47 responses to Canada Amish
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    John Telford
    Comment on Staying with the Amish/Mennonites (January 23rd, 2012 at 10:12)

    Staying with the Amish/Mennonites

    My wife and I are leaders of a Christian Church in the UK. We would like to enquire whether it is possible to stay/work with a family for 7 to 10 days in the Kitchener area, as we hope to come over this summer and also visit relatives in Niagra on the Lake.

    We have long had an interest in the communities and their life-style, and would like to experience it first hand, and exhange information about our Christian experience and life.

    If you could give an indication as to how we could go about this we would be most grateful.

    Many thanks in anticipation.

    Valerie and John Telford
    St. Albans, UK

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Canada Amish (January 28th, 2012 at 14:12)

    I lived in Aylmer and worked at Pathway Publishers from 1977-1990.

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      Tammy Vaughn
      Comment on Canada Amish (February 15th, 2016 at 11:01)

      Canada Amish

      We visited the Pathway publishers many years ago (when I was still Mennonite) and was really intrigued with the publishing. I no longer am Mennonite but would like to subscribe to them again.

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        Carol
        Comment on address (February 16th, 2016 at 08:54)

        address

        Pathway Publishers
        10380 Carter Road
        Aylmer, ON N5H 2R3 Canada

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    Comment on Canada Amish (January 28th, 2012 at 14:30)

    No mention made of the ever growing number of Amish-Mennonite in the Dunsford/Lindsay/Cameron/Glenarm/Fenelon Falls area of Ontario. I have found 3 schools thus far and 3 established produce and baked good vendors from May-Dec. I have found a good 30 Amish farms in this area as well as a Furniture Maker, Harness Repair Shop, In-home Quilt Shops, Wooden Lawn Furniture Shop….

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      Katie Troyer
      Comment on Canada Amish (January 28th, 2012 at 17:44)

      I didn’t know the Lindsay Amish settlement is that big. I visited there about 5-6 years ago.

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        Kevin Nolk
        Comment on Lindsay help required please (April 20th, 2013 at 23:13)

        Lindsay help required please

        Shed/Pergola required

        I am looking for a hand quality wood shed with an area where we can dine with railing and a roof with windows and a door to accommodate my lawn tractor and garden equipment- Amish preferred craftsmanship. I used to live in Waterloo and appreciate their quality but I am flexible.

        I live in Bethany, ON, area and looking for appromiately 10x 10 or 10×12 size. Please get back to me with approx. quote- thank you.

        Kevin
        705-277-3304

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      Kevin Nolk
      Comment on Shed/Pergola required (April 20th, 2013 at 23:10)

      Shed/Pergola required

      I am looking for a hand quality wood shed with an area where we can dine with railing and a roof with windows and a door to accommodate my lawn tractor and garden equipment- Amish preferred craftsmanship. I used to live in Waterloo and appreciate their quality but I am flexible.

      I live in Bethany, ON, area and looking for appromiately 10x 10 or 10×12 size. Please get back to me with approx. quote- thank you.

      Kevin
      705-277-3304

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        Allyson L
        Comment on Canada Amish (April 21st, 2013 at 00:16)

        Kevin,
        I know that on Glenarm Rd at the Birchpoint Rd intersection there is Zehrs Mart and they have some beautiful sheds that are all Amish made. It is on Glenarm btwn Birchpoint Rd & Killarney Bay Rd. I am good friends with that entire community and they are truly a wonderful group of Amish.
        They only have a couple phones in the community, I have each of those numbers should you be interested.

        As well there is a Mennonite run business, not sure of the name in Lindsay on King’s Wharf that make bunkies. I can get that info if you want.

        I highly recommend Zehrs, they have numerous on site for you to see.

        Contact me is you want.
        allyson1976 at yahoo dot com

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          Kevin Nolk
          Comment on Canada Amish (April 21st, 2013 at 12:42)

          I would love to contact them about the sheds- do you have a phone number please? Thanks for your help, Kevin

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            Johanna
            Comment on You're Hilliarious (June 5th, 2013 at 14:32)

            You're Hilliarious

            Hope you have fun trying to find a phone number for the Amish……….duh they don’t have electricity. HA HA HA HA :) Had to laugh about that……

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              Allyson L
              Comment on Canada Amish (June 5th, 2013 at 15:18)

              Actually you do not need electricity to power a phone!
              The Mennonites that have businesses have phones and in the Amish community there are phones at the school houses and a couple businesses……so the Amish DO have phones!

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              Suzanne
              Comment on Respect for the Amish Communities (January 12th, 2015 at 17:40)

              Respect for the Amish Communities

              Not funny Johanna, grow up and learn something by reading or visiting these communities. Can’t you respect what people are living. I am not Amish but I do respect their way and admire that they are close to the land and more particularly their community.

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              Beverly Milson
              Comment on Youre hilarious (October 16th, 2015 at 01:18)

              Youre hilarious

              In the Milverton Amish community, their Elders and Bishops have amended their Ordnung and have decided to allow phones for those folks who have businesses. The phones have to be in a little shed ( unheated) at a certain distance from the house…50 feet or thereabouts. The phone takes messages only. In order to return calls, they may have a cellphone in the keeping of a non Amish (akaEnglish) employee who then returns the calls.
              Likewise, the business vehicle…my friend’s father runs a carpentry businness and has a phone as well as a van, which is not driven by him, but by an employee.
              In response to the questions about visiting or staying with the Amish:
              Most Amish do not welcome outsiders or non Amish into their homes or communities as they feel it may weaken their community unity.
              Hope this helps clear up any confusion

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    Comment on Canada Amish (January 28th, 2012 at 18:14)

    I have a ton of pictures from the area. I should get them all up on my blog for you to see Katie! The area keeps growing! I am always shocked to see how many places there are! When I randomly stopped to a group of kids walking home when I asked home many were in there school the young lad told me there was 30 some kids.

    Come up for a visit and I will take you on a tour over that way Katie!

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      Katie Troyer
      Comment on Canada Amish (January 28th, 2012 at 18:42)

      I would love to make a trip up there again.

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      Susan
      Comment on Canada Amish (March 24th, 2013 at 07:42)

      Hi Allyson,

      I am about a year late, but wondering if you could provide me any specifics as to where to find Amish shops or farms in the Glenarm/Linsday area? I know much will be closed until summer but was hoping to take a bit of a road trip up around that area and would love to see some Amish culture. Thanks!

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        Allyson L
        Comment on Canada Amish (April 21st, 2013 at 11:58)

        Hi Susan
        Sorry so tardy with the reply, I totally missed this.
        Glenarm Rd is a good start point. Mainly between Birchpoint and Mark Rds. You just need to travel the back roads and you will see it all.
        On Mark Rd the is a bakery and produce (May-Dec)
        At Glenarm and Birchpoint there is a bakery/produce/outbuildings seller. (Year round)
        On Killarney Bay Rd there is a Quilt and Notions shop.
        If you make it to any of these places tell them Allyson sent you!
        Hope this gives you an idea.
        Allyson

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Canada Amish (January 28th, 2012 at 18:30)

    In a previous blog’s comments, Erik, someone mentioned making puzzles from your pictures. There are two pictures in this blog, the yellow house and the red schoolhouse, that would definitely get my vote. I’d love to stare at that yellow home for hours; it is so beautiful and serene-looking.

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    Mem
    Comment on Canada Amish (April 11th, 2012 at 10:21)

    Hi,
    I just discovered this great site!
    I live in “mennonite/amish ville” apparently… I work in Kitchener but in order to get to my home i have to pass through a lots of the above areas… Millbank is the most mennonite/amish populated area for sure. They have a “Zehr’s” country market… It has the BEST fruit during the summer…It’s a small country store and there is the Millbank cheese factory as well… Milverton has the best bakery! fresh bread and some pastry at around noon time daily.

    Lucknow is another area that i spend my weekend at… there is a butcher shop…and the bakery as well… the ladies that run it are mennonite for sure!

    outside of Lucknow there is a large population of mennonites! BUT they are moving further up north!
    especially the “younglins” who can’t afford to purchase the big properties and land that their fathers were able to afford.
    they have started moving up closer to Sault ste marie

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      Mem
      Comment on Canada Amish (April 11th, 2012 at 10:58)

      *correction

      outside of Lucknow there is a large population of AMISH! BUT they are moving further up north!

      and i know this for a fact because my father does business deals with them and they do come work for us when we are building new structures… ie: shed, garage, house addition

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      Beverly Milson
      Comment on Milverton Ontario Amish (October 16th, 2015 at 01:03)

      Milverton Ontario Amish

      Hi Eric and Mem
      I grew up in Milverton. My stepfather was Reformed Mennonite.
      We went to the Summer Bible school at Poole…and now I am married and living in Alberta. Half of my stepdads family were Reformed Mennonite and the other half were Amish. ( family name, Yost) He said they were Swiss..and so far genealogical research confirms this. Some came from Germany and others from the Alsace Lorraine area. (Roths)

      This past spring we went home for a visit…and made stops at the St Jacobs market where I bought homemade summer sausage and rye bread…stopped for lunch at Anna Maes in Millbank where we also bought cheese from the factory…then on to Milverton for the bakery and their coffee cake. There used to be an excellent bakery in Baden too that made the best strudel! And naturally, I came home with maple syrup fresh that spring.

      Sometimes I miss the slower lifesyle, but I dont miss the strictness…at all. Because my Mom would not convert, my stepdad, who was a minister, left the church. It must have been very difficult for him.

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    Cynthia Conrad
    Comment on Lifestyle of Canadian Amish (December 26th, 2012 at 14:24)

    Lifestyle of Canadian Amish

    Hello:

    I was wondering what the lifestyle of the Canadian old order Amish is like. There is so much known about the American Amish, but I would like to know more about the Canadian Amish. Are the men required to wear beards and a certain hairstyle? Are they open to outsiders, especially those interested in joining the religion? Whatever info is available, I would like to receive it.

    Thanks.

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    nelson
    Comment on Alymer Ontario Amish.... (March 24th, 2013 at 12:17)

    Alymer Ontario Amish....

    if you go to visit the Alymer Ontario Amish…You might find a man there by the name of David Luthy who came to the Amish……
    try to join that community if you can.. but remember Amish lifestyle never brought Salvation to anybody and never will.
    while you are there try to find out what the reason is that so many young people leave the Amish there, and you might be find it very interesting that most of David Luthi’s children have followed their fathers example.

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    nelson
    Comment on correction (March 24th, 2013 at 12:19)

    correction

    have NOT followed their fathers example.

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    Lauren Futch – North Carolina
    Comment on Orthodox Mennonites (March 25th, 2013 at 14:56)

    Orthodox Mennonites

    Erik,

    Have you ever heard of the Orthodox Mennonites that are found in Ontario? Mark Burr has some really great photos of this group on his Flickr account…that is where I originally learned that there was such a thing.

    Usually, one can tell an Old Order Mennonite from the Amish by dress alone…but the Orthodox Mennonites are VERY similar looking to the Amish in clothing style.

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    Orva Bontrager
    Comment on How different?? (April 7th, 2013 at 12:46)

    How different??

    Hi! Nelson ,How much Difference are those people today than were their fathers??/ And in what manner ?? I have grown up in the Old Order Amish Community in Kenton, Ohio !!! I was Ex-Communicated ever since 1984!! So long for now . Only– Orva Bontrager

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    Lee Ann
    Comment on Origins of Canadian Amish (March 10th, 2014 at 15:49)

    Origins of Canadian Amish

    I have read many books on the Amish, but can not find what I am looking for. I have visited Milverton, ON, and was somewhat surprised by the open carriages. Although I have since read about them and this tradition, I still don’t know why. And, particularly, where did these Amish come from? Are they Swiss Amish? What affiliation are they? Or are they an affiliation unto themselves? Why the open carriages?

    Also, where and when is the auction? I’d love to go.

    Thanks!

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      Comment on Milverton, Ontario Amish (March 17th, 2014 at 21:28)

      Milverton, Ontario Amish

      Interesting question about Canada’s oldest community Lee Ann. According to the affiliation listing in the book The Amish (p. 139), Milverton and its related settlements do comprise their own affiliation (comprising 12 church districts spread across 4 settlements).

      Though they have the open buggies in common this is not considered a Swiss group but a distinct Amish group which was settled directly in Canada by Amish from Europe (rather than American Amish settling in Canada as happened post-WWII). The other communities associated with Milverton are at Chesley, Clifford, and Tiverton/Bervie/Kincardine.

      You’ll find a little more about this group’s transportation and technology in Stephen Scott’s books Plain Buggies and Living Without Electricity. There is also an article on a 2012 Amish auction in the Milverton area: http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2012/07/24/thousands-at-amish-auction-sale

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        Lee Ann
        Comment on Canada Amish (March 20th, 2014 at 10:35)

        Thanks, Eric! Your response was really helpful and cleared up a lot of confusion for me. I appreciate it! I hope to go back to Milverton this summer.
        Lee Ann

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    Comment on Hand-quilter(s) wanted! (December 24th, 2014 at 17:47)

    Hand-quilter(s) wanted!

    Hi there,
    What a great community site!
    I am a quilter from the West Coast and am looking for a Canadian Amish or Mennonite group of ladies to hand-quilt a large quilt I have hand-pieced. I do most of my quilting and piecing by machine, but this one(and another of similar size on the way) is completely pieced by hand. It would be great if I could employ a Canadian group, rather than send my treasure out of the country.
    Thanks a bunch!

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    Suzanne
    Comment on Nearest community to ottawa, ON (January 12th, 2015 at 17:45)

    Nearest community to ottawa, ON

    Amy Amish Communities near Ottawa, ON, Canada? Closer than Kitchener,(St. Jacobs). Thanks.

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      Comment on Canada Amish (January 12th, 2015 at 19:21)

      Suzanne, there are 15 or so Amish communities in Ontario, this list might help, it was compiled in 2013 so it’s more-or-less up-to-date:

      http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/57700/JAPAS_Donnermeyer_Luthy_vol1-issue2_pp107-129.pdf?sequence=1

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        Suzanne
        Comment on Canada Amish (May 6th, 2015 at 14:30)

        Erik:

        Thank you for sending me that web-site. I will definitely check it out. I have been to St. Jacobs’ a few time but it is quite far from Ottawa. I hope I will find something closer than an 8 hour drive as I would love to buy crafts from the Amish community.

        Suzanne

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          Allyson
          Comment on Canada Amish (May 6th, 2015 at 17:05)

          Suzanne,
          Belleville/Marmora is about 2.5hrs from you and they have a great little store on Hwy 62.

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      Allyson L
      Comment on Ontario Amish near to Ottawa. (January 13th, 2015 at 20:26)

      Ontario Amish near to Ottawa.

      There is a settlement in Marmora/Belleville, Ontario based on Hwy#62.
      There is a community in Powassan and I have had some Ohio Amish telling me of a new community North of Thunder Bay! I laughed and explained what is North of Thinder Bay!

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        Suzanne
        Comment on Canada Amish (May 6th, 2015 at 14:27)

        Thank you for the information but Thunder Bay is even further than St. Jacobs.

        Suzanne

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    Comment on Canada Amish (January 12th, 2015 at 19:36)

    I welcome the volunteers to work study and learn in our school orphanage and churches
    with love
    Joseph

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    Cynthia Conrad
    Comment on Amish or Old Order Mennonites In Nova Scotis (January 13th, 2015 at 21:48)

    Amish or Old Order Mennonites In Nova Scotis

    I was just wondering if there are any Amish or old order Mennonites in Nova Scotia?

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      Comment on Canada Amish (January 14th, 2015 at 14:17)

      There are no Amish in Nova Scotia, only in Ontario, though there was talk recently of trying to attract Amish to Prince Edward Island, and some have visited for the purpose of scouting the area: http://amishamerica.com/amish-prince-edward-island/

      As for Old Order Mennonites, I don’t *think* so, but I don’t keep up with the OOM as I do the Amish, so you might want to look further into that. I do believe there are Kleine Gemeinde there: http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Evangelical_Mennonite_Conference_(Kleine_Gemeinde) May be other non-Old Order conservative Mennonites there as well.

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    Mary
    Comment on Amish built cabins in Ontario Canada (May 6th, 2015 at 13:28)

    Amish built cabins in Ontario Canada

    I am interested in knowing whether there are any Ontario, Canada Amish carpenters / craftsmen who build small cabins and sheds, and how I can get in touch with them.

    Thank you,
    Mary

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      Allyson
      Comment on Amish built Cabins/Sheds (August 2nd, 2015 at 17:24)

      Amish built Cabins/Sheds

      Hi Mary,
      Send me a direct email and I would be glad to provide you with the details of how to get in touch with builders here in Ontario.
      allyson1976 at yahoo dot com

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    Linda
    Comment on Chisholm breakfast, St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tour (August 2nd, 2015 at 15:35)

    Chisholm breakfast, St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tour

    Several recent articles from Canada caught my attention.

    (Annual pancake breakfast draws out 1,000)
    “On July 11, 2015, the Amish community in Chisholm [Ontario] [near Powassan] got together and put on the breakfast of the year for the Almaguin region. With homemade pancakes, cinnamon rolls, donuts and scrambled eggs, event goers left with their stomachs full and their appetites satisfied.
    Although the event is a great social gathering, it serves a bigger purpose.
    “This event is for our school,” resident Vernon Yoder said. “It’s a parochial school, it’s a private school. So it’s just for a fundraiser to help us operate our school.”
    Alongside the pancake breakfast is the bake sale featuring different types of loaves, donuts and other homemade baking. This year, families made 160 pies, 170 loaves of bread, dinner rolls, tarts, cinnamon rolls, cakes, dessert bars, cookies and donuts and they sold out of all of it.”
    It was their 7th annual pancake breakfast and bake sale.
    See photo and more at:
    http://www.northbaynipissing.com/news-story/5737534-annual-pancake-breakfast-draws-out-1-000/

    (Checking out Ontario’s St. Jacobs area and its Old Order Mennonites.)
    “On my last visit to the area, I actually took a “St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tour” that took me on some rather tranquil country roads from the Farmers’ Market to a Mennonite mixed farming operation, with its apple orchard, maple sugar bush, livestock, corn crib, bank barn, quilt shop, and buggy shed.
    I next drove to the nearby village of Wallenstein, where I stopped at the Old Order Mennonite General Store, where their shoes, hats, and clothes can be purchased, along with a great diversity of other products, including foods, household goods, farm tools, and nails. It’s very much a “general” store. And while in this fascinating village, I also checked out the nearby Old Order Mennonite Harness Shop and the Wallenstein Feed Mill (the largest producer of feed in all of Canada).
    I also saw many of these Old Order Mennonites at the popular St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, of course, both selling and buying, and I found that they were, indeed, an integral part of the uniqueness of this area.”
    Read more at:
    http://www.insidebelleville.com/opinion-story/5710314-checking-out-ontario-s-st-jacobs-area-and-its-old-order-mennonites/

    (Mennonites feeling at home in northern Ontario)
    Sept. 2014, with photos.
    Several audio documentaries, including Alvin Yoder near Powassan.
    “Listen to Alvin Yoder, founder of the Amish in Chisholm Township near Powassan, talk about his community:” 10:31
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/mennonites-feeling-at-home-in-northern-ontario-1.2762490

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    Beverly Milson
    Comment on How different (October 16th, 2015 at 01:23)

    How different

    Hi Orva
    I am sorry to hear about youhaving been excommunicated…it must be very difficult for you.
    I know it was for my stepdad.

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    Beverly Milson
    Comment on Lifestyle of Canadian Amish (October 16th, 2015 at 01:51)

    Lifestyle of Canadian Amish

    Hi Cynthia
    Lifestyle really depends on what sect you are talking about…but there are broad stroke similarities…for instance, every action is offered up to God. Most old order Amish ( horse and buggy folk) are rural farmers, but many among them also have trades such as harness makers, buggy makers, farriers, cabinetmakers, finishing carpenters, furniture makers and so on.

    Amish dont have meeting houses or churches but take turns hosting Sunday services, which start early in the morning after milking and chores and go until the evening. Some hold their meetings in their homes (house Amish) while others hold them in the barn( barn Amish) . In both cases the community have a special enclosed buggy which transports the necessary benches needed for the service. Mant Amish in the Milverton area use retired racehorses for their Sunday carriage horse. Its a sight to see the trotters and pacers, all strung out in a line with everyone going to meeting. Also…Amish buggy wheels are wooden and metal…old order mennonites often have rubber tires.

    Each community’s Elders and Bishops decide how the settlement will be governed and wht kind of things ( like telephones) will be allowed nd under what conditions. They also determine style of garments, hairstyles, hats for men, headcoverings for women etc. This is also how to identify one group from another. For instance, in some areas of Ohio, red can be used in quilts and garments. Among the Milverton Amish, you will never see red. It is considered a proud colour, a worldly colour. Swartzentruber Amish men only wear suspenders with one strap…most others wear two suspenders. The Swartzentruber Amish men also wear very lowcut pants compared to other sects. Amish men never cut their beards and dont have moustaches.

    They get up with the sun and go to bed with the sun in many cases. Reading is mostly limited to spiritual publications and Amish periodicals. They do not have electricity so no radio, tv, pc etc. Some use gas generators to power freezers or refrigerators, but many use old fashioned ice boxes and cold rooms for food storage.

    They are very hard workers, and their day is filled with physical labour. While the men are in the barn or fields, the ladies sew, cook, clean, can food, pickle food, tend the large garden etc. Most quilting is a group activity. That way it doesnt take long to do the handquilting once it is pieced together and in its layers.

    Fabricwise, Amish in the Milverton area wear plain clothes…no patterned fabric. But I see that some quilters are using patterned fabric for English quilts …quilts for outsiders, either commissioned or made for resale.

    Thats all I can think of for now. Hope this helps

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    Cynthia Conrad
    Comment on Old Order Mennonites in Nova Scotia (October 21st, 2015 at 20:08)

    Old Order Mennonites in Nova Scotia

    This past summer I found a bakery/cafe shop in Berwick, Nova Scotia run by a family who are old order Mennonites. There is a small settlement in the area. It was a beautiful little shop. It was such a wonderful, peaceful spot.

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    Bill
    Comment on Amish in Canada (February 7th, 2016 at 19:26)

    Amish in Canada

    This spring, some Amish families will be moving from Ontario to Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. We welcome them with open arms!

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