By Kevin Williams
I absolutely loved my journey to Arthur, Illinois's Amish community a couple of weeks ago. It's hard to describe it...but I'll make an attempt...it's a very isolated Amish community. The closest sizable town - Champaign - is 40 minutes away. I found myself amazing that the first Amish arrived here in 1865. I mean, this place is isolated now, so I'm having trouble imagining how remote it must have seemed in 1865.
The community's isolation has given rise to innovation. The Amish here can experiment and try things out here in ways that maybe one couldn't in Holmes County, Ohio or Lancaster, PA.
The Amish in and around Arthur number approximately 4000 spread out among 22 church districts, but all of them pretty much fellowship and worship with one another, so you don't see some of the deep splits here that you do elsewhere.
So, enjoy these beautiful scenes from a wonderful Amish community!
If you want to learn more about the Arthur Amish and what to do if you visit, check out their tourism site here!