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The Amish believe strongly in education, but only provide formal education through the eighth grade. They are exempt from state compulsory attendance beyond the eighth grade based on religious principles. Schooling concentrates on the basic reading, writing and math skills, along with vocational training and socialization in Amish history and values.


Many Amish communities provide parochial schools for their children. A local farmer or other landowner will donate land for a school house and the community will assist in building it. Most of the schools are governed by a local school board made up of parents of the children in ...
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"How do the Amish live?"

Read our comprehensive guide to why the Amish live the way they do. We offer a list of informative articles to help you understand their culture, and way of life.





THIS IS OUR VIEW - Sights, Sounds, Seasons
By: Nancy Lembke

“Harvest Moon” is what they call the full moon of September - a moon bright enough that one could see well enough after the sun has set to continue harvesting the appropriate crops.   The challenge to get children up and ready for school becomes harder since the sun doesn’t want to ‘get up’ early either.  Cool nights make for better sleeping than the “dog days of summer” and wearing a sweater in the morning hours that can be removed as the day warms up is a matter of ...
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Amish blogs?

Presenting bloggers from area businesses to keep you informed regarding events and more at their businesses and throughout Amish Country.





Sharon Strouse

The Appalachian region has been defined geographically since the earliest non-native settlers began to move beyond the Atlantic coastal plains in the late 18th century.  The culture of northern Appalachia has been observed for just about as long. This culture has more similarities than differences from that of our Holmes County Amish community today for a myriad of reasons. 
    The geographical dividing line between the Atlantic eastern seaboard and the Midwest region of the United States is considered the Eastern Continental Divide which follows the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania to Georgia.   
    The Appalachian plateau area is ...
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