Two years ago, reader Shawn gave us a nice look at the Giles County, Virginia Amish community (also referred to by the name of Pearisburg, an area town).
This Appalachian community is tucked away in the scenic mountains of western Virginia. Though I’ve previously visited Amish in VA and have passed within shouting distance several times on visits to Amish Ohio, regrettably I’ve never stopped in here.
For those of you who’ve followed our series of “When a Son Joins the Amish” posts, Giles County/Pearisburg was the first community of Anne’s son Ed. This community is quite unusual among Amish settlements for several reasons detailed in the original post.
Shawn originally shared ten photos of the settlement, including one showing a sign of an area food store:
Today Shawn returns with an update on that store and a look inside. I enjoyed these photos and Shawn’s update on the area, and hope you do too.
First, Shawn writes:
Hi Erik! Just wanted to provide an update on this settlement…they have purchased the Natural Way general store and really made it bigger! Now houses custom furniture and a deli as well as dry bulk goods. When I went to the store they said they do plan on having deli sandwiches and ice cream available.
A huge van of Ohio Amish stopped through on the way back home. Very neat. Other than this news, not a ton of growth but clearly they are entrenched in the area. A LOT of “English” houses for sale in the area they could take over for land purposes should they choose.
Shawn’s latest photos:
The new sign.
The store exterior. Note the sign on the lower left. Too bad!
A glimpse inside the store.
Hats for sale. Straw hats cost a lot less than the dress version.
Looks like someone cleaned out all the fried pies and apple fritters, even the day-old variety.
I love visiting Amish-run stores. But if you can’t do that, it’s nice to at least have a look inside. Thanks Shawn.
Virginia is for Amish?
As of 2015, there are 6 Amish settlements in the state of Virginia. I wouldn’t call it an “Amish hotspot”, especially compared to places like Kentucky which have attracted bucket loads of Plain People in recent years, but Amish have gradually been settling the Old Dominion State.
In their 2015 Amish settlement update article, Joseph Donnermeyer and Cory Anderson noted that there have been two new communities added in just the past few years. And at least two of the Virginia settlements have grown to the point that they’ve divided their communities into two separate church districts (Charlotte County and Halifax County).