9 responses to 10 views of the Dover, Delaware Amish
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    Kevin Lindsey
    Comment on 10 views of the Dover, Delaware Amish (June 13th, 2011 at 06:15)

    We had the pleasure of visiting that community when we were in Delaware last fall. We had a very enjoyable time, and met many very friendly people. Thanks for posting it!

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    Richard
    Comment on 10 views of the Dover, Delaware Amish (June 13th, 2011 at 06:16)

    The first thing I’m thinking about when I’m looking at these Dover Delaware Amish is “wow”. They look very “brinks truck-like”, and they seem to be just a tad bigger than most of the buggies that I’ve seen. I’ve always liked Delaware for some reason, yet i have never really spent any real quality time there. Richard from Pennsylvania.

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    Bob the Quaker
    Comment on 10 views of the Dover, Delaware Amish (June 13th, 2011 at 09:20)

    My wife’s family moved from West Chester, PA to Dover, DE. Her dad had a dairy, and he also had a regular dairy route where he picked up milk from several Amish farms. I did the route for him one time, so I’ve been to several Amish farms. I don’t recall ever seeing the type of buggy in the picture, but it was a long time ago. He always called them Dunkards. I think Dunkards were a little different in that the head covering was a little different from the typical Amish, and baptism rules may be a little different. Perhaps Erik could enlighten us a little.

    Her dad also drove Amish men to Canada for vacation, and often took men to a chiropractor. He said he never took any women even though they worked hard too :-)

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    Comment on Dover DE plain people (June 13th, 2011 at 12:58)

    Dover DE plain people

    Good question Bob, and sorry I’m a bit under the weather today so I might be shorter and sweeter and slower than normal (maybe that’s a good thing :) )

    I’m not sure who they might have been if they were not the Amish group. The Dover Amish buggy style has been the traditional style for a long time but not sure how and how much it has evolved. Maybe someone here with deeper DE knowledge will know.

    Kevin glad you enjoyed it. Dover is not so well-known I guess partially due to its location and of course due to Lancaster being relatively nearby. But a pleasant place from what I could tell.

    Richard speaking of Brinks trucks, I don’t know if you remember seeing a post a couple months ago also from Dover–of one of the church wagons. Now those are some hefty looking contraptions:

    http://amishamerica.com/amish-suv/

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    Comment on Dover Amish growth rates (June 13th, 2011 at 13:01)

    Dover Amish growth rates

    I just was reading through an old GAMEO article which mentioned that Dover had 8 church districts…way back in 1984 (around 1,300 people according to the entry).

    With Amish populations doubling about every 18-20 years on average, that gives you a sense of how slow or negative-growing this settlement has been. At normal rates you’d expect around 18 or so congregations by now, rather than just the 9 it actually has. Here’s the article:

    http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/D69.html/?searchterm=dover%20amish

    Also, you can see by the Young Center growth data for 1991-2010 that Delaware (which means Dover alone) was basically the slowest-growing state over the period (not counting Texas, which had a very small population before declining in size to just one district):

    http://www2.etown.edu/amishstudies/Population_Trends_1991_2010.asp

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    Richard
    Comment on 10 views of the Dover, Delaware Amish (June 13th, 2011 at 14:59)

    I believe your correct Erik, you did do a story on the Dover Amish a little while back. And I’m sure i might have said the same thing about those buggies in Dover. But with their buggies looks can be deceiving as far as appearing safer and stronger than some other Amish buggies, with the main source for its body being only wood. It sure gives me the impression of being stronger just by looking at it though, but i know its only an illusionsillusionsIllusion. Richard from Pennsylvania.

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    Richard
    Comment on 10 views of the Dover, Delaware Amish (June 13th, 2011 at 16:07)

    Sorry for the word illusion being repeated 3 times, not sure what happened there.But ill just blame Erik for that one, its easy hes not around right now,lol. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa

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    Kevin Lindsey
    Comment on 10 views of the Dover, Delaware Amish (June 13th, 2011 at 18:59)

    While we were in Dover we did see a variety of buggies. There were the traditional Amish buggies, but we also saw a beautiful farm type open air buggy. I say farm type because buggy was beautifully finished in a natural color. We guessed that it must have been from a different church district then the one we were primarily visiting, Or it may have been a new farm wagon?!?

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    Patty
    Comment on Dover Amish (June 24th, 2011 at 04:59)

    Dover Amish

    Hi there, I am a driver for the Dover Amish and just checked my Amish Directory. There are now 9 church districts. Also an off-shoot, if you call it that, is a community by South Boston VA, with one church district, all former Dover Amish. Wish I would check this website more frequently, I love the discussions and topics. I have noticed as I see different Amish communities that they vary quite a bit in how they live, take care of their places etc. Most Dover Amish have very tidy, well maintained homes, indoor plumbing, etc. Just returned from Conewango NY where the Amish live very sparse, most homes don’t have siding, look very poor and no phones, use outhouses. A former driver there told me that they aren’t as poor as they look but rather shun any attempt to live with things a little nicer, as that would be “Putting on airs”. I think in Dover and VA it is sort of the opposite, a desire to keep your place as nice and neat as possible within the limits of the church.

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