31 responses to Indiana Amish
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    Comment on Parke County Amish Variety Store (June 24th, 2014 at 07:31)

    Parke County Amish Variety Store

    Thank you Don. It has grown by 2 or 3 districts since I was there 10 years ago.

    Parke County is famed for its covered bridges, which is evident by the domain name for the county visitors’ commission website: coveredbridges.com.

    I was only there briefly so didn’t see many of them, but it apparently has 31 of an original 53 bridges remaining, supposedly the most of any county.

    I’ll go ahead and put the info for the business you stopped at, for anyone who might want it.

    Swarey’s Variety Store
    3767 N 100 E
    Marshall, IN 47859
    Phone: (812) 653-9490

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    Comment on Indiana Amish (September 28th, 2014 at 12:50)

    I live on a road in Paoli, Indiana and see a lot of nice Amish pass by house. We were told there was an Amish store with as lot of great food etc passed our house but have yet to find it. Do you know any Amish food stores in Paoli? Please help

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      Al in Ky
      Comment on Indiana Amish (September 28th, 2014 at 19:27)

      Anita — In the Paoli area, there are two groups of Amish — the
      Swartzentruber Amish and the “Paoli Amish”. The Swartzentruber
      group is north and mostly west of Paoli, concentrated around CR 500 N and CR 200 W. To get to Petershiems Variety, turn west on 500 N. and go about three miles.
      There used to be a sign stating “Variety and Harness Shop Stores”
      on the corner where you turned south, but I’m not sure the sign is
      still up. On 500 N. you will see signs on several Amish farms listing things for sale — like felt hats, eggs, firewood, etc. Stop at one of those and ask how to get to Petershiems. It’s not far from those other farms.

      In the Paoli Amish settlement, I don’t know of any Amish store as
      such, but if you go up Lynd School Road off Hwy 56, there are a couple of farms that sell produce/syrup/honey,etc.

      If you’re ever over Daviess County way, there are several good Amish stores there. Also in Washington County at Rosebud is an
      Amish Salvage Food/Bulk Food/Variety Items store. Friendly people,
      easy to talk with.

      Hope this helps! You don’t live far from several good Amish stores.

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    Mike Caron
    Comment on Free ride between Amish communities along a Kansas to Maine (and return) route (January 16th, 2015 at 11:38)

    Free ride between Amish communities along a Kansas to Maine (and return) route

    I am driving from Lawrence, Kansas to Holmes County, Ohio stopping there to visit my brother in Millersburg before driving on to Freedom, Maine, which is beside the new Amish communities in Thorndike and Unity. I am not asking any monetary compensation, and would be willing to drive a bit out of my way to pick up as many as three passengers for any leg of the trip or return. My departure date from Kansas is Wednesday January 28th and I will be leaving Maine on February 9th. Of course severe weather could slightly delay or modify those plans. Anyone in a position to pass on this invitation to Amish communities generally along this route or who have suggestions about how I might make this offer available to interested Amish who would like to travel to any of the communities generally between these destinations please respond and I will share contact information and character reference if desired. This is being posted in several state listings between Maine and Kansas.

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    Comment on Indiana Amish (January 28th, 2015 at 15:03)

    Hi Erik, wonderful post about the home community of my mother in Daviess County and a great website.

    Thank you so much for your committment to accuracy in writing about the Amish. That being said, this historian has a very small quibble about the difference between Swiss Amish and Pennyslvania Dutch Amish. You are correct that Swiss Amish are distinct because they immigrated directly from Switzerland. The Pennsylvania Dutch Amish are not originally from France and Germany however! They also all originited in the Swiss Cantons of Zurich or Bern, but had moved to Germany or the then German regions of today’s France as refugees. Apparently intermarriage or conversion in these temporary homes was negligible.

    This intermediate stop in southern Rhine area of Germany and Alsace is partly responsible for the southeast German influence on the Pennsylvania Dutch language. The other element is of course the “Fancy Dutch”, or the Protestant and Catholic German settlers in Pennsylvania. The Amish used to be a small minority of Pennsylvania Dutch speakers.

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      Comment on Indiana Amish (January 29th, 2015 at 12:06)

      Thanks Jadon, I appreciate the kind words. And thanks for raising this point.

      In the text above, I don’t think I explicitly say they were originally from France/Germany, though I don’t think I used the best wording.

      I do use the term “ancestry” though to reference those countries, (“with ancestry in France, Germany and elsewhere”) which is more vague. I believe that when I wrote this article I did that to reflect where their ancestors lived before emigrating to North America, and not necessarily their ethnicity, even though as you note their origins go back further.

      Since the focus of this page is Indiana Amish and this is just a brief side note and not meant to explain PA German Amish from a historical standpoint I just cut it to prevent confusion. There are certainly other sources and articles available elsewhere that will explain that history much better. Thanks for the quibble.

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    Comment on This is true! (March 14th, 2015 at 08:54)

    This is true!

    From the article above: “Daviess County Amish speak with a distinct southern twang that is instantly noticeable when members move to other communities. Daviess County Amish also have a reputation for friendliness. Even Amish in other communities in Indiana and elsewhere comment on the congenial nature of Daviess County Amish, a fact which holds true on meeting the locals”.

    I have had the opportunity to speak to two Amish business owners from Daviess County, IN within the past couple of weeks. The first thing that I noticed was that their accents were very flat to southern. Nothing like I have ever heard from any Amish person that I have spoken with before.

    The next thing that I noticed was how congenial they both were. I’d say that not only are they the friendliest Amish that I have ever encountered; they very well may be the friendliest two people that I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with. I had told my wife that I was going to be on the phone with one of them for “just a couple of minutes”. When I got off the phone I looked at my cellphone and I had talked with him just a few seconds short of 50 minutes! I almost NEVER stay on the phone for that long.

    Time flies when you are having a conversation with someone that you can really relate to I guess. (We even found out that we have relatives with the same last name in our respective maternal family tree & they were even from the same part of Europe … The Alsace)

    We will be in Daviess County for several days this summer for Horse Progress Days in early July. I am really looking forward to meeting these two gentlemen in person.

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      Comment on Indiana Amish (March 15th, 2015 at 15:54)

      Great story Oldkat. I found the people there especially friendly too, glad to hear from others that I wasn’t off here 🙂 http://amishamerica.com/5-friendliest-amish-communities/

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    Gretchen Troyer Harman
    Comment on Ohio Amish (March 25th, 2015 at 10:44)

    Ohio Amish

    Which communities specifically came from Ohio? My ancestors moved from Holmes County to Indiana. My gr gr grandfather left the order before moving on to Missouri. I’d love to connect with anyone that shares our family tree.

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    Pat Uhrick
    Comment on Tours (May 28th, 2015 at 20:57)


    Do any of the Amish Farms in Adams or Allen County open their homes/farms for tours?

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      Comment on Indiana Amish (May 29th, 2015 at 03:26)

      Not in Adams county and it’s even less likely in Allen county. Allen county tends to be more suspicious of outsiders than Adams county. If you want to learn more about the Adams county Amish and perhaps build a relationship that would end in a home tour, I’d recommend you visit Schwartz’s shoe store. The owner is a 74 year old deacon named John Schwartz. John is a wonderful person, very friendly, open to outsiders and I’d have no problems showing up at his little store and telling him you want to learn more about the Amish there on berne. Within The Adams County community there are two primary divisions, one being more conservative than the other. I usually just look to see if there are kitchen cabients, and that tells me what division they are in. There are several subgroups there, so I am over simplifying it. I find Adams county much more interseting the Allen county. Allen county tends to be much more affluent with a level of technology that in some ways eclipses the large settlement of Elkhart-lagrange. For example it’s not unusual to be visiting in Allen county and have an Amish person pull a cell phone out of their pocket to take a call. While Adams county is far more conservative, they don’t even have phones and correspondence is done by mail. Adams county uses oil lamps, outhouses, no freezers, no running water in the house sans a hand pump, dry sinks, etc. we also find the people of Adams county to be much more inviting. I hope you have an opportunity to them. The Clocktower Inn has an Amish business listing on their website where you can find the address for Schwartzs Show store.

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      Comment on Nolt Family Dinner Haus (May 29th, 2015 at 18:52)

      Nolt Family Dinner Haus

      Pat, the closest thing I know is

      Nolt Family Dinner Haus
      12530 Cuba Road
      Grabill, IN 46741
      Phone: (260) 466-4224
      Open Friday and Saturday for dinner (evening).
      Nolt’s is a working farm with many buildings. They serve people in a converted buggy shed next to their home.
      Owner David Nolt is Amish, formerly a plain Mennonite.
      Maybe you could call ahead to see if they still offer buggy rides.

      In Dec. 2013, a reviewer said:
      “David and Barb Nolt, along with other family members and Amish community members strive to provide a genuine atmosphere and delicious home cooked meals on their family farm at Cuba and Trammel road. While Barb manages the guests and workers inside, David will gladly give a buggy ride for a nominal fee or show you his horses in the barns. Their daughter Mary May has made the many pies and deserts fresh the same day they are served from scratch using family recipes. For many years the family and workers would stop at 8:00 PM and gather in the back room to sing favorite songs A Capella with their beautiful voices for those who are still eating the meal. It was a time to rest and share in the love of Jesus through song. Whether you want to serve yourself with the Buffet or order something off the menu, they have plenty of meat and garden fresh entrees available to satisfy even the hungriest appetites. ”

      (Nolt Family Dinner Haus yodeling :29)

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        Shipshewana Indiana
        Comment on Indiana Amish (May 29th, 2015 at 21:02)


        Thanks for sharing the information. I’m curious about David Nolt. Do you know if he had been a member of the Wenger Mennonites from the a goshen area? I know there are some Nolts among the Wengers. I’d be interested to hear how he ended up as an OOA in Allen County. Do you know any more about his story?

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          Comment on David Nolt (June 3rd, 2015 at 18:20)

          David Nolt

          Shipshewana, yes, at one time David was with the Mennonites from the Goshen area. Then he drove taxi for the Amish, and that is how he met his wife.

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    Kathy Arnold
    Comment on genealogy (June 7th, 2015 at 19:58)


    I am looking for information regarding how to research Amish ancestors in Daviess County and Allen County, specifically Amish immigrants from France (Allen County). Thanks.

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    Comment on Amish groceries near Chicagoland (July 30th, 2015 at 13:06)

    Amish groceries near Chicagoland

    I enjoyed getting my groceries from Amish stores, but I live now in Chicago. Does anyone know of areas near the northern IL-IN border that sells Amish food products, produce, etc.? Thank you.

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      Comment on Amish products near Chicago (July 30th, 2015 at 14:26)

      Amish products near Chicago


      Nathanel Stutzman from Arthur takes a load of locally produced farm products to the Chicago area on a regular basis. I believe customers can place their order ahead of time and meet him at the drop off location. His number is 217-254-0042. He may have access to email at stutzmanfamilyfarm@gmail.com. Nathanel is a great guy.


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      Comment on Amish at Chicago markets (August 17th, 2015 at 06:17)

      Amish at Chicago markets

      Martina, you are within about 2 hours of Shipshewana in Northern Indiana.

      Rise ‘N Roll Bakery from Middlebury, IN, goes to some Chicago Farmer’s Markets:

      Amish Markets in Illinois:

      Amish people from Indiana take their baked goods to three Wednesday farmers markets in the Chicago suburbs:

      (Palos Heights Farmer’s Market, Yoder Bakery)

      (Oak Lawn)

      (Riverside Farmers Market, Yoder’s Bakery)

      Granola picture:

      Apple Pie:

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    wendell troyer
    Comment on john y. miller. (August 4th, 2015 at 16:08)

    john y. miller.

    looking for descendants of him. died in 1924 maybe middlebury. I have a book that was his about Jacob denner. printed in 1751. any interest or ideas what todo with it. any amish from his line yet?

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      Comment on Amish History Library / Historian (August 4th, 2015 at 18:25)

      Amish History Library / Historian

      Yes! Call Floyd Miller 260-463-2401 ext 1. Floyd is the local Amish historian and is the curator of the Amish historical Library of northern indiana.

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        wendell troyer
        Comment on john y miller (August 29th, 2015 at 17:17)

        john y miller

        so he may be interested in the book or other books I may have. Jacob gashos song book from west branch mi.?

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          Comment on Indiana Amish (August 29th, 2015 at 18:53)

          Quite possibly. The Amish historical Library here maintains a collection of Amish Geneology books and historical artifacts (song books, bibles, letters, clothes, personal items) that have been donated to the library. There are many local Amish historians/collectors, but the library exists for the benefit of the community and those wanting to research their Amish Geneology. Floyd is very knowledgeable and would be happy to help you to research john y. Miller. I’m sure he can point you in the right direction.

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            Comment on ephraim j. s. miller (August 30th, 2015 at 13:42)

            ephraim j. s. miller

            I guess the man could also give info on Ephraim miller and maybe there is a book out there of his offspring. I guess next time I go through shipshe I need to find him. thanks.

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              Comment on Indiana Amish (August 30th, 2015 at 17:16)

              Take SR5 south of shipshewana and turn left (east) on 100S, that’s the road with the New Eden Care Center on the corner. Continue several miles east, perhaps 4-5 miles and you will see a set of buildings on the north side of the road and signs saying CreekSide wheel shop and another that says quality metal. Ask for Floyd. If you get lost just ask for Curve Roy’s Floyd. Anyone in the area will know who you are looking for.

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    Johnny West
    Comment on Amish in Crawford County (April 2nd, 2016 at 22:34)

    Amish in Crawford County

    There are quite a few Amish in one community in Crawford County, east of Grantsburg. I have done business with one family there, purchased wood and had furniture made. I believe they had originally split off from a group (either Wisconson or Iowa, can’t remember which) and were living on an old chicken farm while building several houses, one at a time. There is a harness and leather maker, furniture maker, felt hat maker and more, and of course, produce and the like. Good people, very honest to deal with.

    I also have done business with Mr. Mose Yoder northwest of Paoli, he makes flooring from many types of wood. Good guy, very honest with great prices on raw wood flooring and trim. It’s not perfect stuff, but for the price you can’t beat it and there is always extra thrown in. He used to have a sign out on 37, but when they did construction to widen it, they took it down and it has not been up since. His “flooring” sign is still on 500 N. however. One of that same community, Sammie Miller, made all the doors for my new house. He is right on 500 N. and makes outdoor furniture from cedar, cutting boards and baskets, also a good person.

    I would rather do business with the Amish. Trustworthy and good prices.

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    Betty Mclevey
    Comment on For older ladies. (August 20th, 2016 at 16:53)

    For older ladies.

    My friend and I need to know about Amish near Richmond In. We are in our 70s and need somewhere that is easy to get to closest to Indianapolis and able to get back home without spending the night . Also my daughter is 50 but had heart surgery 6 years ago ( Aorta Valve replaced and had a stroke at the same time) We all use a cane or walker but would love to shop where things are made with Love. Hope you can help. We would be using I-70 east.

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    Comment on Wayne County Amish (August 20th, 2016 at 20:50)

    Wayne County Amish

    Take 70 towards Richmond, then turn north on highway 27 towards fountain city. On the south side of fountain city is an Amish bulk foods store called Fountain City Acres. Great place to buy a deli sandwich and the Amish workers could post you to other Amish run businesses in the area. Hope you enjoy your visit!

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    Comment on Newburgh, IN (October 30th, 2016 at 19:43)

    Newburgh, IN

    Are there any Amish Communitys near Newburgh, IN? I have seen some Amish gentleman stopping by for food at McDonalds but I haven’t been there for awhile. I am interested in finding about about their communities

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      Kathy Arnold
      Comment on Newburgh IN (October 31st, 2016 at 18:57)

      Newburgh IN

      Hi Jennifer, I also live in Newburgh and I have Amish heritage. There are no Amish communities in Warrick County. However, you may have seen some around Newburgh, because the Stolls and Grabers have booths at the Farmers Markets from May through September in Newburgh and Evansville.You also may have seen workers from Graber Post or cabinet makers. All would be from Daviess County Indiana.

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    Martin Maddon
    Comment on Becoming a shed dealer (January 16th, 2017 at 09:44)

    Becoming a shed dealer

    Hello Mike,

    I would like to become an Amish Shed dealer in northern Indiana, who might I contact?

    Thank you!

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