31 responses to FAQ
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    Donna D.Follin
    Comment on Heating, Cooling and Power (June 22nd, 2015 at 16:56)

    Heating, Cooling and Power

    I notice that it says that some Amish use wood stoves for cooking, why do they not use fireplaces for heating then? When I was in Lancaster I saw quite a few wind mills, what are they for? Why don’t they use solar energy since some houses have skylights?

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      Amish Girl-Rebecca
      Comment on FAQ (November 28th, 2015 at 15:54)

      Here in Holmes we use a lot of solar power. Also natural gas stoves and furnaces. Windmills are for pumping water.

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    Comment on FAQ (June 29th, 2015 at 18:12)

    can not find my answer

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    john t.
    Comment on cedar trees (July 31st, 2015 at 12:22)

    cedar trees

    amish people make furniture from cedar. my property just got cleared and i have the trees piled up . they can be had for free . i live here in stillwater,ok. please respond.

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    John Amey
    Comment on Amish farmers (August 19th, 2015 at 20:39)

    Amish farmers

    I have often wondered if there were young Amishmen that would like to work on a farm but do not yet have the resources to buy their own. Having described my farm on this site as having a’ three tractor farm with a two horse attitude’, I am still looking for someone that wants to work and learn. Any ideas or observations in communities around the country? I know Amish, young and old work at other crafts but will they farm with an Englishman?
    John Amey

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    Comment on FAQ (September 17th, 2015 at 13:48)


    i have project about Amish Culture and i’m looking forward to contact with you, if is it possible?

    Could you please contact me?


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    Tim Jacobs
    Comment on Work needed (November 27th, 2015 at 12:48)

    Work needed

    I am looking to replace a barn roof in Owenton and possibly build a shed on the same property. I would like to get contact information to get a quote. Can you help ?

    Thank You
    Tim Jacobs

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      Amish Girl-Rebecca
      Comment on FAQ (November 28th, 2015 at 09:20)

      Dan, give me your physical address and I’ll send you one. Rebecca

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        Comment on FAQ (November 28th, 2015 at 09:38)

        Dear Rebecca , thank you for answering my ??/ my address is 3350 WEST Hillsborough Ave Tampa Fl 33614 apt 715 can i ask where do you live ?/ hope to see your post card in my mail box in the future DAN GIBBONS do you have a AMISH post office where you live, sorry for this ?/ but just wondering do not know all that much about the AMISH BUT would LOVE to learn more hope you have a BEAUTIFUL DAY THANK YOU Rebecca

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          DAN GIBBONS
          Comment on Rebecca (November 28th, 2015 at 11:42)


          i have sent you my mailing address , if you are able to read that message , with my address could you send me a message to my personal e mail address it is as follows CZARRAT@YAHOO.COM i will be waiting by the mail box for a post card from you again THANK YOU D T GIBBONS

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      Comment on Work (March 26th, 2017 at 04:14)


      Miller’s Roofing
      Dillsburg,PA, USA, 1 717 432 7947

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    Comment on post card info ???/ (November 27th, 2015 at 13:25)

    post card info ???/

    Dear Reader, i collect post cards from many places, would it be at ALL possible to have a post card sent to me from a Amish comuiety ???/any INFO would be warmly welcomed THANK YOU for your time D T GIBBONS

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    Jeanine Pronk
    Comment on looking for my friend from Missouri (December 2nd, 2015 at 09:29)

    looking for my friend from Missouri

    Hi all,

    I am living on the Canary Islands close to the African west coast. Originaly I am from the Netherlands and I am looking for some help.
    In Poplar Bluff Mo in 2002, I met an Amish woman called Peggie Kunkel, who used to live in Wapapello Missouri, close to the lake on a tiny farm. She used to be a home-school teacher and wrote books for the children of the Amish community and before she lived in Pensylvania. .
    Peggie has sufferd from polio and could not use her hand very well. I have been daily in touch with her till 2010. Then she could not use communication by email anymore, but once in a while I would call her. Since 2013 I lost contact.

    Does anybody know if she is still alive and where she is. I would love to hear fromn her again. Or if she passed away, I would like to know as well.

    Who is willing to help? Peggie used to drive a little truck to pick up chickenfood and sell the chickeneggs.
    She used to have many kittens and cats, Elmo, het strauch bird, little dogs and hens.
    She was always dressed in long black dresses till her feet, and wear a white cap on het head. She was very good in making quilts.
    I miss her dearly and hope that someons can help me.
    please email me pronkjeanine@gmail.com.
    Thank you very much, with kind regards,

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    Rick Humphreys
    Comment on Amish harness shop in western Pennsylvania owned by Floyd (January 15th, 2016 at 16:06)

    Amish harness shop in western Pennsylvania owned by Floyd

    This might be fruitless, but I’m trying to locate a particular Amish harness shop in western PA. It is described as follows: when coming from the east, it is located in a remote area of western PA and you have to briefly drive thru Maryland to get to it. The harness workshop is run by a fellow named Floyd. Anyone who can help me locate this shop gets a BIG gold star !! thanks very much.

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    Rose Maria Pruitt
    Comment on New Magazine (March 25th, 2016 at 14:10)

    New Magazine

    Hello I am printing a new Magazine called the Amish Merchant it is a Nationwide Amish and Mennonite Business Directory.
    We have traveled in 10 states and have advertised for several Amish and Mennonite Businesses We had a big request to do this.
    When it is published we would like to know if we could send you a magazine copy. So you can take a look at and maybe mention it on your site. It will be published May 1.2016 Give us your address and we will get out to you.
    Sincerely, Rose Maria Pruitt

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    Dixie-Lee Campbell
    Comment on for research. (April 3rd, 2016 at 13:42)

    for research.

    Do Amish use “slickers in the rain?”

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    Amish Girl-Rebecca
    Comment on FAQ (April 4th, 2016 at 17:41)

    Yes I wear a rain suit for biking to work or other times I’m caught in the rain.

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    Comment on FAQ (June 11th, 2016 at 16:24)

    I’m in contact with both Amish and Mennonite bishops with conversion to one of them as a goal. I can read the Pa Deitsch bible and easy books but I’m trying to find easy similar to the school books published by Pathways. Does such a thing exist?

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    Rochelle Ginis
    Comment on Bundling (August 23rd, 2016 at 14:36)


    Is bundling a practice used by the Amish? I remember seeing a small book while visiting in Lancastef PA.

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    Comment on Question about bishops (September 22nd, 2016 at 00:20)

    Question about bishops

    Hi! I had a quick question: Is there any age limit to Old Order Amish ministers and/or bishops? I understand the bishops are chosen by lot, but is that open to everyone nominated, or is there a age after which they do not serve? Thank you!

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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on FAQ (September 27th, 2016 at 10:08)

      Hi! I had a quick question: Is there any age limit to Old Order Amish ministers and/or bishops? I understand the bishops are chosen by lot, but is that open to everyone nominated, or is there a age after which they do not serve? Thank you!

      Do you mean is there an age they retire? Sometimes if an ordained man becomes unable to serve because of health or advanced age, he might be asked to be replaced. As for an age after men are not eligible to be ordained, I’ve seen men in their 60’s ordained, but that is not common.

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    Comment on Question about bishops (September 27th, 2016 at 11:31)

    Question about bishops

    Thank you Mark! I thought that was probably the custom. :)

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    Drew Lebrecht
    Comment on Amish marrying non Amish (October 12th, 2016 at 08:51)

    Amish marrying non Amish

    I’ve read that overall Amish men leave the faith more often than Amish women but hear more stories about Amish women falling in love with non Amish men. Is it more common for Amish women to marry non Amish men than Amish men marrying non Amish women? If so,why do more Amish men leave the faith? And for either gender, when an Amish marries a non Amish, is it more likely that the Amish leaves the faith or the outsider joins?

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    Comment on Amish Communities (October 23rd, 2016 at 17:35)

    Amish Communities


    I live right near Smicksburg, Pennsylvania (in Indiana County.) There are lots of Amish in Smicksburg and I was just wondering if anyone knew what order they are? To me they seem Old Order or Swartzentruber Amish because they seem very conservative. But the Amish in Smicksburg are like so kind and friendly. They wave to strangers and they are always smiling and they always seem so happy. Also, does anyone know what order the Amish in Brush Valley, PA are? The Amish in Brush Valley are probably the nicest Amish I have ever met. Thanks :)


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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on FAQ (October 25th, 2016 at 08:25)

      The Smikcksburg, PA, community has strong ties to the Andy Weaver churches and Geauga Co., Ohio and its daughter-settlements, but are more on the conservative side, so they are between the Swartzentruber groups and the main Old Order groups in Ohio. Brush Valley, PA, is affiliated with Lancaster Co., PA, and its daughter-settlements. We have relatives there, so I’m glad to hear you think they are nice. :) I’ll pass that on!

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    Irene Guerin
    Comment on Travel and staying in a Amish family (January 8th, 2017 at 17:50)

    Travel and staying in a Amish family

    Hello everyone,

    Thank you for allowing me to write in this site, I am looking for information on the Amish way of life since many years,

    I am Canadian and my dream is both to see the Amish festival but also to share for 1 or 2 weeks the lifestyle of an Amish family, to work and live with them,

    who can help me because I have neither friend nor knowledge Of the various American regions where there is a concentration of Amish families

    Also, my English is not very good but still less in german or Dutch …

    Thank you for answering me…

    Have a great Day and Happy New year to all of you

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    Comment on Penfriend (March 17th, 2017 at 17:31)


    Hello everyone,

    I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Amish way of life and would really like to have a penfriend from this community to exchange “old fashioned” handwritten letters.

    If you are interested or if you can help me, please get in touch by email: beme2626@yahoo.de

    Thank you and take care

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    Comment on Youngie (March 26th, 2017 at 04:06)


    I’m a lady of a certain age; I read on your site that the Bride is one year younger than the Husband: Rumspringer?

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    Doreen Schultz
    Comment on roof (April 22nd, 2017 at 15:47)


    How do you get ahold of the amish to put a bid on a roof. I heard they do very good work. but we can not find to to contact them for a bid we live in cedar rapids iowa

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    Gloria Wagstaff
    Comment on Trapping/deaths of sparrows (April 26th, 2017 at 06:18)

    Trapping/deaths of sparrows

    Last year while visiting Shipshewana, I visited an Amish street market in town. I noticed that between two stalls a 1-way bird trap cage in which there were several dead sparrows and a live one. It was obvious that there was poisoned wheat within the cage, and it was quite distressing to see a parent bird trying to get out to tend to its offspring that were nearby begging to be fed. I quite understand that it is necessary to control “pests”, but is this trapping of bird common practice? A lady nearby said that the sparrows could be “little devils”. I tend to think that the devil is in one’s own heart.

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      William C.
      Comment on Trapping Pest Birds (April 26th, 2017 at 11:29)

      Trapping Pest Birds

      I don’t know if bird traps are common among the Amish but they sure are with us “English” folks! I’m not Amish but I use a trap like that and so do a lot of people I know. It was obvious it was poisoned wheat? How? I gotta ask an Amish friend about that. That’s a lot of bother when just plain grain will bring them in. And you know the birds personally so know they had babies nearby? Hey it is a fact of life that there are pest birds that can cause damage and illness and trapping them is widely practiced. Same goes for mice and rats. And even if you are not concerned about contamination of food-stuffs and spread of disease the sparrows & starlings are driving our native song & beauty birds out and they are declining year by year.

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