14 responses to States with Largest Amish Populations
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    Joe
    Comment on Trying to contact the site administrator (October 11th, 2014 at 17:17)

    Trying to contact the site administrator

    Sorry but I see no contact info anywhere so I decided to try and contact you here.

    I am likely going to purchase a small Amish farm in Seymour MO.
    It is only 4 acres as the previous owner was a harness maker.

    I would like to leave it original as possible and perhaps even get Amish furniture for it. The flip side is that I would never be able to sell it as most English want a modern looking home with electric and plumbing and a 4 acre farm does not attract many Amish. It has sat empty for years.

    Trying to figure a way to monetize it. Possible a bed and breakfast with tours of the local Amish attractions and even some educational opportunities such as butchering and canning chickens…

    Any thoughts from the readers?

    Thanks!

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      Comment on Seymour MO Amish Farm (October 13th, 2014 at 09:20)

      Seymour MO Amish Farm

      I’m not sure how extensive tourism is in that area, you would know better, but a bed and breakfast could be a nice idea. You see them in larger settlements.

      Not converting it to electric would be an interesting choice if you did use it as lodging, could be a selling point for guests who don’t require hotel levels of comfort. A lot of people want to try living like the Amish, but usually only for a day or two 🙂

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      Oldkat
      Comment on Amish rurniture maker in Seymour, Mo (October 15th, 2014 at 08:56)

      Amish rurniture maker in Seymour, Mo

      Joe,

      I have a really good furniture maker in Seymour that I can direct you to, if you don’t already have one. If you are interested, reply and I will look up his contact info for you.

      DOK

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        Oldkat
        Comment on Typo (October 15th, 2014 at 08:58)

        Typo

        That comment title should have said “Furniture” maker, not “rurniture” maker!

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        Joe
        Comment on Highest Amish Population States (October 15th, 2014 at 12:01)

        Yea Doc I haven’t any furniture makers contacted yet.

        FWIW I have met the wood stove dealer, and the Aeromotor windmill dealer. There is also a chimtek dealer I am told….

        The Amish become dealers for a lot of things and then sell to each other and usually us very inexpensively.

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          Oldkat
          Comment on J & E Furniture (October 15th, 2014 at 13:56)

          J & E Furniture

          Joe,

          That contact information is:
          Jonas Schwartz at J & E Furniture, 844 Morningside Road, Seymour, MO 65746

          He makes cabinets, trunks, shelf’s, bookcases and much more. Has a nice photo album of past projects & will, for the right money, go on the road to install built-ins.

          If you happen to go by his shop, be sure to get him to show you the treadmill for the horses that are used to power all of the equipment in the shop. Ingenious application of mechanical advantage / gear reduction.

          We were there in early August & I took some photos of the setup.
          If I can remember to, I will send them to Erik to post.

          DOK

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Top 10 Amish Population States (October 12th, 2014 at 19:10)

    I always appreciate updates about the Amish population. I was surprised Arthur, IL is still (though barely)in the top 10 largest Amish population states. I sure hope they increase a bit more—I’d hate to see them disappear after so many generations! But I’m sure you’ll let us know before that happens, right, Erik? 😉 Heck, I’d even consider retiring down there, if it would help any! 🙂

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on States with Largest Amish Populations (October 13th, 2014 at 09:13)

      Illinois is a couple thousand-plus ahead of the next on the list and about a thousand behind Iowa so no need to worry, I expect they’ll stay where they are for awhile.

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    Dave C
    Comment on Top 10 Amish Population States (October 12th, 2014 at 20:52)

    Well Eric – I have a feeling there are some folks in East Lansing, Mchigan who might not take kindly to it being called the Wolverine state…. 😉

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      Melissa W.
      Comment on Wolverine state (October 13th, 2014 at 01:04)

      Wolverine state

      Dave,

      I would hazard a guess that even a few people in that other college town south of you;)feel the same way. In case you are wondering, Yes, I am from the state down south.

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    Slightly-Handled-Order-Man
    Comment on Top 10 Amish Population States (October 12th, 2014 at 21:29)

    Yay Ontario!
    I think there still are more Mennonites in the province than there are Amish.
    I don’t live in the country, but occasionally, as I’ve must have said, I see the odd Old Order person where I live.
    Like the plain people I saw go into the Tim Horton’s near my place this summer.

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    Dave C
    Comment on Top 10 Amish Population States (October 13th, 2014 at 08:43)

    Mellisa – well I am from and in Florida – I just figured calling Michigan the Wolverine state would ld be akin to callin Florida the Gator state…. Oh the shame if he did….

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      Comment on States with Largest Amish Populations (October 13th, 2014 at 09:09)

      Likewise I am from the Tar Heel State which pleases fans of UNC but less so those in Raleigh, Durham, etc 😉

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      Melissa W.
      Comment on State nicknames (October 13th, 2014 at 22:38)

      State nicknames

      Dave,

      At least Florida has gators. From what I hear, Michigan, (oops, I mean “The state up north”) doesn’t have any more wolverines. As bad as they have been doing, maybe they could change their name to the Weasels, or another small rodent. Ha, Ha!

      Sports rivalries are so much fun. It is the only time you can hate someone and not feel bad about it.:)

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