Two years ago I shared a post on seven Amish homes I’d found for sale online in just one community – Hillsboro, Kentucky. Today we look at another I came across. When I was in this community in December, an Amishman I spoke with made reference to a number of their people moving out and non-Amish moving in. I didn’t get to asking him much about it as I was busy filming his bent-and-dent store and talking more about that topic. But I did do some speculation as to why this may have been the case on that original post, here’s that bit:

Amish migrate for different reasons. Perhaps the families here found better economic opportunities elsewhere. Perhaps there were church-related or other troubles here. A major conflict over the SMV triangle on buggies took place in Kentucky – but that was years ago. I am not aware of any recent public conflict in the news here.

Perhaps this segment of families have decided to start a new community together elsewhere in a location they’ve found more attractive, for whatever reason. I passed this along to Joe Donnermeyer, who adds:

I decided to double check the status of the men, and one of those was a deacon and another was a bishop. This lends weight to the idea that these families started a new settlement somewhere.

Perhaps if a new settlement was started somewhere, this family is selling in order to move there. In any case, let’s have a look at this eight-bedroom home on 11 acres.

Like some other homes lately, the description refers to this as a “mini farm”. “Mini farm” is an interesting term; on the one hand I think it is good marketing. It sounds fun and non-committal. The “farm” part of the term has some range. People can have a few goats and a large garden and enjoy feeling like they are farmers 🙂 I have no issue with that, but I think a mini-farm and say a fully functioning dairy farm like Amish run are two quite different things. One is more a lifestyle and the other apt to be like a hobby. Here’s the full description via Zillow:

A rare find! Mini farm with 11+- acres. The two story Amish home features a large open kitchen/dining room, large living room, sunroom, eight bedrooms, deck, porches, and a full walkout basement. There is a 24 by 70 shop/store building with 20 by 22 add on, 32 by 40 horse barn with loft, a 30 by 36 building with open shed, and a 20 by 22 shop. Land is fenced and great for horses and/or cattle.

You’ll notice there is no mention of bathrooms, that is because this home doesn’t have them. In this plainer settlement, homes don’t have traditional bathrooms, as we saw in some of the other examples.

Now looking inside. First two angles showing the spic-n-span kitchen.

 

You can see an outlet for a stove in the ceiling on the left here. They may have rearranged the layout of this room at some point.

That looks like a serious safe. You’ll see them in Amish homes. There have been cases of home robberies in Amish communities.

A prayer covering rests on the furniture top, and another is under the top of the wheeled table

The pantry. Note the ironing board on the left. Amish use what is called a sad iron to do their ironing, a hunk of metal with a handle that you heat up on the stove.

Looks like a stove for baking.

Amish make these roll-top desks, and often have them in their homes.

Some of the eight bedrooms.

Downstairs in the basement.

Here you see the pressure lamps used in this community. On my visit to the bent-n-dent store here, the Amishman told me that they burn mineral spirits in these, which is another name for paint thinner.

A tub here for washing up. On balance that probably happens a bit less frequently than in your typical non-Amish home, especially in homes without indoor plumbing.

Tetherball! This was one of my favorite games as a child, though I didn’t have many opportunities to play it. Must be great fun to have a tetherball setup in your backyard.

Another outdoor recreation opportunity for the children living here.

There is a harness shop on the property as well.

The sign says “M&H Harness and Shoe” so it may mean they provide farrier services here as well.

And looks like a bit of buggy-making to boot.

What is this small building used for?

Buggies.

You can see the property layout nicely marked out here in this drone pic. Eleven acres, and the home is about 3,438 square feet in size. What’s the asking price?

The asking price is $385,000, which was reduced by $10K last month. It’s listed by two agents, Meredith Story of Story Realty and LBAR Realty.

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