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.





There is something surreal about an early morning fog in the valleys of southeast Ohio.  Hill tops look like tiny islands surrounded by mysterious white fluff.  As the sun slowly burns off the low-lying haze, one notices small clusters of Amish homes nestled within the edges of woodlands & harvested fields. Dairymen, already finished with their early morning milking, have given leave to the cows who now slowly choose a place in the pasture to enjoy another fall day. A breeze blows through the low-lands & chases off the final wisps of any lingering haze.  A new beauty emerges for ...
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Nina Polien Light

    When Duke Bixler and his family quietly booked a few weddings in The Tool Shed about two years ago, they had no idea how popular the newest structure on their picturesque property would become.
    “With each wedding we had there, there’d be two or three others that would come from it,” said Bixler, owner of Breitenbach Wine Cellars, where The Tool Shed is located. “Now, we’re booking weddings into 2016.”
    At 16,000-square-foot, The Tool Shed is named to reflect the site where Bixler exercises the tools of his trade. It is here that he barrel ages wine ...
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