16 responses to Amish in New York’s North Country
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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on Amish in New York’s North Country (December 27th, 2012 at 07:21)

    For Christmas I got Karen’s book New York Amish which I really wanted. As I live in New York State, I had borrowed that book fromt he library so many times. Now, I have my own copy so I can see the Amish areas and go there. I have been in St. Lawrence County many times, but that was before I knew there were Amish in New York State. So, next time I go there, when all this snow melts, I would like to visit Amish in the area.

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    Comment on Amish in New York’s North Country (December 27th, 2012 at 07:36)

    You can now drive route 11 from near Mexico NY north thru Pulaski, Clayton, and into St Lawrence County up to Malone. There is one Amish settlement after another. What a treat!
    Tom backroadstraveller,blogspot.com/

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    Comment on Amish in New York’s North Country (December 27th, 2012 at 11:33)

    My father-in-law moved up there (close to Potsdam) in the early 90s and bought around 300 acres for about $300/acre. Today that land is probably worth about $1500/acre.
    Besides Swartzentruber Amish, a good number of Wenger Mennonites (horse and buggy) are also relocating to the area. They can sell out for $10,000/acre around here (Lancaster) and buy land up there for 1/5 the price. Of course the growing season is a lot shorter, and the dirt is not as productive, but there is room to expand.

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      Comment on Amish real estate strategy (December 27th, 2012 at 17:05)

      Amish real estate strategy

      Buying land in areas showing steady Amish growth, especially the younger but becoming established communities is one potentially lucrative investment strategy. Not one the Amish would appreciate but probably a decent way to make some $$. I doubt that’s what your father in law had in mind though 🙂 However I don’t expect Amish to suddenly start limiting their families to 2.1 children anytime soon.

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        Comment on Amish in New York’s North Country (December 27th, 2012 at 17:13)

        No, my father-in-law didnt have investment in mind … he had a dozen of his own children! 🙂 And most of them are married now and are living in the area. So the family has quite a few hundred acres in their combined parcels.
        I do think it can be a problem though, that once a couple of Amish/Mennonite families move to an area that the real estate prices start rising because folks know more are to come. Kind of like when we lived in South America … a white face meant double the price on anything from land to a taxi ride. 🙂

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Moving on (December 27th, 2012 at 14:50)

    Moving on

    It’s always interesting to hear these stories of Amish moving a whole settlement elsewhere. I’ll be interested to see how things work out for the Swartzentruber who move to the “North Country” in N.Y. I can only wonder how accepting of the “newbies” the “old & settled” Swartzentrubers in the area will be. Also, what adjustments will those “newbies” need to make to farming more productive, given the poorer soil, etc.?

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Amish in New York’s North Country (December 27th, 2012 at 17:00)

      That’s an interesting question Alice Mary. KJ-W in NY Amish comments on differing attitudes between the native people who have been there some time and newcomers from Ohio. I’d guess it would be good to be mentally ready for a different climate and productivity going into any new venture like this.

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    Tom in KY
    Comment on Amish in New York’s North Country (December 27th, 2012 at 19:48)

    Nice area of the country, I think I know where I may go for my summer vacation this year.

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    Comment on New York North Country (January 29th, 2013 at 14:44)

    New York North Country

    I live here along route 16 in Jefferson County where there are Amish 3 families are with in a hop skip and jump from my farmhouse. As far as which clan they hail from I am not certain, but they are nice and offer their “services” when need be, I run into them even in the local thrift stores, I think I may have had only one incident of a amish person, showing discord(to be nice) in the manner to which I dress… not sure if he thought I was a shunned amish girl or what but the facial looks.. was enough … I as I say am a Christian first but worship in a Mennonite congregation,even though my congregation is not plain in dress but us women do practice the biblical headcovering.. I have only been lead personally to dress cape and non cape out of conviction. For the most part I get smiles and nods from the Amish neighbors but that one elderly gent.. He might have been out of the more strict amish community which I know we do have scattered around here in the Jefferson and Lewis Counties.

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    Barbara Durham
    Comment on Amish move to Whitehall, New York (June 12th, 2014 at 11:05)

    Amish move to Whitehall, New York

    Recently I left a comment that the Amish have moved into Whitehall, New York. I would like to post some pictures pertaining to them but do not know where or how on this website.
    They are still building along here. Recently a new house/storage shed went up on County Rte 18 adding to the ones on Abair Road, County Route 12, Hatch Hill, and Upper Turnpike. Baked goods, flower nursery, and a leather repair shop are the new offerings from them to the community. I also see over on Abair Road that they have some kind of sawmill at work. They purchased 3 already built homes, which they are occupying, this included the farm-land and barns. Cows are daily enjoying the high grass of the fields and you can see their crops peeking up through the plowed fields as well. On a recent trip to our neighboring town we were lucky enough to see a tractor-trailer truck unloading household goods and such to one of their homes over on County Rte 12. We also had the pleasure of watching, what seemed to be a community affair with 7 or 8 buggies, them fishing one day on Lake Champlain on the outskirts of Whitehall. I wondered if they liked fresh fish!

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      Comment on Amish in New York’s North Country (June 12th, 2014 at 11:42)

      Barbara if you wouldn’t mind sending the photos/info along to me, we might be able to put them up in their own post. I’m at ewesner@gmail.com. Thanks for checking back in on this.

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      Marjorie Moxley
      Comment on Fishing (November 27th, 2014 at 08:16)


      “Our Amish” near Lebanon NY go fishing every chance they get in the summer, and some of the younger ones ice fish as well. They seem to relish fresh meat of any variety (as opposed to standard canned meats)
      I remember the first time I saw a buggy go by with one canoe on the top and another on a set of wheels towed behind!

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    Bill Rushby
    Comment on Whitehall Pictures? (July 20th, 2014 at 16:05)

    Whitehall Pictures?


    I grew up 40 miles north of Whitehall, and would like to see Barbara Durham’s pictures. Have they been posted yet?

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      Comment on Amish in New York’s North Country (July 21st, 2014 at 21:22)

      Bill they haven’t been posted, because I don’t think I’ve heard from Barbara yet, but she’s still welcome to get in touch with me at the email I shared above.

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    Comment on Amish in black lake ny (August 31st, 2018 at 18:41)

    Amish in black lake ny

    Just got back from a vacation to black lake ny and that is Amish country got lots of cool pics saw the ladies out doing their laundry , working in the gardens, pulling weeds, tilling the fields, and we seen the saw mills and the guys working building sheds, there were some building on their house , we bought some stuff from their stands they set up in the price chopper parking lot everyday in Ogden’sburgh , it’s really neat to see how hard they work and how they do their work and it just amazes me how they live life giving the fact that we ourselves are a very tight knit family but these people won’t change their culture or go against what they believe in for nothing and they are so kind whenever passing by them they always wave a hand at you it’s just really cool I’m amused by these people

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