16 responses to NY Amish barn raising
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    Comment on Pictures of Barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 05:58)

    Pictures of Barn raising

    Thanks for sharing; those are beautiful pictures.

    Hey, here’s some insider info. I was told by my former-Amish son-in-law that you (English) CAN take pictures; just do it and don’t ask. He told me that they were taught if an Englisher asks to take your picture you must say, “no.” However, his sect would not stop anyone from taking their picture. Interesting, eh?

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      Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 08:40)


      I think the Amish might not stop someone from taking their picture to avoid conflict and/or drawing attention to themselves.

      We English CAN do a lot of things, but it doesn’t make it right.
      “Just do it, and don’t ask”….no wonder the Amish prefer to stay separate.
      Frankly, I’m glad no one wants to take a picture of me living out my daily life.


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    Marilyn from New York
    Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 07:13)

    I enjoyed the pictures of the barn going up. The Old Order Mennonite are also concerned about people taking pictures. When they had a house raising and barn raising for a new couple, I wanted to take pictures and asked permission to take pictures. They kindly told me no. When I explained I would take one of the area before they started, a second while they ate and a third after they were done,they still kindly refused. Of course they didn’t know me then like they do and told me they would allow me to take pictures if I didn’t take them of people the next time they put a barn or house up. I explained my camera and told them that after I took the pictures, if they wanted to see them they could and I would delete any pictures they didn’t approve. They agreed so I am waiting until they build another barn or house again-probably in the spring or summer.

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      Alice Mary
      Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 20:47)

      Marilyn, how interesting! I look forward to seeing those photos next year (I hope)! That was a very thoughtful thing to do, offering to delete those pics that they didn’t approve of!

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    Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 07:31)

    Great pics!! Thanks for sharing ~

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    Lee Ann
    Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 08:07)

    I’ve always wanted to go to a Barn raising. My cousin lives among the Amish and goes to those all the time. He’s said he is always invited over for the house raising/barn raising and the weddings. If I ever get to Iowa again, maybe I will be allowed to join in.

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    Comment on More info (October 19th, 2011 at 10:06)

    More info

    There were some English men helping at this barn raising; I saw at least the drivers working on this barn. I heard that some local English helped at the last one, too.

    I don’t know all of the details about photos yet. If you ask, people will tell you that they do not want their photos taken. But they enjoyed looking at an envelope of photos we had with us that we had taken of other things.

    The kids were happy because they all had a 1/2 day off from school that day.

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      Alice Mary
      Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 20:54)

      Roberta, thank you for the photos and the background info on them. Interesting about the English drivers helping out,too. I wouldn’t think the Swartzentrubers would want to mix with the English, but it seems otherwise, at least in this case.

      Lucky kids!

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    Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 10:22)

    If the pictures were taken during the lunch break, did they end up finishing the barn in one day?

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    Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 11:32)

    Were these the Swartzentruber Amish? I noticed there were no orange triangles, and the buggies seemed quite plain.

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    Comment on No SMV triangle (October 19th, 2011 at 18:26)

    No SMV triangle

    Good observation Lattice. I didn’t catch that. My guess is yes, these are Swartzentruber because they prohibit the SMV triangle on their buggies, windshields, and any “adornment” such as lights.

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      Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 23rd, 2011 at 05:48)

      This is a small group which I don’t know too much about, but I’d agree with Brenda here too about them probably being a Swartzentruber group. There are not too many other Amish that don’t use the SMV triangle.

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on NY Amish barn raising (October 19th, 2011 at 19:02)

    I’ve never seen an Amish barn raising, but this summer I had
    an interesting experience. Some of my Swartz. Amish friends lost
    several farm buildings to a fire and their house suffered much
    smoke damage. When I visited them a few days later, the farm
    was full of fellow Amish working hard. The men were rebuilding the
    woodworking shop, corn crib, wood shed, etc. and there were almost
    as many women cleaning up the smoke damage, doing laundry, sewing
    new clothes, etc. This Amish community calls such days a “work
    bee”, while I’ve heard other Amish communities call these work
    days a “frolic”.

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    Comment on Barn Raising is a Religious Experience? (October 20th, 2011 at 06:35)

    Barn Raising is a Religious Experience?

    My next door neighbor told me the most religious experience he ever witnessed was an Amish Barn raising. At the one he watched, the men were singing together in unison. The women as described above, working & serving, along with the children. Everyone had an important role. I have not witnessed one myself but after he said that, I sure would like to-actually, to help out!

    Thank you for sharing the picture & story. The comment about “Work Bees” & “Frolic” days is very common to Amish, my friend’s community did them on regular basis which included, I know of, helping an outsider cut wood for the winter-several Amish were taken by van 1.5 hrs away, to cut all the firewood an outsider family needed to get through their Maine winter.
    Love in action, what Christianity is about.

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    Comment on Work bees and frolics (October 23rd, 2011 at 05:50)

    Work bees and frolics

    You have to admit, these are pretty cheery sounding names for hard labor 🙂

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