10 views of Holmes County, Ohio

It was a wonderful day in Holmes County yesterday.   Early rain, which meant a lot of laundry under porches.  But that went away in a hurry after noon.  Here’s the proof:

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red amish barn

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    1. Ruth Kaup

      It is fascinating to see how the Amish embrace some technology and abandon the rest. Beautiful photos!

      1. tiffany rangier
    2. Candis

      Such beautiful pictures! Do you find going there to be like a spiritual retreat? Just looking at your photo of the red barn makes me feel peaceful. Thanks!

    3. Kathy Rowe

      Beautiful pictures, Erik. I love to go to Holmes County for visits as it is so peaceful there and relaxing and the folks are very friendly. Hope you are having a wonderful trip!

    4. Holmes

      I went to see the Pennsylvania Amish when I was young, I don’t remember much about it, but…I do remember a large coloring book my dad bought me, it had pictures of Amish men, women, and children as well as their homes.

      Now that I am looking at pictures of Amish homes, I really don’t see that they look different than any other home. But…the area they live in seems so peaceful, makes you want to be there.

    5. Ronnie & Ina Yoder

      I’m trying to figure out if it’s New Bedford, Baltic, or Charm where these pictures are from….& I know is that it looks like home to me.

      1. n

        the guy weed eating is close to Farmerstown on TR 184, then another one is on TR 182 where Beachys Nylon Harness is at!The buggy one comes from the corner of SR 557 and 643! We’ve had “Picture perfect” weather the last week!

      2. ada keim

        it would be nice to know where the pictures are from,realy enjoy the pictures,looks like home

    6. Pam

      Perfect Timing!

      For a better part of the evening yesterday, I whined to my husband that I was in need of some “Amish” time…translation…I need to go to Berlin Ohio (and surrounding areas). Upon logging into my FB account, look what was one of the first on my news feeds…. Beautiful pictures of the place I find peace! I know exactly the places that these were taken!! I believe this was my sign from God. Or should I rephrase.. This was my husband’s sign from God…ha ha. Guess who will be packed and ready to go before that man even wakes up this morning?!

    7. Rich Stevick

      Of Pics and People

      Hi, Erik,

      If you haven’t met any of our special friends, look them up if you get the time–and also give my greetings: David and Elsie Kline, Eddie and Adah Kline, the Wayne and Mary Wengerd family of Pioneer Equipment; Andrew Hershberger’s Paul and brother, Michael, circle letter friends; Bishop Jacob Beachey and Erma, (New Order); and Mosie Mose’s Mose–“Triple Mose”–a Swartzentruber deacon friend near the Stark Wilderness Center. Also, if you’re stuck w/o a dinner invitation some time, try Boyd and Wurthman in Berlin or Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mt Hope. I’m trying not to have trip-envy. Rich

      1. kerry

        It’s so fun to read all of the comments – I must live very close to some of you!

        Rich (post above a bit), we live about a mile from the Wilderness Center, and I know who “Triple Mose” is – just down the road from us. 🙂

      2. kerry

        It’s so fun to read all of the comments – I must live pretty close to some of you!

        Rich (post above a bit), we live about a mile from the Wilderness Center, and I know who “Triple Mose” is – just down the road from us. 🙂

    8. At Home in Holmes

      Soon we’ll be back there again, although we’ll be just across the line in Knox Co. It’s so peaceful there, and we make it more so by not taking a laptop (don’t have one anyway) or cellphone (won’t work at cabin.) Your lovely pictures make me want to return even sooner.

    9. Amish Stories

      Enjoy your time in Ohio Erik.

      Very nice images Erik and i can see some of those Amish folks in the images have added on some space to their homes. While your weather seems to be on the nice side its been raining over here in the Lancaster area since Sunday. Hope your enjoying yourself and I’m sure you are. Richard from Amish Stories. http://www.Amishstorys.com

    10. Debbie

      Oh, To Be There!

      I love the photos, talking about visiting the area around Labor Day! Cannot wait for the peaceful, nostalgia!!!

    11. kristin jager

      The photos are great Erik. Thanks for sharing them with us. I think the countryside and the farms are just so beautiful. You captured the uniqueness and simplicity of these remarkable people.

    12. Lee Ann

      Beautiful photos. The country is the only place to find peace and comfort. I miss the rolling hills and the smell of fresh cut hay.

      The homes in these photos look much different than the homes in MN and Iowa. But very much like the ones I saw in Lancaster.

      Give us some more beautiful photos!

    13. Sue

      Solar Panels

      Your pictures are lovely. Thank you for sharing. I am loving the solar panels – looks like the Amish are ahead of the curve on this one.

      1. Dave


        I am surprised the Ordnung allows the use of solar panels. Perhaps it is because they are used in the barm and not the home. I have seen Old Order’s using LED flashlights in their homes, but not solar panels. Nice pictures Erik!

    14. Jan-o


      Pam, I know the feeling of needing some “Amish” time well….I call it needing my”Amish Fix”.
      Eric, thanks for the pictures. They help anchor my mindset to a calmness this morning for which I need. Blessings and be safe 🙂

    15. Loretta

      Carolina In My Mind

      James Taylor sang
      “Going to Carolina in my mind”

      Since I’m already in Carolina, (how lucky am I?)
      this morning I went on a peaceful trip of my own.
      All your pictures do that to me. It sets my day
      off in a wonderful way. Please publish a book of
      photos. I promise I’ll be first in line to buy it.

    16. jodie

      Loretta, I travel to Roxboro, NC every year. When I go in Sept, will visit the Halifax, Va Amish community.
      Until recently I had no idea Amish were there.
      Erik, pictures are beautiful

    17. Mona G.

      Great pictures Erik, keep them coming and enjoy yourself in my state……

    18. Alice Mary

      Take us with you!

      I can’t get enough of these photos! Viewing them is like taking a “chill pill”—calms the nerves.

      I can’t help but wonder just what the solar panels “operate”—lights? Something else? I’d love to know for certain.

      I got to thinking about all of those storm chaser vacations I’ve heard about. Erik, you could probably make a mint with an Amish tour (small ones—a few people at a time). You’d certainly have a “captive audience,” if your blog is any indication! I’d certainly go (maybe you could drop me off in Bedford where my pen pal of 45 years lives—we’ve never “met”).

      Just a thought!

      (I hope you photograph some Daadi/Dawdi houses? Moveable walls? Or the insides of schoolhouses?)

      Godspeed & enjoy every minute!

      Alice Mary

    19. Debbie Welsh

      Just outside Mrs Yoder’s Kitchen ( in Mt. Hope ) on the corner where the bank is, there is a bench where you can sit for hours and just watch the Amish go by in all types of vehicles from pony carts, open and closed buggies, animal hauling wagons, tractors, and lots of these strange looking, real tall bicycles that they use. That intersection is a main hub, with town businesses like the bank, post office, hardware store, health food store, fabric store, and a convience store all right there, as well as the popular Mt. Hope Auction, so that’s why it draws so many local Amish.

      You’re making me envious, Erik, as that whole area out there is so neat and peaceful, especially all the rolling backroads amongst the Amish farms.

      BTW, in the photo with the two white houses sitting next to each other, is the bottom floors at ground level the basements? Just curious as per an earlier post about them.

    20. Lissa Holder

      Oh my! So beautiful! I want to go visit. The pics are so beautiful Erik! Pleez take more….. Lissa

    21. BethR
    22. marie b

      Erik, as I look at these photos, I can almost picture where you are. I know I have seen those farms so many times. It truely is one of Gods most beautiful places. I’m getting home sick for Holmes County. Thanks for taking us on your journey. Hope you enjoyed some wonderful dessert along the way. Until next time, drive safe. Marie, Windsor Ontario Canada

    23. kerry

      It’s so fun to read these comments – I must live pretty close to some of you!

      Rich (post up above), I live about a mile from the Wilderness Center and know who “Triple Mose” is – just up the road a bit!

    24. Tom--GA

      School play ground?

      Do I see a satellite antenna on the outhouse?? in the picture of the school yard??

      1. It does look kind of like that Tom, but kerry and Alice Mary are right–it is a basketball hoop. It just got caught at the right angle in the photo to look like it’s growing out of the outhouse.

        The b-ball hoop is pretty standard at many of the Holmes County schools. Not to mention at Amish homes–there seem to be more and more of them every time I am here–and some pretty nice ones to boot!

    25. Alice Mary

      Tom, I think it’s a basketball backboard, rising above & beyond the roof of the outhouse.

      Anyone else?

      Alice Mary

    26. kerry

      (Sorry about the multiple posts above – not sure why that happened.)

      I think that’s a basketball hoop. Several schools around here have them, although it’s not commonly seen.

    27. A late night in Holmes County

      Wow, I have been off the computer all day, but what a nice reaction. With this kind of response we’ll definitely have to post some more pics 🙂

      It’s after 1 am, but I wanted to at least share something–I just returned from a front-yard cook out dinner with friends, way off in one of the distant corners of the settlement. It was quite a nice evening (warm at first, cooled down as the sun set) and things stretched out pretty late. We had three fires going, grilled cheese-stuffed hot dogs, cooked kettle beans, and had baked cabbage. Plus roasted marshmallows, ice cream, and of course good conversation under the stars. Can’t beat that.

    28. Dianna Bupp

      Holmes County

      Oh, these pictures make me homesick – my family is there!!!!!! Just love to visit once a year and wish I could live there!!!!! So relaxing and so beautiful!!!!!!

    29. George

      Great pix as always, just love those red barns!

    30. Eli "Small" Hochstetler


      Great pics……sorry I missed you in Berlin.
      Thanks for letting the world see what we have in Berlin,
      I believe there is no place on earth that matches our beauty,
      and no place matches our culture….we thank God everyday.
      Erick, please hurry back and do another book signing.

    31. B McKelvey

      Holmes County

      During you travels and photo shoots did you come across any of the horrific puppy mills that exist in Holmes County?

    32. Carolyn B

      Erik, I like the second picture where the “basement” level seems to be an open air carport where they have hung the laundry. Good idea for rainy days; covered from the top but still a chance of air to dry from the side. 😀

      1. Good use of space, isn’t it.

    33. Holmes County


      I have two disappoints with the pics.

      1. You didn’t let me know you were coming and 2. You didn’t take a pic of my house. 🙂

      Enjoy your stay.


      1. Bruce–no sweat–these were from last summer, just reposted on FB today. And by the way, I am coming this summer, so maybe I’ll get that pic! 🙂

    34. Kentucky Lady....Mona

      Thanks for sharing these great pictures….I want to go there….I wonder how far it is from me, I live in Ohio too ?
      I am visiting at my son’s in Florida, and yesterday he took me to Sarasota….what a lovely city…I was hoping to see Sherry Gore, but did not….we ate dinner at “YODERS” in Pinecrest she talks a lot about this restaurant, did get to speak to one of the Amish ladies who worked there, she said her mom knew Sherry very well…,we had their peanut butter pie and picked up some Whoopie pies (choc. w/cream) and pumpkin bread, had it for breakfast this morn. very good….still haven’t tried the Shoofly pie yet…..they said it is very sweet…..does anyone know what it taste like ???? Is it similiar to a pecan pie ?????

    35. I do believe that Ohio has got to be one of the prettiest places on Earth.. no matter what part you’re in.. at least out in the country! 😉