Propane & Kerosene In Amish Homes: Is It Safe?

Propane & Kerosene In Amish Homes: Is It Safe?

When I do posts and videos showing the insides of Amish homes, often enough you’ll be able to see fuel sources such as propane tanks and kerosene, used for lighting, cooking and other purposes. People frequently wonder whether these sources of heat and light are safe. I asked Ben about this and he gives his answer in the video below. The types of fuel (and…

Ohio Amish Teen Robbed At Gunpoint; Search Is On For Dark Truck

Ohio Amish Teen Robbed At Gunpoint; Search Is On For Dark Truck

An Ohio Amish teenager was robbed at gunpoint yesterday evening, and deputies are now seeking the suspect. This happened in Jackson County in the area of Beaver. From the Scioto Post: Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies are actively investigating an armed robbery incident that occurred on Thursday evening, involving an Amish teenager traveling on Cove Road. Dispatchers received a report just after 5:30 p.m. indicating that…

Inside A Small (1,028-Square-Foot) Amish Home (24 Photos)

Inside A Small (1,028-Square-Foot) Amish Home (24 Photos)

This is one of the smallest Amish homes we’ve looked at (but not the smallest).  The floor space is actually just a hair above 1K, at 1,028 square feet. What we most likely have here is a classic case: growing Amish family needs more room. This home is in Hancock, Wisconsin (Waushara County), home to an Amish community which has been around since the early…

English Join Amish To Move Montana Man’s Garage (Video)

English Join Amish To Move Montana Man’s Garage (Video)

Mike Kinsey’s garage was moved to its new location on Saturday – thanks to a volunteer team of Amish and non-Amish people. Nelson Troyer, the Amishman in charge of the move, gathered 70 Amish people, and put out the call for 70 more to join from the non-Amish community. And enough responded to get the job done. They ended up with “more than 100” people….

150 Amish To Pick Up & Move Man’s Building Off Yellowstone River – For “Cookies”

150 Amish To Pick Up & Move Man’s Building Off Yellowstone River – For “Cookies”

Another feel-good story for your Friday – at least “part one” of the story. An Amish man named Nelson Troyer is spearheading an effort to move the garage of a non-Amish neighbor. Mike Kinsey lost his home in flooding on the Yellowstone River in 2022. The move is happening tomorrow and Troyer is looking to have 150+ people to get the job done. Amish moving…

Visiting Amish Farm Stand Spring Bank Acres (20 Photos)

Visiting Amish Farm Stand Spring Bank Acres (20 Photos)

Back in December, while on the way up to Goot Essa cheese, Ben and I stopped in at an Amish farm food business we happened upon along the way. Spring Bank Acres is located in Penns Valley and is run by Raymond Fisher and his wife Mary. I realized I hadn’t shared this yet, so here are some photos from that day and our travel…

Do Amish Bishops Make All The Rules?

Do Amish Bishops Make All The Rules?

A viewer writes/asks: “My understanding is that the church bishop makes decisions on what is and isn’t allowed for their community.” I’ve found this is a common belief: the bishops are “in charge”, and in some cases wield heavy hands on their flocks. It fits with certain perceptions of the Amish as an insular, conservative religious community to have a dominant figure at the center,…

Rebekah Byler Case Update (5 New Details) – Suspect Wanted To Go To Amish Church; Behaved Strangely & Burned Items

Rebekah Byler Case Update (5 New Details) – Suspect Wanted To Go To Amish Church; Behaved Strangely & Burned Items

In the past week, court documents were unsealed that revealed new details in the Rebekah Byler murder case. Much of it concerns the behavior of the man charged with the crimes, Shawn C. Cranston, as well as relevant evidence (and what he may have done with it). There are also new details on Cranston’s prior contact with the Amish – both with other members of…

“He looks like a Bishop!” Ben Reacts to Amish Memes

“He looks like a Bishop!” Ben Reacts to Amish Memes

This may have been my favorite video to put together. In it, I show Ben several Amish-themed memes and get his reaction. And by reaction, I mean not only whether he finds them funny. But we also hear from Ben how plausible or true-to-life each one is. I’m not going to put a lot of screen shots in this post so as not to spoil…

One Year Later, Inside Another South Dakota Amish Home (18 Photos)

One Year Later, Inside Another South Dakota Amish Home (18 Photos)

Almost exactly one year ago it was reported the Amish were leaving Tripp, South Dakota. The community had been around for over a decade, and represented the only Amish presence in the state at the time. I had found examples of Amish homes for sale at Tripp prior to this news coming out and speculated that the settlement was winding down. However, a year later it…

Marlene Lehman on Amish Tourists and Plain & Simple (Video)

Marlene Lehman on Amish Tourists and Plain & Simple (Video)

Last month we heard from Marlene Lehman, who belongs to an Amish church in Shipshewana, Indiana. In that post, she shared what her typical day looks like in a video excerpt from our longer conversation. Here in Part 2 with Marlene, we start by discussing the importance of the Amish tourist industry in her area. Then she shares a fun anecdote about tourists (Marlene used…

Rebekah Byler Murder Case Update: Cranston Drove For The Amish

Rebekah Byler Murder Case Update: Cranston Drove For The Amish

Shawn C. Cranston, accused in the killing of Amish mother Rebekah Byler, had a preliminary hearing on Friday, March 15th. It lasted over three hours and saw more than 10 witnesses called to testify. After looking at reporting from the case, I’ve put together some of the takeaways here, compiled from several reports linked within this post.  1) Cranston as Amish taxi driver Cranston…

“Yankees vs. Amish”: Charity Basketball Game Raises Money For A Good Cause

“Yankees vs. Amish”: Charity Basketball Game Raises Money For A Good Cause

Amish vs. non-Amish in a competitive basketball game? In Geauga County, Ohio, home to the world’s fourth-largest Amish settlement, it happens every year in a charity event, pitting Amish against non-Amish teams. The purpose is to raise money for the local DDC Clinic, which helps children with rare genetic disorders. This is something I’d heard about, but hadn’t ever had a chance to share here…

Former Marine Saved Amish 2-Year-Old In Van Crash

Former Marine Saved Amish 2-Year-Old In Van Crash

Of the ten people involved in the Amish van accident last week, only one survived – an approximately two-year-old Amish boy named Micah Schrock. Not long after, an account emerged of how the boy made it through the catastrophic wreck in west-central Wisconsin.  A former Marine named Nathaniel Jahn was fortunately on the scene right as the accident happened. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The…

Nine Die In Crash, Including 7 Amish From Burke’s Garden, VA. 2-Year-Old Boy Only Survivor

Nine Die In Crash, Including 7 Amish From Burke’s Garden, VA. 2-Year-Old Boy Only Survivor

 Some very sad news following a road accident in Wisconsin Friday. A vanload of Amish people was struck by a semi in Clark County (west-central Wisconsin) while on a trip to visit family. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: As many as 7 of the 9 people killed in the second-deadliest crash in state history Friday are members of an Amish community from Burke’s Garden in…

Why doesn’t Amos Miller just get a permit to sell raw milk?

Why doesn’t Amos Miller just get a permit to sell raw milk?

That’s the question Lancaster County Judge Thomas Sponaugle asked in the ongoing legal saga between Amish dairy farmer Amos Miller and the state of Pennsylvania. “Why doesn’t Amos Miller just go get a permit … just like every other Amish farmer in the county and commonwealth does if they want to sell raw milk?” the judge asked. “Doesn’t he see in his heart that’s all…

Ben Riehl Shares His Story & Answers Questions – Including A Tough One

Ben Riehl Shares His Story & Answers Questions – Including A Tough One

In this video (at bottom), Ben Riehl shares some of his story with us. We talk about his job, past work, and family. Then he answers some more questions, including on telephones, pizza, and the difference between Amish in northern and southern Lancaster County. There are also a couple of brief cameo appearances, by Ben’s wife Mary and son Jay Lester. We end with Ben’s…

Amish Mud Sales: 2024 Schedule (Lancaster County & More)

Amish Mud Sales: 2024 Schedule (Lancaster County & More)

When are the mud sales in Lancaster County? (Jump to full 2024 Mud Sale Schedule) 2024 Mud Sale Guide (22 Sales) The Lancaster County mud sale schedule for 2024 is now available, with the first event happening just over a week from now (February 23 & 24 at Strasburg Fire Company). These Amish-heavy events draw members of the community and outside visitors in support of the…