40 responses to Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish
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    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 07:55)

    I want my cushions back. When I moved my brother took the cushions that my Dad bought to, well, cushion his behind while sitting on the wood dinning room table’s chair set. I’m doing without right now, but the blue cushion in the pictures reminded me that this is much more comfortable than not. I think my brother probably threw them out on me because his girlfriend didn’t see the niceness in them (they’re practical more than nice).

    In certain re-creationist hobbies I know that you can buy what are known as “mop caps”, literally just a sown and slightly frilled eighteenth and nineteenth century women’s head-covering for about 11 dollars, so this more sturdy bonnet probably is a steal for that price!

    I am looking rather Amish today in my choice of clothes, black pants, black vest (sweater, but whatever), white-ish dress shirt, sans tie, if I put on my black brimmed hat (bought from a bonnet wearing Mennonite) I’d be rather plain, but I’ll save that for the spring maybe, and wear my wool hat instead today to protect me from the cold when I go out this morning.

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      Damon Hickey
      Comment on Mob, not mop, caps (February 24th, 2014 at 09:16)

      Mob, not mop, caps

      I believe the correct term for the cap mentioned by Slightly-Handled-Order-Man is “mob cap,” not “mop cap.” It became popular during the French Revolution and was given this nickname because it was worn by so many women in the Paris “mob.” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob_cap

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        Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 19:40)

        Thanks Damon,
        I didn’t clearly know where those caps came from. Honestly, I have always heard “mop”, but of course given the era that I am interested in, in the British world of the Regency and late-Napoleonic era, it might not have been fashionable to refer to the mobs that took down the Monarchy during the French Revolution, since it was a concern given the grand life of the Prince Regent.
        But thank you for the info on that, we learn something every day, this is why I like Amish America.

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      Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (May 15th, 2018 at 12:31)

      Kind of odd you’d come here to comment and instantly start complaining to absolutely no one. Hope it made you feel better.

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    Kevin L.
    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 08:29)

    Thanks for this. I really enjoy the posts that show the everyday stuff that make up the life of the amish. We have stopped in many of the shops in Amish areas and spent a day at Lehmans in Kidron and have always enjoyed them, plus found things we needed we couldnt fine anywhere else!

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    Nancy @ A Rural Journal
    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 09:07)

    Thoroughly enjoyed this post — a glimpse of the everyday items in Amish homes. Thank you!

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    Christine T
    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 09:15)

    I would love to visit that store. The lamps are beautiful!

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    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 11:12)

    I have a bonnet like that. I don’t wear bonnets here in the city, as they inhibit peripheral vision too much.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 11:41)

    In some of my “reading”, it states that black bonnets are worn over white prayer kapps, when going “out” (shopping, into town, visiting). I also read that very young girls (preschool?) wear black prayer kapps because they’re easier to keep clean. 😉 The way I understand it, black BONNETS are worn over black or white PRAYER KAPPS (meaning, a double covering), mainly when traveling away from the homestead, as mentioned above.

    I’m guessing it might also be one of those customs that vary from settlement to settlement.

    Could anyone comment more definitively on the subject?

    I never saw reflectors like that, but would like one for my oil lamp which I use every now & then.

    Thanks for the photos!

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 11:47)

    The bonnets are worn over coverings when ever going to church, visiting, etc. I have never seen a white bonnet, but kapps or prayer coverings are usually white especially for married women. And FYI bonnets aren’t worn inside.

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    Debbie Halcomb
    Comment on Bonnet prices (February 24th, 2014 at 14:02)

    Bonnet prices

    I have checked out the bonnet prices online and $11.00 is a steal. I wonder if that store does online sales. Even with shipping that is a great price.

    Alice Mary, I too would like some of those reflectors. Here in Florida we keep oil lamps for hurricanes. When we were hit by three out of four hurricanes a few years back our lights were out two weeks for one storm and five days after the last one. We sure could have used those reflectors then. My husband likes using the lamps occasionally because they remind him of his childhood before they had electric.

    Thanks Eric for posting the pictures. I love seeing the Amish everyday items and homes.

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    sharon dixon
    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 14:20)

    The district I’m with, we wear white prayer kapps. And wear the black ones on church day or traveling when it is cold. The black ones are never worn inside. My district is the most relax. Of the 4 district’s here. When we are at home and doing chores, I don’t wear my white kapp but a lace type one bought though CVS pharmacy.

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    sharon dixon
    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 14:38)

    Hi Erik. Good jod remembering hope you are doing well. Love Amish America. Keeps me up to date on things.

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      Comment on Erik, Sharon (February 25th, 2014 at 19:47)

      Erik, Sharon

      Would it be out of line to ask if a thread could be done on the Dunkard Brethern; history, core beliefs etc?

      I was not even aware of this group until a few yeras ago, so finding out that someone that posts on Amish America is a member is not only a surprise, but something of a treat.

      I looked online for information on this group when I first learned of them, but there was very little information to be found there. This has motivated me to search again.

      • A good idea Oldkat, we haven’t ever touched much on that group. We’ll see what we can come up with.

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          Trish in Indiana
          Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (March 7th, 2014 at 23:35)

          Erik, I too would like to hear more about Dunkards. My great-grandparents on my mother’s side were Dunkards. (My grandfather, who died before I was born, did not practice any faith, and married a Catholic who brought up all their children as Catholics.) There is also a small Dunkard church just a few miles from my home, but I think that community is dwindling away. In spite of the family background and the close proximity of a community, I know next to nothing about their ways and how they fit into the overall Anabaptist tapestry.

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        sharon dixon
        Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (March 11th, 2014 at 22:08)

        If anyone has dunkard brethren questions they can email me at sharonldixon68@yahoo.com I will try my best to answer what I know.

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    Donald Curtis
    Comment on Bonnets and Prayer Caps (February 24th, 2014 at 15:41)

    Bonnets and Prayer Caps

    I asked my son, Mark, about this. He said that all Amish wear prayer caps. The design of the prayer cap designates how conservative or liberal the group is. Usually, the softer the material and the more pleats in the prayer cap, the more conservative the church. I some communities, especially Holmes County, it is traditional for unmarried girls to wear the black prayer cap. At Holmes County, Ohio Amish weddings, the bride and her attendants will wear the black caps to the wedding service. After the service and before the noon meal the bride will go and wear the white prayer cap.

    Bonnets are always black. The larger the bonnet, usually the more conservative the group. Also, usually the more conservative the group the more the bonnets are worn. All Amish groups wear the bonnet to church. But, during the week it depends on the group.

    In Mark’s community at Belle Center, all of the women and girls wear the white prayer caps. The little girls start wearing the cap when they are about one year old or so, especially for church.

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      Donald Curtis
      Comment on Correction (February 24th, 2014 at 15:42)


      There I go again, messing up. I meant to say that all Amish women wear prayer caps. Not, all Amish.

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    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (February 25th, 2014 at 18:40)

    When I read the caption I understood it to mean that ALL head coverings for women were black. I believe that this is true in Adams County. The women wear black prayer coverings and the black bonnets in the photo above would be worn over the covering. I did a Google photo search and found a blog where the blogger shared her photos from a visit to Adams County, Indiana. The women and children in the photos are wearing black prayer coverings.

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    Comment on Dunkard Cemetery in Central Illinois (February 25th, 2014 at 22:36)

    Dunkard Cemetery in Central Illinois

    According to “From the Timber to the Prairie,” (Cunningham & Shoaf) the primitive Baptist church or the “Dunkards” held church in the early 1830s in the Samuel Beaver cabin four miles east of Old Homer. By 1833 the church listed 14 families as members. Burials were held under the auspices of the Baptist church. The Dunkard Cemetery, also known as the Old Homer Cemetery, is located north of the village of Homer.

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    Comment on Boontonware (February 28th, 2014 at 10:26)


    In the fourth photo, you have a good view of Boontonware bowls, in blue, speckled, and white melamine. I can almost hear the plates being scraped clean by spoons at the dinner table. The bowls are used for cereal, soup, salad, or a meal. In a 2010 article, “Boontonware is still popular, even if it’s made in Ohio,” a quote is given that “The Amish in particular like them because of their simplicity,” Juliano said. “They are not real fancy and they can be easily replaced.” Durable Boontonware can become stained or scratched, but does not break easily. The bottom of the plate says “Boonton.” They were originally produced in Boonton, New Jersey.


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    Comment on Melmac (February 28th, 2014 at 23:34)


    Mine are Stetson brand Dinnerware from Chicago Ill. in use since the 60’s. They tend to heat up when used in a microwave, more than glass or china, so I avoid that.

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    Comment on 10 year old Amish................ (March 5th, 2014 at 16:39)

    10 year old Amish................

    A 10 year-old Amish girl, Sarah Hershberger, is being forced to receive chemotherapy against her parent and

    grandparents wishes. A court order was issued October 7, 2013 at the request of attorneys representing Akron

    Children’s Hospital (ACH) to continue chemotherapy for more than two years. Open the link below to read the full



    The above link will direct you to a fundraiser website where you can read the full story and also watch the news about Sarah Hershberger.

    • Leroy, this sounds like old news. The latest we’ve seen (as of news reports mid-February 2014) is that the court has allowed the guardian to drop her attempt to enforce chemo and that Sarah is not receiving chemotherapy and has returned home to Ohio. http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2014/02/14/judge-accepts-guardians-resignation-in-amish-medical-case/

      We have a number of threads related to this story on the site. Just search using the Google search box in the right sidebar. Here are links to two recent ones:



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    Comment on Love the bowls (April 16th, 2014 at 17:03)

    Love the bowls

    Does anyone know of an online source where I can purchase similar bowls? Especially love the blue color. The oil lamps are very pretty too.

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      Comment on Boonton bowls at Shetler's Wholesale Co. (April 17th, 2014 at 13:27)

      Boonton bowls at Shetler's Wholesale Co.

      Diane, sometimes eBay has Boonton #3308 bowls, but they may be pricey. Many Amish country stores sell Boonton melamine dinnerware, but it’s hard to find the dishes online.

      In the Spring 2014 catalog of Shetler’s Wholesale Company, the 22-oz. Melmac Soup Plates, with 7-3/4 inch diameter, are listed for $2.85 each plus shipping. They have five colors, including Blue and Confetti Blue. You could request a variety merchandise catalog by writing Shetler’s Wholesale Co., PO Box 8, Geneva, IN 46740, or faxing 260-368-9902. They also sell oil lamps. Geneva is in Adams County, Indiana.

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    Comment on Road trip! (April 16th, 2014 at 19:00)

    Road trip!

    Well, I was thinking of a road trip to Adams County today, but it was soooo unseasonably cold that we opted for staying indoors. Maybe a trip next week is in order. I am assuming that businesses will be up and running again after the holiday by at least Tuesday, no?


    • Recommended Adams County, Indiana Amish businesses

      Emily you should be good to go by Tuesday. Easter Monday is observed by some Amish, thought I don’t know the specific custom among the Swiss/Adams County.

      If you go, I recommend the store featured in this post, which is R & E Sales. Here’s another post on it with photos of the exterior too:


      Also if you have a sweet tooth you might want to try Jonie and Marie Graber’s Countrylane Bakery. Just got a postcard from them which I think had something about a new location actually in Berne somewhere. More info and photos of pie and monster cookies:


      R and E Sales address is: 825 E 200 S Monroe, IN 46772

      Countrylane Bakery address is: 4224 S 450 W Berne, Indiana

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        Comment on Adams County Businesses (April 17th, 2014 at 13:04)

        Adams County Businesses

        Thanks, Erik! I figured they would take off at least Monday, but I didn’t know that Swiss Amish did not practice that custom. That is interesting.

        I definitely had both of those on my list, per your prior post about the area. There are some Swiss Amish in Kentucky (Turners Station/Carrollton, KY) that are related to the Berne settlement families. I was hoping to chat with them on my next trip to KY, to see about where they might suggest visiting in Berne. We are definitely open to all suggestions!

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          Comment on Visiting Adams County Amish (April 17th, 2014 at 13:10)

          Visiting Adams County Amish

          Actually Emily, I hope it wasn’t unclear, but I wrote above that I do not know the specific custom among the Swiss or Adams Co. regarding Easter Monday.

          I do hope you enjoy your visit, it’s a different community than Lagrange/Elkhart Counties. Funny enough, last visit to Countrylane, they actually had a leftover shoofly pie available (they don’t normally make shoofly in that area, was a special order).

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            Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (April 17th, 2014 at 18:14)

            Thanks, Erik! I actually did misread your statement above, so many thanks for the clarification.

            I am looking forward to it. We’ve spent so much time in the Lagrange area settlements, as well as those in Michigan, that we never seem to drive just a wee bit further to Berne area. So, hopefully this next week!

            Funny about Countrylane. I do recall you mentioning that!

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    Comment on Love the bowls (January 27th, 2015 at 16:09)

    Love the bowls

    Diane, I just found this article and it is Jan 2015.
    I just purchased 3 of these exact blue speckled bowls on e-bay for 18$. Also I have been shopping in my state’s (Washington) Goodwill outlet stores! I got 2 “Dallas Ware” bowls, and 1 Boonton winged sm platter for less than 5$ I used them to feed my cats! Easy to wash dried on food. The bigger ones will be for personal use. So I would submit, second hand is a way to go!

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    eve perry
    Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (April 28th, 2015 at 12:10)

    How can you become amish? How do you do it with five children?

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      Naomi Wilson
      Comment on Household Items of the Adams County, Indiana Amish (April 28th, 2015 at 18:35)

      Are you a Bible-believing Christian? That is, have you experienced the new birth? Do you love Jesus more than your own life?

      If so, then go to www.beachyam.org to see if there is a Beachy-type Amish Mennonite/conservative Mennonite church anywhere within driving distance of where you live. If there isn’t, check for Amish Mennonite churches that have websites with call-in phone numbers for listening to Sunday morning sermons, or previously recorded sermons.

      This gives you a starting point. Unless you have deep faith, trying to become Amish will only cause you pain down the road.

      The book Called to be Amish is a very good read.

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