45 responses to Pennsylvania Amish
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    Amanda C
    Pennsylvania Amish (October 13th, 2011 at 07:39)

    I grew up in Atlantic, PA (Crawford County). It’s exciting to see my tiny village on this site. :) As a matter of fact, my parent’s home has Amish across the street, kitty-corner, and the biggest of the 4 different schools is only 3 houses down from their place. It was a great place to grow up.

    It’s easy to tell when friends and family come up from New Wilmington- the brown buggy tops are a dead giveaway!

    Atlantic also has it’s own auction in the spring and several new “bent and dent” stores have sprung up in the past few years.

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      Pennsylvania Amish (October 13th, 2011 at 07:41)

      Nice to hear from you Amanda. I almost made it up to Crawford Co this summer but not quite :) Lot of Amish communities in that county.

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        Marjorie Velasco
        Pennsylvania Amish (October 4th, 2012 at 20:30)

        Where is Crawford County please? I believe Titusville is located in Crawford County and I will be there for only two days. I would like to visit the Amish Communities while there next week. Please email and let me know asap. I fly in next week. Thanks so much!

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          pamela phipps
          Crawford co (October 28th, 2012 at 10:14)

          Crawford co

          Crawford county is south of erie and also surrounds Erie . i lived out in Cambridge springs for 10 yrs or so and lived by the old sect Amish out there is a faily large settlement along with Mennonites i admire the hard work these people do everyday

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      Betty (Fisher) H.
      Pennsylvania Amish (January 26th, 2012 at 14:10)

      Pennsylvania Amish

      My Fathers family grew up in the Atlantic Pa. area. He still has relatives living there today.He was the son of William (Bill) Fisher. My grandfather passed away when my father was a teenager.Granddad fell from the roof of a barn and died in his sleep the next morning. My grandmother was a Wengerd and this is the part of the family that lives in the Atlantic region yet today. Grandmother remarried yrs. later to Bishop Andy Hershberger and lived in Troutville Pa. until Andy’s death. Then moved here to NE Ohio to live with my dads only sister.Grandma died there of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.She was buried in Atlantic Pa.I have many wonderful memories of both Atlantic and Troutville Pa.

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        Atlantic Amish (January 26th, 2012 at 14:23)

        Atlantic Amish

        Betty I appreciate you sharing. I was very near the Atlantic community last summer but unfortunately did not have time for a visit. There is a book out there on the history of the Atlantic settlement I believe.

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        tracey
        looking for the Fishers (November 12th, 2012 at 15:59)

        looking for the Fishers

        My grandfather sold “bootonware” (plastic serving ware I believe) with a Mennonite man named Mr Fisher, my father would talk of this family and as a little girl I would visit them. I would love to find this family and reunite!! Any help would be appreciated!!!

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    sarah
    Pennsylvania Amish (October 13th, 2011 at 10:23)

    excited to see info on my new neighbors from smicksburg… they have started a new community here in upstate ny! and more are moving in all the time. they have revitalized this community. they have reclaimed the abandoned farmland. it has certainly been an interesting year learning their ways, etc. from them. i have gained many close relationships which i hope will last a lifetime.

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    Sofia
    Looking for an Amish Family to stay with (November 7th, 2011 at 16:39)

    Looking for an Amish Family to stay with

    Hi, my name is Sofia and I have been studying the Amish culture for a long time now. This Feb I will be travelling to Penn so that I can finally go visit one of their communities, but I was hoping I could have a less touristy experience and stay with a family instead of staying at a local inn. I really want to get to know the Amish and their lifestyle, and maybe even find someone to correspond with me.

    Any good tips on which communities’ bureaus I should call first to try and set something up? I have done some research already and it is as hard as I thought it would be to find any valuable information.

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      Kendal
      Pennsylvania Amish (December 6th, 2011 at 14:59)

      Try contacting Professor Donald Kraybill at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown PA. I am sure you wll be able to find his email address on the colleges website. He may be able to give you some advice and insight on the Amish communities here in Lancaster County.

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    Brenda Henry
    Nickel Mines School (January 16th, 2012 at 17:34)

    Nickel Mines School

    My Amish neighbor heard at church yesterday, that someone made an attempt to harm the children again at Nickel Mines School. The guy was supposedly arrested inside the school, and taken to jail She was wondering if this really happened or perhaps only a rumor? or if it did indeed happen??

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      Pennsylvania Amish (January 26th, 2012 at 14:23)

      Brenda a little late here but I have not heard anything about this, I think it must have just been a rumor.

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    Kitty
    Pennsylvania Amish (February 14th, 2012 at 15:03)

    Pennsylvania Amish

    Hello…just wanted to make a comment…my husband and I travel throughout 5 states going to Amish communities…we have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people..we have become friends with so many and have met several generations of families throughout the 5 states. It is so interesting to see how different each settlement is …

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      Martin
      Visiting Amish Community/family (December 27th, 2012 at 07:35)

      Visiting Amish Community/family

      I’m Interested in visiting an Amish Community/family (with my wife and 3 year old daughter)that is not turisty. How would I go about this?

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    Pennsylvania Amish (February 20th, 2012 at 21:32)

    Sofia:

    I also would like to visit & stay with the Amish. I continue to discover(genealogy)my Mennonite roots in Lancaster County, PA. Hopefully, when I do locate my relatives in the area I will have the opportunity to meet with them in the near future.

    Also thank-you Kendal for the information.

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      Christen
      Linda from Northern Illinois (April 8th, 2013 at 21:01)

      Linda from Northern Illinois

      So glad to see your comment! I too have discovered Mennonite roots in Lancaster through genealogy research. :)

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    Margo Taylor
    I'am new on here (February 21st, 2012 at 05:45)

    I'am new on here

    I LOVE Having friends to email

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    AmyElizabeth
    Pennsylvania Amish (April 7th, 2012 at 17:10)

    hi, how fortunate would i be to have a penpal in Amish PA? I know a lot about the Amish lifestyle and Faith :) …. I am interested in connecting with a PenPal, Personally to really learn more about their way of life and possibly see a door open up where i could stay with them for a little while. I have a warm, friendly personality, and Love God, too! I love the fact that the Amish are sincere about being Modest! :) And, too, it has been a desire of mine to learn to live on and work a farm! …. I look forward to an open door, God Bless!

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    Joan Souders
    Really like the Amish (April 10th, 2012 at 15:50)

    Really like the Amish

    I HAVE BEEN STUDYING THE AMISH FOR MANY YEARS AND NOW LIVE IN NEWPORT, PA.

    I WOULD LOVE TO VISIT WITH AN AMISH FAMILY ON A FARM AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR WAYS.

    IT WOULD BE OF GREAT INTEREST TO ME AND I HOPE THAT SOMETHING CAN BE ARRANGED SHORTLY.

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT
    AND
    BLESSINGS,
    JOAN E. SOUDERS

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    heather zalewski
    puppies for sale from amish farm (April 10th, 2012 at 17:24)

    puppies for sale from amish farm

    why do the amish mis treat their animals so bad. they over work their horses, neglect their cows and their puppy mills are notorious for abuse, neglect and filth. how is this type of abuse ok in the amish community?

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      J T
      Pennsylvania Amish (February 8th, 2014 at 00:36)

      I’m quite close to the Amish in Synder, Union and Perry counties in Central PA. The horses work hard at times but that is what they are supposed to do. 80% of the time they are out in pastures enjoying themselves. I grew up with using horse power on our farms and those animals were treated with utmost respect. I’ve looked for “puppy mills” and never found one. Amish do have puppies for sale at times but most of the ones I’ve seen are around $35.00 and a good home is always the prime objective. Amish beleive that animals are here to help them live the way they do and they respect animal life.

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    Catherine F. Kennedy
    Furniture Repair (April 12th, 2012 at 10:57)

    Furniture Repair

    I live in Aldie, VA and am wondering if there is an Amish Community that does wooden furniture repair?

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    chris martignetti
    looking to buy new pallets (May 16th, 2012 at 03:30)

    looking to buy new pallets

    i owne a pallet co and i want to buy truck loads of pallets
    cmart2727@yahoo.com

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    Bilkish
    Amish Experience (May 26th, 2012 at 16:23)

    Amish Experience

    Hi

    My husband and I are planning a visit to the US this summer and We are hoping to come to Lancaster for a day or two. We really admire the Amish way of life and were hoping we could experience staying with them instead of the usual hotels. Naturally we would respect all customs and would be willing to ‘help out’ where we can.

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Kind Regards

    Bilkish

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    Cindy
    Amish in western berks (May 27th, 2012 at 22:40)

    Amish in western berks

    I live in western berks county and wanted to know about the amish in my area. I have seen more and more home bought by amish in this area. Do you know any more info about the growth in this part of the state. Town that are seeing more growth are Bethel, Mt Aenta, Rehrersburg, Myerstown, PA

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    Nessa
    My Favorite Place in the World.. (July 19th, 2012 at 09:31)

    My Favorite Place in the World..

    I live in Baltimore. We travel to Lancaster on a regular basis.

    Every year the first week of August the World BoardGaming Championships are held there (we stay at the Lancaster Host)

    Part of my joy is that I’m in this beautiful place with so much history…. and it’s warm and it’s summer and there are so many things to see and do..

    As a young wife and mother I worked with La Leche League and knew a woman named Penny who delivered many of the Amish babies…

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    Robert
    Pennsylvania Amish (August 26th, 2012 at 10:51)

    I would like to travel to Lancaster next week. Are there SwartzenTrubber Amish in Lancaster. Where would I find the most conservative Amish there if there are no Swartzentrubber?

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    Marjorie Velasco
    would like to visit the Amish Communities in PA (October 4th, 2012 at 20:28)

    would like to visit the Amish Communities in PA

    I am arriving in Pittsburgh, PA in a few days. I am driving from Pittsburgh to Titusville, PA. Can you help me find Amish Communities to visit while I am there between point A and point B. I only have a few days in PA.

    Thanks very much!
    email me asap to getfitbymj@gmail.com

    Thanks so much!

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    modestfamily
    lifemakeover (January 5th, 2013 at 14:04)

    lifemakeover

    have been studying amish community for years. family is ready to fully integrate into amish community. pls advise any home(s) in amish community for sale or lease for large family. modestyisbest@yahoo.com

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    chris.b
    Pennsylvania Amish (January 13th, 2013 at 13:13)

    I would argue that Ohio’s Amish community is larger than Pennsylvania’s per every other site other than this one.The population is much larger and Holmes county is known as the largest Amish community in the world per the Guinness world record.

    • Which is larger, the Holmes County or Lancaster Amish settlement?

      In most places you’ll probably read Holmes County is larger and going by number of church districts there are definitely more Amish churches there.

      However I’d say in terms of population they are quite similarly-sized and may even be considered too close to call (without doing an up-to-the-minute population count). Holmes County has more church districts, Lancaster has fewer but larger districts. That was what the researchers at Elizabethtown College found in 2010. Here’s an excerpt from what I wrote on the new estimates coming out that year:

      “The big shocker is Pennsylvania coming in ahead of the Ohio Amish, and Lancaster County a hair ahead of Holmes County (by 25 people, which means that if Holmes County delivers more babies this week, they could retake the lead!) With the numbers at around 29,000 each, they could basically be considered the same size.

      However, Holmes County has traditionally been considered significantly larger than Lancaster in previous Amish population estimates.

      Why the change? Taking into account differences in average church district sizes. The authors of the study used settlement-specific church district sizes to figure the averages this year. Previously, the average of 135 Amish per district had been applied to all settlements nationwide.”

      http://amishamerica.com/pennsylvania-amish-edge-out-ohio-in-latest-amish-population-figures/

      Holmes Co. was widely said to be larger before that probably because people just compared number of church districts, assuming a church district here is the same as a church district there. But after analyzing settlement-specific church directories they found that districts in Lancaster average around 165 people vs. 130 in Holmes which is pretty significant.

      If you look at the current numbers Holmes is slightly ahead in population (while in 2010 when this PA Amish article was written Lancaster was). For current estimates see: http://www2.etown.edu/amishstudies/Largest_Settlements_2012.asp

      These are estimates so the “real picture” could vary and be obscured by things like significant out-migration one year or more churches happening to divide in a given year resulting in more, but in reality smaller-than average churches, etc, so there is some imprecision baked in the cake. But looking at the numbers in a more careful way has given us a picture of two settlements much closer in size than originally thought. Going by church district numbers without this analysis can give the impression that Holmes could be even 30% larger than Lancaster, but this is not the case. Due to the closeness it’s probably safer to just say these are the 2 largest Amish communities (I have added a link to this explanation in the relevant bit of the post above).

      Similarly, Joseph Donnermeyer & co. last summer released a nationwide Amish census that found the 2 communities to be very closely sized, with HC around 30,000 in pop. and Lancaster about 29,000. See: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:QvsozPIeRjIJ:news.cincinnati.com/assets/AB192776731.DOCX+&hl=en&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjSFq5fjWjhOe5Gqyiz9JCGh-X-qHvmXWOiOvDjghV8-GmCv-2OQcafNPHEkLTXmqvIidOnybq3R1_yoer7VWBxVQ00JTv-Zg7MgVgnj5FUwJsVfiAfKVzKMmFCSXjSG9WHjj4M&sig=AHIEtbThkStvrBAdtkSYJSlMeJpRsDo_cA

      This church district size variation can make an even more drastic difference in other communities. In Indiana for example communities like Allen County and Daviess County average a very high number of families per district (in the 40s) while others in the state such as Adams Co and Nappanee much less (mid-20s). That can make a huge difference when estimating number of people, so going by church district number alone can be misleading.

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    chris.b
    Pennsylvania Amish (January 13th, 2013 at 13:15)

    BTW my family came from Somerset,PA and help found Somerset Ohio so I have some background in the Amish community though the family left sometime around the turn of the century.

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    Kathy S
    Newspaper for classified ad (February 3rd, 2013 at 17:31)

    Newspaper for classified ad

    I want to advertise a wringer washing machine for sale in NJ in excellent condition, but I don’t know where to place an ad. Is there a newspaper catering to the Amish where I can place this classified?

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      Christen
      Newspaper for classified ad (April 8th, 2013 at 21:04)

      Newspaper for classified ad

      The Budget is your best bet for placing your ad. It is a newspaper published in Ohio, but is read nationwide by Amish & Mennonite communities. Hope this helps!

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        Linda Northern Illinois
        Pennsylvania Amish (April 10th, 2013 at 13:33)

        Christen:

        Perhaps you or Erik could give more information on The Budget published in OHio. My purpose is locating relatives in the Amish & Mennonite communities; especially in Pennyslvania. I believe I have seen outdated The Budget in various Amish run stores. I have fanned thru them but would like more recent info. Does The Budget give addresses for correspondence?
        Sorry for all the questions but I’m searching for more info.
        Thank-you.

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          Pennsylvania Amish (April 10th, 2013 at 16:42)

          Linda here are a couple of posts on the Budget, and also their web address where you should be able to find the most current info:

          http://amishamerica.com/amish-publications-addresses-order-subscription-info/

          http://amishamerica.com/the_budget/

          http://www.thebudgetnewspaper.com/

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          Christen
          The Budget (April 10th, 2013 at 22:36)

          The Budget

          I receive The Budget weekly and I noticed there is a section where one can write in and ask for information on things. You might try writing to that column. The column is called “Information Please” the column states you can send questions to: Information Please, c/o The Budget, PO Box 249, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681 I have seen folks write in looking for a long lost family member or friend, so this may be something for you to try. Include in your writing where readers can mail information to you. Hope this helps! :)

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    Sarah
    Amish stay (April 23rd, 2013 at 20:03)

    Amish stay

    My mother and I are visiting Lancaster County in October for my birthday. Does anyone know of any Amish families that host Englischers overnight? Or any Amish-run B&B’s that I obviously can’t find online because they don’t have electricity?

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    George Howell
    Amish Community - Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (May 28th, 2013 at 07:43)

    Amish Community - Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

    Hi, I have heard that there is an Amish Community in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Do you know the community that I mean, or are there many around Punxsutawney? If you know the one I mean, is it possible to write a letter to them? Would they receive it and reply to it and what is there address? Many thanks!

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    Gordon Strout
    RV Airstream Restoration (July 25th, 2013 at 09:09)

    RV Airstream Restoration

    Hi,
    I am looking to find out if there are any Pa Amish shops willing to do an interior restoration of a 17′ Airstream RV Trailer. Floor to ceiling restoration, including cabinetry etc.
    Thanks,
    Gordon

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    kerry
    Pennsylvania Amish (July 25th, 2013 at 15:12)

    No one may see this post, since it’s attached to an encyclopedic entry, but just in case…!

    I live in Ohio’s Amish area and was recently in a local restaurant where there was a large group of what appeared to be Pennsylvania Amish, according to coverings and other signs. The women had the heart-shaped coverings (as opposed to Ohio’s “round” shapes) and black full-body aprons where the neckline was kind of a sweetheart-shape (those aren’t worn here).

    I’ve seen the black “sweetheart neck” aprons before on some Penn Amish, but what surprised me was that the people were wearing somewhat bright fabric (buttercup yellow, a brighter light blue) that also had a very subtle pattern in it (looked like a very light checkerboard). Several of the families had all family members wearing the same fabric in dresses and shirts so they matched. Several of the men were wearing suspenders that also were some light colors with differing subtle patterns, like stripes or dots.

    I’ve never seen any Amish wear any kind of pattern, even subtle, (except for Beachy Amish, which is different). I’ve never seen any Mennonite or Amish person with that combination of the heart-shaped covering and full-body black apron (withe the shaped neckline) along with any kind of almost bright and patterned fabric. It was like a combination of Penn Amish and Mennonite in a way.

    Are there Amish in Pennsylvania who wear patterned fabric, even subtle, and patterned suspenders? Or maybe they were from another state and kind of moved off the “traditional” path in a small way?

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    barbara glab
    looking for experianced quilters (August 29th, 2013 at 11:21)

    looking for experianced quilters

    I am looking for experienced quilters. Any Amish paper I can place my ad in. Please help.
    Thank you
    Barbara Glab

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    Youlanda Janifer
    My visit home to Philly (September 24th, 2013 at 13:08)

    My visit home to Philly

    I grew up in Philly, I came home for a visit in the earlt part of Sept. I was able to make it to Ready Terminal, I was so excited that the Amish had different set ups there. I wnet there almost everyday. (breakfast, except Sunday and Monday). I was also able to bring back some of the produce. I have such fond memories of traveling to Lancaster to see purchase produce, etc. That’s all I have talked asbout since I returned back to Atlanta. Does anyone know if the produce can be shipped? It is well worth it. I will always have a soft spot in me heart for the Amish Community. :)

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    Rachel
    Pennsylvania Amish (May 21st, 2014 at 21:42)

    I am trying to locate a man who bought a horse in the Ohio mix auction on May 12 2014. His name is David E Shetler from Saegerstown, Pa. The horse he purchased is very important to me. If anyone knows how I can get in touch with him just to see how the horse is doing please let me know. Thank you.

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    Victoria Merchant
    Beware (June 11th, 2014 at 21:27)

    Beware

    I have been researching puppy mills in the Amish community and am sickened by their attitude toward these creatures of God. Yes, it is a reasonable business venture to make money on breeding animals, but the animals deserve to be kept clean, fed and well taken care of, for the return on investment if no other reason. I’m also disappointed that the authorities haven’t done more to correct this situation. Sad that people who claim to only want to live the life by Jesus’s laws and earn themselves a place in heaven can treat other living creatures so inhumanely. Sure opened my eyes to the hypocrisy in the Amish communities.

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