Amish Photos

Amish Farms of Branch County, Michigan

Branch County, Michigan is home to 5 Amish settlements.  I visited two of them a couple of days ago.  Some photos: On a little red potato treasure hunt. My favorite kind of sky. Tetherball! Can you say sunny. Healthy stuff. While farming is still important to many Amish, others have started small enterprises. Michigan Amish businesses include small stores, carpentry crews, and woodworking shops (read…

What is this thing?

SMV triangle, streamlined top, mini-door.  What is this thing?  A road-ready chicken coop? I took this photo yesterday in the Allen County (Grabill) Indiana Amish settlement. Today I’m off to Michigan.  Will have more on this photo tomorrow, but til then, what do you think?

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…

Lancaster County, 50 years ago (part 2)

Lancaster County, 50 years ago (part 2)

Back in January, I shared a few slides of Lancaster County, circa 1963.  Here are a few more: Would today’s Lancaster Amish women consider this overdressed? Lancaster County has the second-most covered bridges of any county in America.  The #1 county? Parke County, Indiana, where a group of Lancaster Amish moved in the 1990s.  Here’s one in Lancaster: For those that might think Amish styles…

10 views of the Dover, Delaware Amish

A full one-third of Delaware’s counties have Amish settlements. Okay, Delaware only has three counties (yep, that kind of sounds like a joke you’d hear an Amish guy make). Delaware’s sole Amish settlement nestles against state capital Dover.  Amish have been here almost 100 years. It’s a decent-sized community, actually: 9 church districts, over 1000 people.  Amish have been leaving though.  Land is expensive next…

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Friday odds and ends

A few odds and ends for your Friday.  Enjoy! Mexican Mennonites Here’s a link to a recent piece on Old Colony Mennonites in Mexico.  Old Colony Mennonites are the second-largest Plain Anabaptist group after the Old Order Amish.  They share certain similarities with the Amish.  Great photos and more info at the link. Growing Up Amish in Holmes County Richard Stevick, author of Growing Up…

Inside an Amish home: Three rockers

Over the past few weeks we’ve tried to show the diverse interiors of Amish homes, from the plainer to the more progressive. I hope you enjoy this shot today from a more conservative Swartzentruber Amish home: What do you spy on that dresser? Hanging around: Special thanks to Karen Johnson-Weiner (author of New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State) for sharing…