51 responses to Virginia Amish
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    Jim Lehmann
    Comment on Chincoteague (September 29th, 2011 at 11:18)


    A popular vacation place for Amish of Lancaster/Dauphin (PA) is Chincoteague, VA. I’ve hauled numerous families to this resort community. It is not unusual to see entire families on rented bikes riding across the causeway to Assateague Island for some time at the unspoiled beach. I hope more Amish find enjoyment in this ‘quieter’ eastern shore resort area. I am not aware of any permanent Amish orders here.

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    Bill Michael
    Comment on Seeking Amish Training (October 14th, 2011 at 00:34)

    Seeking Amish Training

    Hello! I’m a self-employed (writer) husband and father with a 60-acre family farm in North Carolina. I would like to pay Amish farmers to teach me how they manage their daily farm chores. I’d also like to purchase horses and products from the Amish. I have money…what I want is the practical wisdom of the Amish. How can I get in touch with Amish farmers willing to help me? Again, I’m looking to pay them for this help…not just visit as a tourist. I lived for one year in Lancaster County, PA before moving to NC and I have the deepest respect for the Amish way of life and principles. It’s been difficult finding a contact and, unfortunately, I’m a busy man. Thank you.

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      Michael DePew
      Comment on Re: Seeking Amish training (April 25th, 2012 at 02:13)

      Re: Seeking Amish training


      It is not from the Amish… but if you would like training in animal-powered farming you might want to check out Tillers International near Kalamazoo, Michigan. they offer classes….

      If you would like to learn to drive horses (wagon) you might try the bundoran school in New Garden, VA…. http://www.ballyshannon.com/team.html

      the Va Draft Horse and Mule Association also offers some training…. http://www.vdhma.org/Draft-Horse-and-Mule-Breeders-Directory-Draft-Horse–Mule-Equipment-for-Sale-Horse-and-Carriage-Services-Horse-and-Buggy-Services-Hayride-Services-Bride-recommended-horse-drawn-wedding-carriage-service-Draft-Horse–Mule-training-services-Draft-Horse-and-Mule-Driving-Instruction/Draft-Horse-and-Mule-Driving-Training-Instruction-Services—Virginia-Draft-Horse-and-Mule-Association-for-those-who-own-work-breed-exhibit-pull-log-drive-trade-or-simply-admire-heavy-draft-horses-mules-or-donkeys-Harness-and-Plowing-Clinics-Farm-Days-Draft-Horse-and-Mule-Show-Rides-and-Drives

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    Jim Courtney
    Comment on Amish Restaurant? (October 26th, 2011 at 08:20)

    Amish Restaurant?

    My wife and I like to travel around in non tourist areas. We are thinking of going through Stuarts Draft and was wondering if there were any Amish restaurants there? Please let us know.
    Thank you.

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      Comment on Virginia Amish (May 14th, 2014 at 12:36)

      There aren’t any that I’ve found and I’ve lived here two years. Ther are a couple of Mennonite stores, but that’s pretty much it. Try going to Bridgwater, they have a higher Mennonite population.

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    Kevin Crouse
    Comment on Certified Lumber Inspector (January 1st, 2012 at 18:15)

    Certified Lumber Inspector

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on Virginia Amish (January 15th, 2012 at 12:36)

    Interesting! I have lived in the Kempsville section of Virginia Beach for over 30 years and am familiar with our Mennonite community though never knew that they had roots to an Amish settlement. The Mennonite presence is still quite notable with their several churches, schools and businesses. When we first came here, they operated two dairies though both have since gone out of business. We enjoyed home delivery from one of these businesses for quite a few years as well as taking our children out to one of the farms in Chesapeake. That dairy farm, Bergeys, has enjoyed a 2nd birth as a bakery, sandwich shop and small ice cream making business. Love going out there for lunch and their delicious baked goods. Also they sell a somewhat limited selection of products “imported” from Pennsylvania and Ohio including jams, pickles, flours, chips and candies.

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      Rich Wagoner
      Comment on Looking for Amish or Mennonite carpenters (June 13th, 2015 at 09:12)

      Looking for Amish or Mennonite carpenters

      I live near West Point Virginia if you know any Amish or Mennonite Carpenders I would appreciate knowing where I could find them thank you very much my phone number is 217-741-3204

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        Comment on Carpenters (December 3rd, 2015 at 22:59)


        If you are serious about finding Amish/Mennonite carpenters or other services just approach a plain person next time you see one, preferably a man. Usually anyone will know of somebody that does whatever work you are looking for to get done. Don’t hesitate to approach someone.

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    Dan Burtis
    Comment on From Deleware (March 21st, 2012 at 15:45)

    From Deleware

    I live in Kent county Delaware and four Amish families have moved from Delaware to Virginia, South Boston area sense summer 2010.

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    Catherine F. Kennedy
    Comment on Furniture Repair (April 12th, 2012 at 10:53)

    Furniture Repair

    I live in Aldie, VA and am wondering if there is an Amish Community that includes wooden furniture repair?

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      Comment on Virginia Amish (September 24th, 2012 at 08:58)

      lists Mattingly’s‎ in Aldie, VA, if you are still looking for help with furniture repair. Maybe they would know of someone.

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    Lisa Swope
    Comment on Need furniture refinished (July 6th, 2012 at 23:17)

    Need furniture refinished

    I am looking for someone to refinish a chest that belonged to my grandfather. It is about sixty years old and is a bedroom chest of drawers (solid oak). Please email me at poodlefamily@earthlink.com or mail me at my home address. I need someone who will do a quality job, such as an Amish craftsman, because this chest belonged to my grandfather and I want to keep it for the rest of my life. Thank you.

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    Comment on thanks (August 20th, 2012 at 05:36)


    Erik, thanks for linking me to the post here about Amish in VA….I know that in Stuarts Draft, every time we drive through, there is one family with a horse and buggy clip-clopping along home late at night.

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    Comment on Seeking Non-Touristy Info on Virginia Amish/Mennonites (September 20th, 2012 at 14:07)

    Seeking Non-Touristy Info on Virginia Amish/Mennonites

    My husband and I are looking at purchasing a second property in Virginia (40-50 acres with or without a residence on it). We are looking in the North (Giles County), South Central (Lunenburg and Mecklenburg Counties), and South (Halifax County).

    Interestingly, the properties that have been submitted to us by brokers include many Amish farms for sale, particularly in Giles County.

    We are wondering if you or any of your readers have any information on the following:

    Giles County:

    Q: Is there a mass exodus out of Giles County? If so, why are people leaving and where are they going? We would be concerned that there is something wrong with the area, wrong with the land, or something else that would result in an “unstable” area.

    Lunenburg/Mecklenburg Counties:

    This area has apparently had a large influx of “Mennonites”. According to officials of Lunenburg County these people “split off” from the Mennonites in nearby Amelia County due to encroaching development. They do not have any hard numbers as to how many families are there but they know there are more than 17 of them.

    In fact the property we would most be interested in is literally surrounded by Mennonites and the only sign of “civilization” in the area is their small church building around the corner.

    We have also been told that there has “recently” arrived in the area of this property “2 or 3 Amish families”.

    The locals have gone to great lengths to assure us that we should be comfortable with these folks around us and they have become very active in the community.

    Q: Does anyone know what kind of Mennonites these are? I finally tracked a Mennonite woman from Amelia County and while she had difficulty explaining the Mennonites in Lunenburg she described them as not being “quite Beachy Amish” and they have cars and electricity but dress “modestly and plainly.”

    Q: Does anyone have any knowledge of the Amish moving into Lunenburg County?

    Has anyone lived around either or both of these cultures? If so, has it been okay for you. In doing research it seems as though there is a mixed-bag of feelings about living in close proximity to these people.

    I would appreciate and welcome any answers to these questions and people’s opinions (positive or negative) about living around them. It’s a big investment (especially if you buy one of their homes and need to add electric and heat, etc.) and I’m trying to do as much research as possible.

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      Lisa Swope
      Comment on Giles County (September 21st, 2012 at 15:40)

      Giles County

      No, there is nothing wrong with Giles County. Many Amish moved to southern Giles a couple of decades ago and lots are selling off land and moving elsewhere due to their own reasons. Drive on down and look at the area–friendly people, a slow pace, beautiful land. You are within a half hour to an hour of Interstate 81 and only a half hour from Virginia Tech. It is a lovely, laid-back area. Most of the county is National Forest.

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      Comment on Virginia Amish (September 24th, 2012 at 08:17)

      Pamela, it would be helpful to know the name of the town. The Nationwide Fellowship Churches have a congregation in Kenbridge, Virginia. Or would you mean Farmville or South Boston? A Beachy Amish family from Dinwiddie makes doughnuts for a Saturday farmer’s market in Richmond.

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        Comment on Thank you for replies (September 24th, 2012 at 17:02)

        Thank you for replies

        Actually, we are looking at properties in all three of these towns. The one we are most interested in is in Kenbridge. Close runners up are in South Boston and Farmville. I will look up the nationwide fellowship. Any info on the Farmville and South Boston Mennonites or Amish would be helpful. Do you by any chance live near them? If so, would appreciate it.

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          Comment on Virginia Amish (November 19th, 2012 at 14:52)

          South Boston, Virginia has two Mennonite churches. Ebenezer Mennonite Church is part of the Southeastern Mennonite Conference. Faith Mennonite Church is smaller and part of the Mountain Valley Mennonite Churches. (per GAMEO.org)

          Sorry, Pamela, I don’t live near your towns.

          Farmville, Virginia is home to a Beachy Amish church, plus several Mennonite churches.

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      Comment on Regular of Amish and Mennonite businesses (September 11th, 2013 at 07:20)

      Regular of Amish and Mennonite businesses

      I am in Prince Edward County, VA and regularly frequent several businesses owned by Amish and Mennonite owners. I have always found them to be polite and helpful, and a few of the ladies I know are downright friendly! I have a friend who lives near Amish in Charlotte County and has an Amish babysitter. She adores them. To fear living next door to Amish or Mennonite families is definitely wasted energy.

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      Mike Smith
      Comment on New Amish Store (February 14th, 2018 at 06:53)

      New Amish Store

      I am told they are Amish who are building a large and nearly complete store, at the corner of Airport Road and Plank Road—near Farmville Airport in Cumberland County (a few miles north of Farmville.) They already operate a nearby farm. There are other Amish nearby in Buckingham County. You see their horse and buggy’s all of the time. Just the other day I entered Main Street in Farmville at about dusk and their was a buggy with bright flashing red strobe lights on it, traffic backed up behind. I smiled. I don’t know what group they belong to, but I understand they are friendly and willing to do business.

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    Crystal K
    Comment on Giles County Horse Training (October 10th, 2012 at 09:03)

    Giles County Horse Training

    I know that there are Amish in Giles County Virginia that trains your Horses for a small fee which I thinks it’s small I got two Arabians one 4 the other 5 they have had very little work at all due to were I got them from basicly there (green) I have heard from a grapevine that they are awesome but no one knows any more infomation could you please give me some contact information Please! Thank you, Crystal

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    Comment on I need help. (January 7th, 2013 at 14:45)

    I need help.

    I am asking for an Amish consaltant on becomming Amish.
    I prefer to communicate by my email so that everything will not be on public display. jay3341@centurylink.net
    I would love to be able to live this live for my lord Jesus Christ.

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      Comment on Help for Amish life style (December 3rd, 2015 at 23:07)

      Help for Amish life style

      I realize your post is 2 years old, but if you read this and are still looking for info about life style/beliefs, contact me and I’ll be glad to help. God bless you

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    Charles Wakefield
    Comment on Sheds (January 8th, 2013 at 19:50)


    Please let me know the phone number for the Halifax County Va group that builds sheds, etc.

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    Susan Riddick
    Comment on Free rooster needs home (January 28th, 2013 at 10:57)

    Free rooster needs home

    I have a 5-6 old rooster who is very mild mannered and who needs a good home. I bought him at a chicken swap in Maryland in September being told he was a pullet and cross between a cochin and a brahma. He is part of my little flock of 7 hens (I thought he was a hen till he started growing the pointed saddle feathers and neck feathers and wasn’t at all interested in laying eggs.)
    If anything, he is timid and NOT AT ALL AGRESSIVE. and I just don’t need a non-laying chicken. he’s quite large and beautifully feathered. I would be glad to bring him to your house free of charge.
    Please help me re-home this nice fellow!

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    Comment on THANK YOU (March 27th, 2013 at 14:59)


    Thank you Erik, I was so hoping there would be an Amish community some where near me. I don’t drive but my daughter would possibly take me she likes Amish things too. We are near Yorktown, VA

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    Comment on Virginia Amish (July 22nd, 2013 at 12:45)

    Are there any Mennonite Food stores in or near Newport News, VA?

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      Comment on Virginia Amish (July 22nd, 2013 at 14:30)

      Patti, I’m not sure about Newport News, but on the other side of the tunnels we have Heritage Bake Shoppe by the Farmer’s Market in Virginia Beach, open Wednesday through Saturday. Besides the best yeast rolls and pies on earth, they also stock a healthy supply of goods from PA and OH including Cope’s dried corn, Mrs. Miller’s products, birch beer (both regular and diet), bulk goods, chips, jams and pickles, etc. Also, we have Bergey’s Breadbasket in Chesapeake on Mt. Pleasant Road. They serve delicious sandwiches, soups, ice cream made in the store, dairy products, baked goods and a few PA items as well. Bergey’s used to be a full-up dairy farm until a few years ago, offering home delivered milk in glass bottles. We also had Yoder’s Dairy in Virginia Beach which did the same but shut down several years ago as well.

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        Comment on Virginia Amish (July 22nd, 2013 at 14:39)

        Thanks Robin, sure wish I could drive. Would you email me what you put above? pag1936@yahoo.com. Hopefully I can find someone who knows their way around over to take me. Thank you again and God bless, Patti

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          Comment on Comment on Virginia Amish (July 22nd, 2013 at 14:44)

          Comment on Virginia Amish

          Sure thing Patti. It would make a fun day trip for you and your fortunate driver. Bergey’s is open every day except Sunday and would be a nice lunch stop for you. Try to come Wednesday through Saturday though so that you can stop at Heritage Bake Shoppe as well. It’s my sanity break when I go to these places. We love Lancaster Co., PA and will be retiring there in a few more years.

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        Comment on Virginia Amish (November 2nd, 2016 at 02:11)

        Newport News once had a thriving Mennonite colony. Their farland was located where the Patrick Henry Mall, Target, Costco, Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, Kohls, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. now stand. The Yoder dairy barn built in 1935 and moved to the intersection of Oyster Pt. Road and Jefferson avenue circa 1995 (so Target could be built on its site) is about all that remains of it now. The Yoder barn now belongs to Christopher Newport University and its large haymow has been re-purposed as a theater.

        The Mennonite community thrived until Warwick County was consolidated with Newport News and Interstate 64 was built through the middle of their community making the farmland prime commercial development property. The city then taxed the Mennonite farmers off their land which is really sad because the area was much nicer when it was cow pastures and cornfields, instead of the hotels, shopping centers, fast food joints, and Big Box retail that stnd there now.

        I think some descendants of these Mennonites still live in the area but they no longer farm. The last of the Yoder farm fields that was still being farmed in the early 21st century (where Kohls now stands) sold for $12 million dollars.

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    Leaann Holloway
    Comment on amish (August 1st, 2013 at 15:38)


    I want to become amish and serve my lord! Can anyone help? Please email at rodneysgirl11@gmail.com or write( po box 258 elkton va 22827 ) thanks

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    Comment on Fall Festival & Benefit Auction Oct.26 (October 12th, 2013 at 07:21)

    Fall Festival & Benefit Auction Oct.26

    While it is not a “Amish” event, strictly speaking, I will note for those of you who may be interested that the annual Fall Festival and Benefit Auction will be held at the Bethel Menonite Church in Gladys Va., on Saturday Oct. 26, 2013 from about 7 AM on. The yard sale starts at 7 AM, auction starts at 10 AM. Church is on Rt. 501 2 miles north of Gladys Va. It will be hard to miss with the signs and cars. Proceeds go to support the Bethel Mennonite school.

    If you do a Google search for “Bethel Mennonite Fall Festval”, you can get further info. I’ve been up there a couiple times, and it’s a nice way to spend a couple hours. Plenty of good food, apple butter, crafts, baked goods, and some nice quilts and other stuff to auction. Thequilts are USUALLY the last to be auctioned off, usually around 1-130 PM the times I’ve been there, but it all depends…. I wouldn’t drive from Ohio to go there, but if your’re in the area it’s enjoyable. Usually abunch of the Amish from Nathalie come up.

    Call Galen Yoder (434-332-5748) or Randy Martin (434-610-1926) for more info.

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    Comment on Shed to be built and other repairs in hampton, va (April 27th, 2014 at 21:11)

    Shed to be built and other repairs in hampton, va

    Please contact me regarding building 2 sheds and other house repairs.

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    Comment on Nathalie Amish Auction (May 16th, 2014 at 17:55)

    Nathalie Amish Auction


    SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014 9:00 A.M.


    I just found out the details on this today, for anyone interested. I have never been, but am planning on going tomorrow.

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      Comment on Virginia Amish (May 16th, 2014 at 20:23)

      I’m glad you’re going Forest. I would be as well but I happen to be out of Raleigh this weekend. I called the Coblentz farm where it will be held a couple of weeks ago for info for our May auction list. http://amishamerica.com/amish-auctions-may-2014/ If you have a chance, let us know how it went.

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    Comment on Virginia Amish (May 17th, 2014 at 17:31)

    Well, the weather was beautiful in Nathalie today, almost a little chilly when I first got there this morning. This auction raises money for the Amish School, which is just down the road a bit from where the auction was. Not a huge crowd, but a good one, with three auctioneers all going at once. There was everything from chickens to begonias to Amish barns, plus a lot of donated “Stuff”; furniture, tools, long guns, buggies and the like. There were maybe a dozen or so quilts, but I left about 1130 and they hadn’t gotten to them yet, so I can’t say how high they went. Lots of baked goods for sale, BBQ chicken plates, and soft serve ice cream. The farm were it is held is a nice, rural setting, and if you are in the area it’s a nice day trip. Sorry, no photos, but it was a gorgeous day…

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      Comment on S. Virginia Amish auction (May 18th, 2014 at 14:02)

      S. Virginia Amish auction

      Forest, kind of you to let us know how it went. I imagined it wouldn’t be a huge crowd given this community being smaller and maybe not so well-known, but sounds like there was enough happening with 3 auctioneers on duty.

      The way you describe the “stuff” jibes with the description of “whatnot” given me by the kid I spoke with on the phone 🙂 Anyway, I regret missing this, but at least it’s on the radar for next year.

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    Comment on hand quilts (March 7th, 2015 at 11:38)

    hand quilts

    i am seeking someone to take the pieces my mother hand stitched and make them into a hand stitched quilt. Please contact mt 252-617-0775. Many thanks. Gail good

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    Forest in North Carolina
    Comment on New Virginia Amish Store (April 11th, 2015 at 15:12)

    New Virginia Amish Store

    Heritage Hill Country Market
    5584 Callands Rd. (Va. 57)
    Chatham, Va.

    My daughter and I drove up here today, as I had heard about it and wanted to visit. It opened in the fall of 2014, and is a bright, cheery, bulk food store with a small deli for sandwiches and cold drinks. It also has a small collection of handicrafts, and hard to find Amish made jam, jellies, relishes, etc. we bought some fresh raisin bread and pound cake that proved to be quite good. There are 13 New Order families in this community, from Union Grove, NC and Ohio. The drive out from Chatham is beautiful in the spring. Watch for the sign; it’s not exactly huge. I’m sure the family funning the store would appreciate the support if you are in the area.

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    Leigh Morton
    Comment on Virginia Amish (June 12th, 2015 at 18:28)

    I just moved to Waynesboro VA, about 6 miles from Stuarts Draft. My husband and I found a community north of here in Dayton and Montezuma, VA, very near Harrisonburg. There seems to be actual Amish or Old Order Mennonnites there, as they drive the black buggies and there is a buggy repair place. Lots of farms dot the hilly landscape and we actually passed a buggy with an elderly couple inside who waved at us. We did see both cars and buggies parked at some of these farms and they seem to use tractors and other modern farm implements.

    We also visited Stuarts Draft and shopped at The Cheese Shop, which carried all Amish-made and bulk foods, with Mennonites serving customers.

    I suppose it’s largely Mennonites around here but I’m happy to be so near the PA Dutch culture!

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      Forest in NC
      Comment on Virginia Amish (July 1st, 2015 at 06:44)

      The folks at Dayton are not Amish, but OO Mennonites. There is an Amish settlement near Chatham, Va., which is, I believe, New Order, as well as one near Nathalie, Va. You might also visit Milmont Greenhouses, also run by Anabaptist folks in Wayneboro

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        Comment on Virginia Amish (July 1st, 2015 at 07:06)

        Yes, they are Old Order Mennonite and I am looking forward to visiting Milmont…I live in Waynesboro so I’m right here.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Virginia Amish (June 30th, 2015 at 21:21)

    In the June 24 issue of The Budget, one of the scribes writes of recently attending a reunion of the Hilltop School at Stuarts Draft, Va. The writer states, “When the Va. state law was enforced of children having to go to school until 16, the Amish church there decided to begin having their own high school…. Sept. 1950 was their first term. This continued until 1966… At the reunion it was concluded that this was the first Amish high school ever in Va., in the United States and of the world!”

    I’d be interested to read if anyone else knows about this Amish high school, or any other Amish high schools that ever were in operation.

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    Holly Green
    Comment on Virginia Amish (September 29th, 2015 at 19:38)

    Virginia Amish

    I am trying to stay in a amish community for vacation and really want to stay as they live while there. Is there anyway to find out where I could stay without the all the modern things? I have always wanted to live a simple life

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    Comment on Vacation (December 3rd, 2015 at 23:18)


    I’m sorry, I highly doubt you’ll be able to spend a vacation in an Amish or Mennonite family. The simple way of living is based on biblical principles which are applied to daily living. It’s not about living like back in the pilgrim days. Unless a person seeks to join the church they would probably not let anybody live there.

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    Eric Beguelin
    Comment on Barn builder (December 25th, 2015 at 15:55)

    Barn builder

    I am looking to build a barn about 15 miles south of Clarksville Va and wanted to inquire about Amish builders to complete the project.

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    Comment on Amish in Halifax County, VA (July 15th, 2016 at 23:12)

    Amish in Halifax County, VA

    A total of 60 Old Order Amish families live in the Nathalie, VA area as of June, 2016. Two Church districts have been formed; Three one-room schools (grades 1-8) have been built & are packed with children. Approximately 500 Amish people (including children)live in the Halifax community. Most of the families moved from Dover, Delaware.

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      Comment on Virginia Amish (July 17th, 2016 at 08:50)

      Thanks for the update, Roger. It’s been 5 years since I visited, and sounds like it has grown.

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    Brandy Beaudin
    Comment on Immersion (December 19th, 2016 at 17:55)


    I would like to do an immersion period in a fairly large Amish community, where I would live by their rules and laws for a year and in return to doing all choirs I would like to photograph and write my college thesis paper on the lives of the Amish in the 21st century. I could earn my place by sewing, keeping up with children and cleaning…and learning to cook…does anyone know a community I could do this with? I am older college student 31yrs old to be exact!

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