The Amish are a loosely connected network of conservative Anabaptist communities that originated inSwitzerland. They split from the Mennonites in Switzerland between 1693 and 1697. They are followers of Jakob Ammann, who spearheaded the split because he favored harsher excommunication practices and more conservative modes of dress. The Mennonites and Amish still share basic Anabaptist values, like opposition to both war and infant baptism. Amish communities are easy to identify from their horse-drawn buggies & wagons and 17th century clothing. Amish women must wear cape dresses and head coverings in public.
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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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Craftsmen in Ohio’s Amish communities have been building furniture for a long time. Even before the “boom” days of the 1980s and 1990s, Amish craftsmen quietly toiled away in their workshops (many in one-or two-person shops) and created furniture for themselves, their families, neighbors and the occasional tourist — who usually was referred by a satisfied customer.
Because most shops began as cottage businesses, and because of a general adherence to a strong work ethic, over the years Amish-built furniture gained a reputation for high quality, and the need for retail stores grew.
One of the oldest ...
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