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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Geneva

    We Have an Amish Family or two that has moved to Jackson, Co in a little town called Annville in the wonderful
    state of Kentucky.

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    1. Kevin

      I’ve been hearing about the Annville community, Geneva…it’s not terribly far off I-75, I hope to check it out sometime…thanks for the update!

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  2. Carolyn

    I believe the Amish did try settling in eastern Wa. at one time. For whatever reason it didn’t work out. It was just a small community .I really hope they try again.

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    1. Kevin

      Yes, Carolyn, they have before…several times, I believe…most recently a settlement was started around Moses Lake, but that fizzled…last I heard there was one Amish family still there, but that doesn’t really qualify as an “Amish community.”

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  3. Beverly

    Here in Washington, we have a conservative mennonite community that is vibrant and thriving in Rochester! (which is South of our capital Olympia) It has beautiful farm land!

    While living here is expensive….I would love to see a Amish community put down roots and grow!!

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    1. Kevin

      Beverly, I just saw this comment. Haven’t heard from you in awhile, hope you are doing well. Thanks for telling mm about the Mennonite community there, I did not know about it!

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  4. Joanna Hyatt

    We just returned from our 4th trip to Amish country in Lancaster county PA. What I have noticed over the last almost 40 years is the creep of strip malls and commercialism. I felt a bit sad as I thought urban sprawl was not what the Amish originally were seeking. I love the farmlands so green and lush in what was a quiet and peaceful way of life. I told my husband, Northern NH would be a more fitting place. I find our own quiet little town in South East NH filling up with MA transplants who can’t seem to shake what they left, only to want to change were they moved to, to what they left. But with 2 acre zoning, no street lights or sidewalks, with only artisan wells and septic systems it still retains the feel of a bygone era which resembles a Currier and Ives painting.

    When I told our son in ME he said we have Amish communities here. He told me he read where they are considering NH. So here I am excitingly Googling it. I truly hope they do come to settle here they would be most welcome. North of Concord and in small towns you still see the rugged individualism, self reliance and spirit of community that NH, VT, and ME are known for. There are still dirt roads and trails where we enjoy riding our horses. With 85% of the land in NH, VT, and ME being forest there is still a lot of room.

    Kevin if you would be so kind as to share this information with the Amish and Mennonites that they would be welcome, this old Yankee would be pleased.

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    1. Kevin

      Joanna, it’s only a matter of time before the Amish come to NH. They just established a community in Vermont and they are approaching the NH border from the west with numerous settlements in Upstate New York. As far as Lancaster County goes, they Amish don’t “want” suburban sprawl at all. They lived there long before the sprawl, the sprawl came to them so they deal with it as best they can…many have decamped for Kentucky and other points west. Ahhh you paint such an idyllic portrait of NH, makes ME want to move there. Welcome to Amish365!:)

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