98 responses to North Carolina Amish
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    anna morris
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (October 18th, 2010 at 08:31)

    I think it is great having the Amish in nc. I also live in nc and maybe God is intentionally setting the Amish in nc , because we all could definitely learn how to actually live out our Faith alot better with the wonderful example of the Amish nearby. Thank you and Be Blessed, Anna

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      Comment on you are an Inspiration and a Blessing. God be with u Always (June 20th, 2012 at 22:16)

      you are an Inspiration and a Blessing. God be with u Always

      I want you to know you are a true inspiration and a Big Blessing to all. We al have been Called according to our purpose. Glory be to GOD.

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      Nancy Ottilie Bold
      Comment on Mennonites (June 7th, 2013 at 09:47)


      We are growing in numbers we just don’t advertise it. Nz

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        Comment on grapevine proucts (February 12th, 2014 at 07:56)

        grapevine proucts

        Mebane nc updates:
        Some small vine supplies for weaving, baskets and wreaths. Free stand “hutchens farm” hwy south 119.

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          Buddy Chambless
          Comment on How do I explore transitioning into an Amish Community? (August 19th, 2016 at 00:21)

          How do I explore transitioning into an Amish Community?

          Howdy All. I am exhausted from the life of the so-called mainstream American society and seeking a simpler life at age 64. More importantly, I am seeking a happier, more close-knit community similar to that of the rural farming community in South GA in which I was raised. I have become involved with activities like vine wreaths and ornaments and miniature fairie gardens or requested themes designed in bowls, personal containers of special significance AND have taught myself how to can jams, preserves and sweet green tomato crisp pickles.

          Any response with leads, suggestions, or info resources will be greatly appreciated.

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            Comment on Joining the Amish... (December 13th, 2016 at 11:06)

            Joining the Amish...

            I´d say it is possible… Are you prepared to learn German? That might be an important aspect of actually assimilating…


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            Stephanie Murray
            Comment on Need amish to break my horse (March 19th, 2017 at 15:52)

            Need amish to break my horse

            I would like to find a amish boy/man to break my leopard appaloosa. He is 6 yr old pasture pet hes 14.1 hands. He was gelded last summer. High spirit. Just pleasure trail riding. And pulling a cart. I would like someone in union station, nc since it is closest to Marietta SC.. I know an amish man would train him well. Please contact me with prices and availability.

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      Regina Pruitt
      Comment on QUESTION (March 19th, 2014 at 17:41)


      What time of the year are the Amish Communities open for the public to visit them and buy seeds and vegetables and etc. from them?

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      Wendell Ferrell
      Comment on Why not start more Amish communities? (May 6th, 2014 at 20:56)

      Why not start more Amish communities?

      I’d like to start another Amish community & teach them the secrets of health. I’ve learned how to prevent & reverse ALL diseases-using natural means!

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    Comment on North Carolina Amish (October 18th, 2010 at 11:51)

    Hi Anna, I agree–I am actually an NC native. It’s funny that we’ve had a community 25 years but 95% of Tar Heel natives probably don’t know anything about it.

    It is a small settlement of course, and has remained that way, which is probably a big part of why. Land is probably too expensive, but would be nice to entice some Amish to settle near the Triangle!

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      Comment on North Carolina Amish (September 27th, 2011 at 09:25)




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        Comment on Amish near Durham NC (September 29th, 2011 at 09:48)

        Amish near Durham NC

        Hi John, the two closest communities to you are probably the Union Grove NC Amish outside Winston Salem, and the Halifax County VA Amish. Both are quite small communities; the Union Grove group has at least two nice stores (Shiloh General Store and Windsor Country store) and I believe you can have lunch at the Shiloh store, which mainly carries food items, jams, jellies, sweets, deli meats, cheeses, etc.

        The Windsor Country store has some foodstuffs but has a wide range of other items including books, fabrics, soaps, home amenities, etc. There are around 30 families in the Union Grove community.

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          Richard Taylor
          Comment on Hamptonville, NC Amish (March 21st, 2013 at 15:41)

          Hamptonville, NC Amish

          I just recently discovered the Shiloh General Store located next to Shiloh Church on St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church Road off Windsor Road near Hamptonville in Yadkin County, NC. This is probably the same community you refer to as the Union Grove, NC Community. But since Union Grove is in Iredell County and the Windsor Road community (with two stores) is in Yadkin County, perhaps you should make a distinction between the two communities. The Yadkin County Visitor’s Guide mentions the Amish Community near Hamptonville, but it took talking to the nice folks (Ella and Bill) at the North Carolina Mountains Welcome Center on US 421 just east of Wilkesboro, NC to find out exactly where the store was. On my first trip down Windsor Road, I actually drove right past it, because it was sort-of hiding behind the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on St. Paul’s Church Road, just east of the junction of Windsor Road and Shiloh Road. The actual address of the Amish owned Shiloh General Store is 5520 St. Paul Church Road, Hamptonville, NC 27020, so to again to lump this area with Union Grove may be misleading to those trying to find it. They two area may be regarded as part of the same in the broader view, but for descriptive purposes, it may be better to refer to them as two separate communities, as they are in two separate counties.

          I was very impressed by the Shiloh General Store on a March 2013 visit and bought several food items. I will return from time to time, as I travel the area. BTW, they do take credit/debit cards there.

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            Comment on North Carolina Amish (March 21st, 2013 at 19:16)

            Try the donuts, if they have them when you visit next.

            It can get a little crowded on Summer Saturdays, so we usually go during the week. It was folks from this community who started the Amish church at Yanceyville, and they were quite interested to hear that we had started another church there, even if it is a Mennonite, not Amish church.

            It’s a pretty area; we often keep going up 421 to the Boone, NC area. I’m glad you found your way there.

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            Posy Kinsey
            Comment on Finding You. (May 1st, 2013 at 07:48)

            Finding You.

            Spent several days looking for your store. Finally hit upon a google site that led me to you. We are coming to Taylorsville, NC the week of May 5th and will be coming up to the store during that week. Do you have a sign that points to your store on Highway 421? We thought that was how we found it the last time but no sign…so we couldn’t come and see you. Plus no one in the area seemed to know about your store. Maybe a few flyers or info in Wilksboro where we went to ask. Also Registered on the internet as an Amish Store or a Meninite store would help.

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              Comment on Locating Shiloh Store (May 1st, 2013 at 11:53)

              Locating Shiloh Store

              As I recall, the easiest way to get there is: From NC 421, turn south on Windsor Rd, which runs off 421 just west of I-77. Travel south, passing a couple other Amish businesses, farms, and a winery. You will come to an crossroad where ST. Paul’s Church Road will be to your left, along with a church on the corner. Turn left on St. Paul’s and the store is on the left. It is visible from the crossroads.

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                Comment on business (April 6th, 2016 at 09:52)


                Do you know the name of the winery and other business so I can google addresses? I’m traveling over 3 hrs to visit the community and stores. Is the community easy to find so you can drive thru it?

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            Comment on Thank you! (September 19th, 2013 at 13:40)

            Thank you!

            This was super helpful. I want to visit the stores this weekend.

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          Charles E. Miller
          Comment on The Miller or the Millar Family (November 10th, 2013 at 11:49)

          The Miller or the Millar Family

          My name is Charles E. Miller, Jr. and my wife and I live in Chesapeake, Virginia. I am a former Southern Baptist Deacon and now belong to the United Methodist Church. My late father was born in Bertie County near Colerain, North Carolina. There are two traditions in my family: one says that our family came from Scotland; the other says we were from Germany. I was an exchange student to Germany in 1974 and speak High German fluently. My ancestor who was born in 1710 and purchase a thousand acres in 1734 that became our farm, Jonathan Miller or Millar, spelt his name the Scottish way; therefore, I think we are Scottish. However, my father said a phrase when I was a boy that indicates German influence. He would say: I am going to throw you with a rock. In High German that would be: Ich werde Sie mit einem Stein bewerfen. That is almost a literal translation. I noticed there were Amish in Moyock. Were there ever any in Bertie County? I hope you will respond. I am curious about this. If you know Hochdeutsch, please write me in that language. Charles Miller,BA,MA

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          Comment on Visitors (April 6th, 2016 at 09:38)


          Do they allow visitors to come in and see how they live? We homeschool and are studying Amish Communities and wanted to show my daughter the Amish way of living.

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      Comment on Surprised! (June 27th, 2012 at 13:19)


      I actually lived in Moyock for several years, living also in neighboring counties and as far down as Ahoskie – I had NO idea that Amish had settled in the Dismal Swamp area of Moyock, and a bit disappointed there aren’t many other communities nearby. I’ve been told that there were settlements in VA, but haven’t been able to find any more information that that. Any input>?

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      Nancy Ottilie Bold
      Comment on Hah (June 7th, 2013 at 09:52)


      Hutchens Farm Mebane NC Perma-culture refined a settlement population 2 room for more.

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        Comment on Room for 2 more (September 19th, 2013 at 13:42)

        Room for 2 more

        What is this about? I don’t understand.

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    Emily D
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (October 19th, 2010 at 21:59)

    Hi! Just wondering does this amish community have alot of converts? Because I live in Shelby NC and I was wanting to join the New Order Amish when I turn 18.(I am 15 almost 16 now) Also do you think you ould get me an amish penpal from that area? If not that is fine. 🙂 God Bless!

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      Comment on Joining? (February 25th, 2016 at 19:31)


      I was wondering why you wanted to join- that is pretty important. I am a conservative anabaptist and could answer your questions.

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    Kenny Brandsema
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (November 1st, 2010 at 14:15)

    Hey do you know where this Amish settlement is? I am writing a paper on Amish religion and culture and would really like to take a trip out there. Can you give that information out?

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    Comment on North Carolina Amish (January 18th, 2011 at 21:06)

    Hi i have had an interest in the amish for several yrs now love reading about them i learned about the amish close to me about a yr ago and i plan on taking a day trip there later. I just love there way of life and there cooking ofcourse.

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    Sandi B.
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (February 1st, 2011 at 02:47)

    The Beachy Mennonites are still in Yanceyville, NC. They currently meet in the court house. I am a seeker and have been visiting with that group as well as the one in South Boston, VA (Ebenezer Mennonite Church) off and on for a while now. It would be great if there were more members for the group in Yanceyville. From what one of the members told me, the majority of the group relocated to Tenn.

    Humbly His:

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      C. Hart
      Comment on Re: Sandi B. Caswell County Courthouse (January 12th, 2013 at 19:22)

      Re: Sandi B. Caswell County Courthouse


      This is regarding a post by “Sandi B.” on February 1, 2011. If still active, at what time does the Beachy Mennonite group meet in the Caswell County (Yanceyville) courthouse?

      I’m not too far from there, and wouldn’t mind taking a Sunday off from my local church to drive there with some friends.

      Thank you!

      C. Hart

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        Sandi B.
        Comment on In response to C. Hart (March 3rd, 2013 at 01:58)

        In response to C. Hart

        Sorry for the long wait for a response. I don’t use the computer much. The Yanceyville group no longer meets at the courthouse. They now meet at the Ruitan club every Sunday. If I remember right at 10am. I might be wrong on the time. I have been visiting with the South Boston, VA group. I will have to double check the time. Both groups are related to each other and are quite nice people. Hope this helps you.


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          C. Hart
          Comment on North Carolina Amish (March 3rd, 2013 at 16:50)

          Hi Sandi,

          Thank you for the response! A user by the name of “Forest” posted new information February 3rd about the Yanceyville group. I hope to be able to visit there soon.

          Thanks again,
          C. Hart

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            Comment on North Carolina Amish (March 3rd, 2013 at 18:10)

            Yes, 10 AM is when services begin, and usually we go for about 2 hours, including Sunday School. We generally eat together afterwards. Anyone is welcome.

            Kelvin Good is our pastor, from South Boston. The church there planted this one in Yanceyville, and Kelvin was allowed to leave as pastor there to take up the duties in Yanceyville. If you want more info, you can call me at 336-213-6111, and I’ll see if I can’t help you.


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              jack myers
              Comment on mennonite fomer church in winston-salem nc (March 10th, 2013 at 19:39)

              mennonite fomer church in winston-salem nc

              my father alonzo myers sold some property to a mennonite group to build a church,being a good man,the property was sold to these good people for one dollar.they built the church off of gyro drive in winston-salem,and were there for some years,..and then something happened in the church and all the mennonites left..the church is still there and the mennonites are renting it to an african american church,the cemetary is till there and has about five people buried there,i dont know if any mennonites are buried there or not.

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    Brandon H
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (February 7th, 2011 at 23:25)

    Emily D,

    I can get you in contact with them. I know some of the people personally from the New Order Amish church. Me and my family currently attend the Beachy Amish Church here in Hiddenite (Taylorsville) North Carolina. If you want further information; please contact me and God bless you.

    In Christ,
    Brandon H
    EMAIL: anaberean@gmail.com

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      Comment on North Carolina Amish (July 1st, 2012 at 13:40)

      i would like to learn more about their way of living.Are their any people i can talk to in taylorsville?

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    Moses G
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (March 7th, 2011 at 08:05)

    To Emily D:

    Why would you want to join a closed society? Is there a reason except “I like their way of living?”
    I grew up Amish, and decided to leave so I can finish high school and attend college, and to be able to study the Bible openly and honestly.
    The most important reason for me is for the spiritual atmosphere. To be a part of that culture is to do exactly what the Bishop says, every part of your clothes, and your activities are controlled strictly by the rules and regulations he decrees.
    You would need to get rid of the computer, music, and all other forms of “world” conveniences, including cell phones except when traveling.
    The worst is that they generally do not teach the New Birth, and certainly do not study the Bible on your own. Also better learn to read German.

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      Emily D
      Comment on Moses G (November 7th, 2011 at 17:13)

      Moses G

      I have not been on this website in a few years,the reason I WANTED to be Amish were for a peaceful, simple lifestyle. I am 16 now and have been in contact with several amish friends from Ohio. I have amish/mennonite family memebers. That’s why I wanted to be amish. I wanted to be like them. I am in the process of learning P.A Dutch and High German. I know eactly what I would have to give up. BUT good news for you is that I don’t want to be amish anymore. maybe Conservative Mennonite. Hope this helps you understand. 🙂 God Bless

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    Comment on Questions...........so many questions (April 10th, 2011 at 10:46)

    Questions...........so many questions

    I’ve always been interested in the Amish lifestyle. Simple, self-sufficiant, and extremely spiritual. I know that they are very strict but, I think that is very much a part of the appeal. I’m unsure of the message they teach, is it a loving grace filled faith, or hard core Old Testment?
    The language barrier might be an issue but, from what I’ve seen in the media they do speak English. Would you have to speak German?
    Would they be accepting a of tattoo sporting, piercing scar having, divorcee, who can’t have children?

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    Sandi B.
    Comment on Questions........so many questions (April 12th, 2011 at 03:47)

    Questions........so many questions

    I would think it depends on the district that you chose to connect with. Each has it’s own rules and regulations so to speak.

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    Comment on North Carolina Amish (April 12th, 2011 at 05:44)

    Hi Sydney Anne, there is an ongoing discussion on some of the questions you ask here:


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    Laura Frisbie
    Comment on Amish butter (April 22nd, 2011 at 20:16)

    Amish butter

    Hello. I buy Amish butter at the Farmers Market in Asheville. Can you tell me if the cows are grass fed? Apparently grass fed cows make much healthier butter.

    many thanks

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    Comment on Grass fed cows (April 23rd, 2011 at 00:33)

    Grass fed cows

    Hi Laura, I wouldn’t be able to tell you, as Amish practices vary, so may be best to just ask at the source. Some Amish do raise cows on grass but there is no hard and fast practice.

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    Laura Frisbie
    Comment on Any idea how? (April 23rd, 2011 at 06:51)

    Any idea how?

    Thank you Erik, you are so kind to reply! Any idea HOW to inquire at the source? I doubt the sellers would know or care.

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    Comment on NC Amish butter (May 10th, 2011 at 16:42)

    NC Amish butter

    Hi Laura, sorry for the late reply here, but what I meant was to ask the sellers–I would actually think they would be interested in knowing this information to tell their customers, as more and more people care about this.

    Alternatively you could try to find out where they get their product and then call/travel to the source and ask in person, but that might be more trouble than it’s worth, especially the second option. There is only the one Amish community in North Carolina, and I’d imagine this product comes from out of state, perhaps Ohio.

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      Comment on Salisbury NC (December 6th, 2011 at 20:35)

      Salisbury NC

      We are going to be in Salisbury,NC the end of this month and were looking for an Amish Store is there on close by. thnk you

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    Laura Frisbie
    Comment on Sleuthing I will do (May 10th, 2011 at 19:43)

    Sleuthing I will do

    Many thanks again, and I shall certainly do as you suggest. If it IS grass fed beef butter, that is a terrific selling point.

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    Comment on neat culture... (May 20th, 2011 at 21:52)

    neat culture...

    I just started working for fedex and realized I drive through the union grove amish community everyday, even delievered 2 packages there. Haven’t seen much movement during the day but did pass one buggy with kids in it. I am very curious and want to learn about the community, I love driving through it. I haven’t had time to stop at general store. My ? Is are they open and friendly with visitors?? I feel so peaceful there. White means peace and that’s all I see there.

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    Comment on NC Amish (June 5th, 2011 at 06:09)

    NC Amish

    There is a new couple with 5 children in my community. They came 2 days ago. Mr. Glick has testicular cancer. They came here for aggressive treatment and aggressive diet change to help that treatment. It probably is a last ditch effort for them to leave their community in Pennsylvania to travel here with nothing but hope.

    They are a young couple, Rachel is 26 and Stephen is 29. Their children are 3 months, 3, 5, 7 & 8 years old.

    I was wondering about someone in my area with the same background to give them fellowship, if that’s the right word. They will be here for a month. We are trying our best, but nothing is like being near people from the same culture. I’m probably saying this all wrong but my sensitivity is true.

    I can drive them or bring someone to them. Or, a church or a family near them or something, just something they may have in common with others.

    Any help or suggestion will be much welcomed.

    Gastonia, North Carolina

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    Kim Anderson
    Comment on Amish penpal (June 6th, 2011 at 16:15)

    Amish penpal

    My husband and I just got back from Lancaster,PA.
    I loved it and would like toget a penpal from there.
    Can you help me?

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    Mark Biernat
    Comment on Amish bucking the trend of north to south migration (June 14th, 2011 at 04:24)

    Amish bucking the trend of north to south migration

    Only one settlement in NC is amazing. North Caroline has great farmland and rolling hills. I think the Amish like to be buck the trend. When the whole USA is moving south, the Amish are settle up new settlements in the North, and I do not mean North Carolina.

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    Comment on North Carolina Amish (June 14th, 2011 at 06:03)

    I visited that community many times when I used to live in Winston-Salem. They have a great store there called Shiloh General Store and most in that community are very nice people. They have had a few converts, in fact, the family that used to own the store were converts who recently retired and sold it. They still live in the community. As a matter of fact, David Luthy who Erik mentions in this blog, has a son who lives in this settlement.

    As for those seeking penpals, your best bet may be to write an open letter to The Diary or Die Botschaft asking if anyone is interested in being a penpal.

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    Sandi B.
    Comment on Web page maintenece (July 3rd, 2011 at 04:20)

    Web page maintenece

    For some time now I keep having the “subscribe to” column of articles showing down the top middle of your page in one long strand. It was on the left hand side of the screen. I could not find anything out of place on my end, but it is still there. Sorry to post the request to fix it here, but I could not find a contact phone or email. It blocks almost all of the pages of your website and I am unable to read the articles. I wasn’t sure if anyone else was having it pop up on their screen as well. Could you or someone else pass this along so it will get fixed. Thank you.

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    Comment on Solution for column in middle of page (July 3rd, 2011 at 10:17)

    Solution for column in middle of page

    Hi Sandi, the reason you are seeing the sidebar column in the center of the page is probably because you are using Internet Explorer version 6.

    From what I understand IE 6 has created a wide range of problems for web people b/c it demands many special fixes to properly display web pages that would view normally in any other browser. It was apparently a pretty buggy version of the browser.

    As I understand many have stopped supporting it altogether. I just read that US usage of IE 6 is only around 2% and dropping.


    I wish I had a quick fix for this but I don’t know enough about web coding to fix IE 6 issues (I am near-Amish when it comes to solving computer bugs 🙂 ). I will ask someone who helps me with this but in light of the low % of IE6 users I don’t know if I’ll get a response.

    I would recommend upgrading to IE 9, the latest version, and the problem should disappear. Firefox and Chrome display the site fine as well. Upgrading will probably eliminate any other display issues you might encounter on other sites as well.

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      Sandi B.
      Comment on North Carolina Amish (August 2nd, 2011 at 01:29)


      Thanks, that did the trick. I don’t always know when the versions change. That was all it was. 🙂

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    Comment on amish (October 28th, 2011 at 04:04)


    I would like to learn more about the amish life style, im so sick of the technocratic society. I live in Greenville NC. I’m 20 years old. is it too late? i’m very intelligent and willing to pass on knowledge and unite with like minded people.

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    Katia Singletary
    Comment on Good evening (October 28th, 2011 at 18:32)

    Good evening

    I found this website online. First, I apologize for my English as it is my second language.
    I am attending the Art Institute of Raleigh Durham as a photographer. I have a final project in my editorial class where I have to produce a National Geographic magazine.
    I thought about during a photo essay/documentary on Amish people in North Carolina.
    Would I be allowed to come to the community? Would I be able to photograph people there? Would I be able to spend some time with the same family to really get to know them and how they live?
    This assignment is for the purpose of school only. It will not get published and I would not put anything on my blog unless I get authorization from you.
    This is a subject who interested me profoundly and would love an opportunity to tell a great story.
    Let me know if that would be something I would be authorized to do. I have gone and travel to many differents countries like Malaysia, Costa Rica, Italie, Spain, and I know how to respect people while photographing. I could meet with someone prior if someone needed to meet me in person.
    Thank you for letting me know!

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      Comment on NC Amish photographs (November 19th, 2011 at 05:23)

      NC Amish photographs

      Hi Katia, Amish do not generally consent to photographs up close or posed, but photos from a distance, unposed, or when one’s face is not visible are generally tolerated, though not all Amish would agree to that either.

      See these two posts for more:



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    Kim Anderson
    Comment on Reply to letter (October 28th, 2011 at 21:13)

    Reply to letter

    My husband and I go to the Amish town alot,I don’t know if the Amish would let you photograph them or not.They are very modest people.

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    bobby harris
    Comment on amish in NC (November 18th, 2011 at 22:12)

    amish in NC

    hi erik. i am in statesville born here in this historic civil war town i seen some amish a few days ago but now i see they are wearing bright color clothes they used to wear blue and black i dont know why or whats happen but i always have been afraid to say hi or anything i have never spoken to anyone amish. or got close enough to them i dont know if we have amish in statesville area or not i like to visit and learn more about them see how they live and what they do. it would be a way to understand who they are i have alot of respect for them. where will i find them or how can i learn more about them and meet them without being afraid of going near them

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      Comment on Amish in Statesville area? (December 7th, 2011 at 08:17)

      Amish in Statesville area?

      Hi Bobby, there is no need to be afraid of the Amish, they are human too. As to your question about Amish in Statesville area, see the article on this page, this will give all the info on that topic–it’s why I wrote it 🙂

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    bobby harris
    Comment on amish in NC (December 27th, 2011 at 18:59)

    amish in NC

    thanks erik for that information somehow you said about an article i cant find it on the page you mentioned can you direct me where to look and maybe i can find it. i want to know more about them than anything i can think of

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      Comment on North Carolina Amish (December 31st, 2011 at 08:17)

      Bobby by article I just meant this very web page on North Carolina Amish, just start at the top.

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    Vickie Brannon
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (February 2nd, 2012 at 08:31)


    What would be the nearest Amish community near Jacksonville, NC? Also, do you think they would allow someone interested in converting to stay/visit for a week? Where can I go to find out about this and who would I need to speak to? Thank you.

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    brianne valentine
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (March 9th, 2012 at 09:11)

    i am from pennsylvania living in nc so i have seen them and been around them very nice people i so miss the food my stomach is growling just thinking about it i would love to visit the amish great food great ppl great followship what more could u ask for

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    Crystal Blaisdell
    Comment on settlementment suggestions (June 22nd, 2012 at 22:33)

    settlementment suggestions

    Hi Erik,
    thank you for all the information on the Amish in North Carolina. I, personalty, did not realize that there where different settlements and store located here. Where I live in the small town of Zebulon, mostly Wake County, but I actually live in Franklin County, the taxes are cheaper and the land prices are reasonable.around here, it is mostly country life and farming.it is about a 25 minute ride to Raleigh.
    I sincerely hope that this information is helpful to any Amish looking to settle here in North Carolina.
    Thank you.

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    bobby harris
    Comment on amish in NC (July 1st, 2012 at 14:04)

    amish in NC

    hi erik its been a while since i been on here well here is one thing i watched a tv program two of them about the amish in several places i found so interesting about them, and one tv program called amish out of order wow what a life these young guys did they took off from thier communities to experience smoking cigarettes and drank beer i thought HUH… noway they would be shunned from their families, another tv program called amish the life and faith of the people very good one. it should be seen by those here who posted about wanting to be amish they need to watch these programs again when they put it on tv it will give them that inside idea of life in the community before they choose to become amish. i still have not been able to talk to some of the amish i seen lately guess they were busy shopping and head home to thier farms oh well maybe next time it might happen hope all are doing well take care and stay in from the terrible heat out there

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    Shylie Sagar
    Comment on NC Amish Communities (November 17th, 2012 at 20:00)

    NC Amish Communities

    I lived in both the Union Grove and the Yanceyville communities as a young girl. In fact, I was in 3rd grade on the first day of class for the Yanceyville Amish school when it first started, probably in ’94 or ’95. I have so many wonderful memories of both communities and it was a very sad day when the Yanceyville community and church disbanded. Stumbling across this article made me smile – it’s nice to know that these communities have been acknowledged! 🙂 Thank you!

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      Comment on North Carolina Amish (November 19th, 2012 at 12:33)

      Glad you found it Shylie…I am from Raleigh originally which would have made this the closest Amish community to my hometown…unfortunately the Yanceyville group was gone before I began learning about the Amish. Interesting to read what Bill writes below.

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        Comment on North Carolina Amish (December 18th, 2012 at 22:12)

        So are they still in the union grove area? I would love to visit, Face to face is so much better than articles. That’s if they agreed

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        Shylie Sagar
        Comment on North Carolina Amish (December 20th, 2012 at 09:20)

        That is unfortunate! I have no doubt you would have greatly enjoyed getting to know the Amish in Caswell County. A lot of wonderful people! They started with some solid ideas and had a great thing going at first. They had many Amish critics and many naysayers because of things such as bikes being allowed; English used during church services; and openness to outsiders joining (such as my family!) It would have been so nice if all of them could have been proven wrong. 🙁 I am still in contact with quite a few former members there and although it is sad that they are scattered all over the states both in plain and non-plain environments, they are all still really great people. 🙂 I did not know that the few remaining in the Yanceyville area were making any efforts towards a new beginning. That was neat info!

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          bobby harris
          Comment on amish in caswell county and Yanceyville area (December 20th, 2012 at 10:03)

          amish in caswell county and Yanceyville area

          to shylie sager..thats wonderful to hear that i have never spoken to anyone who is amish because i was not to sure if i should even have said anything to them so i stayed back i am from statesville and is saw some come into walmart and i was surprised to see them around i thought HUH amish here in statesville my aunt told me there was some up out on union road so far as i know i havent seen any zi have got some of the amish jelly i gotten at a store near me and there is a amish store out near salisbury nc called Yoders market wow never been there got to go sometime well if you are attending thier church keep going to it well for now i will wait until i am able to go out when its a little warm then see where some amish are near statesville i wont go near them but see from a distance. for now merry christmas and happy new year

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    Bill Rushby
    Comment on Caswell Now Mennonite Settlement (November 18th, 2012 at 17:33)

    Caswell Now Mennonite Settlement

    There is a current effort to gather remnants of the Yanceyville Amish and other interested persons into a new Southeastern Mennonite Conference church at Caswell. The new congregation is meeting regularly, and is linked to the Ebenezer Mennonite Church at South Boston VA.

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    bobby harris
    Comment on amish in the carolina area (November 19th, 2012 at 00:17)

    amish in the carolina area

    hi i heard that if anyone amish goes into mennonite church they are almost related to amish ways almost the same but differs however they are on strict code too same as amish do, they can get excommunicated or shunned same way. now i have never visited a amish or an mennonite church to learn what they do how they do things differently i would like to but dont want to go alone i feel sensitive about going alone i dont know why… i live in statesville area in iredell county and i see amish come into walmart quite a few times i tell you they wear light color with black some just have light colored wear with women wearing the white hair cap or bonnet to cover the back of head i think its interesting with people but amish and mennonites i think sounds different to me what is the most common now these days with the groups that we have out there.

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    Amy Padgett
    Comment on Union Grove Settlement (December 1st, 2012 at 20:33)

    Union Grove Settlement

    Union Grove Township was established in 1865. It has been around a lot longer than a quarter-century. I have lived near there all my life. It is a beautiful place.

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    Comment on North Carolina Amish (February 3rd, 2013 at 19:26)

    For anyone interested, Caswell Mennonite Church meets every Sunday at the Central Caswell Ruritan Club at 820 County Home Road, which runs off NC 86 in Yanceyville. Sunday School is at 10, worship at 11, and we generally have a meal afterwards, fixed by the ladies in the church. Currently about 30-45 attend on any given Sunday, depending on who is visiting, sick, or out of town. Just last month we were given regualr congregation status by the Southeastern Mennonite Conference, and are now their only chuch in NC (the rest are in Va. and WVA.) Everyone is welcome, and I do mean everyone. We’d love to see any of you.


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      Comment on North Carolina Amish (February 5th, 2013 at 11:06)

      Forest thanks for sharing this. You’re not too far from my NC home; I probably ought to visit sometime.

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        Comment on North Carolina Amish (February 5th, 2013 at 12:08)

        We’d be glad to have you. Call me at 336-213-6111 if you need more info

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    Bill Lamb
    Comment on Greenhouse, Amish built, Statesville area (February 12th, 2013 at 21:28)

    Greenhouse, Amish built, Statesville area

    My wife and I had looked at a few small greenhouses at Lowes and Home Depot. Size 6×6 to 12×12 A friend has an Amish built tool shed he purchased in Union Grove, I was wondering if anyone built Amish quality small greenhouses in my area that were affordable. Thank you.

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    Wayne Ritchie
    Comment on Amish Wagon in need of repair (February 19th, 2013 at 11:30)

    Amish Wagon in need of repair

    I own an Amish Wagon that was built in 1973. It is in need of some repairs. to the front left side and the windows. I live in Rocky Mount NC and was wondering if there was anyone in my area that could help me fix my buggy. Thank you Wayne Ritchie

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      Teresa S
      Comment on Sam Yoder's Store :) (March 10th, 2013 at 05:00)

      Sam Yoder's Store :)

      Sam Yoder’s Store
      Miller Bakery
      Thomas Peachy dairy
      John Esh was the Bishop
      Rufus and Mary Ann Hosteller where our wonderful neighbors (they had chicken house’s)
      Peachy’s baked also
      Esh’s built the Gazebo’s you could see them from the highway

      Living in the heart of the Amish community was the most peaceful time in my life.

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        Shylie Sagar
        Comment on North Carolina Amish (September 1st, 2013 at 03:06)

        Teresa, you must have lived there sometime around the same time I did because I recognize all these names and businesses you mention. 🙂 Your post has brought back such wonderful memories! 🙂 Although we first met the Amish there around ’90, we didn’t move there until ’92. We left in ’95 and followed John Esh, as well as quite a few other families, to what was then the new church/community of Yanceyville. My family lived very near the Thomas Peachey family and my mom worked in their bakery for a time. I stayed overnight with them so many times that I got in the habit of waking up at 5 am with the Peachey children to go out and help with the milking. We are still in contact with them today, after knowing them for a total of 21 years now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your memories and reminding me of mine. 🙂

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    Comment on Mooresville NC area (March 23rd, 2013 at 14:14)

    Mooresville NC area

    My friend and I will be in the Mooresville NC in May and are wondering if there are any Amish stores that anyone can recommedn in the area.

    We wouldn’t be opposed to driving a distance but are more interested in trying to find something in the Mooresville, Kannapolis or Concord area.

    Any help would be much appreciated.


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      Comment on Amish Store in Concord, NC (March 23rd, 2013 at 20:06)

      Amish Store in Concord, NC

      Dear Monica: Yes! Try “Pike’s Amish Country Store” at 796 Concord Parkway North, Concord, North Carolina 28027, phone: (980)248-1455, website: www.pikesamishstore.com. Nice selection, but I hate that they no longer carry “shoofly pies” or “whoopie” pies. They do have locally-made “schnitz” or dried apple pies (“Mauldasche” in the dialect), but for real schnitz we go out to a country store. The area was settled in the 1700s by Pennsylvania Dutch Lutherans and German Reformed, mostly from Berks County, PA, and “Dutch” food traditions still remain. The meat market next door has great “zidderli” (souse) and “panhas” (scrapple/”liver pudding”), some ring bologna, but no Lebanon bologna, alas!
      “Frohes un’ g’segnetes Oschderfescht!” (“Happy and Blessed Easter!”)

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        Comment on Thank you! (March 27th, 2013 at 13:12)

        Thank you!

        Richard – thank you so much for the information! We will certainly check out Pike’s Amish Country Store when we get to NC in May. I’ll let you know how we like it. REALLY appreciate your help. If you can recommend any other places in the area, I’d be interested.

        We used to go to Country Boy’s in Mooresville, but haven’t found a place for fresh veggies since they closed that we like.

        Hope you and your family have a Happy and Blessed Easter also.

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    Comment on Musical Program May 19 (April 30th, 2013 at 09:07)

    Musical Program May 19

    Hello All,

    I know this is not strictly regarding the Amish, but it may be of interest to some of you. On May 19, Sunday, at 5 PM at the Caswell County Civic Center at 536 E. Main St in Yanceyville, NC, the Shenandoah Valley Chorus will be preforming. It is free and open to the public. If you care to make a donation it will be accepted. Most of the chorus is made up of conservative Mennonites from the Harrisonburg, Va area, and the event is sponsored by the Caswell Mennonite Church in Yanceyville. We welcome everyone to join us in worshipping the Lord in song, and feel very fortunate that the Chorus has decided to stop through here as it travels.

    If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll tr to answer them.

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      Nancy Ottilie Bold
      Comment on Mennonite (June 7th, 2013 at 10:02)


      thanks for the share I am glad you were able to keep your church in Yanncyville

      Hutchens Farm Herbals
      Mebane NC 27302

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    David Stanion
    Comment on Intro & info request (February 11th, 2014 at 22:45)

    Intro & info request

    I am a 71 yr old, disabled American Vietnam veteran,(I wear spinal supports to stand erect; knee supports to walk properly); I have 2 Honorable Discharges from the Navy; 1 Honorable Discharge from the Air Force; 20 year member of The American Legion; last post commander of now defunct Post (Seven Lakes); member of Disabled American Veterans; member of Veterans of Foreign Wars; Worked documentation in government lab after college; Married under NC Civil Code 50-1; 2. Religious & common law) prior to recent additions to law that invalidated such marriages; never allowed to be a husband to her due to bigotry towards former Catholics; political writer of 4 books & 15 booklets; regular & political poet & songwriter; former member of the New York Academy of Science; member of EAA; Creator of the Zer Nuler number system and manuscript & lexicon; presently work 40 weeks & drive 500 miles weekly to work; professionally trained security officer, now only able to work as security guard; and more, but I tire of this self praise.

    I am interested in learning more about the Amish Community in Randolph County, NC: religious beliefs, ceremonies, community lifestyle; religious services; and Amish people in the county. I would love to visit some time.

    Lastly, I am curious as to why the Amish are listed as being Menonite. I am on the verge of leaving Christianity; have read the Koran, and am seeking cause to remain within the Christian community. There is a 38 year history of being held guilty of a crime I was never even informed I was accused of committing; no charges were filed, no trial, no conviction. Yet Christian communities, especially the Quakers, made life hell for me with their condemnation without notification of any accusations. I am seeking to join a Christian society that practices Christian beliefs, rather than using excuses & silence to play god condemning the innocent to horrid ostracizing and police hounding (Police cowardly go around in the community using bogus PIN printouts to isolate, alienate, and force out their victims, who are targets of the Gavin de Becker Corporation of stereotypers (Profilers). Enough said. Your turn.

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    Comment on Lowders? (May 26th, 2014 at 18:35)


    Do you know why the Lowders came to Caswell County, NC? Were they part of the now defunct Yanceyville Amish community? Are they in some way responsible for it being defunct? They don’t seem Amish. They use all the technology, have live-in girl-friends, are racist, etc.

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    David Stanion
    Comment on source? (May 28th, 2014 at 12:55)


    What is your source of information against these people?

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    Timothy Coblentz
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (September 18th, 2015 at 14:52)

    I am looking for a amish girl for a relationship. Do you have any information like website for this one??? Thanks.

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    Don Wilson
    Comment on Looking for an Amish or Mennonite carpenter (September 18th, 2015 at 20:43)

    Looking for an Amish or Mennonite carpenter


    I live in central North Carolina. Can anyone refer me to an Amish or Mennonite carpenter?

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    Comment on Amish horse and pony trainer (November 30th, 2015 at 15:39)

    Amish horse and pony trainer

    I am looking for an Amish trained pony. I met someone at An Amish horse sale from Rockwell, nc, but cannot find his card.

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    Patty Vasquez
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (July 9th, 2017 at 12:49)

    There is a new Amish settlement they are trying to establish in Cleveland County/Rutherford County. I am guessing along the county lines. In Polkville NC at the crossroads of hwy226 and Stagecoach Road they have been selling baked goods and butter for at least the past few months. The young man selling the baked goods(which were made by his wife and sister in law- and were delicious) said they were from Tennessee. He trains horses and there is a furniture shop. He lives in Rutherford County and said some families live in Cleveland County. I hope they are sucessful in getting well established.

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      Comment on North Carolina Amish (July 11th, 2017 at 09:43)

      Thanks for sharing this info Patty. Any idea how many families and how long they’ve been there? And did you have any idea what affiliation they might be? (Tennessee has several communities with the largest being the very plain Swartzentrubers at Ethridge).

      NC is my home state and has had only a limited Amish presence, so this is quite interesting to hear.

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    Patty Vasquez
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (July 11th, 2017 at 11:59)

    Though the Amish gentleman was very friendly I was hesitant to ask too many questions. I had heard Amish were selling goods at the crossroads in Polkville on Saturday mornings, he referred to it as a park but basically a it is a large shaded lot where folks are permitted to set up yard sales etc. He had traveled by horse and wagon, other Saturdays a black buggy was there.
    A friend who has friends in the area told me some Amish had been looking to buy land and Amish have been seen shopping at Walmart in Shelby.

    I love visting the Amish Country in Ohio and the Union Grove area here in NC. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

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      Comment on North Carolina Amish (July 12th, 2017 at 09:17)

      Thanks for the additional details Patty. This will give me even more reason to make a road trip detour on the way to say Ohio or even a day trip by itself coming from Raleigh. I was last in Union Grove in 2014. Nice little community.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on North Carolina Amish (July 12th, 2017 at 04:17)

    I don’t have any specific details, Erik and Patty, but I do know that in The Budget newspaper June 21 edition, a scribe from Ethridge, Tn., wrote that one of the Amish bishops from the Ethridge area plans to move to Ellenboro, N. C., by August. I looked on the map and Ellenboro is near Polkville. So, I’m thinking that this may be the same group you are referring to, Patty. If so, they would likely be Swartzentruber Amish.

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      Comment on North Carolina Amish (July 12th, 2017 at 09:19)

      And thanks Al for the additional clues here – you’re on the ball as usual! So sounds like it may be Ethridge people.

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