90 responses to Southern Amish
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    Comment on Southern Amish (July 28th, 2010 at 19:00)

    Robert, glad it was a help and nice to hear from a fellow NC native. Kalona is an interesting community and interesting to hear about the dinners. I lucked into a dinner in someone’s home in Kalona once thanks to locking my keys into my car. Not the standard way to do it but a good way to pass the time while waiting for a rescue!

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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on Southern Amish (July 31st, 2010 at 08:59)

    Well, can’t say that I am a native, but might as well be. Between service in the Marine Corps and retiring outside of Cherry Point, we have been here 38 years.

    I was born and raised in Ohio, in Maple Heights, which is between Cleveland and Akron. I used to spen a lot of time in Geauga County and Holmes County (Millersburg and Wooster). I have been exposed to the Amish most of my life, but like most people did not understand that Amish is not a religion, but a way of life. Big difference. My family on my dad’s side came from the area of Germany and the Swiss border where there was a strong anabaptist prescence for some time. I would not be surprised if we had some anabapist blood there somewhere.

    Southern Amish

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    Varsha Phillips
    Comment on Southern Amish (August 5th, 2010 at 12:31)

    I would like to unsubscribe from the comments.

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    Comment on Southern Amish (August 17th, 2010 at 05:40)

    Varsha, there should be a button you can click on the email you get to do that–check near the bottom I believe.

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    Comment on Southern Amish (August 17th, 2010 at 05:42)

    Robert interesting to hear about your roots and sorry I’m slow getting back to you. The ‘religion-vs.-way-of-life’ discussion is one that not all Amish can agree on, and an interesting question. I think if most analyzed it the conclusion would be Christianity is of course the religion and Amish the culture or way of life.

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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on Southern Amish (August 17th, 2010 at 06:42)

    I believe you are correct Erick.

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (August 23rd, 2010 at 22:06)

    Hey Erik do you know anything on the amish that live in Delano Tennessee. i have ben by here a few weeks ago but didnt stop on count of rain. im planning on going back in a few weeks. and im enjoying this sight

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    Robert
    Comment on Southern Amish (August 24th, 2010 at 13:31)

    I came across your site by accident and found it somewhat interesting. I am considered Beachy Amish.
    To jump in on your conversation here…..We are Christians, although we are Anabaptists, and under that “category” we are Beachy Amish. Or one could be Anabaptist, and under that they could be Amish, Mennonite, Brethren, Holdeman, and I believe the German Baptists and Dunkerds also fall under that. Its kind of like you are a protestant and under that category you are either Baptists, Methodist, etc… So Amish is really part of the religion, not neccesarily the way of life. You couldn’t be a Baptist and be considered Amish just because you choose to live that life style. You would have to join the Amish church to be Amish. Does that make sense? Not quite everything in our circles make sense to some people….even our own people. LOL

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    Comment on Southern Amish (August 28th, 2010 at 15:58)

    Hey Rodney, on Delano, TN, I don’t believe I do. But do you know what county that is in? I might be able to tell you something more then.

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    Comment on Is it right to say "Amish religion"? (August 28th, 2010 at 15:57)

    Is it right to say "Amish religion"?

    hey Robert, thanks for jumping in here with some good points. I should have elaborated a bit more above. I had in mind some comments from an Amishman that seemed to make a lot of sense. Thinking about it, the 2 are really intertwined. Just some scattered thoughts: We can talk about “Amish Christianity” but is there an “Amish religion”? Well, that’s probably not incorrect to say. Religion informs many/most Amish cultural practices.

    I find this gets interesting when you talk to Amish about business promotion, however. Is putting a buggy on a product, or calling it Amish okay, or is it “exploiting” one’s religion?

    Is it right to say "Amish religion"?

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (August 29th, 2010 at 14:29)

    hey Erik, im not sure what county Delano is in. it is between Benton and Etowah Tnn. on hwy. 411. we are going back up there this comeing weekend with our RV. and im going to stop by there Friday and Saterday. ill sure let you know how it comes out. i have some cood friends that live by them that i go kayaking with and they said that it was a large group. or if i can get your e-mail i could give you a call while im there. thinks Rodney

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    Comment on Southern Amish (August 30th, 2010 at 12:00)

    Hi Rodney, I’m still not sure about that area. I wish I could tell you more, but I’d be glad to hear how your trip went. There is the large Ethridge settlement, and a few much smaller communities, but it doesn’t look like that area, at least from what I can tell. Could it be another Plain group?

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    Robert
    Comment on Southern Amish (August 30th, 2010 at 14:21)

    YOU WROTE “I find this gets interesting when you talk to Amish about business promotion, however. Is putting a buggy on a product, or calling it Amish okay, or is it “exploiting” one’s religion?”
    That is interesting…..I own a store in Amish Country (oops) but I hesitate putting the Amish label on it because it somewhat does exploit the religion. And its not very often that you see a products endorsed as Catholic made, or Baptist made etc… The Amish name has quality attached to it but I’ve seen some Amish craftsmanship and eaten some Amish cooking that I would not necessarily call it good quality, or think of it as good old fashioned cooking. But the majority of the Amish food and work done by Amish is of good quality.
    I know of someone that had a business that makes and sells different sauces and spreads and it has a buggy on the label and even has the Amish word in the name of her product, however she is the furthest thing from amish and never has been or has any amish roots. LOL

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    Comment on Southern Amish (August 30th, 2010 at 14:37)

    Robert interesting to hear, I got a number of reactions from people when I was researching my book on the point of using “Amish” to promote products. Most felt it was a religion, but the ones that were more open to promoting “amishness” tended to describe it as their culture.

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (August 30th, 2010 at 16:27)

    hey thinks Erik. the Delano community is on the east side of Tennessee just above Chattanooga. but i will let you know how it go,s.

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (September 5th, 2010 at 12:27)

    Hey Erik i stoped by the Delano community in Tnn. they are old order Mennonites. and a lot of them to. it was a grate trip. i got out and helped get up hay by horse and wagon. I think i like my 4640 John Deere tractor even better now to do hay with.
    i stayed there with one family all day saterday and even got to milk a cow by hand and the kids got a rely big laugh about that. they have a big produce market, a harness shop, buggy maker, animal sale barn, and they make storage buldings. there is more but i didnt get to go everywhere. there Church was grate this morning. they preach out of the 1611 king james bible, and they sing from the Still Waters dong book. it is in a church bulding and its in english. i loved it so much. i just left and at the RV. headed home. id like to go visit ethrige Tnn. this next weekend—tell me more on ethrige Tnn. thinks Rodney

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    Comment on Southern Amish (September 6th, 2010 at 13:59)

    Sounds great Rodney–I wondered if they might not be Old Order Mennonites.

    As for the Ethridge Amish, try this post: http://amishamerica.com/the-amish-of-ethridge-tennessee/

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (September 19th, 2010 at 22:10)

    Hey Erik thinks for letting me know what sight to look up for the Ethridge Amish. i went up there this last thursday and stayed tell last night. i got to visit 13 amish homes at there home stores. i got to talking to one family there and ended up spending a night with them–that was so grate. Friday evening i went to 3 other places and left saterday morning and im going back in 2 weeks to get a buggy i baught. i loved it much. Rodney

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    Lana Sosenka
    Comment on Southern Amish (October 10th, 2010 at 15:15)

    Is there an Amish commumity in Texas. I have heard Stephenville and Beeville but where are in location to these towns.
    Thank you,
    Lana J. Sosenka

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (October 11th, 2010 at 18:45)

    Lana, i Read the Budget newspaper for the Amish amd Minnonite communities and there listings are the 2 you listed and also Grandview and Lott Texas

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (October 11th, 2010 at 18:49)

    The Budget is a great paper to get. It’s $42.00 a year and it comes every week. Their phone number is {330}853-4634

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    The Freeman Family Of Halifax Va
    Comment on Southern Amish (December 9th, 2010 at 03:41)

    We are leasing our farm if any of the Amish Community would like to lease please contact us.Mjghyman@gmail.com

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    The Freeman Family Of Halifax Va
    Comment on Southern Amish (December 9th, 2010 at 03:42)

    We are leasing our farm if any of the Amish Community would like to lease please contact us.

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    Eddy A. Flick
    Comment on Southern Amish (December 9th, 2010 at 09:18)

    If Rodney sees this I’d like to email you privately or you can just email me eddyflick@comcast.net

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    Karen Duplantis
    Comment on Southern Amish (December 28th, 2010 at 13:20)

    Hi,

    I live in the south. I am wondering if there are any Amish communites in the south that allow outsiders to come a visit?

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    Robert
    Comment on Southern Amish (December 28th, 2010 at 19:18)

    If you are looking for a Amish settlement in the south, you can check out this website http://beachyam.org/
    This site is a Beachy Amish website. We drive cars and use more modern technology than the mainstream Amish. But if you check out this site, there is a tab where you can locate a church. This might give you a place to start.

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    Comment on Southern Amish (December 29th, 2010 at 12:23)

    Thanks Bob, and Karen, for horse and buggy communities, here are some places that might be of interest:

    http://amishamerica.com/the-amish-of-ethridge-tennessee/

    http://amishamerica.com/mississippi-amish/

    http://amishamerica.com/amish-munfordville-kentucky/

    The Mississippi settlement is small, but the KY and TN communities are fairly large and have tourist industries.

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    Comment on Southern Amish (January 22nd, 2011 at 16:44)

    I have heard there are Amish in Stratton Texas, has anyone heard of this community?

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    Jessica M.
    Comment on Southern Amish (March 13th, 2011 at 01:16)

    Was doing a Google search earlier for the Beeville Amish and found an interesting website about two Amish brothers from that community who have left (or were excommunicated, rather) the Amish for reasons of faith. These two brothers are so strong. I can’t imagine leaving behind family like that… how hard it must be. I know their faith is going to be multiplied and they will be blessed immensely for their courage. Here is the link to the page and there is a video on there about 10 mins. long that I also highly recommend. http://mysoutex.com/view/full_story/9224333/article-Breaking-away?

    Southern Amish

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    ruffice
    Comment on trying to find any amish settlements around middle indiana (April 25th, 2011 at 21:26)

    trying to find any amish settlements around middle indiana

    i have found a few amish familys outside of spencer indiana wondering if there were any others in that area. i like buying in large quanitys of produce.and would like to know where i can find bulk herbs and spices in bulk. would welcome any help if anyone knows. contact me via e mail at rufficecalahan@yahoo.com

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (May 1st, 2011 at 18:51)

    Karen, there is a big mennonite group in Delano Tennessee of 200. they have a rely big farmers market and animal sale barn. its a rely good place to go visit. Im in Alabama but i go up every 3 weeks. its just above Chattanooga tennessee on 411 north from there

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (May 1st, 2011 at 18:57)

    Erik can you e-mail me at plowboyfarmboy02@aol.com and let me know how i can contac you and let you know about some amish and mennonite places i know and also about Delano. thinks Rodney

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    connie
    Comment on builders (May 14th, 2011 at 23:15)

    builders

    i have look at your amish building photo’s (real nice) could you give me some info on how i can get started on building a home(with little money) i just don’t know where to start. “HELP” sincerly connie

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    erik beale
    Comment on Amish communities (May 17th, 2011 at 15:15)

    Amish communities

    Dear Sirs:
    I’d like to ask FOR REAL are there or have there ever been
    Amish Communities in Mexico or central or south america?
    Thank You
    erikbeale@yahoo.com

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    Comment on Amish in Mexico and Latin America (May 17th, 2011 at 15:20)

    Amish in Mexico and Latin America

    Hi Erik,

    Yes, there have, for real, been Amish in the places you mention, for instance Mexico in the 1920s and Honduras in the 1960s-70s. These are typically very small and short-lived communities, and it’s not common for Amish to try to start such settlements. The only country outside the US in which Amish have an established presence is Canada.

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    Rodney
    Comment on Southern Amish (May 17th, 2011 at 21:16)

    hello to everyone. anyone who likes to look at amish photos, you can look up www.pbase.com and click in the word amish at the upper right page and there is over a 100 photos. thought i would share this

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    Anna
    Comment on Southern Amish (October 1st, 2011 at 14:45)

    I’m really intrested in the Amish way of life. I feel like something is missin in my life here. Is there any way that I could test the waters so to speak.

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    Jonelle
    Comment on Southern Amish (June 5th, 2012 at 14:19)

    I love and respect everything about the Amish. I’m living in Georgia now and it would be a grate pleasure to visit an Amish settlement if there is any in my area.

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    Jonelle
    Comment on Southern Amish (June 5th, 2012 at 14:21)

    Hi Erik

    Do you know of any Amish settlement in Georgia?

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    Comment on Southern Amish (July 3rd, 2014 at 09:17)

    Wow. I had been wondering about this. Thanks for the insight.

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