17 responses to A Visit to the Amish of New Wilmington, PA (19 Photos)
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    Kathy Rowe
    Comment on New Wilmington, PA (October 24th, 2017 at 09:15)

    New Wilmington, PA

    Thanks, Don, for sharing your pictures and describing your visit to New Wilmington, PA. I haven’t been to that area in my travels, but may have to look it up one day when traveling in that direction.
    Always enjoy your posts and pictures. Thanks, again, for sharing!

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      Comment on Thanks... (October 24th, 2017 at 12:23)

      Thanks...

      Thanks for your kind words Kathy. And keep an eye open, I think Erik will soon be posting a three-part series with more of my pictures ‘fore long.

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        Debbie H
        Comment on Amish Pictures (October 24th, 2017 at 12:40)

        Amish Pictures

        Thank you Don for sharing your adventures. I hope the upcoming 3 part series has a few pictures of the inside of the Amish Quilt Shop.

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          Comment on A Visit to the Amish of New Wilmington, PA (19 Photos) (October 24th, 2017 at 15:16)

          Debbie, my apologies, because I think I may have given you the wrong impression. The upcoming series is not about the New Wilmington area, so I hope you won’t be too disappointed that it won’t include the Quilt Shop. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but I will say that it’s from a Missouri Amish community, and when I featured pics from this same series on my personal Amish facebook page, it drew some of the biggest traffic that my pics have ever seen. So, stay tuned — I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Awesome pictures!! (October 24th, 2017 at 09:40)

    Awesome pictures!!

    Thanks Don and Pam for sharing your awesome pictures and commentary!! I really enjoyed seeing them and reading about another Amish settlement. I really need to get back down to Arthur, IL but I doubt it will be this year. Perhaps in the spring I will make a trip and share some photos too?

    Blessings,
    Alice

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      Comment on A Visit to the Amish of New Wilmington, PA (19 Photos) (October 24th, 2017 at 12:26)

      Thank you, Alice. We’ve made a quick pass through Arthur once, but really didn’t have a chance to see much. It is a place that I’d like to get back to sometime as well.

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    Comment on Beautiful Amish Country. (October 24th, 2017 at 11:47)

    Beautiful Amish Country.

    I love New Wilmington!! Hubby and I went for the first time over Labor Day weekend and it was very enjoyable. So peaceful, quiet, less traffic and not commercialized like Lancaster County or Ohio Amish country. The Amish are very friendly and the countryside is beautiful. We are planning to go back before the snow flies.

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      Comment on A Visit to the Amish of New Wilmington, PA (19 Photos) (October 24th, 2017 at 12:29)

      I could see how New Wilmington could be just like you described it. I know a person or two that lives in the area, and they describe it that way as well. I would love to spend more time there, but it’s a long was from where we live (near St. Louis), so that one time through there might be all that we ever get to see of it. Hope you enjoy your visit there.

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    Comment on New Wilmington (October 24th, 2017 at 12:19)

    New Wilmington

    New Wilmington Pa is just over an hour and a half away. I’ll have to take a Sunday drive one of these days… Except we don’t do Sunday drives.
    I live so close to so many settlements, I really should go visit, but M’honey doesn’t enjoy them as much as I do. He takes me out to Geauga and Trumbull counties on the motorcycle do it works for us both. I wouldn’t be able to ride to the others. I’ll go visit someday.

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    Judy
    Comment on Amish in New Wilmington PA (October 24th, 2017 at 12:56)

    Amish in New Wilmington PA

    Thanks for writing a piece on New Wilmington, PA Amish community.
    New Wilmington is one of the most beautiful areas in western PA.
    Of course, the Amish community attributes to that beauty significantly. They have beautiful yards with little ones out playing or ladies tending to groomed gardens, quaint school buildings, beautiful fields, clothes hanging in the breeze using the pulley style, farms and barns on their land, etc.
    All Amish Auction goers….there is an auction the first or second Saturday in June annually. It has actually grown in size since we have been going. Quilts are bountiful. Western PA has several Amish areas: Mercer, Greenville, Kennard/Atlantic, and Stoneboro / Sandy Lake, and Cochranton area. It is always nice to travel through any of these scenic areas.
    Congratulations Pam upon your retirement! I , too, am a retired public school teacher. You will enjoy retirement and wonder when you ever had time to work! I actually taught in the Stoneboro/Sandy Lake PA area so enjoyed my ride to / from work daily…enhanced with little Amish kids in their barefeet waiting for buses, the sound of the horse drawn buggies, the beautiful farm layouts, etc.

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    Comment on New Wilmington (October 24th, 2017 at 14:06)

    New Wilmington

    Thank you, Don and Pam! Always fun to learn tidbits and see pictures of the various Amish settlements. I live in Eastern Washington and tend to live vicariously through those of you that have been able to visit Amish areas.

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      Comment on A Visit to the Amish of New Wilmington, PA (19 Photos) (October 24th, 2017 at 15:25)

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the visit, Christine — even if it is vicariously.

      Since you have so little access to the Amish, please feel free to visit my online photo albums where I’d estimate that approx. 1/3 of the 20,000+ pictures there are from my/our trips to various Amish communities (some 50+ communities in a dozen states, at last count). The link to the Amish collection (sorted by communities) is https://www.flickr.com/photos/ozarkinspirations/collections/72157669494234850/ .

      Additionally, if you’re on facebook you can stay abreast of my most current additions by visiting and liking my PlainSong page: https://www.facebook.com/PlainSong1/.

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        Comment on A Visit to the Amish of New Wilmington (October 25th, 2017 at 13:59)

        A Visit to the Amish of New Wilmington

        Thanks, Don — I actually do follow PlainSong1 on FB 🙂 I will check out your photos on flickr.

        Blessings to you and your wife!

        ~Christine

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    Gary Counterman
    Comment on Authentic and The Real Thing... (October 24th, 2017 at 23:41)

    Authentic and The Real Thing...

    So many Amish settlements are greatly commercialized, especially in Ohio and Indiana. The towns often look and feel like they’re staged and that you’re in a type of theme park and not in a real community. Fortunately it is not at all the way it is with the New Wilmington, PA Amish. If you’re in town you might not even believe there are any Amish in the area, there are no stores with Amish goods, no restaurants with Amish family style food. You’ll probably not even see a horse or buggy, it’s instead a rather quiet small college town with only a few choices in shopping or eating out. To experience the Amish you need to leave town and go into the countryside. There you’ll see signs for their goods posted near the road. You may find a small store on a farmstead, or more likely homemade rugs, toys, baskets, canned and baked goods, in someone’s simple and shiny clean parlor or kitchen. There are usually a few barefooted children close by and certainly a mellow dog and a mama cat and kittens. You’re helped by an older child or a friendly adult with an easy manner who’ll be glad to tell you about their offerings for sale and perhaps something about their community. The countryside is beautiful, clean, unspoiled and quiet. You may feel as though you’ve left the modern world temporarily and you may wonder if we’ve given up too much of what’s really good and important about life. If you don’t need to be entertained, or overstimulated by a lot of touristy stuff, and if you can appreciate a slower, quieter, simpler, more authentic place and people, then this is a wonderful place to visit.

    • Good description from what I recall of the town Gary, I had a similar impression, though it seemed like a pleasant place. I may have seen a buggy or two during my admittedly brief visit but not a lot of signs that Amish frequent it often like other places which I would consider “Amish towns” (there are many examples like Nappanee, IN or many towns throughout Holmes County, OH). I had the pleasure of visiting the first time during early autumn which was really nice.

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    Rick
    Comment on A Visit to the Amish of New Wilmington, PA (19 Photos) (October 25th, 2017 at 19:35)

    I was in New Wilmington 2 weeks ago. I grew up about 10 miles from there, about the same as the Mercer-Jackson Center settlements. Teena (at the Quilt Shop) and her sister just wrote a book on their childhood – parents originally Amish, children raised English, then the children placed back with other Amish family members after their father couldn’t care for them. This is a nice time to be back there – the NW Amish schools take a week off for corn husking, so you’ll often see ears of corn flying above the standing corn and wonder what’s going on until you see the horses emerge at the end of the row.

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