Amish Culture

New Amish Youth Game: Spikeball

New Amish Youth Game: Spikeball

I’d never heard of this one. But it’s apparently taken off in some Amish communities. Spikeball‘s rules are simple. It’s played in two teams of two. I won’t try to explain the game in depth here (this is what I watched to learn the rules). But essentially you have three hits of a ball, back and forth with your teammate a la volleyball. The object…

Amish-Raised Man Leaves Community, Becomes Doctor

Amish-Raised Man Leaves Community, Becomes Doctor

Albert Miller grew up as the son of an Amish church deacon in Holmes County, Ohio. He left his community at the age of 18, got his GED, attended Kent State University and eventually medical school, before becoming a doctor. He documents his journey in a new book: You Can’t Do That!: The Story of an Amish Deacon’s Son Who Left the Fold and Became…

Inside an Amish Buggy (How it works – Video)
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Inside an Amish Buggy (How it works – Video)

While in Lancaster County last month, I had the chance to film inside the buggy of a friend’s son (16 years old). He helpfully explained the controls and other elements of the buggy (useful for an English non-buggy-driver) so I could better explain them to you. In this video I give you a look at what all the knobs and other things in the buggy…

Dennis L. Hughes Amish Photo Exhibition (Lancaster County & More)

Dennis L. Hughes Amish Photo Exhibition (Lancaster County & More)

Last year we noted an exhibition of photographs by Dennis L. Hughes, who captured thousands of images of Amish life. This exhibition, at Elizabethtown College (Lancaster County, PA) has returned, and is currently running until August 4th. If you’d like to view the collection here’s more on how to do that, along with a link to the online exhibition: Amish Life in Focus: The Dennis…

Are Amish marriages arranged? How do they find a spouse? (Video)

Are Amish marriages arranged? How do they find a spouse? (Video)

A viewer recently asked if Amish marriages are arranged on the Amish America YouTube channel. Odds are you already know the answer to this one. But I can kind of see where the question might come from, when looking at this religious society, which certainly must appear “strict” to some, from the outside. The question has a bit of an urban legend feel, but I…

Gloria Yoder Writes On Loss Of Husband Daniel

Gloria Yoder Writes On Loss Of Husband Daniel

Gloria Yoder opens up in the new Amish Cook column today about the loss of her husband Daniel. I know a lot of readers have been following this story and will want to know what Gloria has to share in this time of great loss. It has now been two weeks since Daniel died in a backyard accident. Here’s the first part of Gloria’s latest…

Lancaster Amish Weddings By Month

Lancaster Online reached out to Steven Nolt of the Young Center at Elizabethtown College on when Amish weddings take place in Lancaster County and related settlements. He provided some data based on the Amish publication Lancaster Gemeinde Brief, which is a church newsletter. Autumn and specifically November is traditionally the most common time for Amish weddings in Lancaster County and related settlements. Here are Amish…

Austin, Jenna, Ethan? Changing Trends in Amish Baby Names

Austin, Jenna, Ethan? Changing Trends in Amish Baby Names

Amish baby-naming customs draw upon several sources. Many baby names are what you could term “traditional” names (Biblical names and family names). But in certain communities, the choice of baby name can also be affected by modern, non-Amish naming trends. Of course, in some settlements and groups they are going to stick with mostly or exclusively traditional names, but in the more progressive places, you…

Amish Children Build 30-Foot-Tall Snowman

Amish Children Build 30-Foot-Tall Snowman

I do believe this is the largest snowman I’ve ever seen. Amish children in Geauga County put together a towering snowman – about 5 or 6 times taller than the tallest child – over the course of several days. Via FOX8: Resident Hannah Willis said the kids used ladders, shovels, buckets and plywood to create the flat surfaces. Their creation stands more than 30 feet…

Gloria Yoder: On Marriage & Valentine’s

Amish Cook columnist Gloria Yoder shares some words of wisdom coming from nearly 12 years of marriage in her latest column this week. She also comments on celebrations of Valentine’s Day among the Amish and in her own home. I’ll share an excerpt focusing on that aspect, and you can find the rest of her thoughts at the full column here: Yes, Valentine’s Day is…