19 responses to The Eight States With A Single Amish Settlement (2017)
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    Al in Ky
    Comment on The Eight States With A Single Amish Settlement (2017) (October 4th, 2017 at 10:07)

    This is interesting information. I’d like to learn a little more about the present status of the Amish settlement at Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida. Are there now two districts at Pinecraft? In the winter months in scribes’ news from Pinecraft I believe that I’ve read that there are so many Amish there in the winter months that on some church Sundays they have Amish services at three locations in Pinecraft.

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      Comment on Two church districts at Pinecraft (October 4th, 2017 at 11:06)

      Two church districts at Pinecraft

      Al, interesting question, I just checked the latest Almanac and it looks like there are 2 districts now – “Pinecraft”, and “Pinecraft 2”.

      The Amish Studies site only has an estimated population of 75 for this community (which would be on the small side for even a single district), but I guess this could be a special case of having two separate districts to accommodate the many winter visitors as you suggest.

      As for the locations, there is the Pinecraft Amish Church which is its own building (see 2 photos near the bottom of this post: http://amishamerica.com/visiting-pinecraft/). Not totally sure if the Mennonite Tourist Church is one of the others, but maybe someone here would be able to confirm.

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        Al in Ky
        Comment on The Eight States With A Single Amish Settlement (2017) (October 4th, 2017 at 15:47)

        Thanks for your further info, Erik. I must have remembered correctly from The Budget that there are now two districts. It’s interesting that there are now enough Amish there year round to have two districts. I will be on the lookout in issues of The Budget this winter in heavy tourist season, to see if they meet in 3 locations this winter. I was thinking the third location may be in Pinecraft Park, but don’t think it’s Tourist Church.

        Reading about Tourist Mennonite Church in The Budget is also interesting. In the winter, attendance each Sunday in heavy tourist season is reported to be several hundred, then after the tourists all leave in the spring, attendance can go down to less than fifty.

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    Comment on Arkansas? (October 4th, 2017 at 11:29)


    Eric, last I knew AR only had one Amish community — Salem — after the Rector (sp?) community disbanded. Is there now another on in my home state that I need to go check out? 😉

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      Comment on Erik -- not Eric. Sorry. (October 4th, 2017 at 11:45)

      Erik -- not Eric. Sorry.


      • No prob Don – I answer to many things:) There are 2 settlements now, I need to have a glance at the Almanac to see if the 2nd is listed but I’m away from it now. But will look and let you know.

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          Comment on The Eight States With A Single Amish Settlement (2017) (October 4th, 2017 at 16:14)

          No hurry. But I am curious about what “almanac” you are referring to.

          • Well I checked, and the latest Raber’s Almanac actually still lists Rector as existing with a Noah Hochstetler as Bishop (he’s the only minister listed). I know in your post on this community, you mentioned that a Hochstetler was the last known Amish resident and was waiting to sell his farm before moving. http://amishamerica.com/a-visit-to-an-amish-ghost-town/

            Perhaps it is still listed in the 2017 edition in error. And it’s possible that this Rector community is extinct but there is a second one that the Amish Studies site is counting, but that was not included in the Almanac (it’s pretty comprehensive but doesn’t always list every last district).

            Raber’s Almanac is also known officially as The New American Almanac. Among other things it lists info on Amish church districts and their ministry, and is produced by Raber’s Bookstore of Baltic, OH. The German language name is Der Neue Amerikanische Calender. A couple of posts we’ve had on this publication in the past:



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    Chelsea Wallis
    Comment on The Eight States With A Single Amish Settlement (2017) (October 4th, 2017 at 13:20)

    Thank you for the information. I do wish the Amish/mennonite communities would settle out here in Bay Area California. The closest anabaptist Churches are two hours away at the least!

    • Chelsea, maybe that will happen someday 🙂 As far as the Amish are concerned, they’ve only tried to settled in California once, a very short-lived settlement over 100 years ago: http://amishamerica.com/california-amish-community/

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    Comment on Amish in Texas (October 4th, 2017 at 15:11)

    Amish in Texas

    I did have a nice talk with the Bishop of the Amish group in Beeville, TX. Compared to other communities, they are not as clean cut. Don’t mean to be judgmental, but the area is just more “trashy” than any others I have seen. When I mentioned Amish friends I have in Lancaster, PA, the Bushop said they were the rich Amish.
    They provide produce to a grocery chain, so soil in the area must be good, but can’t compare to the rich soil of Lancaster County, PA. I hope they will stay & hope they are able to make a living. Their annual “sale” does well.

    • Thanks for sharing this Bob. That is the impression I’ve gotten from your photos and other info. I don’t think I’ve heard the term “rich Amish” used for Lancaster County people, but I guess compared to how things appear in Bee County, that would be apt. I doubt the typical farm in that part of Texas is going for $1 million-plus.

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      Comment on The Eight States With A Single Amish Settlement (2017) (October 6th, 2017 at 09:45)

      Bob, I’ve experienced some of the same. I’ve been a couple of times in the Seymour community, and it is a whole different world than their “mother” community in Berne, IN (I think it is). Berne has some of the most well-kept homes and yards I’ve seen among the Amish, but Seymour is anything but. Looks more like something from the backwoods or remote hillbilly regions. I’ve heard someone use the term “low Amish” for those opting to live like this — and I’m told that they wear the label with honor, thinking that living in meager circumstances here (even though they may have considerable personal financial resources) is a sign of their humility before God and others. I’m not sure if this is the same as what you mean by “trashy,” but it certainly does seem like a fitting term describing how they choose to live.

      My very first experience with an Amish man was near Charm, OH. He was curious about our trip that was going to take us on into Lancaster Co. I don’t remember his exact words, but his view of the PA Amish was very similar to the Bishop you mentioned who considered them the “rich” Amish.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on The Eight States With A Single Amish Settlement (2017) (October 4th, 2017 at 17:04)

    It’s always of interest to me to learn about the smaller Amish communities and how they’re faring. For say, an established Midwest community to up and move out west must be somewhat akin to the experiences of some of the early settlers during our country’s westward expansion. Exciting, but frightening!

    Speaking of Pinecraft, what impact, if any, have recent hurricanes had on the Amish population there? Does anyone know?

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Pinecraft hurricane damage after Irma (October 5th, 2017 at 09:21)

      Pinecraft hurricane damage after Irma

      Some people have been wondering about that Alice Mary – I added a comment on this based on info from Katie Troyer following Irma. In a nutshell, there was some damage, but nothing catastrophic. You can read the whole thing and get links to Katie’s site and photos on the hurricane here:


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    Comment on New NC Mennonite Community (October 9th, 2017 at 07:07)

    New NC Mennonite Community

    Hi Erik, I live in Moore County NC. we have a new Mennonite Community that has settled in the High Falls area. It has been neat to see them set up there Kettle Corn and Storage Building Business. I am from Lancaster PA Originally so seeing them helps me to feel a little more at home.

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    Tammy D.
    Comment on Amish - Maine (October 31st, 2017 at 03:42)

    Amish - Maine

    We have Amish near
    My hometown in Easton & Fort Fairfield Maine. They are seen all over working their fields and taking the buggies into town. Do you have information on them?

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