11 responses to Not that Winesburg
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    Comment on Not that Winesburg (September 14th, 2007 at 06:54)

    Your blog is great! Visiting and learning more about the Amish has been one of the great joys of my life for about the past 10 years. We just attended an Amish school auction a couple of weeks ago – 5 auctions going on simultaneiously – whew! There’s nothing better than an Amish auctioneer with a PA Dutch accent throwing in bits of PA Dutch with his auction lingo. I look forward to reading more.

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    Comment on Not that Winesburg (September 14th, 2007 at 09:23)

    Thank you Matthew! What Amish settlements have you had a chance to visit?

    I’m attending another auction tomorrow–for a schoolhouse again–it’s that time of year I guess!

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    Comment on Not that Winesburg (September 14th, 2007 at 15:15)

    Such a good book, Winesburg…There is a tiny hamlet about 25 minutes from my city…called Camden, Ohio where Sherwood Anderson was born and raised…Camden isn’t much not, it’s hard to believe that a literary figure came from such a hardscrabble town…

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    Comment on Not that Winesburg (September 15th, 2007 at 04:15)

    Well, you can say I’ve gotten around. The last auction I attended was in Milroy, IN. But I’ve also visited the following communities:

    Arthur/Arcola IL
    Kokomo, IN
    Berne, IN
    Salem, IN (Both Old & New Order)
    Orleans, IN
    Montgomery/Logootee, IN
    Freedom, IN (New Order)
    Wayne County, IN
    Adams County, OH
    Holmes County, OH
    Lancaster, PA

    I *think* that’s the exhaustive list for now. If I broke it off by specific communities within a county, the list would be longer – i.e., there are 4 Amish schools in Wayne County, IN, I’m assuming one school per church district.

    There used to be a wonderful resource on the internet that listed all the various plain communities across the United States, but that has been down for a few years. The list came from a book published in the 1990’s that listed plain communiites and accepted advertising from local businesses in that community. Do you recall the name of the book?

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    Comment on Loogootee, Indiana Amish (September 16th, 2007 at 19:06)

    Loogootee, Indiana Amish

    Matthew that is a nice list of places you’ve been! Auctions in all of them? Haven’t been everywhere on there but besides Holmes my favorite would probably be Montgomery/Logootee (La-goaty, right?) Indiana aka Daviess County–friendly, friendly people in them thar dusty hills.

    I don’t know that book you are talking about, but for the Amish you could check out the Calender which you may know of already–if not check out the comments of the ‘Two Lancaster Counties’ post (Aug 24) for more on that resource.

    Kevin I wonder if Camden was perhaps his inspiration for the work? I am very foggy on what it was about being about 8 years since I read it…just remember it being not-too-uplifting…I rarely read fiction these days it seems! Miss a good novel every now and again though.

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    Comment on Not that Winesburg (September 17th, 2007 at 06:05)

    No, actually, the Milroy auction is the first Amish auction I’ve ever been to. It is to benefit their schools. Though I’m sure the other communities have auctions as well. Milroy will have another one at the end of April. You can be assured that date is already on my calendar. I wasn’t aware of the Calender. I’ll take a look at your earlier post.

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    Comment on Not that Winesburg (September 17th, 2007 at 08:03)

    i grew up in millersburg, ohio so i enjoy seeing these glimpses of home!

    i had to chime in on the Winesburg, OH issue–Winesburg was actually based on Clyde, OH, a town near Sandusky where Anderson lived for some time. many of the people in the book were based on real citizens of Clyde. this caused quite a stir among the town residents, as you can imagine!

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    Comment on Not that Winesburg (September 18th, 2007 at 06:39)

    Hi Alyssa, just had a stroll around Millersburg the other evening and then yesterday biked the Holmes County Trail from Fredericksburg down to Millersburg–it’s a beautiful town.

    Thanks for the input on Winesburg. That rings a bell.

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    Frank Kauffman
    Comment on Not that Winesburg (April 3rd, 2010 at 13:48)

    Some of the better auctions for relief and benefits are held in Indiana, around shipshewana and Middelbury.

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    Comment on Not that Winesburg (August 30th, 2010 at 22:51)

    I have been to a few relief sales…I’m from windsor, ontario canada, and every july they have amish school auctions, near st. jacobs ontario, (3 1/2 hrs from detroit)that are wonderful and all full of auctioneers. We also have one in leamington, ontario (first weekend of June) about 45 minutes from detroit, michigan. I have been to the mount hope auction and that was lovely. When I reach Winesburg, I feel I’m getting closer to home-Holmes country that is. I love berlin, walnut creek & the surrounding towns. We usually visit in may and late november. Winesburg always seem to have that autumn touch that makes the town so quaint. I’m feeling homesick all ready. I’m thinking about attending the clare michigan yoder’s auction this sept 3 & 4th. it would be my first auction in michigan. Shipshewana is also a lovely place to visit.

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    Comment on Not that Winesburg (September 2nd, 2010 at 11:53)

    Clare’s is supposed to be a huge auction Marie. Have only visited Michigan communities once or twice, though I lived in St. Joseph County for a summer (before I knew Amish existed :))

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