Ride Through The Only Texas Amish Community (Video)

I just came across a video of the Beeville, Texas Amish showing footage from around the community. The video is six years old. I am not sure how I missed it before.

We’ve had a half dozen or so posts on this community over the years, including one by Kevin Williams with a video showing a few locations in the settlement.

This latest video is different in that it is lighter on information on the Beeville settlement itself, but was taken by someone driving through the community. Thus you see more locations and get an even better feel for it.

Leaving out the South America settlements, this is the second most southern Amish community (only Pinecraft is further south).

Have you ever seen cactus on an Amish front lawn? You’ll spot that in front of some homes.

I recognized some of the homes seen in the photo posts linked above. It’s a small community (with an estimated 65 people, probably 10-12 homes) and by appearance quite poor.

The images provide a stark contrast to the lush homesteads of a settlement like northern Indiana, for example. To be frank, some of these homes make Swartzentruber Amish places look fancy.

Here’s a bit about the community from a previous post:

Since the late 1990s, a community has existed near Beeville in Bee County. This is about a 2-hour drive from the Mexican border.

This small community has some businesses and agriculture (including fig and citrus trees), but it’s not your typical Amish dairyland. Produce is grown with the help of irrigation. There is honey from beekeeping.

The Bee County community is known for its annual school benefit auction.

The best-known business is probably Borntrager’s Combination Shop, run by the settlement’s bishop.

The Beeville scenes in the video are interspersed with some general factoids about the Amish, and accompanied by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, giving the images a somber feel. Having never visited, I’m not sure how well that mood actually fits the community. See for yourself here (P.S. I think one of the shots in particular is actually not an Amish place. See if you can catch which one I mean):

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    2. Terry from Wisconsin

      That was different...

      After seeing the video I’d have to say that life there is tough. What would be the draw to want to live there? We all know about Texas temperatures and how extreme they can be. Everything is baked to death, including the people and their animals! I’d be putting up a For Sale sign!

      The lush green hills of Wisconsin are always a good place to live, and we have several settlements that they can choose from!

      It’s time for a cool refreshment…

      1. What would be the draw? A good question. Some Amish groups seek a more isolated and plainer lifestyle. I would think they have found that here. But they could also find that in many other parts of the country. Maybe the climate and south Texas lifestyle has its own appeal to the bishop and family and others here?

    3. Jessica


      Just a FYI these are old. We go there every month for auctions. Not as rough as the pics look. They have updated their house.

      1. Yes I noted in the post that the video is 6 years old (at least). I’d be interested to see what the updates look like.

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    4. J.O.B.

      You mentioned that one part might not be Amish. My guess is the 1 minute and 4 second mark.
      The woman does not seem to have a head covering and her clothing does not appear to be traditional Amish as well.

      Plus, I think that’s a motor boat in the background you see a second or two later.

      Just my guess.