12 responses to Amish Settle York County, PA, in “New Model” of Migration
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    Comment on Anne’s son & family (November 29th, 2017 at 01:01)

    Anne’s son & family

    This question is about Anne’s son who married an Amish woman & moved to MN to start a new community. I wonder if there have been any updates lately, in particular about his health. Praying for him & family

    • Hi Mary, I was in touch with Anne some months ago but don’t have an update right now. Maybe Anne will share again at some point or if I’m able to I’ll let you know what I hear. I know several people have been wondering how they are doing and I’m sure your prayers are appreciated!

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    Comment on You have to love... (November 29th, 2017 at 06:29)

    You have to love...

    I have long thought, you have to love how the Amish think–or perhaps more accurately, that they do. My version of it is the observation that “just because something is possible, that doesn’t mean one should do it.” I love the use of the word “deliberate” early in the article is, I think, important and this will be an interesting trend to watch. (Interesting to think of the Amish as trendsetters! :-))

    • Well put Walter. I usually find this “just because you can do it…” idea really resonates with people, even if most of us don’t live that way, at least regards to technology.

      I am 39 and when I get into this topic I often say that I’m glad to have been born when I was and able to experience life both before and after the internet/social media/smartphones were popularized. I also wonder what will be the next technological change about which people will say something similar.

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        Walter Boomsma
        Comment on Thanks, Eric... (December 4th, 2017 at 18:09)

        Thanks, Eric...

        Shall I confess that I am almost twice your age? 🙂 I pre-date fax machines and color television. I wish I could say that I am personally deliberate about adapting technology– although I do limit my use.

        I’m not a fan of labels, but for the sake of simplicity in description, we are a culture of adaptors which can mean we live at the mercy of what takes place around us. I’m not sure I want to use the word “resistors” to describe the Amish, but how fortunate we are that there are those who do see value in the status quo or even tradition. (And that’s not to imply that it is only the Amish who do so.) “Resistor” may be too strong a word… we might be thankful that there are people who don’t stop with the question, “How can we adopt this technology (or change)?” and there are some who go on to wonder, “What will adopting this do to us?”

        An interesting quote I saw recently: “100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars.Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.”

        Are we the better for it?

        • Walter I appreciate the “confession” 🙂 I am not of the black and white era though I am sure they were still around, my earliest, or strongest early TV memory was of the little 13 inch Maganavox (or was it a Zenith?) on which I’d watch after school cartoons.

          “Resistor” I think is an apt description of at least some part of what the Amish do vis-a-vis technology.

          Nice quote. Now you’ve got me trying to think of other “100 years ago” examples!

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    J Schinnerer
    Comment on Wonderful (November 29th, 2017 at 07:39)


    I commend the Amish for branching out. I would welcome more coming to our area in upstate NY. I am a farm owner and land is much more affordable. In general $5000 and acre. We don’t need more mini malls and condos. We need more working farms with families who are willing to put in the blood sweat and tears required to do this kind of work.

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    Comment on Great thoughts about community (November 29th, 2017 at 08:09)

    Great thoughts about community

    Erik — Really enjoyed this article. Great stuff for all of us to contemplate here about how community is formed. The “culture first, real estate second” is powerful advice.

    • Thanks Jeff, I was glad to share this news, I thought all involved in the piece did a nice job bringing this development to light. And now I’m going to need to at least swing by this new community the next time I am in the area of Shrewsbury getting my favorite sub sandwiches 🙂

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    Comment on Amish in Glen Rock, York Co. (November 29th, 2017 at 17:57)

    Amish in Glen Rock, York Co.

    I live on the same street that David and Mary Yoder and their children live in Glen Rock. They are the first family who migrated to this part of York Co. We quickly became friends. I helped out for a year as a driver for the school teacher as well as for other Amish families who have since moved here. We love having the Amish as our neighbors and I look forward to more Amish families migrating to our area.

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    Dr, Oldkat
    Comment on Interesting post (November 29th, 2017 at 20:36)

    Interesting post

    I can say that this is not only an interesting, but also encouraging development. When we spent a week in Lancaster County this past summer for Horse Progress Days the one impression that I got; after driving the backroads on our own for several days and then taking the HPD bus tour is that those Amish and OOM areas are so densely populated that many of the farmsteads are practically stacked one on top of the other. We did venture down into Chester County and while it didn’t seem to be so densely populated, it did not strike me as being a particularly promising area for Old Order growth.

    We wanted to get over to York County, but that never happened. I wish now that we had. The idea that they are taking a more systematic, process oriented approach to settlement is a positive sign that they are taking the issue very seriously. Generally when things are done on an ad hoc basis, the results can be vary widely.

    BTW: For some reason or other, I also especially enjoyed the comments on this story. Not that I don’t usually, but today they just resonated with me for whatever reason.

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