INSIDE AN AMISH BISHOP’S HOUSE
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.