6 responses to The Amish of Parke and Wayne Counties, Indiana
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    Comment on The Amish of Parke and Wayne Counties, Indiana (May 5th, 2008 at 14:26)

    The Northeast is so heavily settled for the most part that if you’re looking for more land, you have to be prepared to pay. And in some cases, it just isn’t there for you to buy. It seems like for the Lancaster Amish, resettling out of the area comes with intrinsic benefits: their old land will fetch a high price, their new area will probably allow their children to settle nearby with farms of their own, and they open up opportunities for people who want to stay in Lancaster but might not have enough land.

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    Comment on The Amish of Parke and Wayne Counties, Indiana (May 5th, 2008 at 16:21)

    It seems like moving to a new area is often the best choice for the Amish in PA with the price of land and crowding there.

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    Comment on The Amish of Parke and Wayne Counties, Indiana (May 5th, 2008 at 23:59)

    Thanks for the reference to that book. Sounds like what I need for more riding in Indiana this summer. The copy in my university’s library is now on its way to me.

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    Comment on The Amish of Parke and Wayne Counties, Indiana (May 6th, 2008 at 15:30)

    Good points CC and michelle,and spokesrider I am glad to hear it, I love the book.

    Lancaster has had a lot of emigration especially when compared to the other two big settlements, Holmes Co and northern Indy. Population pinch.

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    Adrian
    Comment on The Amish of Parke and Wayne Counties, Indiana (May 11th, 2008 at 13:04)

    An Amish Patchwork is an excellent book.

    I have friends that moved from Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County to Wayne County, IN in the mid 1990s. They moved there for the reasons you all specified. Since moving however, two of their sons and their daughter and their families moved back to Lancaster County. One son is farming the old homestead, but has turned it all organic. The others are in non-farming occupations.

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    Nigel
    Comment on The Amish of Parke and Wayne Counties, Indiana (July 8th, 2008 at 11:03)

    Another very readable book on an interesting aspect of Amish life is Growing Up Amish: The Teenage Years by Stevick. He claims to have visited dozens of Amish settlements in PA, Ohio, and Indiana, and he seems to have an unusually wide grasp of Amish life in various locales. A good read.

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