Author: Erik Wesner

Erik Wesner is the creator of amishamerica.com, and author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look At Why Amish Businesses Thrive. Erik began visiting Amish communities in 2004 – eventually meeting thousands of Amish families while selling books. He began writing about the Amish on this website in 2006, and is often cited in national media on a wide range of Amish topics. A native of North Carolina, Erik has visited dozens of Amish communities across the country, and loves spending time with Amish friends and discovering new Amish places.

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The “Amish” of Greece?

The “Amish” of Greece?

A rather bizarre story has been making the rounds, from all the way over in Greece. A family has been discovered living in very basic conditions, and subsequently compared to the Amish in the media. But is that a good comparison? From Greek Reporter: Police recently arrested the father of a family living an “early Christian” community lifestyle in a basic hut on the Peloponnese…

Amish Buggy Crash (With Weird A.I. Illustration?)

Amish Buggy Crash (With Weird A.I. Illustration?)

I know AI content is showing up everywhere now. I’ve seen it used for some Amish-related content already. But this is the first time I’ve seen artificial intelligence illustrating an Amish buggy crash.  First, the more serious part of this story, the actual crash (via KTTN). Sadly, it is another bad-sounding buggy accident, this one in Missouri: The collision happened when the Ford Escape…

“Amish babies take a little longer” – Ben Answers Humorous Questions on Amish Weddings & Finding Wives

“Amish babies take a little longer” – Ben Answers Humorous Questions on Amish Weddings & Finding Wives

Here’s another video in my series with Ben (previous video – “Do Amish Believe They’re The Only True Christians?” here). In this one, he answers a question about Amish marriages. A viewer asked the following: You made a comment about Autumn being the wedding season for the Amish people. I’m not trying to be sarcastic or funny, but is it so they will have their…

Inside A Plain And Simple Amish “Shop” Home (23 Photos)

Inside A Plain And Simple Amish “Shop” Home (23 Photos)

This is a pure Amish shop home if I ever saw one. From the outside it is very functional looking – unpainted metal siding. Inside there is a plain but (relatively) cozy Amish home. We are looking at an Amish community in Coldwater, Michigan, and obviously going by the season, these photos were taken at least half a year ago. This appears to be one…

This Is Amish Country? Five Surprising Historical Amish Settlements (Video)

This Is Amish Country? Five Surprising Historical Amish Settlements (Video)

When you think of “Amish Country“, odds are you don’t think of places like this: Or this: And certainly not this: But throughout their history, Amish have lived in places like the above. I find the stories behind these communities fascinating. Communities in such far-flung and unusual locations typically don’t last forever. But their prior existence proves that the Amish are both adventurous and adaptable….

Charged: Twin Sister Tried To Take Blame For Amish Children’s Crash Deaths (Updated)

Charged: Twin Sister Tried To Take Blame For Amish Children’s Crash Deaths (Updated)

Formal charges now assert that the driver of the vehicle which killed two Amish children in Minnesota last autumn was not in fact the woman – Sarah Petersen – who claimed responsibility. According to new charges, the driver was her twin sister Samantha Petersen, as suspected at the time. Drug tests have also confirmed that Samantha had several drugs in her system at the time…

One Million Amish

One Million Amish

The current Amish population stands at around 385,000 people, based on estimates from the Young Center at Elizabethtown College (or perhaps a bit more than that, since they came out several months ago). Personally, it’s remarkable to look back and consider how much the Amish have grown in the time I’ve known them. In fact, I came across an old post the other day where…

Do Amish Believe They’re The Only True Christians?

Do Amish Believe They’re The Only True Christians?

I recently sat down with my friend Ben Riehl for a couple of extended conversations on a wide range of topics (more to come). Ben is Old Order Amish, living in Lancaster County. You might remember Ben from previous posts on Amish auctions and how he chooses a horse. So in this clip, a YouTube viewer asked: “Do you know if the Amish believe they…

Inside A Simple Amish Home – For Just $102,000 (15 Photos)

Inside A Simple Amish Home – For Just $102,000 (15 Photos)

This Amish home is found at Tionesta, Pennsylvania. I hadn’t heard of the town and really had no guess where in the state it might be. It turns out this community is in Forest County, in northwestern PA. And it is a well-established settlement – founded in 1972, with a total of three Amish churches today. Northwestern Pennsylvania is a region with numerous Amish settlements…

Michigan Woman Steals Horse-And-Buggy While Family Shops In Wal-Mart

Michigan Woman Steals Horse-And-Buggy While Family Shops In Wal-Mart

Following last week’s story of a knife-wielding Michigan man threatening Amish, another strange incident out of the Wolverine State. It turns out parked Amish buggies (and their horses) are targets for thieves – at least for one individual in Sturgis (St. Joseph County). From The Sturgis Journal: STURGIS — An Amish horse and buggy was recovered shortly after being reported stolen from the Sturgis Walmart…