18 responses to Maine Amish

  • Comment on Maine Amish (October 24th, 2009 at 14:43)

    The use of English is probably a hangover from the Elmo Stoll days. Well, I guess his wife and boys are part of this, so why not? :-)
    And Ervin Hostetler, Elmo’s close friend.
    So, this community still carries the spirit of Elmo’s “reforms”. Mike

  • Rick
    Comment on Maine Amish (October 26th, 2009 at 14:09)

    It’s good to hear a little about the lesser known communities. I find it kind of odd that several states would come together to form a new group, unless they may have been an extended family getting back together. Same applies for Dover with a number of states contributing. Any thoughts?

  • Monica
    Comment on Maine Amish (October 26th, 2009 at 15:20)

    Always wondered if the spirit that drives this particular community to accept outsiders was instrumental in its creation. Smyrna’s Budget letter documents the comings and goings of visitors and potential converts, and it makes for interesting reading.

  • Comment on Maine Amish (October 29th, 2009 at 08:38)

    Ah, Hi Mike, thanks for chipping in some insider knowledge here. I remember some of our correspondence on this.

  • Comment on Maine Amish (October 29th, 2009 at 08:44)

    Monica that sounds like an interesting one. I’d be curious to learn that story.

  • Comment on Maine Amish (October 29th, 2009 at 08:42)

    How Amish decide to move to new places

    Hi Rick, you know I’d probably have to think about/research this a while yet before I could give a decent response. It’s actually not uncommon as you look back through settlement histories, and there are often family or other ties involved–in other cases in the past land agents would attempt to drum up interest in new areas by appealing to/advertising in various Amish communities, and early settlers to a new community might comment in the Budget and other publications in attempts to attract attention and new settlers in the interest of the settlement’s survival, and the Budget of course has a wide reach throughout Amish America.

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  • PM
    Comment on Maine Amish (October 29th, 2009 at 22:09)

    The ones that moved to Unity, ME from KY and MO were OO Hoover Mennonites. This Mennonite group and the Smyrna/Unity, Maine Amish have a similar vision, though the Hoover group is much more technologically conservative. The affinity between these two groups goes way back to when Smyrna, ME was a Christian Community settlement, and the entire CC movement under the leadership of Elmo Stoll was attempting to merge with the Hoover Mennonites. The merger never happened, and Smyrna, ME, after the disintegration of the CC’s, eventually became something like a New Order type Amish congregation. Both Smyrna and Unity have Amish and Mennonites from diverse backgrounds and a scattering of settlements, united in trying to fervently live out their faith as they see it.

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  • jordan
    Comment on Maine Amish (May 21st, 2010 at 16:37)

    I have felt the hand of god recently, and its as if i woke up one day and realized that all this stuff around me, materialistic and shallow, and all my friends, who are lazy and dont attend church, or believe in god, i dont want to bring my children up in this world. I am 22 and want to join the Amish, but i live in Maine, what can i do?

  • Comment on Maine Amish (June 7th, 2011 at 21:20)

    Photo credit

    Was lucky to be able to capture the Smyrna Amish settlement images and enjoy living with this industrious group. The spark, flavor they add to the area with their store, sale of painted metal, storage buidings and furniture.

    Comment on Maine Amish (September 15th, 2011 at 07:47)

    Unity Maine

    go see Ervin Hochstetler in Unity Maine,,, or Crist Hilty in Smyrna Maine,, also look for a Stephen Petre in Smyrna Mills, Maine,,,,
    but be cautious,, and slow,,,

  • Dayna
    Comment on Maine Amish (September 17th, 2011 at 14:31)

    Storage sheds

    Does anyone know the number for the storage sheds? I live in Knox a few towns away and occasionally see amish family members traveling on bicycle, horseback, or horse drawn wagons and farm equipment and would really like to support them and their beliefs by purchasing a shed from them…

    A little off subject but we bought a Holstein from Aglahoma farm (our neighbors) that was supposed to be food and is now a loved family pet =/ I suppose that should have been expected seeming we raised him from a few hours old!!

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    • Jim Russell
      Comment on Maine Amish (December 13th, 2012 at 17:52)

      Number to Sturdi-Built Amish Sheds

      The contact info for Amish sheds is as follows:

      Sturdi-Built Storage buildings, LLC
      2587 U.S. Route 2
      Smyrna, Maine 04780


      Office hours are Mon, Tue, Wed, & Fri. 9am to 5 pm

  • Nelson
    Comment on Maine Amish (September 23rd, 2011 at 20:03)

    FOR SMYRNA SHEDS CALL 207-757-7265

  • Nelson
    Comment on Maine Amish (September 23rd, 2011 at 20:07)

    JORDAN, WHERE IN MAINE ARE YOU??? Crist Hilty in Smyrna Mills Maine, at the pioneer Place on U S 2

  • Comment on Maine Amish (April 11th, 2013 at 15:30)

    amish america

    was interested in your sheds …wanted to know how large and estimated cost…thank You

  • Joe
    Comment on Maine Amish (June 2nd, 2013 at 23:21)


    Welcome aboard my Christian brothers and sisters. At least you people live and abide by the book, and follow the law to a T.

  • Joe White
    Comment on Maine Amish (October 23rd, 2013 at 20:40)


    Does anyone know how to get in contact witht he Unity community in Maine?

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