24 responses to 5 New States Where Amish May Settle
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    lincolnlady1121
    Comment on Amish May Settle (August 14th, 2015 at 07:13)

    Amish May Settle

    When I was a little child, the only place we saw Amish or Mennonite was in Pennsylvania on our way to Florida for vacation. I live in New York State.

    Yesterday I went to take pictures and there are Mennonite in the town next to where I live. There are Amish less than 15 miles away. There are several farms in our town that came up for sale. I hope they are sold to either Amish or Mennonite.

    It seems Amish and Mennonite are moving into lots of areas.

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      Leilah
      Comment on No hope for ct? (August 16th, 2015 at 06:59)

      No hope for ct?

      I just returned from Lancaster but before I left, I ran into two Mennonite women at a yard sale in Redding. Could plain folk be moving in? Where in new York are you? I live in Western ct and new York is a lot closer than pa! To know of a community near me would be so great!

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        Comment on 5 New States Where Amish May Settle (August 17th, 2015 at 08:42)

        Sorry I’m way late getting into the comments, had some things that kept me mostly offline through the weekend, and a good bit of last week actually (though with one eye on the screen 🙂 )

        There are no Amish in Connecticut at present, that’s a state that I don’t think has ever had even a settlement attempt, which I guess kind of makes sense given its size and location. You can see a pretty up to date map showing where the Amish settlements in NY are here, just scroll almost to the bottom: http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/57700/JAPAS_Donnermeyer_Luthy_vol1-issue2_pp107-129.pdf?sequence=1

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    Carol Durham
    Comment on Amish May Settle (August 14th, 2015 at 07:36)

    Amish May Settle

    I grew up in the north and just down the road from an Amish settlement. I loved buying their produce and baked goods.
    Mom and I when to visit for the weekend up in Holmes county. LOVED IT!!!!!
    Now I live in Alabama not far from the Tennessee border and I miss living around the Amish. I hope and pray that they’ll settle here in Alabama. It’s beautiful here.

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    Kelly Pitcher
    Comment on Amish in Utah (August 14th, 2015 at 08:02)

    Amish in Utah

    I think the Amish community would be welcomed with open arms in Utah. I know several of the Mennonite families in Northern Utah and I feel they are loved by their neighbors. What great, hardworking and honorable friends they have become…..

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      Comment on Utah Amish settlement? (August 17th, 2015 at 08:46)

      Utah Amish settlement?

      The impression I got from the article I linked above about the Mennonite outreach in that area is that the area was especially friendly towards the new Mennonite arrivals. Maybe one day the Amish will follow. I’ve only been in Utah once, about 20 years ago in Salt Lake City, and don’t remember much about it but for the scenic high mountain ranges around the city, and that the air was especially dry.

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    Amish girl – Rebecca
    Comment on 5 New States Where Amish May Settle (August 14th, 2015 at 09:46)

    The states I would think the Amish least likely to settle, besides those you mentioned are Louisiana, Nevada, and Arizona. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Amish heading to Georgia, Texas, Washington, or Oregon. The Alaska surprised me : that’s a long way unless they would allow their members to fly be airplane.
    There are New-order Amish from here in Holmes starting an outreach in Argentina and (maybe) Bolivia. Members of the Old Colony Mennonites who visited Amish in Canada liked what they saw and requested that these Amish would assist them in starting a settlement down there, so the Canadian Amish (who would be of a stricter order) asked the New-order if they would considered it, because they would be able to fly down.

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on 5 New States Where Amish May Settle (August 14th, 2015 at 11:11)

      I could be wrong about this, but are there Amish from Manton, MI, looking to start a community in South America? Someone said they saw something about that in “Die Botschaft” and I’m wondering if it’s connected to a group going to help Old Colony Mennonites.

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        Comment on Bolivia (August 16th, 2015 at 11:55)

        Bolivia

        I dont know about Manton, but I assume you know the New Order are helping a group in Bolivia, and one person I talked to that went down told me it would be “an Amish church, but with some possible differences in applications,” that what a typical North American church may have. That would include, I assume, that the people down there are all from Colony Mennonite background.

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      Al in Ky
      Comment on 5 New States Where Amish May Settle (September 15th, 2015 at 06:54)

      I appreciate your contributions to Amish America, Rebecca, including this recent news about a possible new Amish group in Argentina. Your posting came to mind as I read the Sept. 9 issue of The Budget. In news from the Sharp Run North District, Millersburg, Ohio, the scribe wrote that recently they had a visitor to their Sunday School who reported on a recent trip to Argentina where a small group of Amish held several worship services for the small group there who have requested help in establishing an Amish church there. One of his comments was interesting: “There is quite a contrast in our upbringing and Christian heritage, compared to the setting these people are in.”
      I think other Amish would also experience this who move from heavily settled Amish areas to new areas in the U. S. where there are no Amish or other members of plain churches.

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        Comment on 5 New States Where Amish May Settle (September 16th, 2015 at 14:49)

        I agree it’s neat to hear that news. A friend of mine who’s in Montana now tells me there is a new New Order settlement in the western part of the state, with a couple families there and a couple more coming.

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          Amish-girl Rebecca
          Comment on 5 New States Where Amish May Settle (September 19th, 2015 at 11:48)

          There are several Amish settlements in Montana and Colorado. yes, the group helping the Argentina folks is from the Sharp Run New Order church.(and other local New Order churches)

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      Comment on Amish in GA (December 1st, 2015 at 20:07)

      Amish in GA

      I heard a couple of years back that Amish make regular trips to the town next to where I live, about 45 miles northwest of Atlanta. They come to see a holistic Dr. Then my grandson told me, that a girl he goes to school with has seen Amish in Bremen. I told him that I thought he was mistaken. Last week a lady told me that there is a settlement of Amish in Bremen. She said that they walk everywhere they go because they have no transportation. Does anyone know? This would be an ideal place to settle, because the weather is not harsh here and the land is good farm land. I am going up there and check it out.

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        Comment on 5 New States Where Amish May Settle (December 2nd, 2015 at 19:50)

        Wyvonne I didn’t really dig into the place very deeply, but there are some Beachy Amish churches in Georgia, though no Old Order Amish. See: http://www.beachyam.org/churches/ga.htm

        It’s possible Amish may visit the area if there is a particular medical practitioner they are interested in. Some Amish people travel very long distances for medical treatment.

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    Patti
    Comment on VA (August 14th, 2015 at 10:30)

    VA

    I wish we had more Amish in VA. What is here is not
    that near me. I don’t drive and have to go with others
    when they do. I love Amish food and admire them totally.
    I have been to Lancaster 2 times and Holmes county in
    Mar of ’11 loved it there. Also been to Delaware area
    where they are. Wish we had one of their stores down
    this are.

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    Carol
    Comment on CA (August 14th, 2015 at 14:59)

    CA

    It would be nice to see some Amish settle in Central CA.
    We live a distance from the German church I like to attend
    and I have to wait on someone to be available to take me,
    as a non-driver.
    We would welcome Amish here and give them good business.
    It would be so nice to have one of their restaurants and
    stores close by.

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      Georgina
      Comment on Amish California (December 3rd, 2015 at 19:39)

      Amish California

      It would be wonderful if the Amish would settle here again. We recently moved here from Michigan, and I was saddened that there are no Amish here. With the many wine country areas, I wonder if that would be a draw for them-growing crops of grapes? I truly wish they were here.

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    The Other Erik
    Comment on Why not California? (August 14th, 2015 at 21:17)

    Why not California?

    California has good agricultural land. But maybe they would object to land prices or California’s socially liberal laws and culture (though I think the rural areas are conservative).

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      Comment on 5 New States Where Amish May Settle (August 17th, 2015 at 08:49)

      I believe it’s the biggest agricultural state, but guessing the farms are big ones. There was once an Amish community in the state, about 100 years ago, but it didn’t last long: http://amishamerica.com/california-amish-community/

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        ADalton
        Comment on California agriculture (February 18th, 2016 at 10:27)

        California agriculture

        I am from California, and I have also noticed that many farms here are quite large. And back in college one of my History professors said the state has a long history of large-scale and factory farming.
        That coupled with the cost of land makes me think it is somewhere the Amish are unlikely to settle.

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    Katrina
    Comment on Amish and Nevada (August 16th, 2015 at 12:10)

    Amish and Nevada

    I can see Amish possibly settling in Northern Nevada, with the ranches,hunting, farms, and possible opportunities working as miners. I do not believe they would ever consider Southern Nevada, and especially not the Las Vegas metro area.

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    Jessica Moore
    Comment on What about Florida? (August 18th, 2015 at 10:23)

    What about Florida?

    I know Amish love to come down to Sarasota in the winter months to vacation and I am sure there are some who stay there year-around. Why not come to North Florida? Winters are mild here allowing for yeara-round farming. The land is workable and relatively flat. We get lots of rain and few hurricanes. The climate in North Florida is very conservative with more Christians than anything else with minimal government interference (At least that has been my finding for Taylor County. 😉 ) Real estate is pretty cheap. It just seems like a win/win to me.

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    Walter Boomsma
    Comment on Crazy thought... (August 18th, 2015 at 20:10)

    Crazy thought...

    Would it be at least interesting is some state chamber of commerce or economic development experts recognized the value and contributions of Amish Communities and did some recruiting? Of course it would likely become exploitation. (I intentionally didn’t mention tourism departments.)

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    Robert
    Comment on Land values (September 6th, 2015 at 07:37)

    Land values

    Maybe relevant here is the per-acre cost of farmland? The USDA tracks and publishes that information here:

    http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/land0814.pdf

    Vermont has very reasonably priced farmland by New England standards — cheaper than any state other than Maine, and much cheaper than MA, CT or RI (but not so cheap as northern NY). It’s about on par with Kentucky and Missouri. As a longtime visitor of the state, I think I can also say that the cultural context is very compatible with Amish settlement.

    CT and MA actually do have a lot of still-rural land, but these properties are still bid on by wealthy families from the NYC area looking for summer retreats, and land values are kept relatively high.

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