13 responses to Amish in South Dakota
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    Comment on www.Amishstorys.com (May 13th, 2011 at 06:46)


    There are just some groups that i just dont know very much about like the Hutterites. Erik are there any settlements in the state of Pennsylvania that you know of?. Richard from Lebanon county’s Amish settlement.

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    Comment on Amish in South Dakota (May 13th, 2011 at 06:47)

    I would love to see more Amish move into this area of northern New Brunswick (Canada). There is lots of farm land and it is relatively inexpensive, but the growing season is short, the winters harsh, and there is little peripheral industry. But it is beautiful, and the soil is generally good and the people very friendly and open. And lots of water! No droughts! It is possible to heat at a low cost with wood, too, in this part of Canada. So pass the word along if you know of a community that is looking!

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Amish in South Dakota (May 13th, 2011 at 07:19)

    Good morning!!!

    I think it is amazing Amish are just settling in SD in 2010, but then again it amazes me as to just how much they move in the first place. I guess I am easily amazed, LOL.

    Have a good day!

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    Comment on Bruderhof (May 13th, 2011 at 13:32)


    Richard there are no Hutterites in PA but there are some Bruderhof, which is a group with similarities to the Hutterites like communal property and living. For a time they were associated with Hutterites but that relationship dissolved back in the 90s I believe.

    Magdalena you should become a Budget scribe and write in to promote New Brunswick for any Amish with itchy feet out there. If you look at the history it’s pretty interesting to see how Amish have used the Budget to try to promote interest in a new settlement/area in hopes of attracting others.

    Alice I bet the number of states with Amish is just going to keep increasing. I am looking forward to the new statistics from the Young Center which I imagine will be out sometime this summer.

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Amish in South Dakota (May 13th, 2011 at 20:22)

    There used to be a Plain Community at Woodstock New Brunswick which I was a part of. But it lasted only a couple of years, like 4-6 years. One disavantage of the Amish moving in from the states is the hassle of border crossing and all the paperwork including passports and the use of photos.

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      Comment on community in Woodstock, New Brunswick (November 19th, 2011 at 22:19)

      community in Woodstock, New Brunswick

      Just so you know. There is a plain community back near Woodstock, New Brunswick. It is in Richmond Corner. Do you know Peter Gerber?

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        Katie Troyer
        Comment on Amish in South Dakota (November 19th, 2011 at 23:05)

        Yes, I know Peter & Mary Ellen Gerber, or at least I knew them 15 years ago. Are there more plain people with them?

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    Comment on Amish in South Dakota (May 13th, 2011 at 20:27)

    Yes, I knew of that one that disbanded. I didn’t know you had been there! My grandfather was from Woodstock. I live just upriver, near Grand Falls. I still don’t have status in Canada and I have been here since 2002. I am married to a Canadian. There is a Mennonite colony near Centreville which has been there for quite a few years now.

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    June Hofer
    Comment on Mennonite Colony (May 16th, 2011 at 11:59)

    Mennonite Colony

    Magdalena , What is a Mennonite Colony????? Thanks Loads!! JUne Hofer

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    Comment on Amish in South Dakota (May 16th, 2011 at 12:48)

    I mean a group of Mennonites who decided to settle there.

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    Comment on Amish in South Dakota (May 19th, 2011 at 19:34)

    I’m surprised there hasn’t been more Amish settlement in Nebraska and the Dakotas…land is cheap and the soil is good. Plus I would think it would be easier to live in peace without invasive toursists poking around.

    I’m back in Nebraska visiting and I just went down to visit the Pawnee County settlement. It seems to be thriving and growing…and as an added bonus the English community seems to be exciting and welcoming of the Amish in their neighborhood.

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    Donna Godshall Hayden
    Comment on PA Hutterite Communities (July 23rd, 2012 at 13:47)

    PA Hutterite Communities

    On Mill Road in Franconia, PA there is an old Hutterite Meeting House. Once a year they had German services. My grandmother used to take me. That was about 1960.
    Donna Hayden

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      Comment on PA Hutterites in Franconia, PA (April 18th, 2018 at 23:05)

      PA Hutterites in Franconia, PA

      I am afraid that Donna Godshall Hayden is confused with her comment concerning an “Old Hutterite Meetinghouse ” in PA. First and foremost, the Hutterites always live communally, so there would be no meetinghouses that are not on a colony. All colonies would have German services and not just once a year but nearly daily. Also, the Hutterites first arrived in South Dakota. They have stayed in the Great Plains. They are not nor were they ever from PA. A very small group explored living in western PA on the land owned by the Rappites in the late 1800’s but they only stayed a matter of months and got out of there and returned to SD as they did not care for the hills and trees in PA. Donna must be confusing the Hutterites with a different group.

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