12 responses to More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos
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    Emma
    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (March 18th, 2008 at 17:25)

    Great pictures!
    we might also note that the ladies wear their bonnets…which tend to “disappear” somewhat in higher groups…

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    Susie
    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (March 19th, 2008 at 12:00)

    Hi Erik!

    Our Estonian “daughter” Ulane, sent us the link to your blog not long ago. I am enjoying it immensely. Am I correct that you are originally from the States but somehow have a connection to the SW Estonian group? Also, I am not sure if you are notified when someone posts comments, but I left a comment on your March 1st post about Late Night Fun. Thanks for the great site!

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    Penelope Anne
    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (March 19th, 2008 at 10:33)

    I am just loving this blog which I found a few weeks back. I love to learn more and more. I have also shared the link with many friends.
    I would love learn even more about the communities in Wisconsin where I live.

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    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (March 19th, 2008 at 14:33)

    That was a very interesting post!

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    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (March 19th, 2008 at 16:35)

    Thanks so much for using some more of my pictures! I’m flattered. I think most of our Amish are some of the strictest around. They use only a small oil lamp and 4 strips of protective tape on their buggies at night. (In the first shot, you can see the strips of tape.) It’s scary to deal with them at night on the roads.

    Most of the Amish around here wear black shoes and a very, very few will wear black sneakers, but mostly they’re tie ups with a high ankle.

    Erik, our Amish never, ever live in town. They are farmers, merchants and craftsmen and come to town to sell wares and buy supplies, but I’ve never known of an Amish person to live in towns, even though our largest town is dinky here.

    Thanks again for using the pics. Keep an eye out, I add pics of them every chance I get to take one. I appreciate the others who’ve commented on the pics also. Thanks everyone!

    Cindy

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    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (March 20th, 2008 at 04:52)

    Thanks Emma for the observation! Thanks Michelle!

    Penelope Anne thanks for reading and sharing the link…I hope we can have more info on Wisconsin Amish in future. There are quite a few communities in that state and it has attracted a lot of Amish in recent years.

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    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (March 20th, 2008 at 04:57)

    Hi Susie, very nice to hear from you–yes I’ve known Ulane for going on five years, in fact I saw her just last month! That’s great to hear she passed the link on to you.

    I am from North Carolina but have lived in Poland since 2001 with extended stays back in the States, mainly in Amish communities. I know a lot of the Estonian folks from SW and have visited Estonia probably a half-dozen times. I wonder if you’ve ever had a chance to go visit?

    Erik

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    Comment on Do Amish live in towns or villages? (March 20th, 2008 at 05:08)

    Do Amish live in towns or villages?

    That is interesting Cindy, I did notice the tape–it’s not much, is it?

    I’m not surprised the Amish in Orange County don’t live ‘in town’. Generally the ones I cited and others like Shipshewana, Indiana or Bird-in-Hand, PA are more villages than proper towns, and a lot of them, such as Farmerstown, OH are not much more than a clustering of houses along a county highway. Actually in Lancaster, PA with the high population density at a lot of Amish places you almost feel like you are ‘in town’.

    As for slow moving vehicle triangles and lighting on buggies, this is one area where I feel the lowest-order groups such as the Swartzentrubers do wrong to their neighbors–namely English drivers who may find themselves swerving at the last minute to avoid dimly illuminated buggies in the evening.

    Buggies are usually on the losing end of car-buggy accidents, but at the same time horse-drawn vehicles can and have been the cause of accidents where English drivers have died. In this case the stubborn refusal to bend to accommodate outsiders I feel is not admirable but rather inconsiderate. Higher-order Amish are aware of this and will criticize groups that refuse to use sufficient nighttime illumination.

    Thanks again for the great photos and will check back again.

    Erik

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    Reid Hochstedler
    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (March 20th, 2008 at 10:26)

    Sadly due to flooding Orange County is currently under a state of emergency.

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    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (April 3rd, 2008 at 05:37)

    Thanks, Erik.

    The Amish farms around here are clustered, but there are many, many clusters all over the counties that they’re in. Southern Indiana Amish are a lot different than the ones in northern Indiana.

    I agree about the reflecting tape not being enough. The oil lamps are virtually invisible at night until it’s too late. Being a series of two-lane roads, I’m amazed that there aren’t more problems.

    I’ve often wondered why the government doesn’t REQUIRE more safety issues at night for these folks. I don’t get to pick the road laws I want to obey. Personally, I think the wheels should also have tires on them, as they damage the roads very much.

    Off my soapbox now, I will also say that I wouldn’t trade our Amish residents for anything. It’s a nice experience living and doing business with them.

    My latest pics involve a buggy going through floodwater.

    Cindy

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    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (April 4th, 2008 at 02:29)

    Hi Cindy, I took a look at the new photos–very interesting–I assume this is from the recent flooding that Reid was talking about?

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    Comment on More Orange County, Indiana Amish photos (April 4th, 2008 at 05:04)

    Yes, the “crossing” is in regard to the flooding around here. It’s kind of under control for the moment, but we’re supposed to have more rain coming. Let’s just hope it’s not much.

    I had never seen a buggy trying to go through water. Each day is a new experience, that’s for sure.

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