The Pearisburg, Virginia Amish settlement is a breathtakingly beautiful Amish community nestled in the folds and ridges of Walker Mountain. The community has a more “communal” feel than others, with a lot of tasks being completed together and decisions being made as one. They even refer to their close-knit community as the “Walker Mountain Community Farm.”
A variety of home-based businesses dot the settlement, which first took root in 1993. There has been a schism in the past year which sort of casts a bit of a shadow over daily life. A group of about 7 or 8 families split off and now affiliate with the Amish church in Lobelsville, Tennessee, yet they still live in Pearisburg. So it’s kind of awkward when the people encounter one another in day-to-day life in such a small locale, it’d kind of be like running into an ex spouse or girlfriend fresh after a break-up. Awkward.But autumns are long and robust and full of color, winters are temperate (this is the southern Virginia mountains), and the work is plentiful.
The Lobelsville, Tennessee group has embraced technology a bit more among with some other doctrinal differences that initiated the split. If anyone knows more about the Lobelville, Tennessee Amish I’d like to hear more.
In addition to the businesses which dot Pearisburg, the community holds once-a-month bake sales and lunches to raise funds for their school. Take a look at this plate, all of this and dessert for $8! In addition to the meal, a bake sale is held where one can buy homemade doughnuts, whoopie pies, bread, and even ice cream.
Tomorrow, we’ll wrap up the visit to Pearisburg with a peek inside one of the homes, I think you’ll be amazed at how pretty they are!