Comment on Groundhog Day Brain Dump: Punxsutawney Amish, “Grundsow Lodges”, and the Miracle Heater in court? by Ed Patterson.
Interesting that you refer to the settlement as the Punxsutawney Amish. I would say the majority of people in the area refer to it as the Smicksburg Amish settlement after the small town of Smicksburg that is the center of the settlement and located about 10 miles southwest of Punxsy. There are some splinter groups that have broken off from the Smicksburg Amish, north and east of Punxsutawney.
The Smicksburg settlement is the 3rd largest in PA and the 11th largest in the U.S. There is some tourism associated with the Smicksburg settlement but I’d describe it as ‘Lancaster without the hype’. Scenic countryside and since 1962 the settlement has been a welcome addition to our area.