Friday, December 23, 2011

Did I See Amish With Cell Phones in Holmes County?

Today when you visit Holmes County, Ohio Amish tourist attractions you may see some Amish with things that you did not expect such as cell phones, gas lawn mowers, etc.  In our ever changing world the Amish must make adaptations for their life needs.  These changes must be approved by their church leader, the Bishop.  These changes are not adapted in their home because they don't want to harm their family structure or upset their community.  They are used with limits for business...for instance, a Bishop may allow cell phones for work purposes but at the end of the day they must turn them off until the next work day.  The Amish that you see with these modern items are usually the Old Order or New Order Amish.
There is a group of Amish in Holmes County called Swartzentruber.  They are the most conservative group in the County.  They refuse power tools or to hire a driver to go to work.  They usually make a living from farming, basket making, or quilt making.  The Amish basket makers that you see in the northern part of the County are usually part of this group.
One place to get your questions about the Amish answered correctly is from the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center/Behalt.  You can also learn about the history of the Amish there.

Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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