berne-farm-amishFollowing our look at Adams County Amish household items, some photos illustrating life around this traditional Swiss Amish community.

The Adams County settlement is the fifth largest of all, with around 8,000 Amish residents.  A special thanks to our contributor who shares comments in addition to his photos below.

water-coolersWe typically see these types of water coolers inside the house, providing the family with drinking water. This well is a windmill powered pump.  Windmills are very common in the community.

amish-trampoline-indianaA trampoline in a yard. This is the first one I have seen in Berne. I assume they are there but not as common as in northern Indiana where what seems like a majority of families with small children have one.

berne-front-porchPerhaps the fridge is being used as a converted ice box?  Just speculation, but I’m sure it’s not plugged in.  We watched as blocks of ice were being delivered to R&S Sales by a “seafood and ice” truck from Ohio.



joni-schwartzThe most common last name in Adams County–along with names like Shetler, Christner, Eicher, Girod, Graber, Hilty, Wengerd, and Wickey rounding out the list of the most common last names.







amish-butchering-dayA group that was butchering/rendering.  They have a sausage stuffer and had a kettle of boiling water (not visible in the photo).



water-pump-amishSchool.  Note the community drinking cups.  The Amish are never afraid to share the same glass, whether it’s at church, school or home.


amish-school-handicap-rampRamp at school for those wheelchair bound.





berne-amish-fancy-chimneyThe chimney style seems to be somewhat common in the Berne community. Seems odd that with such plain features such a fancy chimney style is common.



no-buggy-parkingSign in front of a gas station.  Tobacco use appears permitted.  I have seen people purchasing tobacco products in such places and seeing men on buggies smoking pipes is not an uncommon sight.

berne-amish-open-buggyA family at Berne Christian Fellowship told me there is a division of New Order that recently developed in the community.  He said they drive closed buggies, but would have few New Order churches that would fellowship with them as some members are still using tobacco.

gas-powered-well-pumpGas powered well pump.

schwartz-shoe-storeMy favorite shoe store around.  John Schwartz is an older deacon in the district, a great guy to visit with and his shoes are much cheaper than those available here in Shipshewana.  I have ordered 3 pairs of shoes from him, plus taken a pair in for repair.

dog-on-porchDog and a pile of coal in bags.

converted-school-houseThere are a couple of area schools that have been converted to houses.  I believe this is one.

amish-outhouse-indianaOuthouse at a home we visited.

poultry-house-amishA new duck or poultry house.  Maple Leaf Farms and Culver Duck are two firms that contract with Amish growers to produce duck.







You might also like:

Get the Amish in your inbox

    Question on the Amish? Get answers to 300+ questions in 41 categories at the Amish FAQ.