I’m seeing more and more examples of Amish business maps, both online and off. To give a few examples, there are the multiple maps in Ethridge, Tennessee, the map we saw last week from the small Whitefield, Maine community, and this online map of the Conewango Valley, New York settlement, with over 180 Amish businesses listed.
I see the maps as good marketing by people interested in promoting tourism in these areas. That benefits the local communities including, of course, the Amish business owners.
Here is another example of a dead-tree business map, showing Amish businesses in a settlement in Livingston County, New York.
Apple butter, peaches, bread-and-butter pickles and more. Photos and story by Mary Chao/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The county has two Amish settlements; this one, near Dansville, is the largest of the pair, at two church districts. Presumably each horse-and-buggy symbol on the map below represents an Amish business. I count about three dozen of them.
In the accompanying Rochester Democrat & Chronicle article, we learn a little more on what types of businesses these are:
The number of home businesses has grown since our last visit, before the pandemic hit.
The Dansville area of Livingston County is where you’ll find home-based Amish businesses that sell foods, quilts, woodwork, florals, birdhouses, lawn furniture and more.
New to us this year is visiting Samuel and Sarah Yoder at 6215 Strong Hill Road in North Dansville. The husband and wife team makes poly lawn furniture, clocks, birdhouses and quilts.
I selected a bargello-style quilt that has a contemporary feel, and I was able to meet the artist. Sarah Yoder charges $395 for her queen-sized quilts and takes custom orders for the same price, with a three-month window for the custom orders. That’s less than half the price of Pennsylvania Amish quilts that I’ve seen online; here, you’re cutting out the middleman. And you know you have an authentic Amish-made product.
The wood birdhouses that Samuel Yoder makes are $28, and the simple Mission-style wood clocks are $250.
This bargello quilt by a woman named Sarah Yoder was priced at $395
Where to get the map, and more on the businesses:
The community of Amish home businesses is actually just north of Dansville, between Conesus and Wayland. Some are small businesses operated out of homes, while others are larger with several buildings. Samuel Yoder gave us the latest map showing the locations, and most businesses will have the maps.
Even without a map, if you drive in the area north of Dansville, you’ll see signs for the Amish businesses. The homes are along the route from Vista Hill Road and Church Road in Dansville to Stagecoach Road in Conesus.
A couple other businesses are highlighted in the article – a bulk foods store, and a greenhouse. This community is apparently pretty plain, as there are no phones. Sarah Yoder suggests communicating by letter.
Amish business maps a great idea
I think these maps can really help draw people to an Amish community, for those who wish to make them (or partner with area English to make and distribute). Many times over the years, people have asked on this website where a given business can be found in this or that community.
Outdoor dining table? Furniture by Samuel Yoder
Producing a “business-finder” map can be a win-win-win in helping bring in and connect visitors with Amish businesses and their goods and services.
Often people have just a vague idea of where an Amish community is located, and then it becomes “go there and hunt” (which also has its pluses if you’re of the right disposition).
But if people have a guide at hand so they know they’ll be able to find the places easily, it will encourage more to make the trip, especially if they’ll be coming from some distance. I hope we continue to see more examples like this.