Meadow Mill School Auction, Holmes County

Meadow View Auction Panorama

Reader Mike Atnip shares a panorama shot of the Meadow View Mill School Auction, which took place this past Saturday in Holmes County.

Since panoramas don’t show up well here, I asked Mike to send me a large version that I could crop bits out of.

First I split it into 3 chunks:

Auction Panorama 1


Auction Panorama 2


Auction Panorama 3

Next, I zoomed in more, which gives you a better look at the activity in a number of scenes.

Three Girls Meadow View Auction

An Amish auction can be a busy event.

White Tent Meadow View School Sale

The more I look at it, the more this photo reminds me of the Americana images by Charles Wysocki.  Something happening in every corner.

Purple Dresses Amish Auction


Blue Tent Amish Auction


Horses Auction Meadow View School


Equipment Auction Meadow View


Buggy Parking Meadow View Auction

Thank you to Mike for the one photo that became many.

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    1. Great shots!
      Tom The Backroads Traveller

    2. Juanita Cook

      Great photo’s. Looks like they had a great turnout for the auction.

    3. ShipshewanaIndiana

      Great photo!

      Thanks for sharing the photo Mike! Holmes County is beautiful, I wish we had your hills.

    4. Linda

      Is this Meadow View or Meadow Mill School Auction? (2014) (2013)

      1. Ooops, looks like its Meadow Mill …

      2. An Amish school in every meadow

        Thanks for the sharp eye Linda, going by the Facebook photo and info looks like that’s the one, just changed it above.

        Mike in your defense, though the event is called Meadow Mill School Consignment Auction, it looks like the school featured in the Facebook event photo is actually called “Meadow Brook” (appears to be the same school captured in your photo as well), and there is also this info:

        “We are a group of four Amish parochial schools. We fund our schools without state or tax money. This sale is run by donated labor and is solely for the benefit of our schools.”

        Maybe folks are just fond of using “Meadow” in their school names in this area 🙂

    5. Tom Geist


      Each of these auctions have a little different flavor to them look wise. Thanks for sending in this one Mike.

      Tom in Lincoln, Ne

    6. Janina

      Nice pictures. As you were referring to images of an artist: it reminds me of works of Pieter Breughel where something is happing in each corner as well.

      For example:–De-Kermesse-van-St.-George&i=4403

      This last one is often used in schools in Belgium (at least Dutch speaking) as it pictures many Dutch proverbs.

      Just thought I’d share. 🙂

      Thanks for the pictures!

      1. Linda

        Holland Dutch Proverbs

        Janina, the last link you shared is a busy picture! Are the animals sheep or pigs? I wish I could know some of your Dutch proverbs, if you are able to translate them. Very interesting.

        I Googled Holland Dutch proverbs, and a website came up with your picture and a list of over 100 Netherlandish Proverbs in the picture, and what they mean. Wow.

        The one proverb, “If the blind lead the blind both will fall in the ditch,” may come from The Bible. Matthew 15:14 says “And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

        It’s also interesting that several of the women in the 1559 painting have their head covered. Thanks, Janina

        1. Janina

          The two white animals in the front are sheep but there are also many pigs in the picture.

          An example:
          The one sheep lying down is the proverb “Zo mak als een lammetje”, translated “as calm as a lamb” and meaning very easy, obedient.

          On this website you can click on the picture and you get the proverb in Dutch. If there are any you want to see translated, feel free to ask.

          I should check the etymology for that proverb, but I think many do indeed come from the Bible. I will also look into the head covering of the women in the picture.

          1. Linda

            Janina, this Pieter Bruegel picture is intriguing to me today. On which website could you click on the big picture to get the proverb? I did come across another site which has the proverbs of the picture in German. The one about the lamb is “Geduldig wie ein Lamm.”


    7. Alice Mary

      Parking lots

      I’m struck by the photo of both Amish and English parking lots. I can’t help but wonder if there were more Amish or English there, what with Amish families being traditionally so large, whereas the English may only have 2-3 people per vehicle, saving the rest of the space for purchases. 😉

      It looks like the nice weather encouraged a good turnout. I hope sales went well!

      Thanks for the photos! I’m “on vacation” (STAY-cation) this week, and perusing the photos makes me feel as if I’ve actually BEEN somewhere!

      Alice Mary

    8. Valerie

      Sorry we missed it and Mike

      I believe this is one we attended last year, the pictures sure make it look really familiar. It is a beautiful area, there are a lot of ‘english’ that attend this one. Great food-and just an all around great atmosphere. Was REALLY impressed to see the older Amish men still be able to pick extremely large and heavy pieces of wood furniture.

      Sorry we missed the chance to meet Primitive Christianity!

      1. Well, hey, if you want to meet me, I am in New Bedford, just a couple miles down the road from the auction. And I actually didn’t go to the auction. It was a drive-by shot. I was out that morning gathering video and pictures for a historical project and my son reminded me that the auction was going on, so I went by and took the shot from the road.

        1. Valerie

          Oh, thanks Mike-we actually reside in Medina not around there, hope we can sometime-I forgot you moved to Ohio!