61 responses to Ohio Amish
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    Comment on Ohio Amish (January 19th, 2011 at 11:43)

    Do the Amish have big group meetings of any kind, besides in the church?
    Where would I find these?

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      Comment on Amish Painters (August 26th, 2013 at 11:16)

      Amish Painters

      I am a big fan of the Amish and what they stand for. I have an apartment building in Cleveland that I am trying to fix up right now and would love to give some opportunities to some Amish workers. How/who/where can I go to look into getting some potential local Amish that would be interested in working?

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    Comment on Ohio Amish (January 19th, 2011 at 14:47)


    I assume you are looking for places where outsiders can mingle with the Amish?

    If so, auctions and flea markets are places where many Amish men go. You will normally find that they mingle with each other and if their wives came, they will huddle together with each other. Benefit and quilt auctions held by the Amish are places that the women might be more active.

    As for meetings where Amish go that are public, that is a hard one to predict. In the large communities, there are often evangelistic groups trying to recruit the Amish. These are usually public, often tent revivals.

    If you want to make friends with a few Amish, baked goods and produce sold from the home are an excellent way to make great friends. They will soon recognize you as a repeat customer and will usually be glad to make friends. In some large communities, it can be hard to find someone selling from home, which makes this angle hard to use.

    I don’t know of any meetings that the Amish host that are public. The doctrine of separation from the world that the Amish hold so dearly makes them reluctant to invite outsiders into their midst socially. They will readily do business with you though. Outsiders that honor their beliefs by not challenging them are usually valued highly, they just don’t go seeking outside relationships too often.

    Finding out about the auctions probably requires getting a newspaper or weekly freebie from the area you are interested in.

    Good luck, my Amish friends are my best friends.

    If someone has a different opinion or experience, great, tell us about it. These are just mine from my experiences.

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    Comment on Ohio Amish (January 25th, 2011 at 21:38)

    I have five daughters ranging in age from 4 to 13. I would really like to educate them and allow them the amazing experience of an Amish atmosphere.
    I was taken to Lancaster, PA by my parents when I was younger and it was a very memorable time.
    I would like to steer away from the “commercialized” areas, but I do understand that this is a way of life for them and not all communities welcome outsiders.
    Where would we be able to visit or view the day to day life of the old order Amish? My children simply do not believe that the Amish are more than a documentary on TV with great costumes.
    I would like nothing more than to see the expressions on their faces when they see a family in a buggy, or see the children in their aprons. Is this possible anymore?
    Any suggestions would be really appreciated!
    Thank you.

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      Comment on Head to Holmes County (January 30th, 2012 at 23:00)

      Head to Holmes County

      Take your children to Holmes County during the nicer weather, and take them to some of the backroad shops such as Lamp and Light Candle in Walnut Creek and RW Leather, also on 114 in Walnt Creek. You will meet some of the nicest people ever and your children will see the real deal. Another fun place for children is The Farm at Walnut Creek and Der Dutchman restaurant. My children absolutely love visiting there, and we have made the best friends ever.;

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      Comment on Serena (May 22nd, 2013 at 13:38)


      The best place I have found to visit Amish Country is Holmes County, Ohio. My husband and I live in Georgia and we visit Ohio at lease once a year. We absolutely love it! Our 14 year old grandson has been going with us since he was 7 and our 12 granddaughter has been going for the past several years. We met a very friendly family and are very proud to call them our friends. We have really enjoyed spending time with them, as well as taking in the sights. I love taking photos and I have made some beautiful ones from there. It’s a place that you can really relax. It is so different. There’s not much we don’t enjoy about our trips there except the drive and the price of gas!! We already have plans for July, 2013. Can’t wait!

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      Comment on Ohio Amish (November 26th, 2016 at 10:42)

      Etherige Tn, Amish country mall, has a tour of a
      small community, its the most rewarding. These are the “old amish”, NO modern things of any kind ! $10 a person , well worth the trip.

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    Comment on Ohio Amish (January 25th, 2011 at 22:41)


    You don’t say where you are, so its hard recommend a specific place to go. Look at Erik’s state by state Amish guide and pick a nearby place that is not large, but not too small either. If it says there are 3-10 districts or so, that community should have a variety of little stores, and some Amish will be selling pies, bread, jam, etc and produce when in season. Ohio, Indiana, Penn., New York, Michigan, and Wisconsin have many communities like this. You just have to find them!

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    Katy Levitt
    Comment on Ohio Amish (March 2nd, 2011 at 13:48)

    I live among a large population of Swartzentrubers in Ohio. Some use TWO LANTERNS on their buggies, some (most, I think) use only ONE LANTERN. Actually I had never noticed it until I was driving my Amish neighbor to the hospital in the dark. She pointed out that a buggy we just passed could not be her husband because it had one lantern. I have observed that my two lantern neighbors don’t seem to associate with neighbors near by who use only one lantern — although they know them. They all seem to get together for barn raisings. I do know they are in different church groups. Can you give me more information about this? Are there other differences among the groups beside the lantern issue? Specifically, these are Ashland, Medina county Amish. Thanks, Katy

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      Comment on Katy's question on differences in March (October 8th, 2011 at 22:12)

      Katy's question on differences in March

      Katy, there are more than 15 sects of Amish from extremely legalistic (Swartzentruber) to progressive (Beachy). I’m most acquainted with the Swartzies (a nickname by other sects) as we “adopted” a former who was raised in upstate NY. He calls me “mom” and lived in our home for a year, was in my daughter’s wedding, went on vacation with us, and is part of our family. From him, I’ve met tons of other former-Swartzies. Despite what some people claim, the ones I know are kind, but wounded, struggle with rejection and abandonment issues, were whipped with belts but are NOT bitter or angry.
      Your post & questions about differences is a good one. There are layers of subtle differences among Amish from hat brim size, hair length, type of required shoes & even eyelet type in the shoes, # of pleats allowed in a woman’s apron, to how much beard a single man may trim (after marriage they’re not allowed to trim beards).
      This is an extremely complex culture and unfortunately, IMHO, are in bondage to man-made rules about following tradition.

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    Comment on Outside observation (April 19th, 2011 at 10:55)

    Outside observation

    I have lived in North East Ohio for my entire life. I have seen the Amish Community in their horse and buggy many, many times. I have seen them in stores and in the local hospital. They never have a mean face or show any disrespect for anyone, however they seem completely unapproachable. They do not seem unfriendly or rude or mean, just simple unapproachable. I often can not help myself but to stare at them and wonder what kind of life they live and why they live it such as they do…

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    E. Weaver
    Comment on Ohio Amish (May 13th, 2011 at 14:42)

    My dad was Amish (he quit), and I have 1 uncle who still is. I have been around them all my life, but have never been Amish myself. They are just quiet and simple people. We would always go to my uncle’s house for family get togethers, even though most of us weren’t Amish. When you get to know them, they are really nice people and just like anyone else.

    They aren’t unapproachable. Make a friend sometime, you may be surprised.

    Anywhere you go in or around Holmes county has Amish. You won’t be able to miss them.

    When my dad died I had Amish people from all over the place come to his funeral. So many people I had never even met, even ones who were related to me. The line of people was out the door and down the street. I had never seen so many buggies. They are all very nice people.

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    Comment on amish sundays (June 27th, 2011 at 17:38)

    amish sundays

    I will be in Holmes county, ohio the Sunday of July 10th. I was there last fall and it fell on a Sunday and I was able to see the Amish going to church. Will the Sunday, July 10th be a Sunday which they have church? I would love to get to see that again.

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    Comment on amish unapproachable or to view life (September 14th, 2011 at 00:12)

    amish unapproachable or to view life

    I myself dont find “most’ amish unapproachable. I have been interacting with the amish for over 16 years now at first just used one as my farrier, and bought occassional pies off his wife she normally dont sell them but did special for me. His wife ALWAYS was very polite to me talked my ear off at times. He is a very funny candid man which totally shocked me. Their children are always so well behaved. I swear amish should start a boot camp for unruly children they would fill up FAST. Now more recently we moved into the small amish community where my farrier lives. We found another family up the road that we just adore. He now trims my horses hooves one of their sons trains my mare and CHEAP I might add, hes also VERY wonderful and kind to her. The wife brings several of their younger children to our house use to be on Fridays well now that they have gotten to know us even more they come usually every or every other Sunday now to let the kids ride our pony and mini. I let them take my sons mini home to use to pull a wagon around they are just such nice people its amazing. They use our phone if they need to make calls and in exchange she makes me food she made me amazing noodles and potatoes to bring home and i buy produce, jams, baked goods off of them.I feel very blessed that they have let me into their lives as much as they have. I felt very very honored the first time they showed up at our house on a Sunday because I know how special that day is to them. We drive them when we can as long as our vehicle isnt broke down. Now that we got it fixed they were wanting us to take them to the zoo and I belive its Minnesota one of their daughters moved and just had a baby and they really want to see their grandbaby. Their family has had so much medical issues it makes you feel sorry for them but they dont want that…their youngest hes about 4 months old now i think, he had open heart surgery at a couple weeks old, he was sick and found out it was more than just a cold or phemonia. they have a daughter that has seizures and another that has some other things not sure what all it is but she just got out of the hospital. I sit and think how bad their medical bills must be since they wouldnt have medical insurance. Same with my old farrier his family was one that a couple years ago got hit by a semi truck and little girl got wrapped around the wheel of the semi and was in the hospital forever and is still healing. But sorry got off track here just saying amish arent unapproachable. I know my new friend has went as far as showing a couple around the inside of her home because the guys girlfriend couldnt belive people lived like that, they are wonderful people and the kids laugh at me TRYING to learn dutch…I might add I am not doing very good at it. know a couple words but get chicken wrong all the time they laugh at me but know its all in fun. I just feel so blessed to be included in their lives as much as we are. We are in the Martinsburg/st louisville area i am directionally challanged but about a half hour give or take from sugar creek, Ohio.

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      Clift Clan
      Comment on Howdy Neighbor!!! (October 4th, 2017 at 13:15)

      Howdy Neighbor!!!

      Howdy neighbor!!! We recently purchased a farm outside Fallsburg. Would love to meet ya’ll some time. :0)

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    Kevin Lindsey
    Comment on Ohio Amish attacked (October 7th, 2011 at 06:46)

    Ohio Amish attacked

    Hi Eric, Heard on the news this morning, and thought I would pass it on in case you hadnt heard it. Some Ohio Amish are being attacked by fellow Amish castoffs. They apparently are cutting the hair and beards of the mainstream Amish. There is an AP story on it at: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_AMISH_ATTACKS?SITE=VTBRA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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      Amish beard attacks in Jefferson County Ohio

      Thanks Kevin, I have been reading about these beard and hair-cutting assaults–it’s getting a lot of major coverage. I’ve been through this general area but have never visited the Bergholz/Jefferson County community itself. Have heard stories about it though.

      I don’t know enough about the history of the group though I think there is some discusson of it out there on the web. So I don’t know the reasons why they’ve ended up outside the fold, or to what degree they align with Amish practice (though they seem visually plain in the photos I’ve seen).

      All I can say is: I watched and read the interview with Bergholz bishop Sam Mullet, and I came away with an odd feeling. I know you generally oughtn’t impugn someone after hearing just one interview, but his answers left something to be desired.

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    Comment on Beard/Hair Cutting (October 8th, 2011 at 21:54)

    Beard/Hair Cutting

    Perhaps I can shed some light; the group that did this is a renegade group of Amish near Bergholz, OH. They & their antics are known to other Amish communities. The Bergholz community is not in fellowship with any other Amish community any more. Of course, the Amish are reticent to use the court system, especially on one of their own.

    The renegade group’s leader is bishop Sam Mullet. According to a news report, he gave the order to bring back the hair of the victims. Ewwww. I’ve heard some have fled his community in the night to avoid confrontation with Mullet & his ‘enforcers’.

    The court record of Wilma’s divorce from Aden Troyer is quite revealing; paragraphs 51-52 reveal some history of the members of the Mullet family ~ http://oh.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20100628_0003248.OH.htm/qx

    I believe 3 of the attackers are already in jail.

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    Comment on barn and windmill picture (October 10th, 2011 at 09:29)

    barn and windmill picture

    Can someone please identify the location and owner of the place with the barn and windmill picture, with milkhouse outside the barn? It looks very much like my uncle’s place, near Mt. Eaton, Ohio. The Yoder Buggy Shop, on Zuercher Road, is on this same place. There may be many other places that look similar to this, but it looks so much like it that I wondered if this is their place. I now live in Ireland, so it is quite interesting to see a photo like this from back in my “home country!” Makes we want to go visit my uncle and cousins there again.

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      Comment on Ohio Amish (October 15th, 2011 at 17:07)

      Dan, I took the photo, but to be honest, it’s been awhile, and I can’t remember exactly where it was. I believe it was northern Holmes or possibly Wayne County. Sorry I can’t do better than that for you.

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    Teresa Smith
    Comment on Ohio Amish (October 12th, 2011 at 13:38)

    Ohio Amish

    Does anyone know of any Amish Fence builders
    near Springfield, Dayton area?

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    Joan Donnelly
    Comment on Amish home builder wanted (October 15th, 2011 at 17:02)

    Amish home builder wanted


    I would like to have a home built in Clarksville Ohio, 45 mins north of Cincinnati by Amish home builders.


    Joan Donnelly

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      Chester Miller
      Comment on Amish home builder wanted (October 24th, 2011 at 21:11)

      Amish home builder wanted

      I happen to have 3 sons that each have carpenter crews. If you’re really interested and have no one yet, call some forenoon. 440-632-0638
      Make it a great day!

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        Diane Buhrmaster
        Comment on Amish Home Builder, Champaign County, Ohio (April 23rd, 2013 at 19:32)

        Amish Home Builder, Champaign County, Ohio

        I noticed Chester Miller’s post in 2011 about having 3 sons with carpentry crews. We are looking into having a home built, but we don’t want a “modern” style house… we’d rather have a more simple, Amish style house built… it is very hard to find information. We are planning to ask one of our Amish friends, but they live in Holmes Co., and nobody out that way seems to know if any builders can go to Champaign Co. to build at a reasonable price…any thoughts?

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    Comment on Ohio Amish (November 1st, 2011 at 20:21)

    Dan, if you happen to read this – I live near Zuercher Rd and think I know where the buggy shop is. I’ll take that route sometime in the near future and see if I can “find the picture” on that road. 🙂

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      Comment on Zuercher Road photo (November 2nd, 2011 at 02:50)

      Zuercher Road photo

      Kerry, thank you for your comment and for offering to check out where that picture was taken! I don’t think they have any sign out to identify the buggy shop, but you will often see a few buggies standing around outside. The house and the buggy shop are close to the road, with the lane going in between the two.
      Let me know what you find!
      Thanks again.

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        Comment on Dan in Dunmore? (November 2nd, 2011 at 06:33)

        Dan in Dunmore?

        If you don’t mind me jumping in here, Dan, but would you be of the Amish Mennonite group in Dunmore Ireland? And if so, have you ever shared about that on Erik’s website? I had heard there were Amish in Ireland and was wondering how that came about, we have Irish/Scotish heritage & so someone had shared about Dunmore Amish.
        Would be of special interest I believe, to hear about this.

        If so, you sound a little homesick, that picture looks like what I’ve driven by in that area myself. God Bless you.

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    Maria Riedyk
    Comment on Sheeps in Wolves Clothing is every Amish like that? (December 23rd, 2011 at 01:16)

    Sheeps in Wolves Clothing is every Amish like that?


    I need help and I don’t know how to go about it.

    I always thought Amish people are good honest people.

    So on the 19th Dec, 2011, I was all by myself in deep grief with passing away of my 12 beloved family members and therefore, overcome with grief in mind and spirit.

    Not only that, I am physically ill and without a job nor any income,
    I would love to work, I hardly can walk and nobody will hire me. I have tried. As idle hands are the devils work. I am so sick, so distressed, and not well.

    Especially on the 19th of December when my brother was found dead and not by God nor his own hands…

    I had the Edmonton Journal Delivered in the morning with this Amish add promoting Amish company Heat Surge LLC 8000 Freedom Ave, N. Canton OH 44720 for Heat Surge HT hybrid-thermic heaters which I read and ordered 2 heaters from, as I believed that the Amish people are honest, just and fair, god fearing people, and good people.

    I ordered two but then cancelled 1 hour after they put it through my Visa company because I had a moment of reality and realized my family, they don’t need it (because they are dead).

    However, in my mind and heart they are still with me, as I said my grief is profound and the mind can do tricks where you see them and they are not there. You reach out to them and they fade away…

    I spoke with several representatives Holly, Brian, on the customer service 1-800-924-7964 and they said that they could not reverse my Visa billing, that it is already shipped, picked up, and a lot of “less than truths”.

    I phoned the Visa company and they said that the Amish company can reverse the Visa billing since it just went through an hour ago.

    I phoned the shipping company Cooper brothers, and they did not even have it on their tracking order list nor did they pick it up that morning and it was already afternoon in OH and they only do one pick up in the morning.

    After several calls back to the company, they continued to tell less than the truth and promised to phone me back to resolve my dillemma which they never did.

    I am already in pain, in grief, in distress, and suffering, they continue to tell me that the Visa can not be reversed, that it has already been shipped, etc, etc, etc.

    Just one hour after they billed my Visa?

    No shipping company would take an order without a tracking number of their premises.

    Nobody would in their right mind ship a product without a tracking number.

    Are the Amish people so full of greed where justice, fairness, and honesty in business dealings are put to the wayside, and less than truth be told to make a sale?

    I belief in honesty, truth, to do the right thing and following the 10 basic laws laid out by Moses that was given to him by God himself.

    I belief in telling the truth, in honesty, and yes, painful as telling the truth with sharing my personal situation with each one of you is for me, and to let all of the Amish people know what is going on.

    How people will start thinking that all Amish people are indeed Wolves in Sheeps Clothing because of this one particular Amish company dealings with their customers, then I hope to have made a difference in my life in sharing my deeply personal story.

    If anyone can help me with cancellation and my fragile financial state that I am in, to put a stop to the shipping? Please help!

    I am a customer and cancelled way ahead of time so that they don’t incur the shipping cost as I am honest, fair, and just, and don’t want them to process or pay for any shipping and handling costs for a cancelled order, that just wouldn’t be right,fair, honest, or just.

    In helping correcting this greed and telling less than the truth that has invaded these Amish people, please help them and if you have it in your heart I am crying out to you in my anguish to please help me resolve this issue. Anyone please help!

    Thank you for reading about my life, my plight, my situation, and circumstances, this is not easy for me to share, and I am really telling the truth so God be my witness!


    Maria Riedyk
    Alberta, Canada

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      Comment on Sheeps in Wolves Clothing... (May 13th, 2012 at 22:39)

      Sheeps in Wolves Clothing...

      Dear Maria,

      Heat Surge is an English (non-Amish) owned company that employs members of the Amish community. If you were unable to resolve this matter with Heat Surge or through your credit carrd company, you should contact the Ohio Secretary of State, who will pursue your complaint, on your behalf, at no charge.


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      Comment on Ohio Amish (March 26th, 2013 at 07:27)

      I live in an Amish community in Ohio. The Amish are the same as other people, there are good and bad. I have dealt with many who are fair and some who are completely self centered and live this way because people from outside think they are NEAT. Don’t go in and think just because they live this simple life style you will be accepted or even
      be treated fair.

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    Comment on i love holmes county (April 26th, 2012 at 00:09)

    i love holmes county

    I had a exboyfriend that used to be amish. i loved everything about him. I never dated a ex amish befroe so it was something know for me and my family. IHe took me where he grow up and shoed me around. I say wow it was so diiferent cause i never saw how they lived befroe. I love the amish food and the things they build. yes im still friends with my ex but i was just wondering if theres and ex amish man around or sites to get to know and start a friendship with. If anyone knows please let me know. thanks

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    Debbie Welsh
    Comment on Ohio Amish (May 3rd, 2012 at 11:52)

    About to make our 3rd trip out to Ohio and would appreciate any info on good Amish roadside stands in Holmes, Wayne, Ashland, Knox, or Geauga counties? Not so much interested in the big tourist ones like Hershberger’s southwest of Berlin, but rather the ones you find on the backroads traveling around amongst their homes and farms. Any suggestions will surely be appreciated. Thanks!

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      Debbie Biddle
      Comment on Holmes County area Amish (June 29th, 2012 at 00:31)

      Holmes County area Amish

      Debbie I am so sorry I didn’t see your post earlier and I am assuming that you have already made your trip. I hope you had a wonderful time and found lots of jewels along the way!

      While I like you enjoy finding the out of the way places, I also have my must stops….Miller’s fabric in Charm, Hershbergers for their fried pies, Walnut Creek Cheese for their ice cream (yummo), Troyers for a midday munchie (tasting all the wonderful samples) and Coblenz’s Chocolates in Walnut Creek! My very favorite bulk food store is near Mt Hope, Ashery’s. Best prices I have found, huge variety, and the bacon is the best!

      If you like Bed and Breakfasts, I highly recommend The Miller Haus in Walnut Creek. Great prices and specials and the breakfasts are wonderful! They have even set it up for us to have a meal in an Amish home…wonderful experience!

      During my last trip this spring, I just drove the backroads for two days. My favorite thing to do. Just me, my hubby, and no where to be. We stumbled across several homes that were selling perenials. $1 each!! We will have them and share them for years! Better than that was the visit with those wonderful ladies. Good memories!

      It’s a 5 1/2 hour drive for us from the Lexington Ky area…worth every mile, every cent for the gas. It’s how we destress and refresh! Highly recommend this area in Holmes County Ohio to anyone!

      Debbie Biddle

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    Becky Patterson
    Comment on Help :) (June 8th, 2012 at 06:21)

    Help :)

    I’m in need of good hard working people to move one section of my 6 ft. wood privacy fence over about 10 ft to our property line. I have asked Kidren Vynal but their price was soooo steep it would break my bank…we will pay good money for good help but their quote was way over the top and that was my husbands comment. Please contact me via my e-mail. I will then give you my cell phone number so we can discuss the project.

    Thank you very much,

    Becky Patterson
    Stow, Ohio

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    Comment on furniture (July 26th, 2012 at 15:31)


    I am traveling to Ohio and wish to purchase some counter stools for our kitchen. I do not want to purchase from a big store that adds a middle man. Is there a good way to find a craftsman that builds furniture as I am sure they are not the places with websites.

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    Yvette Mosby
    Comment on Potential Customer (September 20th, 2012 at 13:08)

    Potential Customer

    I need an amish carpenter to do some exterior roof repair work that is near my kitchen. Water is seeping from the porch above my refrigerator. Can you please help me??? I need this work done before November, this year.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Yvette Mosby


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    Rosemary Stone
    Comment on Lodging (March 7th, 2013 at 13:28)


    We are so excited to be planning another trip to Holmes County this Spring. My question in about lodging. We would like to stay in or near, Berlin, Walnut, Creek, etc so we can walk around and visit the shops . Do you know which, if any, hotels or motels that are pet friendly for small dogs under 10 lbs? I have a mental health disability and our little Shih Tzu is considered my service dog.

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      Comment on best place to stay ---rosemary (May 6th, 2014 at 08:51)

      best place to stay ---rosemary

      you should stay at http://www.dutchhostinn.com/
      they really have great package deal

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    Comment on Experiencing Different Cultures (March 30th, 2013 at 22:41)

    Experiencing Different Cultures

    Hi, I am very interested in going to an Amish Community for a few weeks. But I don’t want it to be a vacation, I want it to be more like an experience. I want to live with an Amish family and do the things they do. Can you give me an address that I can send a letter to asking to partake in this? Or any advice as to what to do? Again, I am extremely interested. My Grandma talks to me about these communites all the time. It was how she used to live and she always says how she would love for me to experience it. An event occured that made me want to do this even more. I’m sure it wil be an experience I am never going to forget! So if there is any information that you can give me, I will be so grateful.

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    Comment on Info about Amish in and near Hardin County (Kenton) Ohio (April 14th, 2013 at 18:00)

    Info about Amish in and near Hardin County (Kenton) Ohio

    I am looking for any information about the type of Amish that live in and around Hardin County. About their church services, types of Buggies, etc. Any information would be valuable.

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      Comment on About Hardin County Ohio Amish (April 26th, 2013 at 15:11)

      About Hardin County Ohio Amish


      The Amish in Hardin County would be Old Order. I stopped at a farm there once and had some of the best melons I’ve ever tasted. There are some New Order Amish to the county just south of Hardin. I happen to know a few Amish people in that community. Wonderful people. The New Orders would have more “bells and whistles” to their buggies, the Old Orders would make use of gray reflective tape as their version of “slow moving vehicle” signage. One of the sermons I listened to at the New Order service was given in mostly English, for my benefit. There was a meal afterwards and in the evening I was invited to one of the youth singings in a barn. The best way to get to know any Amish, is to visit them yourself (sharing experiences just doesn’t do justice) Hope that helps.


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    Comment on Looking for Amish carpenters (October 10th, 2013 at 19:12)

    Looking for Amish carpenters

    I’ve heard so many people talk about the excellent work ethic of Amish carpenters not to mention their skill. I wondered if there are any Amish communities near Huntington, WV? I bought an older home and need to renovate it. I was wondering if any of the Amish would be interested?

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      Comment on Ohio Amish (October 14th, 2013 at 10:10)

      Lee there is a community of 4 churches at Gallipolis, OH, about an hour away from you. There are also a few communities in WV: http://amishamerica.com/west-virginia-amish/

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    Comment on Wayne/Holmes County Ohio (November 22nd, 2013 at 21:33)

    Wayne/Holmes County Ohio

    I live in Wayne county Ohio. I love going to Amish country and there not far away. I read all the books and anything else I can get my hands on. I love the amish values. When I was growing up in West Virgini we didn’t have running water or inside plumbing. And I would LOVE for my kids and grandkids could have grew up that way. People just doesn’t have the sense of God and Family anymore.
    I want to say the Amish is a loving, God loving, Family loving people.

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    Mark Baylis
    Comment on mailing address (March 2nd, 2014 at 17:07)

    mailing address

    I wish to reach out to the Amish community in Coshocton and Licking County Ohio. Finding a church mailing address seems impossible. How can I get a letter to a couple Bishops from those Counties and possibly Knox and Holmes as well?
    Mark Baylis

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    Norma Burroughs
    Comment on Ohio Amish (March 19th, 2014 at 10:06)

    We are going to visit Ohio this summer. Could any of you point out Amish communities in southern Ohio? Any other info you could share would be greatly appreciated. Also hope to travel into the Berlin area too.I always get the best info from this site!thanks in advance!

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    Comment on Amish Midwifery (March 23rd, 2014 at 10:36)

    Amish Midwifery

    I reside in Southern Ohio & have been apprenticing as a homebirth midwife for the last 3.5 years. I have attended some Amish in these years and have recently begun receiving daily calls from the surrounding communities. I am happy to accept the call to become their midwife. My experiences with the Amish communities have left me feeling completely satisfied on a soul level. There is something about our interactions that I look forward to. It is such a drastic difference to midwife with the English and the Amish. I can clearly see differences and have started preferencing my Amish families. I have learned so many details from the moms. They are always so eager to inform me about their lifestyles. I’m assuming the communities nearest me are not Old Order- as they are happy to welcome me, but not entirely New Order due to their aversion to technology. I have found this site to be of incredible help in my transition to working more with the Amish. I was wondering if you have any other pointers that may be useful?

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      Naomi Wilson
      Comment on reply to midwife (April 14th, 2014 at 12:53)

      reply to midwife

      You might enjoy the book House Calls and Hitching Posts, about a doctor working among the Amish in Ohio, and the birth center that he founded.

      Also the book Amish Society by John Hostetler for an anthropological perspective.

      For Amish Christian beliefs, for very cheap you can order 1001 Questions and Answers on Christian Life from Pathway Publishers.

      For really getting to know plain Anabaptist culture, you can subscribe to Family Life Magazine, published by and for the Amish by Pathway Publishers.

      p.s. We just had our third midwife attended home birth. Thanks for what you do!!!

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    Comment on already people here are not happy about the amish (June 15th, 2014 at 20:16)

    already people here are not happy about the amish

    Buggy byproducts become a problem for Rogers.

    ROGERS – The increase in Amish families moving to the Rogers-Negley area brings with it new challenges, and one of those is what to do about the large steaming piles of manure left behind by the horses that pull their buggies. The issue was brought up at last week’s Village Council meeting by Bill Crawford and Barbara Todd, who said manure piles are often found along village streets and in the parking lots at the local Save A Lot and Dollar General stores frequented by their new neighbors. “It’s really a problem,” Crawford said. “It’s everywhere.” = ‘none’; } } } Todd, who lives on Farr Street, said the Amish coming from the Negley area cut through her street on their way to the Save A Lot and Dollar General, with the horses leaving manure piles in their wake. They said there should be an ordinance requiring the Amish clean up after their horses, but someone suggested it would have to apply to all domesticated animals, such as dogs. “We really don’t have an ordinance on that,” said Councilman Tom Chambers, noting the influx of Amish families to the area from New York only began this year. – See more at: http://www.morningjournalnews.com/page/content.detail/id/550997/Buggy-byproducts-become-a-problem-for-Rogers.html?nav=5006#sthash.IyomPMiN.dpuf

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    Adam Hovey
    Comment on Ohio Amish (July 31st, 2014 at 18:35)

    My nieces and nephews used to live up in Geauga County, I asked my niece Tatianna about the Amish kids, she said there were only “2 or three” at her school. I have never gone to school with Amish people, Mennonites, yes (there is a significant Mennonite community around Augusta, Georgia).

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    Comment on armish in america (October 9th, 2014 at 13:47)

    armish in america

    I would like to know if armish are illegal as well in America such as the 11 million undocumented in u.s. I don’t see any differences . Because they do live altogether in one same area as one community , no government or such. Under church controlled.any one knows if they pay taxes,if they on welfare,if they have social security cards. Are they even u.s citizens?

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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on Ohio Amish (October 10th, 2014 at 07:29)

    The Amish have been here in America for a long time. It would be safe to say any Amish living in America today who were not born here moved here from Ontario, Canada. I can’t speak for all Amish communities, but anyone I know has a US or Canadian birth certificate, a social security card, and many Amish in our community have a State of Ohio ID card, either photo or non-photo ID, similar to a driver’s license. Like everyone else I know, I pay income tax to the federal government and state of Ohio and property tax. I’m exempt from paying social security but that means I’m also barred from collecting it. I have never heard of an Amish person on welfare in our community, but I know any Amish person collecting welfare. In our church, we would feel it is wrong to collect government benefits such as welfare or SS benefits. As a citizen of this country, I’m obligated to and believe I should obey the laws of our country unless they contradict Biblical teaching and i cannot think of any situation I’ve ever had to face that. I don’t know if that answers your questions or not… Hopefully others will add their thoughts or experiences as well.

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    Comment on ohio amish (October 10th, 2014 at 11:53)

    ohio amish

    Thank you Mark for your reply back to me .i think you gave me good information .i appreciate.

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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on Ohio Amish (October 10th, 2014 at 12:04)

    You’re welcome.

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    Mike Caron
    Comment on Free ride between Amish communities along a Kansas to Maine (and return) route (January 16th, 2015 at 11:34)

    Free ride between Amish communities along a Kansas to Maine (and return) route

    I am driving from Lawrence, Kansas to Holmes County, Ohio stopping there to visit my brother in Millersburg before driving on to Freedom, Maine, which is beside the new Amish communities in Thorndike and Unity. I am not asking any monetary compensation, and would be willing to drive a bit out of my way to pick up as many as three passengers for any leg of the trip or return. My departure date from Kansas is Wednesday January 28th and I will be leaving Maine on February 9th. Of course severe weather could slightly delay or modify those plans. Anyone in a position to pass on this invitation to Amish communities generally along this route or who have suggestions about how I might make this offer available to interested Amish who would like to travel to any of the communities generall between these destinations please respond and I will share contact information and character reference if desired. This is being posted in several state listings between Maine and Kansas.

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    Comment on Kitchen Cabinets (July 21st, 2015 at 15:15)

    Kitchen Cabinets

    Looking to have some kitchen cabinets built. Anyone know of any Amish carpenters that does this in the Westlake, OH area.

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      Comment on Amish Cabinets Ohio (July 21st, 2015 at 20:19)

      Amish Cabinets Ohio

      Amy, you could look at:


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    Jennie Wallace
    Comment on Leaving the Amish Community (May 6th, 2016 at 10:54)

    Leaving the Amish Community

    What happens when an Amish person wishes to leave the Amish community to pursue a life in a Non-Amish environment?

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    Comment on American Artist, Amish Content (December 21st, 2016 at 18:34)

    American Artist, Amish Content

    I am an American Painter of some renown. I am very interested in finding an Amish Community where I might be able to live amongst, or at least visit and interact a number of days each week, for a period of a few months, preferably in the summer. I am also willing to work a couple of days a week in whatever capacity needed, to broaden my experience. I wish to do a whole series of paintings about the people, their culture, and my experiences there. I am respectful, and willing to abide by any rules or requirements set forth by the community, and would welcome any suggestions.

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    Comment on Needing Amish Crews for Timber Work (January 12th, 2017 at 12:40)

    Needing Amish Crews for Timber Work

    I am in need of Amish crews that are interest in work that would include the felling of trees and site clearing to be paid bi-weekly for work performed.
    Large scale clearing operation of my property
    Please contact me if interested. If you can refer any individuals or groups, please do so. Thank you
    Eric J Spirtas 314.780.3742

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    Comment on Looking to Hire Full-Time Craftsman (January 17th, 2017 at 11:31)

    Looking to Hire Full-Time Craftsman

    We are a millwork company located in a suburb on the East side of Cleveland. We are looking to hire several craftsman full-time with experience in cabinetry and millwork. From experience the amish are very good skilled craftsman and wanted to see the best way to try and reach talent and identify individuals who may be looking for a full-time job. If living in the Middlefield, OH area transportation would not be an issue.

    If you could let me know the best way to find individuals who may be looking for a full-time position.

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