Amish and Mennonite communities have existed since the 18th century and now exist in locations all over the world – including Lancaster County, PA, Holmes County, OH, Fort Wayne, IN, and portions of northern Indiana. Members of these communities are devoted followers of their respective religions, religions which teach self sufficiency, simplicity, and hard work as a way of life. Today, Amish and Mennonite communities offer products and services for sale as a way to generate revenue for their communities so they can purchase what they can’t make or grow on their own. Visit any of these following four locations in the United States and you can experience high quality Amish and Mennonite craftsmanship and workmanship for yourself. Discover more areas where you can buy direct from Amish and Mennonite sellers in Canada and in 19 U.S. states on our website, PlainBusiness.net.
Lancaster County, PA
Located in Pennsylvania, Lancaster County is home to the oldest Amish and Mennonite settlement in North America. Established in the 1720s, the local community of Amish and Mennonite families remains several thousand strong. The work ethic among the Amish and Mennonite is one of careful attention to detail, which is why some of the finest handmade products you will find come from settlements like this one. While you’re visiting Lancaster County, PA, be sure to see the picturesque covered bridges, take a train ride through the countryside, and do some shopping among the local Amish and Mennonite sellers.
Holmes County, OH
Named after a young officer who served and died in the War of 1812, Holmes County is home to Amish and Mennonite settlements that have existed since the 1820s and that now total nearly 20,000 in combined population. Visit town and be sure to stop in the local woodworking and furniture stores to browse the available selection of high quality and handmade goods. In Holmes County you’re also close to a local market that specializes in Amish grown food, so you can plan an entire meal prepared with food grown or made by the Amish.
If you ever find yourself in Northern Indiana, you have to take a drive through the miles and miles of Amish and Mennonite back roads that exist in the area. They’re dotted with simple shops, workshops, and studios – known among those who run them as “Cottage Shoppes” – and are a great way to meet some Amish and Mennonite locals. Just be sure to drive slow through the back roads – horse drawn buggies will likely be a common sight.
Fort Wayne, IN
A short drive outside of Fort Wayne is an area called Grabill, which is home to a large Amish and Mennonite population. The area even hosts the annual Grabill Country Fair where you can purchase many of the locally made and locally grown goods that the Amish and Mennonite communities offer for sale. Of course, you don’t have to wait for the fair to shop from local craftsmen and growers – families sell their wares out of cottage shoppes around the area, and there’s a grocery co-op in the center of town where many Amish and Mennonite locals sell what they’ve farmed and prepared.
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