I've often wondered whether I've set some sort of world's record for most Amish and Plain settlements visited. I mean, it's possible, right? I actually looked once to see if it would be something that Guinness could document, but I don't think this is something that fits in any of their category or criteria. Still, I'd be hard-pressed to think of anyone who has been to as many Amish settlements as I have been. I don't say that as a boast, but just reality. I mean, if you think of how remote and rural some of these places are: Rexford, Montana; Beeville, Texas, etc...it's unlikely an Amish person would go to all these different places, they usually just stick to areas where they have family ties and no Amish person would have family ties in so many different places. And if there is someone non-Amish who has been to all of these places, chances are I would have heard of him or her, because the roster of non-Amish people who study Amish people is fairly small. We all know one another or know of one another.
My list is probably actually longer (I'll keep tweaking it and tinkering with it) because simply saying "Holmes County is quite a simplistic categorization. In Holmes County, I've been to church districts in Charm, Berlin, Loudonville, and others...so my list is longer than what shows here.
Also, what qualifies as "being to an Amish community." I usually don't count just driving through, I have to talk to someone. I usually like to talk to someone and find out how many church districts the settlement has. If I can do that, I count it as an official visit although, of course, I like to explore each place as long and as much as I can.
Owen County (Amish-Mennonite)
Adams County, Ohio
Brown County, Ohio (Amish-Mennonite)
Covington, Ohio (Old German Baptist Brethren)
Belle Center, Ohio
Mt. Victory, Ohio
Plain City, Ohio
Vinton County, Ohio
Highland County, Ohio
Holmes County, Ohio
Wayne County, Ohio
Ashland County, Ohio
Geauga County, Ohio
Preble County, Ohio (Old German Baptist Brethren)
Dayton (Old Order Mennonite)
you have missed a good one: franklin county, pa. and there is even a group there you have never discussed. old order river brethren.
Nancy, yes, you are right...I know little about the Old Order River Brethren and would like to discuss them sometime!
I didn't think I'd been to that many, but when I looked at your list, I've actually been to 21 including two you haven't been to. (McBain and Evart, MI). I was surprised at how many I HAD been to. I wouldn't have thought it was that many. Anyway, where next?
Interesting....Yea, I keep thinking I'm missing something on my list...like I am overlookiog one or two, but if I think of them, I'll add them...My next Amish settlement i visit may be the new one in Vermont...not sure, stay tuned!:)
Kevin - thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into researching your articles. I am a nurse, and for many years, one of the nurses would cut out the Amish Cook article from the newspaper, and hang it up at the nurse's station for all to read. You can imagine how long ago that was! Now, we continue to enjoy it on line. I just wanted you aware there is a large Amish settlement in Jamesport, Mo (northern Mo.). Stop by if you are every driving through. They're very friendly. My brother sells them a lot of hay each winter for their horses. He says that they will be unloading the big bales with rope and horses, all the while talking with him about the weather forecast or upcoming crop season! Continue your good work! Sue
Thank you for the kind words, Sue....Jamesport is probably the largest Amish settlement I've never been to...I definitely want to make it there someday!
In the last couple of years, we have had the pleasure of meeting and working with several Amish families both close to us and far away. We live in NE Oklahoma and have a couple of small communities close to us, Chouteau and Welch, OK; Bartlett, KS; we’ve also been to Saint Charles, Minnesota and Liberty Kentucky. All of them made us feel very welcome and invited us into their homes!
You've been to several Amish settlements that I'd love to visit, they all have variations and customs of their own....Liberty, Kentucky is closest to me of the ones you mentioned.
This article is just a constant brag contest or whats the message ?
Just sharing what Amish settlements I have been to!
When you get time you should visit Mio Michigan if you haven't 😘
I would love to visit Mio someday, I have not had a chance to go there yet. Have you been?
It is Kevin's website; and he can write any thing he wishes!!
Including how many Amish communities he has experienced over the years!
No one is saying you have to read it!! I personally feel that Kevin has been blessed to have been able to visit these communities! Are you jealous?!! LOL