26 responses to Name that Amish community
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    Judy Grober
    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 08:31)

    bird in hand,lancaster county,pennsylvania

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    Rich Stevick
    Comment on Just guessing (October 21st, 2011 at 08:34)

    Just guessing

    First photo: The only two Amish settlements that I know of that use tractors with custom-built cabs and altered gear ratios to transport families is Yoder/Hutchinson, KS, and Oakland, MD. I’m guessing Kansas. Photo two: It’s definitely Lancaster County related with its gray box and rounded top. I’m guessing a daughter settlement since it looks a bit bushy for Lancaster: How about Brush Valley, PA? Photo three: It looks like the Amish cemetery on Eby Road in Lancaster County, but maybe all Amish cemeteries look alike ?) P.S.to Erik: Please don’t do these quizzes any more. My honey-do list is already long, and I should be raking leaves rather than doing your quizzes 🙂

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      Galen Grote
      Comment on Name that Amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 08:43)


      I think Erik’s testing should be priority over yard work. Didn’t I see an Amish farmer with an ipad 2 strapped to his rake? :o)

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 08:37)

    Are these three all taken in the same community? It seems to me like the first one is in Guthrie KY, 2nd, well the weeds don’t look healthy around the shed like they do in Lancaster. so I rule out Lancaster. The 3rd looks like the flat land of Arthur IL.

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    Galen Grote
    Comment on where are the pictures? (October 21st, 2011 at 08:38)

    where are the pictures?

    Picture #1 might be the Amish community in Guthrie, Kentucky

    Picture #2 is Lancaster County, PA (gray buggies)

    Picture #3 could be the Swiss Amish who live in Adams County and Allen County, Indiana

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    Greg Stutzman
    Comment on NY Times Op Ed piece (October 21st, 2011 at 09:17)

    NY Times Op Ed piece

    I thought you and your readers would enjoy this. An amazingly accurate portrayal to be found, in all places, in the NY Times.


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      Comment on Name that Amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 11:42)

      Thank you Greg, I actually just posted that on the AA Facebook page as well. I think the quality of the piece is due to its author Joe Mackall, who wrote Plain Secrets based on his long firsthand experience among Amish neighbors.

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    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 09:19)

    Thats funny about the weeds in the second picture. I was thinking that exactly… Lancaster but yet maybe not because of the weeds.

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    Stephanie Rollins
    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 09:27)

    LaGrange, Indiana

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    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 10:41)

    I don’t know the answer to any of the pictures, but the tractor is quite a sight to see!
    I declare, to me, it almost looks like a woman driver as well.

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    Comment on Clues (October 21st, 2011 at 11:39)


    A couple clues:

    None of these photos is from PA.

    Each photo is from a different community.

    Each community is smaller than 20 church districts.

    I’ll let you know when someone gets all 3 correct 🙂

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    Comment on Name that amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 13:04)

    Name that amish community

    I don’t know about the first two but the third one might be in Holmes County, OH

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    Debbie Welsh
    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 13:56)

    I’ll just take some guesses here:

    #1 – Holmes Co., Ohio

    #2 – St. Mary’s Co., Maryland

    #3 – Dover, Delaware

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    Comment on Photos (October 21st, 2011 at 16:53)


    1 could be Crofton , Ky . They use tractors for there ways of getting from point A tom Point B

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 21st, 2011 at 20:19)

    My guesses:

    1. Union Grove, N. C.

    2. Wayne County, Ind.

    3. Branch County, Mich.

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    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 22nd, 2011 at 00:51)

    That gray buggy looks like some I’ve seen in Parke County, Indiana, near Rockville. Here’s a photo from a year ago.

    I may have seen a cemetery like #3 in LaGrange County, Indiana, but am not quite as sure about that one. Dunno about the tractor. I recently saw an Amish tractor with steel tires in Wayne County, Indiana, but this one has rubber tires.

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    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 22nd, 2011 at 00:53)

    Well, if it’s a community of less than 20 church districts, that rules out LaGrange county for the cemetery.

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    Comment on The winners (October 22nd, 2011 at 07:08)

    The winners

    Here are the winning guesses:

    1. Guthrie, KY–tractors commonly used for road transportation in this electric New Order settlement


    2. St. Mary’s County, MD–as Rich said, this photo looks a “bit bushy” for Lancaster. They are one of the larger Lancaster daughter settlements.


    3. Allen County, Indiana–unconventional cemeteries, wooden stakes marking graves.


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      Galen Grote
      Comment on mystery pictures (October 22nd, 2011 at 11:00)

      mystery pictures

      Thanks Erik….that was fun. I automatically thought Lancaster Co when I saw the gray buggy, but otherwise I did well.

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    Bob the Quaker
    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 22nd, 2011 at 10:49)

    I thought so…actually I had all 3 wrong, but fun trying to figure out

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    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 22nd, 2011 at 23:16)

    Glad you’d given the anwers by the time I saw this post – Id *never* have guessed any of the three, but sure would have driven myself up the wall trying to guess *grin*. These types of things are fun, Erik! ( PS – Raking leaves? What in the world does that mean…..*looks under her huge Ash tree at a yellow + brownish “carpet” of leaves and sighs*. 😀 ).

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    Comment on “Suggestion Box” (October 23rd, 2011 at 21:11)

    “Suggestion Box”

    Hi Erik. I recall you wrote an interesting article on how a person joins the ministry in the Amish faith, but I was wondering if somewhere along the line you could work on a post on how a minister prepares for a church service in the context of the Amish. I think it would be something interesting to read about.

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      Comment on How do Amish ministers prepare? (October 24th, 2011 at 06:56)

      How do Amish ministers prepare?

      Shom, a very good thought for the suggestion box 🙂 When I’ve asked ministry people, the response usually goes something like spending time with the Bible on Saturday reading. When I was selling books, I had at least a handful of the ministers who bought from me say that the books would be helpful in brushing up, particularly for recounting the Old Testament for twice-annual Communion service (not to toot my own horn or my books’ horn).

      To be honest I don’t know to what degree each minister would go in armed with what he is going to say. I’ve heard it described as part inspiration, which is what you’d expect. You don’t see preachers whipping out notecards when they lose their train of thought. I’m not the best to comment, as I don’t speak the dialect, though I can tell there are often periods of repetition during the sermons. I believe The Amish Way also discusses this.

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    Comment on Name that Amish community (October 27th, 2011 at 08:27)

    I was just in St. Mary’s Co.! 🙂 Visited the Pineview dry goods store. I have also seen them crabbing on the Potomac (it looks rather odd to see a buggy hauling a pedal boat!) If they are a daughter settlement of Lancaster, that would be why their buggies and clothing are similar?

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