Multi-Settlement Amish Counties
Joe Donnermeyer of the Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities guest posts today with a look at multi-settlement Amish counties across America. In March I did a list of 10 Amish “supercounties” – which I defined as having at least five settlements (full or partial) within their borders. Joe expands on that list with this guest post. He actually finds 20 counties that qualify under the…
Genetic conditions among Amish
Siss im blut is PA Dutch for ‘it’s in the blood’. It’s often given as a reason when Amish and Mennonites talk about genetic problems in their midst. Amish and Mennonites have taken a practical approach to an unfortunate situation: a cramped gene pool causing numerous genetic disorders, often popping up with a frequency unseen outside their tight communities. Amish communities have accepted medical help…
Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA
Well, despite the inclement weather, I managed to get up to Lancaster County and to my friends ‘Daniel’ and ‘Mary’, where I’ll be staying the next few days. The last hour-and-a-half or so, from the PA line onward, was pretty hairy, as snow and ice accumulation made driving tricky. I pulled in late Tuesday night to Daniel’s, happy and relieved to see the kitchen gas-lamp…
Newest Amish sport
Training for the 2014 Winter Olympics? Looks like this video was recorded in Knox County, Ohio (one county southwest of Holmes County). No SMV triangle, lights or storm front on this buggy. He even gets in a bit of a slalom at the end: Skiing is in fact popular with some Amish (primarily, but not only, youth), as is snowboarding. Lancaster County lies not too…
Amish in Kansas
The Great Plains have long attracted Amish settlement. However, Amish populations in most Great Plains states, such as Oklahoma and Montana, remain low. Kansas holds to this pattern; despite a history of Amish settlement stretching back 140 years, the Sunflower State is today home to only about a dozen church districts. There are some interesting communities in Kansas, however. The settlements in Reno County (Yoder;…
Ohio Amish highlights
I’m off to Indiana this morning. A few highlights of the past week in Ohio: Sitting with an Amish friend one afternoon, we made plans to take my truck up the road to visit his father. “Do you want me to drive?” asked my friend. I turned around and checked with his wife. “Can he drive?” “Well, he can” came her response. “I wasn’t asking…
Very nice picture you got there, Erik
Near Wooster, maybe?
My husband and I met at the College of Wooster, in Wooster, Wayne County, OH. A wonderful college!!
I’ll bet one of the women’s dorm employees was of Amish or Mennonite background. When one of the students left her suitcases in the lobby, this lady hung a sign over them: “Whose suitcases these are better take them upstairs.”
I’m liking that image as well Erik, and id say that one would be a keeper and would make a great back ground for a computer screen. Richard from Amish Stories. http://www.Amishstorys.com
Also judging by the contents of the picture I would say you are somehwere in a farm area of Wayne County… Mind you, it’s just a guess though…
Beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing it.
What a beautiful picture, maybe one day I’ll get there myself.
Hey, it looks like your artistic side came out on this one. Good shot!
Very atmospheric picture, love it……
That’s a beautiful picture. I live in Wayne County, New York.
Wayne County has both Amish and Hobits?
What's with the box?
Is that a mailbox he’s getting into? Low flying bird house? Photoshop it out and wow, you’ve got great!
Great picture, as usual, Erik. Hope you are having a wonderful time. Be safe.
Beautiful photo Erik! You have an artist’s eye for image. I put this one on my computer desktop.
Your posts go so well with my morning tea.
Gorgeous shot! (New book cover? Hint, hint?! :-)) I like the figure, myself!
Great photo. My favorite Amish areas are Holmes and Wayne counties in Ohio.
Somewhere in Wayne County, Ohio
I visit Wayne and Holmes Counties once a year and love the photo. Perhaps I have even been past that house. I love seeing, reading about and learning more about the Amish. May they continue to enjoy the freedoms they do now.
I would love to be there in that picture.
One of the things I love about visiting Amish Country is the dead silence you can experience sometimes. That special kind of quiet that comes from no cars, no refrigerators humming, no leaf blowers! To me this photo captures that quiet. Thanks Erik.
Ahhh! Silence without "shushing"!
Betsy, I would LOVE to experience that kind of quiet, at least now and then. There sure isn’t much “silence” at the library where I work! (And we’re not allowed to “shush”, anymore.) It “sounds” like heaven!
A perfect moment captured. How I would love to wander into this photo! ^.^
GREAT PICTURE ERIK, YOU DO GOOD WORK 🙂 KEEP IT UP AND YOU NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT WRITING ANOTHER BOOK, AS MUCH AS YOU VISIT THE AMISH, YOU WOULD HAVE A LOT TO SAY AND WE KNOW IT WOULD BE THE TRUTH…..AND IF YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF THIS IDEA, THEN I’M IN IN FOR THE CUT…..LOL
HOPE YOU’RE HAVING A GREAT VACATIO, AND GETTING US LOTS OF GOOD RECIPES OF THINGS YOU’VE EATEN…..YOU COULD ALSO ADD SOME RECIPES TO YOUR NEW BOOK I SUGGESTED :)…..
Sorry for the errors, should have reread it before I submitted….hey Erik, do you think you could work on this and let us review it before we hit enter? That way we could correct our mistakes……
I meant to say in it, not in in…..and for vacation, I omitted the n…..sorry about that….I do not like mispelled words…..so next time I shall reread before I hit enter 🙂
Glad you liked this shot. In answer to some of the questions, I’m not exactly sure how far I was from Wooster, my Wayne County internal compass is a lot weaker than my Holmes County one.
That is actually a mailbox in the foreground. I did not even notice the guy until after I took the picture 🙂
Probably gone pass there..
I’m a bicyclist in Wayne County and probably have cycle pass that Amish farm many times. I’ve been riding in the county + Holmes county for many years now. Cycling is a great way to see the slower pace of the Amish community.
Pumpkinvine bike trail in Amish Indiana
Speedy that seems like great riding country. Probably harder once you get into the gravel roads more common in Holmes. I am not a biker, but did ride a bit in Wayne County, once. Also the Holmes County trail.
They have opened something similar to that one in northern Indiana called the Pumpkinvine Trail. Looked like it was getting some use when I drove across it a few times last week. It is going to run from Shipshewana to Goshen but it’s not all open yet. http://www.pumpkinvine.org/
May I Use a Photo?
I am a graduate student at Cleveland State University working on a project for the state of Ohio. It is a best practices in planning resource for Ohio Municipalities. The website is http://balancedgrowth.ohio.gov/ . I would like permission to use your photo of Amish in Wooster county. If you agree to allow me to use your photo, how would you like me to cite you? Thanks in advance!
Gregory SJ Soltis
Graduate Assistant to Dr. Mark Salling
Northern Ohio Data & Information Service – NODIS
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
work phone: 216.687.3802