21 responses to Amish trip roundup and highlights
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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (August 29th, 2011 at 06:40)


    Loved the pictures Erik. Sounds like you had a very busy trip. And I can agree that kind of traveling can be very exhausting but I would gladly trade that for the kind of exhausting time I have been having with this move. Every time I think I have just about got it nailed I find more things to be done. I really still have a couple more days of work to do but my days are shorter as I am totally out of strength. I only keep going by shear will power and God’s grace.

    Have a great day!
    Blessings, Alice

    PS. I am praying for all those affected by Hurricane Irene. My own hometown in NY state was hit with a lot of flooding. 🙁

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    Lee Ann
    Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (August 29th, 2011 at 07:31)

    Very interesting Erik. I envy that you were able to visit so many Amish communities in such a short time. Exhasusting yes, doing as much driving and all you did. I’ve really enjoyed the photos you have posted.

    Hopefully next year you will make it west and go to the Amish communties in CO. I hear there are 2 now. I believe they have 6 church districts there. Would like to know if they have any Bent N Dent stores and any homes selling fresh herbs and spices.

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      Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (August 30th, 2011 at 17:35)

      Colorado would be a dream, but I think a little out of driving distance 🙂 Kevin Williams told me he is going out to Montana, that would also be a beautiful trip.

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    Roberta Klooster
    Comment on Laundry drying, Stuben Co IN (August 29th, 2011 at 08:28)

    Laundry drying, Stuben Co IN

    I love this picture.

    Rest up and thanks so much for sharing your wonderful trip with us. I am so looking forward to our visit to the Bird-In-Hand area next month, which your posting has encouraged.

    Lord, bless our Amish “friends”


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      Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (August 30th, 2011 at 17:36)

      Have a great visit Roberta. I will be in the Bird in Hand area late September.

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        Judy Duer
        Comment on Bird-in-hand visit (August 31st, 2011 at 20:57)

        Bird-in-hand visit

        Just back to Long Island from Lancaster,had a Great time! Stayed at an Amish guest house, it was so peaceful & beautiful. My husband & I go down every year. When will you be there in late September? We are thinking of going again around that time. We have become friendly with an Amish family, got to spend two days with them, so much fun playing games,having dinner & just talking. I know that you know so many Amish people in all of the areas that you visit but if we were down there at the same time, it might be fun for you to meet them. I so love your blog, pictures are lovely & I learn so much from you. I have one question, can Amish children be photographed? Looking forward to hearing from you. Try to rest up from your trip. My best, Judy

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on Quilt Auction (August 29th, 2011 at 09:30)

    Quilt Auction

    If anyone is traveling through the Southern part of Indiana, there is a quilt auction there every year the Saturday before Labor Day; next Saturday. It’s in Cannelburg, IN at the Simon Graber Community building. Doors open at 8:00 for visiting Vendor, gazing at displayed quilts and wonderful home cooked food. The actual auction begins around noon. There are usually 150-200 quilts auctioned off. It’s my best inspiration for quilting! Gorgeous gorgeous things all hand made. The proceeds are to benefit the local Amish schools.

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    Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (August 29th, 2011 at 10:13)

    Glad you all enjoyed it, I will be going to PA next month, but my next big trip I’d like to get out to southern Indiana/Illinois/Missouri. Especially the communty at Daviess Co Karen mentioned.

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    Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (August 29th, 2011 at 10:39)

    Glad to read about your great whirlwind trip!

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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (August 29th, 2011 at 15:02)

    Glad you made it back safely to NC. I hope you missed Irene’s big show. It is a mess out here on the Crystal Coast and Downeast. Finally, one of us made it to Union Grove. Every time I have tried to set someting up, something comes up. Are the any places to stay there that you know of?

    Looking forward to more on your travels.

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      Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (August 30th, 2011 at 17:37)

      Thanks Robert, we mostly missed the big show! Ack, I do not know any places in Union Grove, I am just a 2 or so hour drive from Raleigh. There is probably something in one of the larger towns, and I believe Statesville is not far.

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    kristin jager
    Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (August 29th, 2011 at 19:33)

    Amish trip roundup and highlights

    It sounds like you had an amazing trip Erik. You certainly sound like you were always on the go!!! I loved the pictures…as always. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    Mary Ginn
    Comment on Allen County, Indiana (September 5th, 2011 at 15:50)

    Allen County, Indiana

    Could you pleaser tell me if the Allen County Amish are mainly located in the area of Yoder?

    We will be going through there in about 2 weeks after stopping in at Shipshewana.

    We are also going to Daviess County for the first time, could you tell us anything about this area?


    Mary Ginn


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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (September 5th, 2011 at 21:05)

    Mary — Here’s some suggestions –When I visit an Amish community for the first time, I try to go to several Amish stores or farms that sell various items. In Daviess County, I would suggest traveling west on Hwy. 50/150, and turn right (north) on CR 900 E. at Cannelburg. All the way from Cannelburg to Odon on 900 E. (which is several miles) you will see signs advertising Amish stores such as Country Discount Grocery. When you go to the first store, just ask around about other stores in the settlement. If you’re there on a Friday in Sept or Oct, visit the Amish Produce Auction in the morning and then go to Dinky’s Auction Center in the evening (Dinky’s has auctions all year). There are several good restaurants in the area who have Amish cooks; my favorite is Stoll’s Lakeview Restaurant, about 3 miles north of Loogootee on Hwy. 231. (If you order the buffet from the menu, the “dessert room” is included which includes all the pie, cake, ice cream, etc. you care to eat!). I hope you enjoy your visit to the Indiana Amish communities you’ve mentioned.

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      Comment on Allen County Amish at Grabill (September 6th, 2011 at 06:42)

      Allen County Amish at Grabill

      Mary, to Al’s good advice I’ll just add that the Allen County Amish are not at Yoder, but around the small town of Grabill on the northeast side of Fort Wayne (though I know Yoder seems like the logical choice!).

      You won’t find as many walk-in Amish businesses in Allen County as you will in northern Indiana (Shipshewana area) or Daviess Co. However it is a beautiful area. The settlement extends for miles in each direction with Grabill more or less at its center.

      If you’re interested in Indiana Amish I’ve here’s a guide I wrote, I don’t know if it will have all the info you need but might be a start: http://amishamerica.com/indiana-amish/

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    Mary Ginn
    Comment on Adams County, Indiana (September 6th, 2011 at 17:03)

    Adams County, Indiana

    What about Adams County? I think in Berne, Indiana.

    Are there many Amish related things to see? Bulk stores,etc?

    We love visiting Amish areas and we have been to many, this would be a new area for us.

    Thanks so much for this site.
    It is so nice to chat with other people who have the sma interests.

    Mary Ginn

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    Linda Smith
    Comment on Going to Ohio Amish Co (September 8th, 2011 at 09:38)

    Going to Ohio Amish Co

    I so much enjoyed your pictures & info from your trip. Me, my granddaughter and a friend will be visiting up there next week, Lord willing. We will be going to Mt. Hope, Charm, Baltic, New Bedford, Sugarcreek and the surrounding areas. We will be staying in Berlin. This will be my second time this year. Its such a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. Glad your trip went well.

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    Comment on Union Grove, NC Amish (September 17th, 2011 at 21:18)

    Union Grove, NC Amish

    I visited this area today and left the store with a few bottles of cider also along with some local honey. The young man running the store was very nice. I noticed that these Amish use tractors w/ the rubber tires and the folks I saw all appeared to be young (under 40). Maybe the older ones were just out of sight. Just curious if this was an observation of yours as well? Do you think this group branched out on their own so they could use electricity and tires on their farm equipments? I didn’t realize New Order Amish were so progressive. (Love your blog!)

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      Comment on this community (March 23rd, 2014 at 18:29)

      this community

      i grew up with people that were southern baptist, and also people that were everyday Christians we r used to. union grove is most likely menonite. menonites use electricity for necessities. also use cars etc for necessities. similar to Amish, but different. menonites were the first then the bethren and Amish branched off from them and then the Amish branched off within themselves.

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        Comment on Amish trip roundup and highlights (March 28th, 2014 at 11:37)

        No, the group at Union Grove is Amish. This is a New Order Amish group which permits electricity. Not common but there are a few Amish groups like that. They otherwise use the horse and buggy, plain clothes, etc.


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