Monday, February 19, 2007

Ashland County Amish

My dad braved the Ohio portion of last week's blizzard to see what the neighbors were up to. They were up to a little manure spreading and some blacksmithing and they were heading off to school. The English kids had a snow day, but not the Amish kids.

He wanted me to be sure to tell you that he was in a nice warm car, not in a buggy, so he really didn't feel that brave.
Especially after he shot this picture:


Jenn said...

Great shots. Did you grow up with the Amish?

Melissa said...

The Amish trouble me because of the way that they treat their women. They are a repressive religion, yet we tolerate them and romanticize them and ignore the evil that happens in their communities.

mainelife said...

Hey Jenn, that I did. There isn't much interaction between English and Amish in my town, but we did get to go to a barnraising once and my parents often drove vans of Amish to other states for funerals.
Melissa (nice name)-thanks for commenting. Can you be a little more specific about evil and treatment of women? I have absolutely no personal experience or other knowledge of this. I'd like to know more from your perspective.

Amish America said...

Nice shots!

Did you grow up near the Holmes, or maybe the Geauga county settlement?

There was an article last week about the Geauga kids being the only ones tromping off to school in the freezing weather. Tough, but the stories they'll get to tell the grandkids...

Erik/Amish America

mainelife said...

Hi Erik--love your blog, by the way. I grew up near the Holmes settlement, but our county (Ashland) has always a good sized Old Order Amish community.
As I understand (and if anyone knows any differently, could you please jump in here?) the new bishop is not very popular and many of our Amish are relocating to upstate New York and Michigan, so the settlement is much smaller than when I was a kid.