Amish church and community circles intersect and overlap in many ways. When discussing Amish communities, you may hear the three terms districtsettlement, and affiliation.  These terms refer to three distinct ways in which Amish society is ordered.

Amish society is organized in 3 main ways:

  • affiliation refers to Amish who adhere to similar guidelines for living, also known as the Ordnung.  Members of a given affiliation can be found in geographically dispersed locations
  • settlement is the geographical location where a group of Amish lives (Amish in one settlement may be of different affiliations)
  • church district is the individual congregation where an Amish person worships, ...

"How do the Amish live?"

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By: LaVonne De Bois


As Spring arrives, so does the need to prepare for planting of crops.  Farming among the Amish remains in the 8 - 10% range with regard to family occupations.


Recently I interviewed a New Order Amish farmer about farming methods.  Even though Amish are allowed to utilize tractors on the farm for running equipment, some New Order may use tractors for fieldwork.  That is not the norm, but demonstrates the extreme examples from one group to another.


Working in the field does not ...

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Adam Cook

The iconic Broad Run Cheesehouse has stood the test of time at Old Route 39 and Broad Run Dairy Road, and now as the cornerstone of Broad Run Corner, it no longer stands alone. The Swiss Heritage Winery and the founder’s namesake tavern, Hans’ Place, build on the tradition established by Broad Run Cheesehouse as being not merely a destination for visitors to sample, but also to savor Ohio Amish Country. The future of Broad Run Corner points to its past.
“Broad Run Cheesehouse, the business Dad handed down to ...

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