25 responses to A Summer Visit To The Holmes County Amish Community (21 Photos)
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    Adair
    Comment on A Summer Visit To The Holmes County Amish Community (21 Photos) (August 4th, 2018 at 07:17)

    Beautiful!

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    Comment on Amazing (August 4th, 2018 at 15:15)

    Amazing

    The Amish are amazing people.

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    Comment on Missing it (August 4th, 2018 at 16:59)

    Missing it

    We make a trip to Charm, Ohio every year. It is beautiful country and beautiful people. Try to visit the Walnut Creek Amish Flee Market, you will really enjoy it.

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    Scott Lehman
    Comment on Wheat shocks (August 4th, 2018 at 17:02)

    Wheat shocks

    There is something about harvested wheat fields, done the old way that makes me smile! It says tranquility in communion with nature to me. Wonderful scene.

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on Thank you (August 4th, 2018 at 17:27)

    Thank you

    Thank you for all these wonderful pictures, for taking the time. And all the commentary 🙂

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      Mike Sparks
      Comment on Holmes County Ohio Amish (August 5th, 2018 at 13:28)

      Holmes County Ohio Amish

      Loretta, thank you so much for your kind words. I simply love capturing the beauty of God’s work when taking these shots. Although at times I do go to many of the “tourist” areas, I much more enjoy hitting back roads. I have been there so many times, I am to the point where I know roads will lead me to where I need to be. Thanks again for sharing

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    Lisa Maikranz
    Comment on Directions (August 5th, 2018 at 10:54)

    Directions

    We are heading to that area from Texas in 2 weeks – any suggestions or helpful hints on how to find the schools and produce/misc. stands?

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      Mike Sparks
      Comment on Holmes County Amish (August 5th, 2018 at 13:49)

      Holmes County Amish

      Lisa,
      So glad to hear you will be coming from Texas to visit Holmes County. I think you will find peace and serenity. As for schools, you can see many of these on County Roads and of course back roads. Normally you won’t see them on State Highways. Because there are so many Amish in the area, there is a need for many schools. Driving on various back roads you can see quite a few after driving short distances. You will see the very plain (Swartzentruber) to the more modern Old Order buildings.

      Amish produce stands and other stores are again, more off the beaten path. The picture of Raber’s is on Kidron Road south of US 250. I believe it is just south of Harrison Road. Again, driving back roads, many Amish homes will have signs by the road as to what they are selling. Don’t get me wrong, the stores and shops in the tourist areas are nice, but if you want to truly experience the serenity of Amish Country, you have to get off the main roads. I hope you enjoy your trip and I hope these comments were helpful.

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        Comment on A Summer Visit To The Holmes County Amish Community (21 Photos) (August 12th, 2018 at 22:40)

        Lisa, Blessing Acres Produce is run by Anna Miller and her family. It is on the backroads , 6728 Township Road 362, Millersburg. Anna and her family grow everything and make their jams and jellies. The Strawberry Rhubarb is the best. I buy a case each time I go. Be sure and check out her family cookbook. Tell her Peggy Parnell said hello. We have become very good friends. Oh , and check out her homemade greeting cards. They are beautiful

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      Alice Rayburg
      Comment on School auctions (August 9th, 2018 at 17:46)

      School auctions

      Lisa, if you are there on the weekend of August 18, you might enjoy attending a school auction. “The Butler School auction is the third weekend of August at Yoder Woodworking, 21198 Swendal Road, Butler, OH. We have never been to this particular auction, but it sounds like the ones we have attended. Starts at 8:30 am, with quilts, comforters, wall hangers, new furniture, household items, misc antiques and coins, farm, lawn and garden items, shop tools, horse & livestock items, hay, firewood, lunch stand, bake sale, BBQ chicken, home-made ice cream, kettle corn, fruit stand, and probably more. For more information, contact: Marvin Yoder at 740-599-7927, Henry Nisley at 740-599-7797, Daniel Kauffnan at 740-599-5458.” They will probably not answer the phone, but will call you back. These school benefit auctions raise funds to keep the schools running. Really interesting experience! Enjoy!

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    Donna Fiala
    Comment on picked corn (August 5th, 2018 at 15:19)

    picked corn

    I have a little summer place in Berlin that I enjoy two months a year. There is nothing more peaceful and relaxing that being here in Amish Country. My Amish girlfriend and I bought Incredible Corn as it came in from the field, husked it and boiled it for 6 minutes, and ate it before it was two hours old. We froze the rest. Nothing better!

    Donna Fiala

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    Comment on holmes away from home (August 5th, 2018 at 22:14)

    holmes away from home

    This is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Your pictures are lovely. I was just there in mid June, it was really warm, and lovely to see all the farms in full swing. Your pictures are making me “holmes sick”. I have been visiting this area for over 30 years. I love to stop at all the roadside stands, and the farms selling baskets. I found a wonderful Swartzentruber home, that sells the best fry pies. They are located just down from the wildlife/nature centre on Alabama road, near Mt.Eaton before Wilmont. I can’t wait to go back in November for their holiday Christmas shopping weekend. Maybe a trip even sooner. Marie from Canada

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      Mike Sparks
      Comment on A Summer Visit to Holmes County Amish (August 7th, 2018 at 14:52)

      A Summer Visit to Holmes County Amish

      Marie B,

      I am so glad you enjoyed my photos and glad they brought back great memories. I am certainly interested in the Swartentruber home that you purchased fry pies. Is it actually on Alabama Road? Is it north of the nature preserve? I will hopefully be going back soon and I would like to stop by.

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        Comment on A Summer Visit To The Holmes County Amish Community (21 Photos) (August 8th, 2018 at 20:05)

        Yes, it north of the centre. It the first farm on the right hand side. Their last name is Miller..and the address is9282 alabama ave. (I took a photo of their mailbox)She makes really great jalapeño red pepper jelly too. I usually get them for gifts for christmas. When we visit in November, I order her homemade chocolates, too. You won’t be disappointed. Enjoy, marie

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        Comment on A Summer Visit To The Holmes County Amish Community (21 Photos) (August 8th, 2018 at 20:33)

        Mike, yes, the farm is north of the centre. Its the first farm on the right hand side and their last name is Miller. She makes wonderful jalapeno red pepper jelly, that is really nice for Christmas gifts. When we visit in November, I have an order for her homemade chocolates. You will not be disappointed if you stop at this farm. enjoy and have a safe trip. Marie from Canada

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    PJ
    Comment on Scenery (August 6th, 2018 at 09:52)

    Scenery

    Beautiful pictures! Very much like the wheat fields.

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    Comment on A Summer Visit To The Holmes County Amish Community (21 Photos) (August 6th, 2018 at 12:34)

    Mike — Thanks for sharing the interesting pictures. I’ve been to Holmes and Wayne Counties several times and done a lot of driving around the rural area. I agree with what you said in your reply to Lisa. To really see the Amish areas, you’ve got to get off the state highways and away from the congested areas of Berlin and Walnut Creek.

    I was in the Wooster area last August attending the MCC Relief Sale at the fairgrounds. Before the sale, I drove around the country southwest of Wooster. In the Amish settlement in the Blacheyville Road area, I found the most interesting Amish thrift store (used items of all sorts and fresh vegetables). Have you ever been in that area?

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      Mike Sparks
      Comment on A Summer Visit to Holmes County Amish (August 7th, 2018 at 14:55)

      A Summer Visit to Holmes County Amish

      Al in KY,
      I have not spent a lot of time in the area in which you speak. Normally, I will head south off Route 250 and go to Fredericksburg and then head further south or east, depending on my intuition. Most of my visit is usually spent South of Rt 250, although this last time, I spent more time north. Thanks for your comments.

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    Wayne and Donna Ambrose
    Comment on Holmes County Amish (August 7th, 2018 at 21:34)

    Holmes County Amish

    Thanks, Mike, for the lovely pictures of Wayne and Holmes County Amish. You captured the beauty and plainness of the area and its people. When we return to Ohio we always make it a point to visit the area. Summer is the most wonderful time to see the “fruits of their labor” throughout the remainder of the year.

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    Mike Sparks
    Comment on A Summer Visit to Holmes County Amish (August 9th, 2018 at 09:07)

    A Summer Visit to Holmes County Amish

    Wayne & Donna,
    Thank you for your kind words and insight. I have found that a drive through the back roads of Wayne and Holmes Counties can certainly be a way to set aside the troubles of everyday life. It’s certainly a place where I can find peace.

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    Alice Rayburg
    Comment on School auctions (August 9th, 2018 at 17:36)

    School auctions

    We are going up to Farmerstown, OH, in Holmes County, tomorrow to the Tri-Township School Auction, which we have been attending for several years. Quilts, furniture, and so much more, along with visiting with our Amish friends make the trip so memorable. We stay overnight in our Amish friends’ home, which helps to immerse us in their culture.

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    Comment on A Summer Visit To The Holmes County Amish Community (21 Photos) (August 12th, 2018 at 22:50)

    Thank you so much for these pictures. We go to Ohio Amish Country usually once a year. We always stay at the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek. We have made some very good Amish friends up there. We usually go out to eat with them and then they invite us to their house. I was so excited to get to me and spend time talking to one of their fathers who was a Bishop! We also got to attend one of their daughters weddings up there. We’ve also attended an Amish wedding of one of the daughters of our Amish friends in Kentucky. Holmes County is my favorite home away from home. Planning on spending Thanksgiving week there .

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