Amish in Florida

amish florida palmThe Florida Amish outpost in the Pinecraft district of Sarasota is unusual in a number of ways.

For one, its size waxes and wanes with the seasons.  Every year in the fall and winter months, an influx of Amish vacationers boosts a hard core of full-time residents.  Right now we are in the summer off-season, but come autumn, a slew of northern buses will arrive, bringing Amish travelers from Indiana, Ohio, and other states.

I describe the numerous other reasons Pinecraft is not your typical Plain community in a new Florida Amish profile for the Amish State Guide.  Hope you enjoy it.

Also: Amish woodworkers are better known for vacationing in Florida than for manufacturing furniture there. However, Amish woodcraft can be found in the state at numerous locations. Read more: Amish furniture-Florida.
Photo credit: Herb Hernandez

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  1. Rhea

    Went there in May

    Guess I was too late! I went to the neighborhood twice and saw just one Amish man. He was riding a bike down the main drag. Otherwise, I saw restaurants that served Amish-style food and a few businesses.

  2. I think you just missed the season Rhea. I bet the restaurants were still open though.

  3. Richard

    Well since i did live in Florida up until late last year i thought id chime-in on this topic. From my experience going down to Pinecraft since 1989, that little town pretty much dies down around the month of April and beyond. That’s around the time when the main buses (pioneer) stop traveling down to Florida, and back to the north. And even though most plain folks would leave Little Pinecraft it was still enjoyable walking around, just don’t expect any Amish/Mennonites left walking around in the heat of Florida. So yes its pretty much a ghost town right now, but that does not change in any way its very excellent restaurants like Troyes and my favorite “Yoder’s”. Richard from Pennsylvania

  4. Jeff

    There are still Amish walking around there, just not in the droves you see in the winter. I was riding my bike through there at 7:30 pm today and I saw an Amish man driving a riding lawn mower in the bicycle lane, which made me laugh, since I know that’s considered a tractor, which is classified as farm equipment, so he was exploiting a loophole in the rules. He saw me smiling at him and waved back. A man with suspenders (but no hat) was escorting two Amish women to the ice cream shop. I saw two Amish women at the CVS store, one had a really snazzy burgundy costume.

  5. Amish on a Segway?

    Jeff, funny story. It seems all types of transport get used down in Pinecraft beyond the well-known adult trikes. I am waiting to hear about the Amish man on a Vespa scooter or how about a Segway personal mobility device? 😉

    Richard I’ve been to Florida 3 or 4 times, but always in the autumn or winter. It seems like it’d be a tough place to live in the summer, certainly with a mutza suit on. It has made me wonder why older folks flock there for retirement rather than a perhaps not as beatiful but relatively cooler place like NC. I guess high-powered AC helps.

  6. George

    That’s a colorful and funny story!
    I read THE FLORIDA AMISH article, which is also amazing considering they don’t use buggies. I also find it a funny, but interesting read.
    I almost seems that the Mennonites using the state of Florida as an experiment to find out what they can get away with!
    I liked the Amish Post Office as well.

  7. Dear Amish of Florida: In my opinion, the conditioning of Christianity has become too sided with associating blessings with financial rewards. I call the condition neroism.

    Dear Amish of Florida:

    In my opinion, the conditioning of Christianity has become too sided with associating blessings with financial rewards. I call the condition neroism. Although, society is conditioned to associate representation of a particular set of values with stereo typical based self imagery of a means of iconism.

    The iconistic self image conditioning, in identification with a specific set of values and ideals is not a means which all Christians can identify with or afford financially. Striving to fulfill a socially acceptable stereo-type can be a pretentious pressure trap, to the extent that pretension can become a preeminent factor over eminent truth.

    I have recently reviewed the front web-page of First Baptist Church of Orlando regarding the “Pray for Madagascar” mission, at morning worship services this morning on the www. I agree with the First Baptist Church of Orlando’s mission to “Pray for Madagascar,” however, there are a large population strata right here in the State of Florida, which is nearly in equal need as the people of Madagascar. I think setting a image of how a Christian image should superficially appear of a basis of perception is very important. However, many people cannot behaviorally-model themselves like a Christian should be, as has been set forth as appropriate due to lack of money as a hedge fund of security, thus superficially interpreted of perception as grace.

    Thus, in order to afford consumer gasoline, appear, act and behave as a Christian should appear, act and behave in order to fulfill a socially acceptable stereo-type, one’s fate is contingent upon money. Therefore, in order to enable Christians to afford consumer gasoline, and afford to fulfill a socially acceptable stereo-type, which reflects stereotypical Christian imagery, I have proposed Christian Nutritional Resources Cooperative in order to quantum ease the expense involved with consumer gasoline prices in order to financially afford the stereotypical image of Christianity.

    Fellowship-sustainability through cooperative agricultural cooperative-sharing will enable Christians, which participate with Christian Nutritional Resources Cooperative, to save more money on their weekly food budget, thus enabling Christians to afford consumer gasoline and afford the stereotypical image of Christianity, in addition to enabling banks to become more solvent.

    If a Christian brother or sister were to deliver a large basket of fresh healthy vegetables to another brother or sister’s house in good faith, do you think the recipient brother or sister would turn the large basket of fresh healthy vegetables away, regardless of the recipient brother or sister‘s socioeconomic status?

    Does working in a small garden and getting one’s hands soiled by fresh earth translate the Christian is not a lady or a gentleman?

    Is pride more important than good nutrition?

    Is ego more important than good nutrition?

    God Bless,
    Ross McClelland
    Via de Cristo
    Lighthouse 22
    Christian Nutritional Resources Cooperative
    July 17, 2011, 10:22 PM

  8. a Amish insightful vegetable gardening and micro-farming tips and advisory web-site

    Dear Amish in Florida and Nationwide:

    In my opinion, in order to enable new and learning Christian Nutritional Resources Cooperative organic gardeners to be more successful in the on-set and in the long-term with vegetable gardening and vegetable micro-farming, a Amish insightful vegetable gardening and micro-farming tips and advisory web-site would be a very effective tool in order to enable new and experienced Christian Nutritional Resources Cooperative vegetable gardeners and micro-farmers to establish insightful interpretation, acclimation and sustainability with Christian Nutritional Resources Cooperative based urban and rural vegetable gardening and micro-farming operations.

    Ross McClelland

  9. System Rules and secularism v System Rules and Sovereignty

    In my opinion, on the basis money in conjunction with secularism is a probable factor of imbalance of justice in American systems order, United Nations Humanitarian specialists must be employed by U.S. city, county and state governments in order to prevent inhumane treatment, values and-or ideals based conflicts of interest, negligence, behavioral issues thus engaged on the behalf of law enforcement against civilians in situations involving law enforcement’s involvement with all matters pertaining to motor vehicle related predicaments i.e. traffic violations, moving violations, inspections, automobile accident situations and investigations.

    In my opinion, United Nations Humanitarian specialists must be deployed to all situations and-or incidents which law enforcement personnel are deployed to within the United States Homeland infrastructure.

    In my opinion, the luxury of choosing between secularism and Christianity is sustained entirely by money, therefore truth is becoming a diminishing factor of sovereignty, and system-rules are, in some situations, playing out to be more in the favor of secularists than sovereignty.

    Therefore, if system rules are a dominating factor with a particular system within the framework of the law, within U.S. intelligent design system infrastructure, civilians are at threat by system rules rather than truth, which is self evident on the basis of sovereignty.

    Thus, in the world of system rules based decision-making, instead of decision-making being established by sovereignty, decision-making is based upon system rules in the world of secularism and thus civilians are at the mercy of secularists’ potential unjust interpretation of pre-established system rules rather than at the mercy of just, righteous sovereignty. In my opinion, a secularist is not capable whatsoever of being righteous.

    In my opinion, system rules are not sovereign unless the person in which upholds, enforces the system-rule or rule(s) are sovereign. If a secularist attempts to uphold, or reinforce a system rule or rule(s), system rules are simply system rules without sovereignty and-or without righteousness, therefore protection of Human Rights are entirely necessary involving all law enforcements’ actions in the United States of America with regards to motor vehicle related matters.

    Ross McClelland
    Prepared and Authored by Ross McClelland
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

  10. please help!

    hello i need information about the Amish people from the guys who visit them? i want to visit the Amish people where are they in Florida?
    please if anybody know even little infromation about them just email me at….please sa soos sa. Thank you a lot

  11. Lonnie

    Here is another article that provides a brief overview of the Amish community in Pinecraft.

    There’s not too much information but check it out if you’re interested. Also, check Wikipedia’s entry on “Pinecraft”.

    Hamad, if you want to find the Amish in Sarasota, just stand at the corner of Beneva and Bahia Vista for a while during the winter months. You’ll see a lot of Amish on bicycles.

    1. Lonnie

      Making the link clickable;

      Pinecraft Amish Community

  12. isabel arce

    when they will come?

    Every year the Amish come to south dade florida, but I do not remember exact date. Please can somebody tell me when the will come? Thank you

  13. Linda

    Isabel, do you mean Dade County, FL, in the Miami/Homestead area? Are they Amish, or German Baptist? Are you talking about a church building or a trailer park?

  14. Pat Haskins

    I need help

    I am looking for Amish that builds things, back home in Jamestown NY we have lots of Amish families and they will build things for you. Well my husband died in Sept and we had a gazabo in the back yard and yesterday the bad storm came and took it up. It was a 10×12, did not damage the canvas top,but damaged the frame. I was thinking if I put up 4×4 post with a top this would work, but I don’t know anyone that does this. I live in Port Richey, Fla and I need your help. My email is Thank you!