My Thoughts About One of My Favorite Places--Northeastern Indiana's Amish Country

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hope - Trust - Believe

Seen recently on an Amish farm in Goshen, where I was taking photos of a bench wagon for an upcoming post... This little shed:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rest in Peace, Mr. Hostetler

I wrote a piece about the Shipshewana Walldogs mural in the Hostetler Hudson Museum a while back...  and also a piece about the Hostetler Museum itself, farther back.

Mr. Eldon Hostetler, whose passion for Hudson Automobiles and generosity in sharing that passion made the museum a reality, passed away recently.  Read about it here:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Shipshewana Walldogs

I wrote sixteen different blog posts about the work done by the sign- and mural-painting organization called the "Walldogs," who chose the town of Shipshewana, Indiana as their summer 2014 project. (The posts can be found by typing "Walldogs" in the search box.)

These murals can be found all over Shipshewana, both downtown and all along Route 5, the main north-south road through town.  They are beautiful, and each one has a story to tell.

(After I published my blog posts, the tourism people in Shipshewana asked if they could distribute my sixteen stories to the horse-and-buggy tour guides, which I gladly agreed to!)

So take a look at my sixteen posts, and if the Walldog murals interest you as much as they interest me, take a look at this half-hour documentary, done by the Walldogs, about their work in Shipshewana in June 2014.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Marathon Man

I've been meaning to share this story for a while...

Leroy Stoltzfus, Amishman, ran the Harrisburg (PA) marathon in full Amish garb last November, finishing in 3:05.  One minute faster would have qualified him for the Boston Marathona goal of his.

I won't post a photo, since they're surely copyrighted. (All the photos on my blog, I took myself).  But read the story here:

Monday, June 27, 2016

How Many Amish Are There?

I'm not a big numbers geek, but I do enjoy a good chart of map, and I found some good ones on the Indiana University website.

As of the 2000 census, there were almost 20,000 Amish people in Indianathird largest number in the United States, with Ohio and Pennsylvania almost tied for first.  The Indiana counties with the heaviest Amish population were Lagrange, Elkhart, Adams, and Daviess (in that order).  Lagrange County had almost 6,000 Amishabout 17% of the population of the countywhich was a higher percentage of Amish than any other county in America.

This is old information, but still interesting..  Since the Amish generally double in population every 20 years, I wonder what the figures will look like in 2020?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Amishology: A Game About Amish Life

Interesting...  A game about Amish Life!  I haven't purchased it, but it intrigues me, so I think I might.
Here's the link to their website:

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Shipshewana 500

Some local Mayfest fun from two years ago:  "The Shipshewana 500."

Pull a buggy (with 800 pounds weight in it, including two people) 250 feet down the street, turn it around, trade places, and pull it back!  Held on one of the main streets in downtown Shipshewana.

Here's one run from the competition: