49 responses to Illinois Amish

  • Alice Aber
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 12th, 2010 at 09:12)

    Excellent information, loved this article!! Thanks so much!!

  • Amy Jo
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 12th, 2010 at 10:26)

    (Before I forget – Erik, do you know the name or current location of the bookstore mentioned – I’d like to visit?)
    Yes, excellent! I am curious to find so much to read and study about – and maybe an extra visit… one thing of note – last year (or early in 2010, I can’t remember), Rockome Gardens again changed hands. I canot remember the details (didn’t know many anyway but can’t remember names just now)but, the Amish Interpretive Center was moved from Arcola to Rockome Gardens. This may be convenient for those going to Rockome but, I miss its convenience to I57 and US45. I think Arcola misses the people it brought to places like the Dutch Kitchen, the Daily Kneads Cafe, and the little unique shops in the downtown area especially with the leaving of the Anne and Andy museum too (they still celebrate Broom Corn Festival). I stumbled across this change when I took my husband to see the Interpretive Center and there were carpenters taking it apart! (some were Amish) Thankfully, they allowed us to look through a little so my husband had some exposure – it created so many questions and some I couldn’t answer. A couple of Amish ladies recently (past couple of years or so) opened a little ice cream/dessert/coffee/sandwich (it grew, can you tell) shop right on rt33 as you come into Arthur from the east that is very popuar. Ok, enuf! Now, on to more education on the historical info. thanks again Erik!

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  • Amy Jo
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 12th, 2010 at 10:28)

    oops, that little shop is on US rout 133 that goes into Arthur…

  • Comment on Illinois Amish (November 12th, 2010 at 10:35)

    Alice, my pleasure! Thanks for suggesting I do Illinois next :)

  • Comment on Illinois Amish (November 12th, 2010 at 10:39)

    Arthur Illinois Amish bookstore

    Amy Jo, thanks for the question and letting know about the Interpretive Center moving to Rockome, I did not realize that. And I will need to visit the Amish ladies’ ice cream shop when I’m next in the area. Will be looking forward to that trip.

    As for the bookstore, I wish I had the exact coordinates–I can tell you that it is on an east-west road south of Arthur and on the Douglas county side (ie, the south east “quadrant” if you look at a map with Arthur in the middle). The shop is on one of those roads not far out of town, I think it can’t be more than a couple miles (assuming it hadn’t moved in the meantime). I believe it is on the south side of the road. I wish I could remember the name, and I don’t have my directory with me at the moment unfortunately, which might help.

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  • Comment on Illinois Amish (November 12th, 2010 at 10:42)

    Illinois Amish dry goods and book store

    Amy Jo, you’ve also got Clearview Fabrics and Books, which is not the one I was talking about but is about a mile or so northeast of town, I believe this is an Amish place as well.

    The address is:

    178 E Cr 500 N
    Arthur, IL 61911-6262, United States
    (217) 543-9091

    You can probably ask at Clearview about the locations of other stores as well. Arthur area is pretty easy to get around with its mostly grid roads.

    On that note I am going to have a proper business directory for each one of these state entries but have not gotten around to it yet!

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  • Comment on Illinois Amish (November 12th, 2010 at 13:34)

    Wow, that was a great article – I didn’t know there were so many. I’ve been to the Arthur/Arcola area and what I remember is it’s very flat and the roads were all grid-like (like tic-tac-toe). When we were there, a big semi was going through town and got stuck under a traffic light or something. Let me tell you, that caused quite the excitement – LOL. EVERYBODY came out to just look at it. And the ice cream/sno cone stand was the big hang-out which was actually really cute. Now I want to go back there! It’s only about 2-1/2 hrs. from St. Louis so someday soon…

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  • Amy Jo
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 12th, 2010 at 15:43)

    Thanks Erik… I think I know the area you are talking about for the bookstore – I’ll have to explore a bit. May be somewhere near Miller’s Dry goods – I hear one of the family members there either is very il or may have passed. It is still open but I am not sure how it is doing. i have purchase material there and also at Clearview. Actually I have purchased books and cards at Clearview and at Miller’s. My first visit to Clearview was not too long ago actually – didn’t know it was there until I asked at the place we had our kitchen cabinet doors made… and asked the casket maker’s (Obie Obadiah Helmuth) wife when I was visiting him about making a casket for me. Of course the Family Health Food store (can’t remember the name) which is about 1/4-1/2 mi so of 133 on the county line (Doug/Moultrie) is a great place for all things vitamin/supplement as well as organic foods and some kitchen stuff and books/cards… very helpful there – as most places. There is a great book written by a Champaign newspaper journalist about the Arthur Amish. I thought she did a great job and had good photography as well. I think, also, the Beil (?) gentleman has done well with his photography/book of the area and I think you have had some of his work on this site too. Ok, too wordy (and, you can probably tell I am also the ‘Amy’ from IL… the one that is too wordy)… need to clean the gutters. Keep up the great work here!

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  • Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 12th, 2010 at 22:50)

    I like bikes. Locally the bike trailers I’ve seen don’t look as substantial as theirs.

  • Marcus Yoder
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 17th, 2010 at 09:29)

    Great article. My gg grandfather was one of the first amish to settle in Arthur. I have many amish cousin’s still living in the Arthur area.

  • Comment on Illinois Amish (November 17th, 2010 at 14:15)

    Marcus–appreciate it, and especially nice to hear from someone with roots in the community. I have many fond memories of Arthur.

  • Comment on Illinois Amish (November 17th, 2010 at 14:17)

    Beth, thank you very much, and you are right mostly grid roads out in Arthur. Much easier for me to avoid getting lost than in a place like Holmes County, which is the opposite story ;)

  • Comment on Illinois Amish (November 17th, 2010 at 14:21)

    Amy Jo, always great to read your comments, and don’t every worry about being wordy :) And hope you’ll let us know if you track down the bookstore!

  • Adam
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 20th, 2010 at 19:14)

    I am aware that some Amish communities are renown for making corn brooms. Does the Amish community in Arthur make corn brooms for the Libman broom company in neighboring Arcola?

  • Comment on Illinois Amish (November 21st, 2010 at 19:51)

    Adam, a good question on the corn brooms. I don’t have an answer at hand but maybe someone reading this does?

  • Terry Woodson
    Comment on Illinois Amish (May 15th, 2011 at 09:24)

    looking for amish made kitchen cabinets

    any help would be greatly appreciated ph 309-675-2316
    address 2002 Ellorly rd Peoria illinois 61604
    THANKS

  • Terry Woodson
    Comment on Illinois Amish (May 15th, 2011 at 09:39)

    amish cabinets

    sorry wrong ph no 309-673-2316

  • Alice Aber
    Comment on Illinois Amish (May 15th, 2011 at 12:45)

    Amish Cabinets - Terry

    Terry,,,, being in Peoria you might want to google “Amish Cabinet Makers in Illinois”. I believe there are cabinet makers in both Arthur and Arcola, IL Amish communities. The other search you could do would be just “Arthur, IL” as I believe they have a list of the Amish businesses down there and that would give you some good leads.

    Blessings, Alice

  • Sally
    Comment on Illinois Amish (June 13th, 2011 at 17:28)

    Amish Cabinets...

    …. 1 1/2 hours north of Peoria, IL near Tampico, IL you will find
    Amish furniture, market, etc.

  • Amy Jo
    Comment on Illinois Amish (June 13th, 2011 at 19:47)

    Cabinets and Brooms

    Terry, My husband and I had an amish Arthur cabinet maker make our cabinet doors (we refaced our existing cabinets but had new doors put on)about two or three years ago. The business is Rocky Lane Woodworking, Willard & Rosanna Schrock, 55E CR 300N, Arthur, IL 61911, 217-543-2160. He is one of many competent cabinet makers in and around Arthur.
    Adam, I have not known any Amish to work at Libman’s or Monohan’s (the other broom factory in Arcola) but I would not be surprised. there is a very large amount of Mexican’s employed at Libman’s though. Most of the Mexican population in the Arcola area come from the same area in Mexico.
    Truly, little Douglas County Illinois is quite the diverse, interesting place!

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  • Joanne Carlson
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 27th, 2011 at 21:11)

    Illinois Amish

    Very good article. I’ve recently found Amish stores in Cuba, Il. (two of them in fact) and near Roseville, Il. I’m now looking for one I heard that was in Tampico, Il. I can find things at these stores I can’t find anywhere else. My favorites are in Kalona, Iowa, and Shipshewana, Ind., also Washington Co., Ind. Thanks

    • Jenna B
      Comment on Illinois Amish (March 6th, 2014 at 07:46)

      The people in Roseville you are talking about are Mennonite, not Amish. I do business with them. They live 4 miles from my house.

  • Stephanie Deterding
    Comment on Illinois Amish (February 2nd, 2012 at 14:57)

    looking for goats whey

    i have looked on a lot of website for goats whey with low sodium & very low sugar But high protein…..i found some on a Amish website in Florida but they were a club & you had to be in the Florida area..I am in southern Il….would appreciate any help
    thank you

  • dave Prasse
    Comment on Illinois Amish (July 1st, 2012 at 13:44)

    Amish furniture in Tampico,IL area

    Martins woodworking
    4199 Hickory Hills Rd
    Tampico , IL 61283
    815 438 4135

    Great folks !

  • Comment on Illinois Amish (October 4th, 2012 at 13:55)

    Amish Stores

    hello, I recently moved to Souther Illinois (Marion area) and I am looking for an Amish store in the area! any and all help would be appreciated. i love shopping at their stores for bulk supplies and other unique items! We were very spoiled as we lived in Reading Pennsylvania for 10 years and had lots of access to many, many Amish and Mennonite businesses int he area! Thanks

    • margie griffin
      Comment on Illinois Amish (January 16th, 2013 at 15:31)

      amish store and amish cabinet cleaning soap

      If you are in southern illinois in Opdyke Ill malinda mast has country store and her phone number is 618-756-2250 she can usually order you something if you dont see it in her store. excellent place to get baking supplies, flours, wheat berries etc. very nice family store you will enjoy.

  • Linda
    Comment on Illinois Amish (October 4th, 2012 at 17:27)

    Tzigane, Using the store locator at
    www.discoverbulk.com, the first two stores are within 50 miles of Marion, Illinois, plus more stores are between 50-100 miles away. You may want to phone to verify the information. These bulk food stores are not all Amish.

    WEAVER’S COUNTRY MARKET
    1015 WEAVER LN
    DONGOLA, IL 62926
    618-833-4228

    SHAWNEE COUNTRY STORE
    213 FOSS RD
    AVA, IL 62907
    618-426-9618

    MEADOW VIEW MARKET
    71 COMMERCE ST
    HICKORY, KY 42051
    270-856-4876

    MAYFIELD CREEK MARKET
    1088 ST RT 97
    MAYFIELD, KY 42066
    270-247-4263

    OLE TYME PANTRY
    5200 HIGHWAY D
    FARMINGTON, MO 63640
    573-747-1761

    STAUFFER’S COUNTRY STORE
    RR 1, BOX 158 AA
    ST. PETER, IL 62880
    618-349-0030

    CROFTON COUNTRY CUPBOARD
    12040 S. MADISONVILLE RD
    CROFTON, KY 42217
    270-424-8888

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  • Comment on Illinois Amish (October 5th, 2012 at 05:04)

    I come from the Tampico Illinois (black car) Amish Mennonite community. I am doing a series of video in Pennsylvania Dutch.
    http://penndeitsch.wordpress.com/
    This one is from my farm and as you will see they use modern machinery.
    http://penndeitsch.wordpress.com/2011/11/

  • Sandra Barthmaier
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 24th, 2012 at 21:55)

    cabinets

    I own a home in southeastern PA, that has Amish made cabinets installed in the early 1950′s. I just came across the original cleaning instructions, and it recommends Johnson’s Cream cleaner. Is there anyway of finding this product, or a similar? I am only assuming that it was an Amish made product, and do apologize if I assumed incorrectly.

    • Sandra Barthmaier
      Comment on Illinois Amish (November 24th, 2012 at 21:58)

      I meant the cleaner only, as I know the cabinets were certainly Amish built.

      • margie griffin
        Comment on Illinois Amish (January 16th, 2013 at 15:36)

        Mr. Simon Yoder of Mt. Vernon Illinois phone 618-214-9782 is amish and said they use a product called KLEENS ALL on their cabinetry and he can get you some if you would like. Mr. Yoder also has a very nice green house selling plants every spring on Log Cabin Road in Mt. Vernon that you may like also.

        • Sandra
          Comment on Illinois Amish (January 16th, 2013 at 18:19)

          Cleanser

          Margie, thank you so much for the information. I am definetely going to look into each of them. Thanks again, Sandra

  • Greg
    Comment on Illinois Amish (December 13th, 2012 at 18:25)

    Amusing dilemma

    I posted this here only because it has to do with a family who are OOA members in the Arthur area. Earlier today I called a family on their phone shanty telephone. I hadn’t previously saved it into my cell contacts so I went to do this. When it came time to put it in a category ie: Home or Work, I actually had a moment of hesitation and thought hmm, which one?? It was located in a phone shanty….They do have a greenhouse business though but I decided to put it in the Home category. I amused myself though.

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  • Comment on Illinois Amish (March 9th, 2013 at 15:53)

    Question about

    Erik,

    I have a question for you. I found this comment in the article: “At least one Amish family in the Arthur community hosts non-Amish visitors for meals and overnight stays.”

    Do you have any information as to whether that is still the case, and if so, any contact information? My husband and I are planning a visit to Arthur next weekend and have tried to find that type of lodging, with no success. We have had the privilege of staying in Amish homes in Ohio and Pennsylvania and would love the chance to do the same in Arthur. I would certainly appreciate any information you might have.

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    • Comment on Illinois Amish (March 11th, 2013 at 07:33)

      Pam I just sent you an email on this.

      • Karen Benjamin
        Comment on Illinois Amish (October 29th, 2013 at 14:46)

        Meal in an Amish home

        Hello, I am a member of a sorority which studies various cultures; we would like to return to the Arthur area to experience a meal in an Amish home; the last time we did this we visited Mrs. Miller’s home and understand this is no longer an option. I read of a family serving meals; can you please direct me in finding them? Thanks, Karen

      • Frances Web
        Comment on Illinois Amish (October 30th, 2013 at 20:45)

        Amish stay

        I am also interested in the Amish family that hosts overnight stays. My husband and I are looking for a little getaway and this would be ideal. I would appreciate if you could send me the information as well.

      • Joann Bentson
        Comment on Illinois Amish (December 7th, 2013 at 15:20)

        nights and meals

        I would also like information on homes that offer their home for the night and also meals.

        thank you

  • Alicai
    Comment on Illinois Amish (May 8th, 2013 at 22:34)

    St. Peter/Vandalia Area Mennonite

    Is there a list of Amish Mennonite stores that are open in St. Peter area other than Zimmerman’s Greenhouse and the General store? I can’t seem to find a link and map that they used to have at the Vandalia Tourism Center. Any help is appreciated as I’m going there Saturday 5-11-13 from St. Louis. Thanks.

  • heather M
    Comment on Illinois Amish (August 28th, 2013 at 19:59)

    amish around salem?

    My husbands friend said he got home school books from the amish and other good around salem illinois.
    Do you happen to know of any around here?

  • Paula Mann
    Comment on Illinois Amish (September 25th, 2013 at 01:22)

    Vandalia IL

    I know there are Old Order Mennonites at Vandalia because a friend of ours drives bus loads of Old Order people from PA to IL for weddings and funerals. I will see if they can tell me anything. We have visited a church east of Mount Vernon (further south) but one of the ladies there told me if you want “plain shopping” you mostly have to go to Arthur, IL.
    We are moving to the Metro East area of IL, NE of St. Louis for a job transfer and sure wish there were more plain people closer. Church will be 100 mile drive for us probably.

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    • Paula Mann
      Comment on Illinois Amish (October 23rd, 2013 at 03:46)

      Reply to Alicai - Vandalia area

      If you contact the Tourism office in Vandalia, they have a brochure “Dutch Prairie Mennonite Shops” which they sent me. 24 shops and produce sellers who are 7 mi. south of Vandalia, and east of Hwy 51 in the Vernon/Shobonier/Augsburg/area most of them south of Zimmerman’s greenhouse. My next trip to IL, I plan to check this out. There is a nice assortment of businesses. There is another little town I was told about with shops, I think it was Campbell Hill, IL. If that is correct, it is southeast of Sparta along Route 4, and northwest of Carbondale.

      City of Vandalia
      Tourism Office
      431 West Gallatin St.
      Vandalia, IL 62471-2760
      phone 618-283-2728

      vandaliaillinois.com

      I hope this information is helpful.
      Paula

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  • Sue
    Comment on Illinois Amish (October 22nd, 2013 at 22:21)

    Arthur Amish

    In a comment from March it was mentioned that there is an Amish family that hosts overnight stays along with meals. I have been going to Arthur since I was a little girl and would love to stay with an Amish family. I have eaten at several homes but was not aware of anyone offering to let you stay overnight. I would appreciate if you could send me information on this.

  • Nate
    Comment on Illinois Amish (November 18th, 2013 at 14:08)

    Amish Built Barns

    I am looking to have a barn built in Northern Illinois (DeKalb area), and I am very interested in having the Amish build this barn. Does anyone have any suggestions as to whom I can contact within the Arthur Amish community or another Amish community in Northern Illinois?

    Thank you for your help!

    Nate

  • Gail will
    Comment on Illinois Amish (March 25th, 2014 at 22:08)

    Furniture

    Does anyone know if the Furniture store in Arthur makes bedroom suits? I am thinking of buying a birch wood one from Montanawoodworks.com but if I can get one here in my own state and help my own Amish folks, I would do that. No I am not Amish but I respect and admire the heck out of them!

    Also, about the custom quilting, how does that work? Do you give the pieces of clothing, pay for it and come back to pick up your quilt or do they mail it to you? ANY help would be much appreciated!

    Thanks for any help,
    Gail

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    • Comment on Illinois Amish (March 28th, 2014 at 11:46)

      Amish bedroom suites - Arthur, Illinois

      Gail there are many furniture businesses in Arthur area and bedroom suites are among the many things they make. There are a number of retail stores as well as Amish manufacturers in the area, and you should find bedrooms in many if not all of the retail places.

      Here is a list of furniture businesses in Arthur area, the ones listed as Amish may or may not sell retail, but the ones further down the Arthur part of the list are pretty much all retail stores around the Arthur area (Arthur, Arcola, Tuscola).

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

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    • Comment on Illinois Amish (March 28th, 2014 at 11:48)

      Custom Quilting

      As for custom quilting, not too sure, the way things work may depend on who you’re dealing with. I’d suggest just inquiring with the people you have in mind.

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