94 responses to Michigan Amish
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    Comment on Michigan Amish (September 13th, 2010 at 14:06)

    Great article and bodes well for the whole series! As a Michigan resident, I found this a fascinating article and coincides with my own limited experience with the Amish of our state. Thanks!

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (September 13th, 2010 at 14:23)

    Appreciate that Kevin! For me the State Guide is a great chance to explore Amish settlements outside of the best-known ones in PA, OH, and Indiana (but will be covering those too, of course).

    I have covered Amish communities from time to time on the blog, including ones in Michigan. But I’m looking forward to having a comprehensive guide to Amish communities in all states, all in one place.

    First batch of states coming soon!

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      Sister Sara
      Comment on Amish in Engadine, Mackinac County, Michigan (June 1st, 2013 at 21:41)

      Amish in Engadine, Mackinac County, Michigan

      I wanted to comment on the article about the new Amish Settlement in Engadine, MI. I’ve gotten to know quite a few of the Amish here in Mackinac County. 99% of them are very honest, hardworking people. I would like to warn others that just like any other group of folks, there can be a bad apple in every bunch. There is one particular Amish person who installs metal roofing. I would like to caution everyone that just because they are “Amish” does not always mean that they are honest. (This is very sad to say, because as I stated above, 99% of them are just that!) I was a victim of this ‘roofer’, never double checking, because I wanted to believe that they are all honest & are not the type to take advantage of anyone, but it is not so with this particular ‘roofer’! So PLEASE, BUYER BEWARE! If the chance exists for this ‘roofer’ to take advantage of you, you can BE SURE that he will! Other than this one ‘Bad Apple’, I have to say that all the rest of the Amish folks in this new community are very honest, hard working & VERY HELPFUL to their fellow man. If it were possible to ‘become’ Amish, I would in a heartbeat! After metting & becoming friends with many in the little communtiy, I’ve found that their religious beliefs make more sense to me than any other ‘religion’ that I’ve been able to find in out ‘English’ world throughout my lifetime! I completely enjoy their friendshihp & learning the more ‘natural’ ways they have of doing many types of things. GREAT PEOPLE! So if you happen to come face to face with any Amish, PLEASE don’t stare or be rude, like a LOT of people can be! They are people with feelings just like us & don’t enjoy being stared at or made fun of, which I’ve seen happen on numerous occasions when I’ve taken them shopping in some of our bigger cities. (For instance, to Walmart in the Soo at Christmas time). I was embarrassed that I was a member of a race “the English” as the Amish refer to us, that was so blatantly rude & obnoxious!

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      Danielle Autumn Stetler
      Comment on Michigan Amish (October 22nd, 2013 at 18:46)

      I’m looking for A log business in Colon Michigan and I can’t seem to find it??
      Please help!

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (September 13th, 2010 at 19:37)

    Thanks for this very informative article! I’m also from MI and I really enjoyed seeing something about the Amish in my state. I looked for the Amish community closer to us but didn’t see them listed – we board our dairy cow with an Amish family in Osceola county. There are also a number of Amish families (but I’m not sure how many) in Wexford county near my mother-in-law’s house.

    Really enjoy the blog and the Amish State Guide is a great addition!

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    Comment on Amish in Osceola County, Michigan (September 13th, 2010 at 23:55)

    Amish in Osceola County, Michigan

    Thank you Kristen, I do appreciate it. You are right of course that there are Amish in Osceola County.

    In fact, there are 4 separate settlements in Osceola County, most of them just a single church district (LeRoy, Hersey, Evart/Sears, and also at Marion-2 districts). I do not know what affiliation those groups are, unfortunately.

    And the Wexford County settlement you mention is 2 districts.

    Michigan has been a ripe area for settlement by Amish, so you do see these smaller communities across the state.

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      Karen Barrett
      Comment on Michigan Amish (October 16th, 2013 at 18:57)

      Michigan Amish

      I once received giant whole chickens/turkeys via my cousin who lived in Big Rapids. She is no longer available……I don’t know where she got them, but I know it was from an Amish community probably fairly close by. Does anyone know where that might have been? I would travel from the Detroit suburbs just to be able to get those wonderful birds. Thanks

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        Sherry Halverson
        Comment on Amish Turkeys & Chickens (November 15th, 2014 at 18:53)

        Amish Turkeys & Chickens

        There are quite a few Amish near Big Rapids. although I live in the U.P. I have been down State to some of these places (I have some close friends in the Amish Community) There is a settlement in Stanwood, Lakeview, Six Lakes amoung others. I will contact an Amish friend there. How many are you looking for? (Turkey’s & Chickens?) I can eventually get you intouch with some Amish nearby you that you can probably get them from in the future….

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      farm boy 420
      Comment on amish in michigan (November 15th, 2014 at 01:36)

      amish in michigan

      The Amish groups u mentioned in the Marion area are typical old order Amish I think most of them migrated from Ohio and Indiana also other area in Michigan I last heard they have 3 districts and are looking for a new are to start a sister group to any one looking to vist a large settlement in Michigan I would suggeust visiting the Clare / loomis area their are 8 church districts in that area and 3 different sect one of which is Swartentruber the other is old order amish the 3rd group actually a sub group called “Amish- Mennonites they are more progress form of Amish they use tractors for farming and have indoor plumbing and but still do not allow cars or electric the Amish in that area body year quilt auctions and also livestock and draft horse auction which draw large crowds

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (September 14th, 2010 at 14:48)

    Great information article. I am very interested to read about the different Amish groups in the different states. I’m from Florida and know there are some Amish in Sarasota.

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (September 14th, 2010 at 14:53)

    Thank you Theresa. You are right there is an Amish community in Sarasota called Pinecraft. Many of these Amish are retirees or vacationers, and Amish here do not drive buggies, in favor of large tricycles. I will cover this community when I release the Florida Amish state guide (coming up soon).

    Florida will be sounding especially good in a couple of months (especially if you happen to live in a state like Michigan!)

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (September 28th, 2010 at 23:00)

    Erik, just a thought, ever think about adding small maps to the different amish settlements that you talk about. It would be nice if you could identify more clearly with the area, maybe on a small map of the state. I’m familiar with the Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania amish areas, but the others, not some much until I google the area. Thanks, we really enjoy your site. Just a thought…

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (September 30th, 2010 at 23:56)

    Hey Marie, great thought on the more detailed map for each state. It crossed my mind as well and it is definitely a possibility.

    I’d need to figure out the best way to do it to do it justice. I am first going to get the State Guide out in full but will continue to work on tweaking it, so this may well find its way into version 2.0 :)

    Thanks a lot for the comment by the way, I love to hear feedback like this!

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (October 4th, 2010 at 11:18)

    Revisiting the Michigan section I thought I would let you know that another good reference for Michigan is a small book published by Michigan State University called “Amish in Michigan” by Gertrude Huntington. Its part of their “Discovering the people of Michigan” series.

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (October 5th, 2010 at 12:23)

    Hey Kevin, whoops, thanks for reminding me about that one, I did leave it out. I have included it in the resource list.

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      Comment on Amish auction and Flea Market in Clare (May 11th, 2014 at 15:06)

      Amish auction and Flea Market in Clare

      Hey Erik: I would like to tell you that every year i go with my wife to the Amish flea market in Clare michigan. And it is a great place to go, and if you go on Sat just make sure that you come early or you wont be able to find a parking place. I am from Texas but have been living in Michigan for the last 12 years. And every year i look forward to going to Clare for the Auction and Flea Market.

      the amish are a great bunch of people.

      thanks rick from bay city michigan

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        Comment on Clare MI Amish (May 14th, 2014 at 16:20)

        Clare MI Amish

        Thanks for stopping by and sharing that Rick. It confirms my impression that people like visiting the Amish at Clare and the various events that are held there. Next time I’m visiting Amish in that part of the country I’ll need to think about going up to Clare.

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          Comment on Michigan Amish (May 29th, 2014 at 17:29)

          The Amish have moved to my road in Harrison, MI
          I need to be educated as to some of the things they are doing that if I were to do, I would be turned in to the county. Fences are built too close to the road. Outhouses and chimneys sticking out of windows. Horses tied to trees on the road. Not trying to cause problems, just want to know what they can and cannot do.

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            Sherry Halverson
            Comment on Amish Rules (November 15th, 2014 at 18:57)

            Amish Rules

            You should contact someone at your township. They are required to abide by the same laws we are, when it comes to things like you mentioned. The State of Michigan has quide lines also, which I would imagine you could find on Michigan.gov

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        Comment on Yoder's Quilt Auction and Flea Market (May 14th, 2014 at 17:48)

        Yoder's Quilt Auction and Flea Market

        Rick, you may be interested in this article about a shuttle for Yoder’s Quilt Auction & Flea Market in Clare, Michigan. “Clare Transit to offer all day rides during Amish auction.”


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        Comment on Amish (September 24th, 2014 at 09:01)


        I am from Texas as well. My wife & I are looking to relocate to Michigan next summer. You are right, the Amish are a wonderful group of people! We look forward to those flea markets/auctions as well as meeting some Amish up there.

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (November 30th, 2010 at 18:41)

    Hi Erik,
    Under the communities that failed you have Vestaburg, MI on there as a failed community. I have 2 penpals that live in Vestaburg/Riverdale, MI and there are about 5 or 6 families in their church district. A few from our church have also moved from there in recent years. I wasn’t sure if I read it wrong or not but just to clear things up there are Amish in Vestaburg, MI. Sorry if I’m just “nit-picking” here I’m not trying to be a bother I promise! Kate

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    Comment on Amish at Vestaburg, Michigan (November 30th, 2010 at 18:55)

    Amish at Vestaburg, Michigan

    Sure thing Kate, thanks for mentioning it. This is actually just another case of two separate settlements existing at different times in the same area. You see that occasionally, there is a community in upstate New York with a similar story.

    The current one you mention also located at Vestaburg was founded the year after (2007) the one I mention went extinct. I believe this is just a single church district, but don’t know much about what affiliation this group is (but maybe you do)?

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (November 30th, 2010 at 20:06)

    Oh ok I get what you’re saying. They’re considered 2 separate churches because at one point there was no Amish there, right? That would make sense. As for their affiliation they’re Old Order Amish. As far as I know there are 5 or 6 families there and they just had enough pupils for a school. Small but growing :-) Thanks for such a quick response!

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (November 30th, 2010 at 21:56)

    Are any the Amish in any of these communities trying to earn money by breeding dogs?

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      Sherry Halverson
      Comment on Amish Breeding Dogs (November 15th, 2014 at 19:03)

      Amish Breeding Dogs

      If they are, I would think twice before buying a puppy. (I live near & know the Amish in the U.P. pretty well) They do not vaccinate their dogs nor take them to a vet. Their idea of castration is a rubber band. If you are really interested in a puppy, I would definitely take said puppy for a vet exam & tests BEFORE buying. This is not meant to be negative, just reasonable. I have worked with dogs for 35+ years (as a Vet Tech) & I would not want a puppy with any type of disease, genetic defect, not to mention Distemper, Parvo, etc, etc. There are a few Amish who treat their dogs as pets, but most are not treated that well. I’ve seen Amish owned dogs with broken legs dangling, which were never treated & never put out of it’s misery

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    Mary Miller
    Comment on Michigan Amish (February 8th, 2011 at 16:11)

    I had the opportunity last weekend to visit Amish relatives in a settlement near McBain, MI (SE of Cadillac). I understood there are two church districts there. Then we came home via the New Order Amish settlement in Rosebush (in Isabella Co., where I have another cousin.

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (February 25th, 2011 at 19:26)

    I was wondering how i would find some amish pen pals….i use ti have some, but moved and no longer have there address..denki

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    jan schmidt
    Comment on Michigan Amish (March 14th, 2011 at 10:56)

    I recently met an Amish family from Mio, Michigan while waiting in the University of Michigan Hospital. A member of each of our families was having surgery. We sat and talked, laughed and learned a little bit about each of our lives. We did not even exchange names and for that I feel so badly. A young married Amish girl was in a mini van that was rear ended and she was seriously injured. She lost the baby that she was carrying. This beautiful, gentle family truly touched my heart. I am sorry I didn’t find out more information about them…I would so much like to help…..it has been a hugh expense for them to travel and stay 185 miles from their home…..this was an experience I will never forget….

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    Mary Fred
    Comment on Comment for Jan Schmidt (June 28th, 2011 at 20:09)

    Comment for Jan Schmidt

    This is in reply to Jan Schmidt on the accident of the young woman. I come from that area and know the lady that got hurt. she is confined to a wheelchair and is paralyzed for life.

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      Comment on friend (January 15th, 2012 at 20:04)


      The lady u talk about . What made u speak of her an how close are u with the family .an how life treat her as her family.

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      Jean Junkin
      Comment on Amish Accident (February 22nd, 2012 at 13:34)

      Amish Accident

      In August of 2011 we were in a horrible car accident near Ann Arbor. It was a chain reaction of several rear end collisions. One of the vans that got hit from behind was filled with Amish women. This young woman hopefully wasn’t in that accident. There were 8 ambulances needed for this accident.

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      Rose Clapp
      Comment on Wanting to help... (April 19th, 2012 at 09:57)

      Wanting to help...

      This is for Mary Fred…you wrote of the young woman that was badly hurt in a van accident and is now in a whell chair. Is there anything I can do to help her? please let me know…Peddlepusher214@aol.com =))

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    Comment on Central Michigan population (July 19th, 2011 at 18:12)

    Central Michigan population


    I am trying to research the population of Amish in Central Michigan. Can anyone point me in the right direction or help? Thanks!

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      Comment on How to estimate Amish populations (July 25th, 2011 at 14:20)

      How to estimate Amish populations

      Hi Leah, there is a guide called Raber’s Almanac which lists Amish settlements fairly comprehensively, including the number of church districts (it’s not complete, but fairly close). Using Raber’s and an average number of congregants per district you’d be able to figure out an estimate. You’d need to pinpoint what groups you are specifically talking about first of course.

      Here’s a post on Raber’s, including info on how to order it in the comments section: http://amishamerica.com/rabers-amish-almanac/

      Hope that helps!

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    Lee Ann
    Comment on Michigan Amish (August 11th, 2011 at 07:35)

    looking forward to the state guide on Amish communities! I have visited the Amish in MN, Iowa,and PA. Will be visiting the Amish community in CO. Would love to visit the Amish in Indiana sometime as this is where my husband is from. I also would love to have an Amish pen-pal if you can help me out Erik.

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    Comment on Bulk Groceries (August 16th, 2011 at 12:13)

    Bulk Groceries

    I am looking for some Amish bulk grocery/markets in the Thumb area? Is there a list somewhere for that?

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      Comment on Bulk Store in Thumb (May 21st, 2013 at 08:30)

      Bulk Store in Thumb

      Angela, You can find Country View Bulk Foods operated by Mennonites just north of Marlette area, it is located on Germania Rd. off M-53 north of Marlette. They have expanded from their backyard to a large newly built store and I highly recommend the raspberry pie, but come early and enjoy!

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        Comment on Bulk (May 21st, 2013 at 08:37)


        Correction to directions: On Germania road off M-46 near M-53

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    Comment on Markets (August 16th, 2011 at 12:15)


    I am looking for some Amish grocery/markets in the Thumb area. Is there a list somewhere?

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      Comment on Michigan Amish (August 19th, 2011 at 11:34)

      Angela – There are no Amish bulk grocery/markets in the Thumb area that I am aware of and I have been to most all of their small businesses and such. The Amish communities here around Marlette and Cass City are not like they are in Ohio or Indiana and also much smaller and quieter…

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        Comment on Michigan Amish (March 31st, 2014 at 11:48)

        There is an Amish grocery/bulk store in Sanilac county. There is a large and vibrant Amish community in the Sanilac/Tuscola area of Michigan.

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    Comment on want to visit (August 19th, 2011 at 11:02)

    want to visit

    I would like to visit an amish comunity, im in Lansing what is the nearest??

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      Comment on Michigan Amish (August 19th, 2011 at 11:47)

      cristina – depends on how far you want to travel and what Amish you want to see. If you want to see the Amish in an circus environment then head south on 69 to US12 and go west to Sturgis and head south from there to Indiana (take you about 1-1/2 hrs).

      If you want to drive around to see them living everyday stuff then head out to the thumb around Cass City and Marlette or go North towards Rosebush and Clare area… There is a small grouping down around Hillsdale also.

      Other areas are Blanchard, Bloomingdale, Bronson, Camden, Carson City, Centreville, Charlotte, Coral, Evart, Fremont, Gladwin, Hale, Hersey, Homer, Leroy, Manton, Marion, McBain, Mio, Newaygo, Osseo, Ossineke, Quincy, Scottville, Six Lakes…

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (August 19th, 2011 at 11:55)

    Closest to Lansing would probably be the Charlotte/Vermontville community (west from Potterville). There is a larger community north in the Clare area, also another north of Gladwin, and then another between Gladwin, Clare and Beaverton. Between Six Lakes and Lakeview there are more! Between Brown City and Marlette are more and then between Cass City and Ubly. There are numerous communities in Branch and Hillsdale counties near the MI/OH/IN area. There are several small New Order communities north of Grand Rapids. There are a lot of Amish in Michigan!

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (August 19th, 2011 at 12:31)

    If you go to the Charlotte area Amish there is J & L Country Store at 5757 W Kinsel Hwy. – they sell jams, jellies, cheese, bulk foods, etc. or go to Sunrise Candle Shop at 3897 W Greshham Hwy – sells candles, lotions, etc.

    Around Clare area you’ll find more of that type…

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      Comment on looking for Amish Pumpkins (September 26th, 2011 at 09:48)

      looking for Amish Pumpkins

      I am looking for an Amish Grower/Farmer that would have the capacity to ship truck loads of Pumpkins. I am working with a customerin NJ. If not for this year, then for next years season.
      Hope somebody can point me in the right direction.
      Thank you, Sylvia

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        Sherry Halverson
        Comment on Amish Pumpkins (November 15th, 2014 at 19:13)

        Amish Pumpkins

        I am looking for an Amish Grower/Farmer that would have the capacity to ship truck loads of Pumpkins. I am working with a customerin NJ. If not for this year, then for next years season.
        Hope somebody can point me in the right direction.
        Thank you, Sylvia

        Sylvia, there are quite a few big growers in the Lakview, Six Lakes area in southwest Michigan. If you are truly interested, you need to figure out just how many you would want. I will get in touch with some Amish friends in that area & get some names for you. (Hopefully, an address or a phone # where you can leave a message so they can call you back, usually a neighbors phone or a community phone shack)
        Maybe there is some way that Eric can get my e-mail address to you?

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      Elsie McKelvey (Hershberger-Stutesman)
      Comment on Amish in Michigan (May 8th, 2015 at 10:16)

      Amish in Michigan

      Eaton and Barry County have a large Amish community. Barry County has three church districts. Many businesses here. My ancestors are originally from Holmes county Ohio and Arkensas. Just buried my mom (Norma P Stutesman) in Mio, where she was born. I have Amish relatives in Barry County, Clare county and mostly Oscoda county.

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    Comment on Amish/Mennonite in Ionia County MI (September 1st, 2011 at 14:06)

    Amish/Mennonite in Ionia County MI

    I have found information saying that there was a Mennonite Church in Ionia County along the Maple River in 1879. I would really like to find out as much information about this as possible. Also have been told there was one called Pigeon???? I am being told this was in Ionia County, but there is NOTHING in Ionia County with the name Pigeon in it. Any help that you can provide would be great.

    Thanks in advance


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      Comment on Michigan Amish (September 30th, 2012 at 19:47)

      pigeon river mennonite church in pigeon mi, more modern attendees. fairhaven community church near bayport and sebewaing has some old order menonites and modern attend. both churches are in huron county of michigans thumb.

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    Barry Wilkinson
    Comment on Cemetery (September 11th, 2011 at 14:27)


    I have recently become aware of an Amish cemetery here is West Branch. There are about 12 graves in it. It is on Rau Road between Lake George Road and M30. Some names are Gerber, Gascho, Jantzi, Kropf. A friend of mine takes care of it. The Amish community here in West Branch lasted until about 1941. My friend has had contact with some of the families and he was visited by about 40 family members some time ago.

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    Christine Campbell
    Comment on Acne Amongst the Amish (November 11th, 2011 at 23:43)

    Acne Amongst the Amish

    I’m a student at the University of Michigan. For my senior project, I am investing the percentage of acne in more traditional environments. Do you find that many Amish teenagers have acne? Do you think the Amish have lower rates of acne?

    Thank you,
    Christine Campbell

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      Christine Campbell
      Comment on typo (November 11th, 2011 at 23:47)


      *investigating not investing

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    brian mclaughlin
    Comment on web site for local amish (December 18th, 2011 at 13:53)

    web site for local amish

    eric, i guess that this is your site by the way that you answer others. i am trying to help the amish in my community of homer michigan by building a web site with information of their businesses.

    i was wondering if you could include a link to it


    i have a lot to add to it as i get more info from the families, but i am publishing the info to the web as i go.

    brian mclaughlin

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      Tara Small
      Comment on Homer Amish community (July 15th, 2012 at 23:14)

      Homer Amish community

      I live within the Homer, MI Amish community in Calhoun county. I believe there are around 40 families and 2 church districts in our area. Amish friends of mine have referred to the Centreville Amish as “more advanced”. I think the Homer Amish are great! They are so sincere and truly live their faith. We have many Amish friends in this community and great neighbors. I am so glad to live in this community. There are several Amish businesses that I regularly visit. Countryside Bakery and Bulk Foods, Royal Oak General Store, Shetler’s organic Produce, and more.

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        Comment on markets (September 28th, 2013 at 09:53)


        I enjoyed the bulk food stores in Centerville. but would like to shop one closer. I believe the are some in Homer but am having trouble finding them. Any help would be appreciated, going in a couple weeks. thanks. also I live in flat rock, by lake erie.

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        Brian Craven
        Comment on Royal Oak General Store (May 27th, 2014 at 19:49)

        Royal Oak General Store

        My dad lives a few hundred yards from Royal Oak in Homer. Anna and her staff were wonderful. I was up for a very brief visit and Dad took me to the store. Such a nice lady, and she ended up giving me a beautiful bunch of asparagus that had probably been picked that morning. She told me that she liked to prepare it creamed style over buttered toast. She was right…it was excellent.

        Our Amish community is wonderful…in fact, when my mom died there were almost as many Amish as Englishers at her funeral. All the pall bearers were Amish. Dad drives them to their work sites and they are at his house almost every day. I am so glad he is surrounded with so many wonderful people now that mom is gone.

        I was surprised to find this forum when I did a web search for Royal Oak General Store. I guess I need to find a physical address to properly thank her for her kindness. Brian Craven, Nashville TN

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      Diane johnson
      Comment on Looking for lower Michigan Amish horse trainer (September 4th, 2012 at 21:04)

      Looking for lower Michigan Amish horse trainer

      This is a good idea, as I am looking for a Amish trainer to teach my saddle horse to drive.
      I shall go to this new Homer sight and see what I can find.
      I am from Adrian (S.E.) lower Michigan so the Hillsdale group may be closer.

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    Comment on Amish in Michigan (January 11th, 2012 at 21:21)

    Amish in Michigan

    Hello, I didn’t go through all the comments but there is a lot of Amish around us in Beaverton MI they go buy our house all the time. I love watching the fathers take their little boys with them to the gas station or around town to do errands. It’s diffrent from what we are used to.

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    Comment on Amish Way of Life (February 1st, 2012 at 19:54)

    Amish Way of Life

    Can anyone help me find information on Amish rules of living, such as: they don’t own vehicles, they don’t date Englishers, etc. Their way of life is very fascinating and I’m looking to learn more about them. I recently moved to Clare, Michigan and they are a big part of this community. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks

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      Comment on Amish questions (February 2nd, 2012 at 19:24)

      Amish questions

      Mary you’ll find a lot of general questions answered here: http://amishamerica.com/amish-online-encyclopedia/

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        Comment on Michigan Amish (September 22nd, 2012 at 14:46)

        I understand that a lot of older teens are quitting the Amish lifestyle. Are they able to just get up and leave or do they need help? If they need help how could a person get involved in helping them get on there feet?

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    Phil Simon
    Comment on Carriage for wagon (February 12th, 2012 at 02:32)

    Carriage for wagon

    I have a 1905 horse drawn wagon setting on a 1930 ford car frame with rubber tires. I would like
    to trailer the wagon to Michigan and find a Amish family that can make a carriage on my wagon
    frame . i want the carriage to carry 6 people–I pull it with my antique farm tractors in local
    parades and shows. My family live in the Mt. Pleasant and Blanchard area. I am going back in July
    for a family wedding and will return in November for deer Hunting on my brother’s farm in Blanchard.
    phil Simon

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      Comment on Michigan Amish (April 19th, 2012 at 16:46)

      I am not familiar with who makes buggies in Michigan. One place you might check out is Winesburg Carriage in Winesburg, Ohio.

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        Comment on buggies in homer (April 19th, 2012 at 17:11)

        buggies in homer

        coblentz on v drive south in homer michigan

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    Comment on Bless you all (March 19th, 2012 at 09:45)

    Bless you all

    I admire the amish folks, dearly. I love their ways of life. I always keep saying I should of been born in the 1800’s. When up in Alaska, staying in the woods, in a cabin, with no electricity, no phone, and no water, I felt so peaceful. Animals, everywhere, bears scratching their backs on the cabin, lynx running by the outhouse, and squrrels causing the most hovac. Nothing like a Moose steak! Cooking on the woodstove. Not really any worries to speak of. I was happy. Down here, so many people, such a fast pace of life. Things need to slow down. The economy is horrible. So many things, people take for granted. It bothers me to walk outside at night here. You just never know. Of course, up there no snakes or skunks. Loved that. Ive seen one snake, too many since being down here. My plan is to live in a country town close to Amish folk and get back to the true ways of life., such as the proper ways to use and care for Gods land. I would also like to get to know the amish and folks alike and learn ways and delicious recipes. God Bless.

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      Rose Clapp
      Comment on Paulne (April 19th, 2012 at 10:14)


      I am thinking/feeling the exact same way as you are. Nice to know there are “others” out there. =))

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    Barry Wilkinson
    Comment on Buggy (April 19th, 2012 at 18:03)


    There is a buggy maker up in the Mio area. I don’t know just what the road is named, but there is a hardware store right on M33 and I’m sure they can tell you where to find him. I have talked with the young man has taken over the buggy shop from his father and he gave me a tour. The buggies are beautiful and he is quite willing to show his craftsmanship.

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    Comment on Charlotte Auction July 2012 (July 4th, 2012 at 17:40)

    Charlotte Auction July 2012

    Can you tell me where the Charlotte Auction is being held? I believe it is on July 28, 2012. Thanks!

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      Comment on Michigan Amish (July 5th, 2012 at 10:46)

      To MKR, Yutzy’s Quilt Auction will be held Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at 4431 N. Chester Road, Charlotte MI, 48813. The auctioneer is Lavern Yutzy, Yutzy’s Auction Service, 517-543-7113. This auction features quilts, baskets, rugs, wall hangings, and quilt tops. The directions from Lansing are: I-69 South to exit 66, right approximately .3 mile to Vermontville Hwy., left 9 miles to Chester Rd., right 1/2 mile.

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        Comment on Charlotte Auction (July 8th, 2012 at 15:12)

        Charlotte Auction

        Thanks for the information and directions!!

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    Scott Tennant
    Comment on Amish Business Directory (July 6th, 2012 at 13:08)

    Amish Business Directory

    Is anyone familiar with any amish business directories out there? I am familiar with the one in Lancaster county made by DavCo. I am wondering if there are others. If not, does anyone have any insight as to why that might be? Davco seems to make millions off of these ads, and I am surprised that that arent more like it.

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    Comment on Metal Roll Former (September 27th, 2012 at 10:29)

    Metal Roll Former

    Any Amish Roll Forming Company In Michigan.

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    Comment on Michigan (October 12th, 2012 at 14:35)


    Does anyone know (factually) why so many Amish families/communites have left/failed (in) Michigan? Is this still the trend or are more families now moving to Michigan? Thanks, John

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    Comment on Fremont MI Amish (November 16th, 2012 at 14:59)

    Fremont MI Amish

    Just returned from Fremont MI. It was unbelievable the amount of Amish that live within a 10 mile radius of the town. We stopped at 3 different grocery/bulk food stores, all Amish owned & operated.
    I am not sure on the number of districts but would guess at least 4 or 5. We also stopped at 2 different houses with bake goods for sale.

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      Comment on Fremont Amish (January 29th, 2015 at 13:47)

      Fremont Amish

      The Amish community in Fremont seems to have grown a lot in the last10-15 years. I remember going to Troyer’s Footwear & Tack as a kid and there are many more Amish families near there than I remember as a kid.

      Wish I could become Amish!

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    Comment on Michigan Amish (November 29th, 2012 at 20:49)

    Are there any opportunities to stay in an Amish community in Michigan? Even just stay nearby and interact with the people? I just wrote an article about the Amish for my university and I am just so interested and passionate about learning more.

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      Comment on Michigan Amish (January 26th, 2013 at 15:35)

      Morgan, we are open to your idea, but would like to make contact first. If you are still interested, call 231-743-9562.

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        Comment on Mr.Yoder. (September 26th, 2013 at 22:04)


        It is funny seeing you on here.

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    Sandy Miller
    Comment on The Amish (April 29th, 2013 at 23:02)

    The Amish

    I live in the largest group of Amish in Michigan were in Nottawa and Centreville area. I had an adopted amish grand parents from Nottawa. My neighbors are Amish. They seem to know about things that are very helpful to us all. you just get to know when and where to go for the best. Some great history here in st joseph county to learn and to ponder. We have them every where even in Leonidas and now headed trowards sturgis area also in Colon michigan and Burr Oak. so you see there is alot here.

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    Comment on Marlette (June 21st, 2013 at 15:52)


    I did not see anything about the Amish in Marlette, MI There was a couple selling bakery items in Clio today, and she said they were from Marlette. Is this a fairly new settlement? Thank you.

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    Kelcey Evans
    Comment on Michigan Amish (June 21st, 2013 at 20:14)

    Looking to donate a Singer pedal sewing machine. Can anyone direct me to where to contact.

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    Comment on Amish in Fremont (August 14th, 2013 at 12:50)

    Amish in Fremont

    I was born and raise in Fremont Michigan. The Amish here are really nice. In 2008, we had Amish neighbors. When we first moved in the wife and little ones brought us home made bread. The husband would mow our grass in exchange for rides to town.

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    Cetandi Bolger
    Comment on response to Michigans new anti farming law (May 5th, 2014 at 16:46)

    response to Michigans new anti farming law

    I am finding articles such as this: http://www.inquisitr.com/1235774/michigan-loses-right-to-farm-this-week-a-farewell-to-backyard-chickens-and-beekeepers/
    And I am wondering if there is a response in the Amish communities? Or if Amish are excluded from this new law? Either way, I am an activist, and this is what I do….connect the dots :) It is a concern because is many states I know people that have had their back and front yards dug up by city officials because they had Ornamental gardening only laws. I am concerned for the Amish way of life to continue, and also for those who live off what they eat and raise, and I would think that connecting with the Amish communities on this issue would be advantageous to anyone who wishes to stay out of the market to eat :)

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    Pilgrim on Planet Earth
    Comment on Daniel (November 15th, 2014 at 13:46)


    Hey there Yoder,
    Did not know that Marion Amish allowed internet,,, surprised to see you online, an Old Order Deacon

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    Pat Chamberlain
    Comment on Michigan Amish (December 1st, 2014 at 05:27)

    We have an old barn built in the 1930’s. It is two story and made from California redwoods I have been told. Can not afford upkeep, but don’t want to see it fall apart. Would anyone be interested in saving and moving it?

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    Mary Boseak – Robert
    Comment on Sanilac County MI Amish Communities (February 13th, 2015 at 17:52)

    Sanilac County MI Amish Communities

    We have a Very large community of Amish in Sanilac Co. MI All through Brown City & Marlette. The Amish now have 5 schools just in Brown City. They have many businesses in both cities. Please can you update your site to include these.

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      Comment on Michigan Amish (February 21st, 2015 at 09:51)

      Thanks Mary, yes we have Sanilac (Marlette and Brown City) listed already above. And we’ll be doing a general update of all these state guide pages soon.

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    Michelle still so
    Comment on looking for childs rocking chairs (March 13th, 2015 at 22:58)

    looking for childs rocking chairs

    hi am looking for two childrens rocking chairs for my two year old granddaughters. I would much rather purchase from a small family business then a large furniture store that carries Amish and other large company furniture. I live in Arizona but the chairs would be needed in lansing/Grand Rapids area. Thank you for ant direction anyone can give me in purchasing a beautiful handcrafted rocking chair.

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    Michelle stilson
    Comment on looking for childs rocking chairs (March 13th, 2015 at 23:02)

    looking for childs rocking chairs

    i am in need of two childrens rocking chairs for my granddaughters. I would love to purchase from a small family business vs a large company. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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      Comment on Child's Rocking Chair (March 17th, 2015 at 11:21)

      Child's Rocking Chair

      Natural Log Home Products in Michigan has Bent Wood Hickory rockers with a twig or bark look, in a child size. They have a Michigan-made rocking chair with a solid seat, and an Ohio-made rocker. I understand that bent hickory rockers are not apt to be made in huge factories.

      Natural Log Home Products
      18814 M 115
      Marion, MI 49665
      (231) 743-6645

      Here’s a link about Michigan Amish Furniture:

      Children’s Rocking Chairs, for an idea what is available on the market:

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        Comment on Michigan Amish (March 17th, 2015 at 11:43)

        Thank you so much, I will check out the links:)

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