Holmes County, Ohio is one of my favorite Amish communities to visit, in part due to the diversity of groups. There are four main Amish tribes here; adding up the sub-groups and spin-off affiliations you get more than double that.
A short list of differences you’ll find among Holmes County Amish:
Silent vs. spoken prayer
Peeling paint vs. pristine walls
Rubber vs. metal rims
Singing groups vs. beer parties
The 30-person firm vs. the one-man/woman cottage business
Assurance of salvation vs. a living hope
Suspenders vs. “magic pants” (no suspension needed?)
A phone in the home vs. the shanty vs. in the pocket
Holmes County vividly illustrates the fact that there are many ways to be Amish. You could add a lot more to this list.
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