilting pattern is lightly traced before the quilt is placed in the quilting frame so the quilter can see the pattern for quilting. These pencil or chalk tracings add value to an antique quilt, as they are the evidence of authenticity in handquilting, and are the beginnings of the work of art cherished by all.”

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (August 8th, 2012 at 18:14)

    Beautiful post, today, I didn’t know there was a community there.

    Ontario has a historic connection to the Mohawk Valley, many early citizens immigrated here from there directly after the American Revolution. One infamous figure from the war was from that area, and had influence between the Grand River and bordering on Hamilton; Brantford and Burlington, I mean the infamous (to the Americans) Joseph Brant, a native.

    I think pretty well anyone has seen little kids peering out of little square windows in their parents buggies at the English traffic driving past, and as mentioned, they are as a curious about us as we are about them sometimes.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Intrigued... (August 8th, 2012 at 19:16)

    Intrigued...

    I’m intrigued at the name, “Stone Arabia” and wonder if anyone can explain how it got that name in the first place…from whom, how long ago, etc.

    Darlene, thanks for sharing your pictures & story! Here I go again—making a mental “shopping list” from the signs in the photos—

    ONE HICKORY ROCKER
    A QUILT (if I can afford it!)
    SOME PRESERVES (a few jars)

    Sigh! (I guess I’ll have to dream on!)

    Alice Mary

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      Darlene
      Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (August 8th, 2012 at 23:44)

      Hi Alice Mary!
      We wanted to stop to see about those Adirondack chairs but decided that we would probably like them (or the rockers) and wouldn’t be able to get them home! Sadly, we just kept driving.

      Here is the address for an article on Stone Arabia:

      http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2001/11/refugees-time

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures!

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    rick
    Comment on nice posting (August 8th, 2012 at 20:11)

    nice posting

    Very well done – both commentary and pix.

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    Naomi
    Comment on Wood smoke (August 8th, 2012 at 20:53)

    Wood smoke

    Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. I wonder if the wood smoke smell was from a canner. I’ve noticed that in both of the Amish settlements I visit, that there are outdoor canners that look like a big metal box, with lower and an upper compartments. The lower is for a wood fire, and the upper reservoir is where you put your jars to be canned. I’ve seen these both in yards and in indoors in a portion of the house that is separate from the main living area. This is the only way I can imagine canning being bearable in the summer months!

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    Leanna
    Comment on Wood Smoke (August 9th, 2012 at 08:43)

    Wood Smoke

    If you happened to drive by on Laundry Day – the wood smoke smell may have come from the fire used to heat the water for laundry.

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    ramblinjodie
    Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (August 9th, 2012 at 11:12)

    Thank you for the pictures and commentary. Beautiful country.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on What's in a name? (August 9th, 2012 at 12:26)

    What's in a name?

    Thanks, Darlene, for the link. It was a nice article, and I now know a lot more about the area. But it still doesn’t answer the question about how it got that name in the first place(the article states “…a name whose origins are lost…”).

    Perhaps someone else knows?

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Stone Arabia (August 9th, 2012 at 16:29)

      Stone Arabia

      My curiosity is also piqued. It really isn’t much but a crossroads on the map, but there must be a story to that name.

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        Linda
        Comment on Stone Arabia (April 27th, 2013 at 19:41)

        Stone Arabia

        Hi,
        We had some workers for Greene County, NY doing road construction and one of the men said he lived among the Amish in Stone Arabia. Said they are great neighbors.
        So, since I am about 1 1/2 hours from there, I decided to take a drive there with my husband to do some research for an Amish novel I was writing.
        The buggies there are brown. We saw one outside a house. And the girls seem to go barefoot in the summer. We saw a young Amish girl standing in the fields barefoot.(What about ticks?)
        Couldn’t find an Amish store in sight. I wanted to meet an actual Amish person to hear the particular accent in that community, but none to be found.
        We also saw some Amish children let out of a school bus with their lunch pails(small coolers with handles.)My husband took a photo very discreetly. The girls wear brown bonnets there.
        As we were leaving, we saw a buggy pulled by two horses pass us and the driver tipped his hat in greeting.
        We hope to take a drive there again during the summer hoping there might be fruit or vegetable stands.

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    Matt from CT
    Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (August 9th, 2012 at 13:14)

    Oh my oh my oh…I’m going to have to go on a day-trip the next nice Saturday I can — never knew about this settlement!

    And it’s the closest one I know of to me, I could make it in a bit over three hours if I stick to the Interstates versus places like Lancaster County or the Finger Lakes region which would take easily six hours.

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    Darlene
    Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (August 9th, 2012 at 19:01)

    Erik, you’re right about it being a crossroads. It quite literally is!

    I found an article online by an Andrew Dillenbeck written in 1931 (a speech, I guess it was) attempting to address the naming of the hamlet but I really don’t think anybody actually knows the origin of the name. The name is somehow wrapped up with the Palatines who originally settled the area and who the town of Palatine is named after.

    That’s all I’ve got. I like the name, though. Sounds exotic.

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    Ed
    Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (August 10th, 2012 at 06:06)

    What a beautiful post. I love upstate NY. So lush and green. Yes, curious town name — how very different the place is from the deserts of Saudi Arabia!

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    Dave
    Comment on Amish in New York’s Mohawk Valley (July 23rd, 2013 at 11:13)

    Nice shots, thank you for sharing

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    George
    Comment on Quilts web site (July 23rd, 2013 at 17:51)

    Quilts web site

    HI Linda,
    Thanks for the website, I will check it out!

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      Linda
      Comment on Amish quilts (July 23rd, 2013 at 18:30)

      Amish quilts

      If you browse through the list at
      http://amishamerica.com/amish-quilts/
      maybe you will find some websites in the directory of Amish quilt sellers.

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