24 responses to West Virginia Amish
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    Alice Aber
    Comment on West Virginia Amish (May 16th, 2011 at 06:59)

    Greetings!!

    Very interesting post Erik! I can understand during the civil war era and shortly afterwards not wanting to settle in that state and putting ones family at risk. But it does make one wonder why there are very few settlements there today?

    Blessings, Alice

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      Comment on Reply to Alice Aber (February 16th, 2014 at 19:24)

      Reply to Alice Aber

      Alice, the reason WV has few Amish is likely the same reason the state has relatively few farms. Because WV is so mountainous, their is not enough flat land for large farms like we find in PA and Ohio. Amish need large farms. Large areas of what was once farmland has been destroyed by the timber and/or coal mining industries. Sadly it is still happening.

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    Comment on Why not more West Virginia Amish? (May 16th, 2011 at 14:55)

    Why not more West Virginia Amish?

    Hi Alice that is a good question, on the “Amish in West Virginia” blog post today Oldkat mentioned the terrain possibly being not so buggy-friendly…I really don’t know what the farming is like in WVA, I have driven through a number of times and it really is a beautiful state but it earns its nicknames. Lot of big hills and mountains. That may have something to do with it.

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      Tammy
      Comment on I am from West Virginia (January 18th, 2012 at 16:50)

      I am from West Virginia

      I have lived here all my life and I am raising my children here along with my wonderful husband. West Virginia is a wonderful place to live, lower crime rates and high family values. Rich soil makes for awesome harvests! The terrain unless they are/were taking their buggies down into a holler it shouldn’t be a problem.

      Blessings,
      Tammy

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      Stacy Webb
      Comment on West Virginia Amish (November 10th, 2013 at 18:47)

      Hi we are in morgantown would love to know where to get some amish cheese where is the closest place to get anything amish for that matter. Stacy is my name we are from Ohio where i as well have amish family.

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        Linda
        Comment on West Virginia Amish (November 10th, 2013 at 22:54)

        Stacy,

        Here are names of some country stores and bulk food stores. I’m guessing they should be Amish or Mennonite. You could call some of the phone numbers to inquire directly what you have in mind.

        Jmg / Yoder’s Country Market**
        20282 Garrett Hwy
        Oakland, MD 21550
        301-387-5982

        Valley View Country Store
        5836 Garrett Hwy
        Oakland, MD 21550
        301-334-4381

        Springs Store
        1726 Springs Rd
        Springs, PA 15562
        814-662-4175

        Miller’s Market
        1 S Marsham St
        Romney, WV 26757
        304-822-5293

        Fisher’s Country Store
        111 Hoagland Rd
        Bedford, PA 15522-7659
        814-623-2667

        Glick’s Bulk & Discount
        5381 Hwy 286 E
        Indiana, PA 15701
        724-349-5453

        Trickling Spring
        41659 Lodge Rd
        Leetonia, OH 44431
        330-482-4935

        The Cheese Place **
        3105 John Wayland Hwy
        Dayton, VA 22821
        540-879-2402

        Amish Pantry And Cheese Inc , 214 Beech Creek Hollow Rd. , Oak Hill, WV 25901

        The Cheese & More Store , 5521 Sweet Springs Valley , Gap Mills, WV 24941

        The Cheese Place , 3524 Fulton School Rd , Dayton, VA 22821

        The Cheese Shop , 2366 Tinkling Spring Road, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477 –

        – See more at: http://www.kutztownbottlingworks.com/wheretobuy.html#wv

        West Virginia Amish

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on West Virginia Amish (May 16th, 2011 at 15:38)

    Hi Erik,

    WV has very curvey mountain roads. Farming would be difficult as well for anything more than a small backyard garden. However, there are certainly other industries Amish could get into there. And the roads are paved, LOL. Perhaps a more progressive Amish community will try their hand at WV some time? I know a lot of Amish are not even farming any more.

    Blessings, Alice

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      Shay Leech
      Comment on WV is Great for Farming (April 28th, 2013 at 19:05)

      WV is Great for Farming

      We have a lot of land that is great for farming- cows, horses and also food farms. We have a lot of widing roads but we still have horse and buggy roads in Waverly, WV. I was raised here then went into the Navy and moved back to raise my two kids here. We value our family. We are also hard working.

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    b.p. DICKINSON
    Comment on West Virginia Amish (January 18th, 2012 at 22:28)

    Being rased in the dunkert church,because there wasen’t a amish,community near.That was a rough life,They stoped me in about the 6th grade,and i left at 15,went back to school,grad from,u.o.alabama,with a 93.4 ave.,,and never regreated leaving the mules back end.It’s nice to have some things now in retirement.I still have the 400 ac farm,,but grow trees now,and grand kids,god bless.

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    Neisa Fluharty
    Comment on Mountaineer (March 19th, 2012 at 10:56)

    Mountaineer

    I live in West Virginia, and I never even knew that we had Amish!
    It would be really good for farming. We have our garden and hay field down our hollow. I wish more lived in WV so I wouldn’t have to travel out of state to visit them! lol. I could see some places being harder for them to live in, but then again they tend to stay in their communities so unlike people like me you wouldn’t have to worry about traveling out of the hollow to get to places like the mall, school, or movies, or even grocery shopping. lol.

    Mountaineer

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      Vicki Mikell-Noel (maternal side was Pennsylvania Dutch Boyer)
      Comment on Because that is the way it always has been (May 16th, 2012 at 16:38)

      Because that is the way it always has been

      I was born and raised in Amish country and twenty-seven years ago, my husband and I moved our family to West Virginia. Since becoming a “mountaineer”, I also have become very involved with technological information. Consequently, I have read ton upon ton of material that hammers it into an accepting and complacent “English” population that Lancaster valley of Pennsylvania is THE Amish area of the USA. That is so laughable to a senior citizen now who was a little girl with blond plaited hair and feedbag dresses meticulously made by my grossmudder Della Boyer who was a seamstress in addition to being a faultless gardner, canner, quilter, tatter, knitter, sausage, ponhaus and liver-pudding maker, baker, as well as a reasonably sound author of several lost volumns of her own poetry and cookbooks. We (my brother and I) grew up in a communal family household of grandparents and parents who farmed and various other “sometimers” of the aunts and uncles living with us for vacations or just “between”. Our lives were crafted in the image of the Amish tradition although we were not religiously connected to the Amish, we WERE Pennsylvania Dutch by language (try fitting together that combination…we spoke Amish-dutch but were Catholic!!) Our preferences in food, and home style management also fit easily into the Amish culture. Most of the kids with whom I began school were also in that tradition though only two little cereal-bowl haircut and barefooted boys were of the strict ordnung and they were not in that two room school for long before they were pulled to be “home schooled”…a very curious thing to ocur in the early 1950s. I never thought of my traditional “farm” upbringing as weird, unusual nor as being “not the same” as every other kid’s home life. AND WE WERE NOT IN LANCASTER VALLEY, but rather in Snyder County Pennsylvania over a hundred-twenty miles northwest of Lancaster County. As time went forward, I was confirmed in my Catholic faith as a teenager and recall the slow trek to Sunday morning Mass behind a line of black buggies all directing themselves toward the farm hosts of their home church of the week down Route 522. Many of the Middleburg/Kreamer area Christian families who had joined congregations of Lutherans or Catholics had church buildings in the eastern section of Snyder County in Selinsgrove and so were all in a queue of autos putzing along behind a stall of five-mile-an-hour wagons and nonchanlant horses. Father Burokowski used to hold up mass until his Middleburg altar boys arrived to serve…especially in the winter months when the roads were slick, but the steel-rimmed buggy wheels and sure-footed equines continued their ferrying of somber men in black and their families to one or the other of the Amish farms serving as the host “church home” of the week.

      To this very day in my sixty-sixth year my favorite food is scrapple and liver pudding, bott boi, snitz und knept and homemade raspberry ice cream! And oh yes, if I get frustrated with a project, I let fly a line of well-recalled “Grandfather-speak” which I imagine shocks my West Virginian confessor as I begin, “Bless me Father, for I have sinned in Amish-Dutch…again!”

      Because that is the way it always has been

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        Comment on West Virginia Amish (May 17th, 2012 at 15:41)

        Vicki, I loved reading this account! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. You really have a very interesting heritage.

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          Vicki Mikell-Noel (maternal side was Pennsylvania Dutch Boyer)
          Comment on And that is not the whole of it;-) (May 17th, 2012 at 17:18)

          And that is not the whole of it;-)

          Thank you for recognizing my unique cultural confusion;-) This site focused on observations of Amish life in central Pennsylvania, so I left out another cultural twist in my life. My father’s father…a Floridian, born and bred…had the blood of the Seminole Indian lineage in him, eagle-hooked nose and high cheek bones which he passed gleefully on to me…thanks, Dad. That was a real eye-opener for plain folks of Snyder County and they just weren’t sure how to absorb that. LOL.

          And that is not the whole of it;-)

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    Stephanie Rollins
    Comment on Wirt County (May 17th, 2012 at 15:49)

    Wirt County

    Do not forget about the very few Amish families in Wirt County, WV. They have a very small salvage store there. It is truly in the middle of nowhere.

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    Comment on West Virginia Amish (May 17th, 2012 at 16:52)

    Didn’t the Amish in West Virgina move there from Somerset PA?

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    Zinnia Lynch
    Comment on Reply to Wirt County Amish (November 19th, 2012 at 11:08)

    Reply to Wirt County Amish

    I live in Wirt County and I never knew that there were any amish families in the county. Most of the people live on farms in the middle of nowhere and may seem amish but I have never heard of amish people living in Wirt County.

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    Stephanie Rollins
    Comment on Wirt County, WV (November 19th, 2012 at 11:22)

    Wirt County, WV

    I am not sure what part of Pennsylvania they are from. I am not an expert on Wirt County, but they live off of Turkey Fork Road. They have a large white house, a singlewide trailer, and a store with a living quarters above it. It is Miller’s Bulk Foods. There is a small sign that you really have to watch for to see.

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    Comment on I never knew there were any Amish in Wirt County (January 22nd, 2013 at 15:54)

    I never knew there were any Amish in Wirt County

    I lived in Wood County,WV from 2002 to 2006.My uncle had family in Wirt County we would visit. I never saw any Amish around there. The only time that I did see them was when we went to Holmes County, OH.We would make a day of shopping and looking in the stores.my favorite one was Heini’s Cheese Shop. Hershberger’s Bakery and Pumpkin Patch had the best little tarts with fruit filling and cream cheese on top, two for only a dollar and the sweet rolls with some cheese and a beef stick was a very good meal! It was on a dirt road off away from the “tourist trap” of downtown either Berlin or Sugarcreek or Walnut Creek, OH. It’s been so long since I was there last that I can’t remember which town it was. Does anybody know of any Amish in Doddridge County, WV? Also does anyone know if there are any Amish in or near Orma,WV? I think it’s in Roane County, WV but not for sure about that? I would really appreciate the reply. It’s been nice recalling old memories. I hope that this has helped someone.

    I never knew there were any Amish in Wirt County

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    Stephanie Rollins
    Comment on West Virginia Amish (January 22nd, 2013 at 16:25)

    Wirt and Mason Counties are the only counties I know that have Amish.

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    Stephanie Rollins
    Comment on West Virginia Amish (March 18th, 2013 at 13:45)

    I went to the bulk food store in Wirt County today. The address is: 4273 Garfield Road, Palestine, WV 26160

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    Comment on Any Amish near Doddridge County? (March 19th, 2013 at 00:42)

    Any Amish near Doddridge County?

    Does anybody know if there are any Amish or Mennonites near Doddridge County,WV?

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    John Yoder
    Comment on Blessings (October 11th, 2013 at 16:54)

    Blessings

    Yes… live is good living off the land.

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    Hayley
    Comment on Letart? (June 19th, 2014 at 19:00)

    Letart?

    Hi! I live in Huntington, WV, which is very close to Mason County. Do you know if the Letart community is still present, and if so, do they operate any Amish-owned businesses there? Thank you! Wonderful website!

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