49 responses to Florida Amish

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    Florida Amish (June 29th, 2011 at 12:18)

    Maybe you could link to Katie Troyer’s blog on Pinecraft. Katie is a gifted photographer who documents life in the Pinecraft community.

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    Susan
    Florida Amish (June 29th, 2011 at 15:03)

    I spent 2 months in Bradenton, Fl which is next to Sarasota last winter. We took several rides through Pinecraft. We visited Troyers, their pies are great, and a quilt store. We saw softball and volleyball being played at the park. You see all kinds of plain dress and loads of bikes. It is a surprise to anyone who happens upon it.

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    Florida Amish (June 29th, 2011 at 16:23)

    Magdalena you are right Katie takes great photos, she has a gift for it. I think I am linked up to her on one or two of the other Pinecraft posts. I know she lost her blog for awhile and got a new one so I will make sure.

    Susan, sounds like you were there at the right time!

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    Christina Gray
    Want to visit (September 1st, 2011 at 09:16)

    Want to visit

    I am a mother of four boys and have been learning to live a simple life. With this we discovered that the amish live like my husband and I would love to live, and teach our kids that there is more in life than a tv, and video games. My question is to you is that is there a way we can visit the amish community for a day and learn there way of living, so we can educate our children? And just learn more about other ways to live simple.

    Want to visit

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    Dena
    Visit to Tourist Church (January 24th, 2012 at 22:20)

    Visit to Tourist Church

    I have just moved to Pinecraft and I would like to vist the Tourist church but I don’t know who I need to contact about it or if they even welcome visits from “outsiders”. I don’t want to just show up but I really want to start visiting because I am seriously interested in seeing if I could join sometime in the future. Thanks!

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    Charlene
    visit (February 2nd, 2012 at 18:43)

    visit

    I would like to know if outsiders are welcome to come and visit & if interested to join the community? If so, what are the requirements of joining?

    Thanks for this website :)

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      Florida Amish (February 2nd, 2012 at 19:23)

      Thanks Charlene, this comment thread in general addresses questions on Joining the Amish: http://amishamerica.com/so_you_want_to_/comment-page-7/#comment-23388

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    Elder Donald E. Martin, Sr.
    Central Florida Amish meeting houses? (February 28th, 2012 at 20:45)

    Central Florida Amish meeting houses?

    Dear Friend(s),
    Are there any Amish meeting houses of worship in North Central Florida? Near Ocala, Leesburg, Gainesville ?? I am an Old Baptist (Primitive) minister and have Ana-Baptist historical roots as the Amish……….I am interested in corresponding with some Amish folks which may have e-mail capabilities….

    Respectfully,

    D.E. Martin, Sr.

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    Yoder
    Florida Amish (February 28th, 2012 at 22:06)

    The closest churches I know are not Amish, but similar. In Zephyrhills, FL, is a Beachy Amish church. In Lake Butler, FL, is a Bethel Fellowship church.

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    Salvatore Micheal
    pastor looking for flock (March 13th, 2012 at 17:49)

    pastor looking for flock

    dear readers, i have some background with Mennonites as you know are sometimes confused with Amish.. the two groups and i have some common values. these can be investigated in my consistent articles.. there are two things my ministry focuses on: true love and awareness via the Holy Spirit. i have offered my services to Mennonites, L’Arche Daybreak, and now here. i’m very selective about whom i offer my ministry. i don’t use the ‘shotgun approach’ asking everyone to listen to me. i only approach groups who have some connection to my ministry .. i currently live in Florida. Sarasota is not far from where i currently reside. sure economic times are tough.. but that does not mean we can abandon our values nor our faith .. my values originate in life-lessons learned ‘the hard way’. there is no stronger Christian than someone who has found Christ in the depths of despair. there is something i’ve written about i call ‘the Christ heart’ which i loosely relabel ‘the power of 1000 blazing suns residing in your heart’. this gives a glimpse of the power of Christ. so if you are intrigued by my perspective and have a connection to a flock that needs a pastor, please contact me directly. my direct email is micheals(at)msu.edu in True Love and Awareness, sam

    pastor looking for flock

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    GREAT WEB SITE (April 3rd, 2012 at 07:32)

    GREAT WEB SITE

    IS IT EXPENSIVE TO RENT A HOUSE FOR THE WINTER?

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    MaryAnn Pepe
    Would love to visit! (April 3rd, 2012 at 09:36)

    Would love to visit!

    I live in Jacksonville, Fl. I need to take a ride there! LOL

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    Elder Donald E. Martin, Sr.
    Winter Housing rental cost.......... (April 3rd, 2012 at 14:47)

    Winter Housing rental cost..........

    Greetings Folks,

    During this economic crisis of which we find ourselves in, the Real Estate market whether buying or renting has greatly dropped. Therefore, it is likely to rent a place for the winter months much cheaper now than a few years back…..I am about 30 miles South of Ocala , Florida at a large Lake community which has many mobile homes for rent very reasonable ($350-$600 monthly) and lot’s of Bluegill, Brim and Bass to catch as well. Would be a fine place for our Amish and Mennonite brethren and families to migrate for the winter months…..

    Winter Housing rental cost..........

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      Rachel Weaver
      Renting a house close to Pinecraft (December 1st, 2012 at 16:58)

      Renting a house close to Pinecraft

      My health is poor this winter and we are honking about coming to FL.
      Most rental properties are classy and pricey. We want a simple cottage or trailer like is available in Pinecraft.
      But we have no idea who to contact. Do you have contact phone numbers?
      We are a plain couple with two olde teen agers.
      Thank you,
      Rachel

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        Linda
        Florida Amish (December 2nd, 2012 at 17:37)

        Rachel, if you have access to THE BUDGET, sometimes the Classified Ads list a place for rent.

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      Don Aldinger
      ISO Wanted Room for Rent in Sarasota (September 2nd, 2013 at 13:46)

      ISO Wanted Room for Rent in Sarasota

      My name is Don Aldinger and I am a member of the West Swamp Mennonite Church here in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. I am looking to RENT a room/one bedroom apartment in the Sarasota/Bradenton area from March 1 to March 31, 2014. While in Sarasota, I would like to continue my study of the Mennonite and Amish communities. I have visited the hometown of Jakob Ammon in Switzerland and have visited the Wittenburg church in Germany where Martin Luther nailed his 90 thesis on the church door in 1517. I am a retired 65 year-old retired high school history teacher who will be visiting Florida for the first time. I am very dependable, honest, and trustworthy with a credit score of 834 (out of a possible perfect 850). Should you know of a room for RENT in March of 2014, please e-mail me at…donnie7@comcast.net OR telephone me at 267-373-9875. THANK YOU mit Gruessen!!

      ISO Wanted Room for Rent in Sarasota

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        Rebecca Bontrager
        cottage to rent (December 30th, 2013 at 08:34)

        cottage to rent

        we own a small cottage in Sarasota that we rent out. Can be rented by the day, week or month. email me for availability. rb.health4life@gmail.com

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    Help (June 14th, 2012 at 16:28)

    Help

    My life is collapsing around me. I have been an I.T. tech specialist for years. I was a chef, one of 8 voted best in CT. I have lost my way in life. I am tired of the demands that are needed to just live a good life. I need guidance. Can you help? I would sell everything I own for help.

    I have a strong back and skills, plus a cat. She’s been with me 18 years.

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      Florida Amish (June 17th, 2012 at 07:59)

      Hi Bob, I sent you an email a few days ago. I’m not exactly sure what you are seeking here, but regarding getting help, please see what I wrote you in the email.

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    We need your help Please (July 15th, 2012 at 21:42)

    We need your help Please

    We are working very hard to get our ranch ready to have a summer camp. The ponies are coming in 10 days. The fences have all been repaired and are ready. My wife and I have worked feverishly to get the repairs done to this place but we are tired and running out of funds. We need help with the roof and carpentry work. The less fortunate, disabled and blind children are coming and God is going to bless them so very much. Please pray and see if you can assist us. Thank you for your kind hearts and generous spirits.
    Bless you all. Pastor Michael 3410 Youngway Drive Lakeland, FL 33810 863-815-9620

    We need your help Please

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    Es
    Amish made Furnitures (January 5th, 2013 at 11:54)

    Amish made Furnitures

    Lived in Ohio several years & came to admire Amish, furnitures, food among others. Now I’m residing in Fort Walton Beach Fl. Furnishing & looking for Amish furnitures locally … Anybody in the area or nearby places carry Amish made furnitures?
    Thanks for directions.

    • Amish furniture Pensacola/ Ft. Walton/ Panama City?

      Someone from your area recently made a similar request…in the FL Amish furniture listings most places we have listed seem to be at least 3 hours from you. http://amishamerica.com/amish-furniture-florida/

      However there seems to be a place nearer you in Alabama, looks like about 90 min drive (see below). I’d call to check that they carry what you want first. If anyone knows of a closer source for Amish furniture in this Florida panhandle area please share:

      http://amishamerica.com/amish-furniture-alabama/

      Furniture Haus‎
      26800 US Highway 98
      Elberta, AL 36530
      (251) 986-8480

      Amish furniture Pensacola/ Ft. Walton/ Panama City?

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    Julia
    Florida Amish (January 7th, 2013 at 20:05)

    I had no idea there was such a large group of Amish in Florida- mainly I thought they were in the New England area, but you learn new things everyday! I’ve always found their culture so interesting and it is something I have always wanted to study more about. Florida is a great place to travel and even live depending on the area. I’ve always loved Palm Bay and the Palm Bay Hotel (www.palmbay-hotel.com) is affordable for all and the hotel is accommodating for all!

    Florida Amish

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    Susan Howell
    Amish Built Homebuilders Near Panama City, FL (January 31st, 2013 at 23:24)

    Amish Built Homebuilders Near Panama City, FL

    Widow for 12 years, everyone comes with their hand out but when you have finally reached the point of needing a hand up, everyone scatters to the wind. For over 2 years I have been working to get myself back to the simple life only to find out I have been a victim of an unethical mortgage lender & now they are attempting to take my home that I put on the market to downsize & lead that simple life I love so much. These 12 years have been filled with tragedy & heartbreak but no one will ever take my faith, hope, love & compassion. I am looking for Amish built small homes that can be placed in my sister’s backyard but the only sites I have found are in Pennsylvania or Virginia. Are there any Amish made small homes or builders near Panama City, FL? I need to break these binders that exacerbate my disability, I need to be productive again.

    Amish Built Homebuilders Near Panama City, FL

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    Debbie
    Florida Amish (April 22nd, 2013 at 08:50)

    I live in the Daytona Beach area and am striving to get back to a simple, community oriented way of living. I would like to meet some like minded people in the area and/or find a Pinecraft friend to communicate with via e-mail or snail mail.

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    Charlene Frost
    Amish Store (May 25th, 2013 at 14:36)

    Amish Store

    Moved to Florida 7 weeks ago from Ohio. We really enjoyed going to the Amish Store for meats, cheese balls, sugar free candies, cheese and the wheat square crackers. Is there such a store near Spring Hill, Florida???

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      Jeff Baker
      Amish Country Store in Largo, Florida (September 16th, 2013 at 21:28)

      Amish Country Store in Largo, Florida

      There is a store in Largo – just south of Clear Water.

      The Amish Country Store, 206 13th Street SW, Largo FL 33770, (727)587-9657 or 1-877-787-9657 theamishcountrystore.com
      “Bringing you the biggest & best selection of Pennsylvania Dutch and Ohio Amish Foods.”

      They carry a lot of Amish products.

      It is a small store just south of downtown Largo right next to a large Hospital, but they do carry a good variety of things.

      It is half the distance for you than to Sarasota.

      I was just there on Saturday on the way to the Beach with the kids.

      Amish Country Store in Largo, Florida

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      Robert Clinefelter
      Amish Store (October 7th, 2013 at 22:11)

      Amish Store

      There is a very good Amish store in Largo, which is in Pinellas Co. The store is South of Clearwater and North of St. Pete. It’s off Westbay Ave. at 206 13th St. In Largo. The Phone is 727-587-9657.

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    Golf Shop in Pinecraft (June 13th, 2013 at 14:00)

    Golf Shop in Pinecraft

    There’s a great new golf shop in Pinecraft called Pinecraft Golf Shop. They do golf club rental for $15 a day or $65 a week. Also have a great selection of golf clubs, accessories and memorabilia.

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    Sadie
    Sarasota Pinecraft (June 13th, 2013 at 19:36)

    Sarasota Pinecraft

    My parents met in Sarasota. Not in Pinecraft, mind you, but still Sarasota. This is yet another coincidence that marks my family’s life as we have nearly always — or my parents, grandparents, etc. — lived near large groups of various Amish denominations.

    I believe my dad, who once worked as a carpenter in that oppressive, tiring, Sarasota heat, told me he once worked alongside several Amish or Mennonite carpenters on the crews. “Good guys,” he told me.

    Sarasota Pinecraft

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    Andrew Stitt
    Seeking Non-covetous Christian Community To Be Part Of (July 28th, 2013 at 15:05)

    Seeking Non-covetous Christian Community To Be Part Of

    I was raised Texan/American and it ruined my life and destroyed my soul. At age 50 a “spirit” of Truth has been alight in me for years and I can no longer agree or covet as a Capitalist. Though I disagree with some of the clothing and demands and reluctance of the Amish people to be EQUAL IN ALL ABILITIES as GOD’s people to others whom choose not to be, I desire to be accepted among them and offer the rest of this life’s efforts and labors to any community of souls that shall accept me and assist me in relocation unto their fold so that i may gain Peace in my Heart and Joy of a better human gathering than the abnormality of normal Americanism had offered to devour of my good. Whom among the Hemisphere West earth will be brotherly, sisterly, and make my time blossom in happiness among Good people I have yet not met in 50 years? I have never seen Florida, but have considered abandoning my pets and possessions to be homeless and vagrant under a bridge there do to the climate– and beach to bathe freely.

    Seeking Non-covetous Christian Community To Be Part Of

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    Alex
    Florida Amish (August 17th, 2013 at 15:39)

    I would like to go a Amish Town but a do not know where it is. Can somebody tell me the address?.

    Thanks so mucho

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    Kristen
    Florida Amish (August 31st, 2013 at 21:43)

    I discovered my background on ancestry.com I have family all over Pennsylvania and most of them are Dutch and from Rotterdam/ Netherlands. I’ve eaten at Yoder’s a couple of times and shopped in the market, but I’ve never been in Pine Craft. I know some Amish people view non Amish people as “English cause we don’t do things like the Amish cause I’m not Amish of course…. I just wanna know if I were to visit if I look different and drive a car if I would still be welcomed to come visit. When I went to Yoder’s in Sarasota it was a mix of Amish/English. I would love to visit to find out more about my Dutch/ Netherland culture.

    Florida Amish

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    Stephan
    Visiting (September 26th, 2013 at 15:03)

    Visiting

    I live in Europe, The Netherlands and have been travelling to Florida on multiple occasions. What I would like to know is if it is possible to visit the community as tourist.

    Can the restaurants be visited as tourist?
    Can I visit any store and be able to buy any cookbooks, with Amish recipes and learn more about the history and culture?

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    Northdale Owls tour Pinecraft (November 7th, 2013 at 03:57)

    Northdale Owls tour Pinecraft

    Dear Friends: I am the Director of Trips for a very large and active senior club in Tampa. We are called the Northdale Owls (Older, Wiser, Lively Seniors). I have been hosting monthly day trips with the Owls for 8 years and I would love to do a trip to Pinecraft. Would we be welcomed? I would love to go sometime in March 2014 and would love to take in a gospel sing or a concert. Would there be plenty to do in Pinecraft to spend a day there? Please tell me some of the things to see and do and if everything is within walking distance. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Best wishes, Ruth Zeigler

    Northdale Owls tour Pinecraft

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      Linda
      Florida Amish (January 13th, 2014 at 09:16)

      Ruth, the Der Dutchman Restaurant is able to accommodate bus-load groups of people.

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    scrapple (January 11th, 2014 at 09:58)

    scrapple

    Where can I get good scrapple

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      Linda
      Scrapple in Florida (January 12th, 2014 at 18:36)

      Scrapple in Florida

      Joe, in Florida, one place where scrapple may be purchased is at Detwiler’s Farm Market, 6000 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232. Phone 941-378-2727. Closed on Sunday.

      http://detwilermarket.com/

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        tthan (January 12th, 2014 at 21:39)

        tthan

        thankyou Linda was in Sarasota today and forgot that all the amish commuity business are closed on Sundays But will chheck it out. Once shin thankyou.

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    Bonnie Wilson
    need house repairs in Pensacola (January 22nd, 2014 at 13:48)

    need house repairs in Pensacola

    Hello I have a house in Pensacola. It is in need of repairs, needs new roof and various indoor repairs. I live in Pennsylvania, I am a widow and my son died Dec 24 2013, he was 31. It took almost all my savings for the funeral and burial, he had no insurance. I would like to hire some Amish construction workers since they work for less then regular contractors. If I could get the repairs done I could possibly rent the house for income. If you or you know of anyone (Amish) that could do the job, please email mail me at catdog1x@yahoo.com or call me at 724- 974- 8577. If you cannot reach me by phone please leave a message and give me your contact information I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank You Bonnie Wilson

    need house repairs in Pensacola

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    T Stoltzfus
    Rental houses in Pinecraft area (February 4th, 2014 at 14:35)

    Rental houses in Pinecraft area

    Hello Eric,

    I stumbled across your website while looking for a list of rental houses/apartments which may be available in the Pinecraft area. Do you know where I can find such a list? I’d like to take my family to Pinecraft later this month and am looking for a place to rent for a few weeks.

    Thank you.

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      Lodging in Pinecraft (February 6th, 2014 at 06:55)

      Lodging in Pinecraft

      Hi T, I checked with a local about your question, and was told that classified ads in the Budget newspaper is one source, and if you are in town, the Pinecraft bulletin board. However, depending on when you’re going, there is a lack of room in Pinecraft itself–apparently over Christmas, 3 busloads stayed on Siesta Key, while for the Haiti Benefit auction, 2 busloads stayed at the Best Western close to Bahia Vista and 41.

      Lodging in Pinecraft

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      Jeff Baker
      Lodging hard to find right now - at a decent price (February 6th, 2014 at 07:36)

      Lodging hard to find right now - at a decent price

      So far this year there are near record amounts of people coming down to the southern coasts of Florida. When the temperatures dip below zero and the snow is relentless in the northern US, more people look to escape it. If you can find lodging, be prepared to pay top dollar for it.

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    Elder Donald E. Martin, Sr.
    Amish welcome to Old School Baptist worship (February 4th, 2014 at 21:37)

    Amish welcome to Old School Baptist worship

    Dear one’s, I am a Pastor among the Old School Primitive Baptist which meets on the first Sunday of the month at FELLOWSHIP Church’s meeting house located 10 miles East of I-75 on Hwy 674, Address 10232 HWY 674, Wimauma, Florida. We gather at 10:00 A.M. in preparation for divine worship. We sing strictly Acapella from a no note hymnal. We love the Old Paths and history of our Amish brethren where much of our heritage had it’s beginnings. All are welcome to come and visit us and dine with us following the worship meeting….We open our hearts in Christian love to any and all that love the old ways of simplicity in worship.

    By Christ merits alone I remain,

    Bro. Donald E. Martin, Sr. 352-793-1721 dmartinsr@nealitybrand.net

    Amish welcome to Old School Baptist worship

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    Meredith
    Need a special blanket made for a child (February 22nd, 2014 at 21:48)

    Need a special blanket made for a child

    I have a. 4 year old son with special needs.
    His doctors have recommended a weighted
    Blanket. They are suppose to calm and make
    Him feel secure. They are very expensive
    And I don’t sew. I’m looking for a women
    Who could make one. I can pay her. Up to a certain
    Amount or barter. I’m a hairstylist ..
    Thanks

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    Jason
    Florida Amish (February 28th, 2014 at 21:34)

    Hi are there any vintage Amish made examples of these simple lodgings in pinecraft? I would love to see a photograph or even get my hands on a cabin or an Amish made replica, I have an extra lot in sarasota and would like to offer lodging to the good Amish people.

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    Deborah
    Amish in Kissimmee? (April 24th, 2014 at 07:05)

    Amish in Kissimmee?

    I was wondering if there are any Amish stores that sell their food such as jams, pies extra? If not how can someone get a hold of an Amish person and possibly sell some of their items.

    We miss our Amish friends from Tennessee. They would make us pies and breads.

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    Florida Amish (June 16th, 2014 at 02:25)

    The settlement is popular with a range of Amish demographic groups as well.Amish retirees and older folks appreciate the sunny climate.

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