A Peek Inside…

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When I was in Pearisburg, Virginia last week I had the occasion to visit with the settlement’s bishop, Mr. Sam Chupp.  Some Amish bishops rule their churches with an iron fist, while others are more accommodating and conciliatory. Chupp falls into the latter category. “We try to discuss everything here, have no secrets, and do everything together as a group,” Chupp explained. At age 60, he and his sons run a construction and carpentry business and an aviary which supplies exotic birds to zoos.  Sam Chupp is a well-read man with a well-stocked library of books of all kinds in his study.  Many of the homes in the Pearisburg community are either made of log or are bi and in some cases, tri, level homes.  Take a look at Sam Chupp’s spacious kitchen.  And then note the “chilling bath” which keeps food and drink cool.  The Chupps channeled an ice cold mountain spring directly into their house, so any foods that need to be kept cool and be put into sealed containers and then stored in the cold bath.  Isn’t that stone work gorgeous?    While the home pictured below isn’t made of log, it is a sturdy, spacious tri-level, a style common in this community.

 

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  1. lorraine stoddard says:


    Beautiful!!!

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  2. Very cool! Who would have guessed it would look like that on the inside? Gorgeous! And what a clever idea on the food bath!

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  3. Linda from KY says:


    That is a gorgeous log home! What a privilege you had to see the wonders of it, including that very impressive way of cooling food. It must be very easy to relax in such a home.

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  4. Zelka Cani says:


    I got excited by the hand made floor rugs in the kitchen in the first picture. I have a number of those myself, made by my mother-in-law, who still makes them!! It is amazing what you can make from leftover fabric. The Amish are just so versatile, they do not waste anything. We can learn so much from them. Thank you Kevin for sharing these pictures.

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  5. Barb Wright says:


    What a beautiful home!! Wouldn’t it be nice to keep food cold without the noise of a refrigerator?

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  6. Cindy Ewing says:


    A Sam Chupp lived beside my husband’s farm in the Delaney Creek area, Vallonia, IN. Could this be the same one as they have sold there farms, sometime ago? The multi level home is very similar to the ones built on that property here.

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  7. Modern adaptation of a spring house…that a lot of farms had..if they were lucky to have a spring on their property…the house was usually stone..and built over the running spring…..dirt floor…to store all their food goods in…and winter storage too….

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  8. Jane Reeves says:


    I would love to have one of these homes. Beautiful!!!

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  9. I have had the privlidge to be in this home and share a meal with Sam and Lydia. This home is incredable! That is all that I can say the pantry for food storage is just dreamy! the family is one of the nicest I have met in a long time, make me sad that mose Christian Americans are not like minded… We as a society can learn alot from the Amish!

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