25 responses to Maine Amish
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    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

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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      Comment on i lived in nb (December 31st, 2011 at 14:24)

      i lived in nb

      i lived in nb and elmo was the pastor….i know the original settlers of main well

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    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.

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    Comment on How Amish decide to move to new places (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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    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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    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?

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    Comment on Photo credit (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.

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    Comment on Unity Maine (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,,,

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    Comment on Storage sheds (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 Number to Sturdi-Built Amish Sheds (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

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

    FOR SMYRNA SHEDS CALL 207-757-7265

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    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

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    Comment on amish america (April 11th, 2013 at 15:30)

    amish america

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

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    Comment on Welcome! (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.

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    Joe White
    Comment on Unity (October 23rd, 2013 at 20:40)


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

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    Harold Allen
    Comment on sheds (April 26th, 2014 at 11:20)


    I am looking for the phone number of the Amish store in Unity, Maine, specifically to inquire about storage sheds. Do you you have any information?
    Thank you.

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      Comment on Amish Community Store in Unity, Maine (April 26th, 2014 at 13:40)

      Amish Community Store in Unity, Maine

      Harold I believe this is the business you are looking for. According to another one of our readers this is also the number to an Amish-run metal roofing company.

      Community Market
      Grocery Store
      Unity, ME 04988
      (207) 948-4174

      If for some reason that doesn’t get you what you need, I’d bet the person on the other end will be able to help.


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    Janet Lance
    Comment on Where can I buy an Amish Bible (June 7th, 2014 at 18:27)

    Where can I buy an Amish Bible

    Are Amish Bible only for the Amish or can any English person read it?

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      Comment on Maine Amish (June 8th, 2014 at 10:40)

      Amish typically use the King James version for an English Bible, or the Martin Luther German Bible. Often they have a Bible which has one version on the left facing pages and the translation on the right. So you can definitely get ahold of the Bible(s) the Amish use.


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    Comment on Unity Storage Sheds (June 7th, 2014 at 21:36)

    Unity Storage Sheds

    Joas (correct spelling – pronounced “Joe”) Hochstetler
    Backyard Buildings
    tel:(207) 948-1980

    Great young guy. Hard working. Does beautiful work. Was just there last week and he had just finished a beautiful hunting cabin for someone.

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    Jason Laws of Amity, Maine
    Comment on Please Dig Beyond The Surface (June 10th, 2014 at 16:05)

    Please Dig Beyond The Surface

    Remeber that all that glitters is not gold – it might be fools gold. I used to be a member of the Old Order Amish in Smyrna ,Maine (and worked at Sturdi-bilt and Smyrna Sheds)and while there are many good things to remember, there are many things that are not good or right there. I just want to caution anyone who is looking to join, to please have your spritual eyes open and never close them to the truth of the Bible. So, I just wanted to speak my mind some and don’t want discourage anyone, but rather point them to Jesus.

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    Janet Lance
    Comment on Maine Amish (June 10th, 2014 at 20:11)

    Hello Jason my name is Janet.
    I am not looking to join, I was just interested in what type of bible was used as well as trying find home builders in the state of Maine because I would rather give the Amish my business. Their craftsmanship is the best I have ever seen, beautiful. I have land in Cooper and was seeking builders if any were interested in building a small one level home.

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