Thanks to everyone for another great year. It’s been over 11 years now since I fired up this site in November 2006, really having no idea at the time where posting my observations on the Amish might lead.
Thousands of posts and nearly 50,000 blog comments later, it’s been one of the most enriching things I’ve ever been a part of.
I hope that you have been able to find something here – whether it is a needed piece of info, insight, or a place to share your thoughts and experiences.
I always say the community adds a lot, so my sincere thanks for your contributions, for your comments, subscribes, and for coming back again and again. Some of you are new “faces” and some of you I know from years back.
The last week of December is tailor-made to review the previous year. So here are some standout posts from 2017 – either those that got the biggest response from you, or some of my personal favorites. I’ve organized these in 10 categories below.
I hope your 2017 was as good as it could be, and all best as we welcome 2018!
- The Amish of Canton, MO (42 Photos)
- Fly Over Lancaster County (Video)
- The Amish of Fort Fairfield, ME
- Texas’s Only Amish Community (21 Photos)
- Amish Farms of Holmes County (18 Photos)
- The Amish of Ethridge, TN (29 Photos)
- 8 States With a Single Amish Settlement
- The Amish of New Wilmington, PA (19 Photos)
Books & Media
Faith & Beliefs
- 5 Tips When Planning an Amish Wedding
- Amish Couple to Oprah: We are 100% Content (Video)
- Listen to Amish and Others Sing Church Hymns (Audio)
- What are “Amish Values”?
- Amish Couple Discuss the Role of Women (Audio)
- Amish 7th-Day Adventists?
- An “Amish-ish” Wedding: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Amish Population Up 100,000 Since 2007
- 12 Biggest Amish Settlements
- 10 States With The Largest Amish Populations
- Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents
- Swartzentruber Amish Create Unique Buggy Markings
- Horse Takes Empty Amish Buggy on 10-Mile Joyride
- Should Buggies Have License Plates?
- Should Buggies Have Seat Belts?
News, Issues & Controversies
- 13 Amish To Trial Over Manure Ordinance
- Salve-Maker Samuel Girod Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison
- Amish in the RV Industry
- Wildfire Wreaks Havoc on Montana Amish
- NYT: “In Amish Country, The Future Is Calling”
- Amish Gene Mutation May Extend Lifespan By 10 Years
- Inside an Amish Furniture Shop (Video)
- Watch an Amish Woman Make Brooms (Video)
- What Can You Buy at an Amish School Auction?
- Miller’s Bakery in Charm, Ohio (Video)
- Visit an Amish Basket Shop (Video)
Joining – and Leaving – the Amish
- Why Lorina Mast Left The Amish
- Marlene Miller’s Amish Convert Story
- 6 Best Things About Becoming Amish
- 5 Hard Things About Becoming – and Staying – Amish
- 2 Former Amish Women Share Their Stories
- Amish and Atheist?
- Inside a Swartzentruber Amish Home (Video)
- Amish Children Sing “The Ninety-Nine” (Video)
- Amish Foster Parenting
- Scenes From an Amish Barn Raising (Video)
- A Closer Look at Amish Taxi Driving
- Friend or Facebook Friend?