Visiting AMISH Country

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The little history I got from the Amish translation office was that the Amish, are a farming community of people. Traditionally their livelihood depended on farming on large farms, a practice that encouraged a lifestyle very distinctive from other societies around them. The Amish of central Illinois are a generation of the Moses Yoder, Daniel Miller, and Daniel Otto who moved to the central Illinois from Somerset in Pennsylvania in the late eighteenth century. The Amish country that I visited is the Arthur Amish a population of a little over four thousand Amish of the old order, the make for the largest settlement of Amish. They have a very slow paced live having decided they did not want the fast paced modern lifestyle, they continue to use horse drawn implements and run smaller businesses.

In Arcola however, I did notice a huge Amish Furniture store when I inquired I was told that some of the Amish, who are traditionally farmers have in the past several decades had to succumb to significant changes in their farming occupation due to economic factors like decrease in land availability.

The furniture is amazing I must add, the Amish craftsmen make some of the most fascinating furniture with great finish. The oak tables I saw were awe inspiring, if they had a shop in Tucson, they would definitely have me for a customer. On display were great entertainment centers. Well, Michael drove us to the Amish country, bypassing huge cornfields. I found the members of the Amish to be very friendly. They waved each time they went by and smiled warmly to acknowledge our presence. Michael said they were the most respectful people, some of their children attend school with his son Bailey.

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