25 responses to Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book
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    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 06:00)

    I remember that mall office in the Zook house. I was in there with my mom as a child.

    I don’t know why we were there. I probably snuck off from her again and got lost around the mall.

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    Stephanie Rollins
    Comment on book (August 20th, 2013 at 06:05)


    What aspect of the Amish is your new book about?

    • Really many aspects-quilts, adoption, Amish abroad, health, bishops, singledom, to name a few. I’l be revealing more in some posts to come soon including a little behind the scenes, so should make more sense then 🙂

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    Kevin L.
    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 06:14)

    I enjoyed the pictures of the Zook house, thanks for sharing them. I like that you included the shot across the parking lot so we could also see it in its modern setting. I am also happy to hear about your new book and look forward to the further details

    • I should have included shots I took of the dept store as well. But I wasposting from a Barnes and Noble wifi connection while an Amish friend I was with moseyed about inside so had to hurry. Actually heleft with a bagful of books so I guess didnt mind so much;)

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    Andrea green
    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 06:21)

    Wow what a fantastic looking house, this house is so very diffrent to the houses i have seen on other posts. What a shame they could not have moved this house somewhere more fitting, and also how sad that the house after so many generations was sold to big developers, why was this? Do you know? I am so going to save and hopefuly by 2015 i am going to have a holiday over there, i enjoy reading your post Erik and so enjoy the photos of so many different and enjoyable things. Will look forward to reading your new book. 🙂

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    Rich Stevick
    Comment on Zook house question (August 20th, 2013 at 07:04)

    Zook house question

    I’ve lived in PA most of my life but had never heard of the Zook House. I’m glad its been preserved, even if the setting isn’t right. I’m assuming that the movers didn’t dismantle and rebuild the house, so how do they move stone houses that size? Despite your book busyness, it sounds like you’re having a wonderful trip. Best wishes with the book. I’m looking forward to getting it. Rich

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    Comment on Zook House, new book (August 20th, 2013 at 07:33)

    Zook House, new book

    Congratulations on your upcoming book, ERik. I’ll be sure to watch for it, when published, and buy one!

    Enjoyed seeing the pics of this old house — so different from other “farmhouses”, but none the less, amazing to see it still standing–especially after so many generations! Glad they didn’t bulldoze it, when the Mall came in — seems that’s the norm, these days, “out with the old, in with the new” — I hate to see things such as this, happen, but I guess that’s what’s call “progress”??

    Here in Florida, there is always a “tug of war” when they want to develop a piece of property with some historic building on it — usually because of constant expensive upkeep, it becomes either a law office, or if lucky gets on the “Historic Registers” and is saved, or it becomes rubble, to make room for a shopping area, condos, or parking lot! SAD! But true.

    Hope the ZOOK house remains in it’s glory!

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 08:21)

    Love pictures and visiting old houses. Thanks for sharing this. Such a shame they didn’t preserve the inside as well. I’d like to know how they moved that house too.

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    Comment on Singings (August 20th, 2013 at 08:54)


    Loved the details about the singing. Thanks so much!

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    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 10:51)

    Thanks for all the pictures and information about the Zook home. I will be looking forward to reading your book when it is in print.Do you have a time line for when that might be? Are you writing this book alone? I think it would be great to attend a singing with all the youth. You job sounds like it would be wonderful but we are thankful you care enough to share your experiences with us also. Thanks so much!!!!

    • Thanks Veronica, that is nice of you to say, I do enjoy sharing and it’s nice to know it’s appreciated.

      As for the new book, I am the sole author, though have gotten a good bit of feedback from manuscript readers, Amish and non-Amish, which has shaped it to some degree. It is slated to be released late 2013/early 2014.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 10:56)

    Interesting post. Too bad the house had to be moved at all. I would hope there’d be some historical preservation group that could help with the interior upkeep. It would be a shame to see it deteriorate further.

    I have an affinity for stone houses…perhaps it has something to do with the “stone tape theory”. They just “speak” to me. I find them fascinating!

    I have a spot set aside in my bookcase for your new book, Erik! It seems as though you announced it years ago…time flies as one gets older, so that’s my excuse!

    The singing info is welcome, too. I like their names!

    Thanks, and enjoy the rest of your time in PA.

    Alice Mary

    • Thanks Alice Mary, and you are right, I did hint at it some time ago, but it has taken longer than expected to research and write.

      The singing groups’ names are very ‘birdy’. However there are some that are not bird-themed, such as the Cherokees (different than most in that it’s comprised of older single people).

      Some time ago groups had fruit names, apparently. A middle-aged Amish friend, I am told, was once a ‘Lemon’.

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    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 12:07)

    Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading your new book. I love that the house is preserved. Where I live we have Historic Richmondtown and it is a small area amongst modern homes where they preserved a period in history. They conduct tours and kids always go on school trips to this historic place. I absolutely love it as I am a fan of a “time gone by” period. I once travelled to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts…which is like Historic Richmondtown but on a much bigger scale. On a side note, I was in Williamsport, Pa recently and I googled Amish in this area. Two areas were suggested and as I travelled to Elimsport, I was going up a mountain with 4 of my kids being with me. It was too scary, I had to turn around on a mountain road bc I was too fearful. I never made it to this community

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    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 12:12)

    My comment was cut off. I was wondering if you know why it occurs as this has happened before..
    I hope to be traveling to Lancaster, Pa and I would appreciate any suggestions on areas to visit. I would like to see other areas than just the tourist attractions. I would like to travel and see what I see..if you will.

    • Yikes sorry to hear that Annmarie. Will check it out when I am back on a laptop after return tomorrow. Lancaster off the beaten path…somewhat

      Old Order Menno. areas north of county
      Two dozen plus scattered covered bridges
      Ephrata Cloister
      Drive south of hwy thirty
      Lancaster city market

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    City Slicker
    Comment on New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 12:35)

    New Book

    Nice little teaser there at the end of your blog entry today, Erik!
    More info ASAP, please — inquiring minds want to know!

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    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 20th, 2013 at 17:33)

    Can’t wait for your new book!!

    Just came back from Western PA myself and had the chance to see the Amish in New Wilmington and Volant. I’ll confess I’m very disturbed by fracking and Amish land sales. Will be reading this blog’s posts on the matter.

    Again, congratulations on the new book…can’t wait to hear more about it!!

  • Thanks for all the comments, will return to this when I get back to an electric connection as i am posting late night by kindle from an Amish home and my light is about to conk out!

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    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 21st, 2013 at 11:00)

    My Great-Grandmother was a Zug! 🙂

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    Comment on Zook Zounds (August 21st, 2013 at 16:28)

    Zook Zounds

    Historic or old homes fascinate me. The state of the interior isn’t an uncommon problem, even well loved and popular home museums look like that at some point during their history of places for people to visit and learn. I would imagine that further restoration will take place when sufficient funds are available. No doubt though there probably is interest in the building and the history of the Amish and Zook family.

    As far as names go, it is interesting how the Zook name had evolved. As a person signing his signature with a Ukrainian originated last name I can relate, there where two slightly different spellings of my last name that was used within, lets say 30 years of my father’s father arriving in Canada. Great grandfather apparently made the conscience decision to rebrand his son with a roughly English translation so that the government officials and other English people could say our name, needless to say no one in North America uses the old name (and also no one in North America could agree on how quite to spell great grandfather’s new suggestion, so it evolved anyway), unless the uncle that, according to family lore, came over with my grandfather and basically split up with him in the new world, leaving him to fend for himself, had family who used the old name, but I don’t know that about this history shrouded man.

    Even as late as 1905-1915 non-English names where being Anglicized for ease of the majority of people.

    And now I’d like to present a series of chapter titles that won’t likely appear in Erik’s forthcoming book:

    “Holmes County Ink (A reality show that won’t be seen)” [making fun of “L.A Ink”]
    “Why I was banished from a certain Swartzentruber Settlement”
    “The naughtiest joke in the Amish lexicon”
    “The Sunday an Amish teen brought turntables to Club up the Ausbund”

    • Shom it was interesting to compare what has been done with this home and with the Stoltzfus house in the vicinity of Reading.

      I think the Amish interest at least is significantly greater regarding Stoltzfus house, especially since most Lancaster Amish have ancestral ties to Nicholas Stoltzfus. Maybe more interest will come this way once that project is completed.

      And you are right, none of those chapter titles are in the new book, or even resembling any of them 😉

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    Comment on Singing Eagles, The Zook House, and My New Book (August 23rd, 2013 at 18:49)

    Thanks Erik! I hope to check those places out.

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