Meanwhile, in Kentucky…

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24 Responses to Meanwhile, in Kentucky…

  1. Daryl says:

    Could be Ohio. You will never come across nicer people, yes some are asses, but generally they are friendly and they keep care of what they have. Their places are always neat and kept up, same with their belongings.

    • Rmb says:

      Agree its most likely Ohio. Not a resident I, but have listened to the complaints of a resident about how the narrow buggy wheels damage the local roads, yet the Amish pay little to nothing in road taxes.

      • Harry Steele says:

        the “resident” you listened to is an idiot….. I work with asphalt (paving crew), amish wagon wheels do ZERO damage to the roads… all they may do is scratch the surface making shiny tracks…… The wagons dont weigh anything near enough to damage a thing……

    • Could be anywhere from Pennsylvania to Nebraska down into South Missouri and back really. Got em all around me and while the buggies don’t bother me much as long as there are not a bunch of non-local drivers on the road with them, I would never buy an animal from them. Trust me if they are getting rid of them they have either wore them out or something is seriously wrong with em for the most part. Also we do spend a lot of extra money for those wide shoulders they use, that as I point out below, they don’t help pay for.

      They are nice enough, some I would call friends to a point, but I don’t really agree with the tax breaks they get along with some other government perks and shelters that supposedly come with the rules they follow when, depending on the leaders of their group, they bend those rules quite a bit. Many of them lease out the land they own rather than actually farm it the “old fashioned way”. Many of them will use Wisconsin engines mounted on wagons turning PTOs with round balers behind them being pulled by a four horse team. Now if that isn’t skimming the letter of the law while breaking the spirit I can’t tell ya what is. They always trade for stock delivery to market so you never see any “old way” or “Non mechanical” there either, but remember they are exempt from Obummer care, the draft, most taxes, most building code requirements etc. etc. etc.

      I will say when the girls hit 17 the local boys are always sure to search em out though. I know I did back in the day.

      Also where things become fuzzy is in the mixed families. Believe it or not some of them will leave one group and go to another. Some will leave completely and live a life separate but still appear to be”Amish” to an outsider and I assume still claim the benefits of being one. Some will become Mennonite as well. In fact I am pretty sure that buggy pictured is a Mennonite buggy and not an Amish one. It’s really no different than in fighting and politics you see within other Christian Churches and it can be hard to stay on top of when dealing with them.

  2. the other jack says:

    that’s a dangerous activity. not a good idea. the amount of pressure there could cause a hydraulic perforation… a very ugly injury. basically you’re skinned alive by the water tearing the skin off from the inside, once it punches through.

  3. Flugelman says:

    A clean horse is a happy horse…

  4. DTG says:

    More like Indiana….. Shipshewana…

  5. Chris Helmuth says:

    I vote for Arthur, Illinois. If so, I could show the pic to some Amish cousins and name the guy.

  6. Moe Howard says:

    Could be Kentucky, they live around here, see them in the parking lot at Walmart and around the area, including McDonalds and the SSA office. Went for a night away from home to the state park “Barren Lake”, two Amish couples were staying there as well, saw them in the dining room for dinner and breakfast. Didn’t know they did “vacations”. Wife said they were speaking German.

    • Wirecutter says:

      See my comment to WildBill.
      Barren Lake is about 10 miles or so north of my house.
      I’ve heard them speaking a dialect similar to German, but what trips me out is when they’re speaking English, it’s with a Tennessee accent.

      • John Deaux says:

        From what I understand they speak a combination of Dutch and German dialects. They are a dedicated group of self sufficient people for sure and they do wonderful woodworking.
        On a different note, hopefully your weekend is improving some, lol. Enjoy your Labor Day….

  7. wildbill says:

    We have Amish in Tennessee also, around McMinnville. My wife likes to see their wagons and buggies going down the back roads when we’re up there. I admire them for having the drive to maintain that life style but disagree with the need to do so. There are a number of Mennonites here in Coffee and Franklin counties. For those unfamiliar with the difference, Mennonites practice plain living but use electricity and drive cars and trucks.

    • Wirecutter says:

      We’ve got a fair amount of Amish living around here, mostly in Allen and Monroe Counties in Kentucky, which border Macon County TN. They drive their buggies down into Lafayette so they can do their shopping as well as selling produce at roadside stands, so we see them fairly often.
      I have to tell you, they’ve got the finest horses I’ve ever seen.

      • Heathen says:

        I have mentioned previously that I grew up near several Amish families and had them for neighbors when I lived on the family farm.

        They started settling here in Hardin Co. Ohio in the mid-1950’s. They even rode my school bus for the 1st year until they built their own schools.( Might have been a court case that made them do that, as I said it was 1956-57)

        I remember the bus being stuck in a snow drift & Mr. Lambright used his team of Belgians to pull it out.

        Most of them are “good people” trying to live up to their beliefs. Heaven’s gonna be full of Amish.

      • Alemaster says:

        A lot of my cousin’s patients in Allen County were Amish. Probably all he had treated at one time or another who were capable showed their respects at his viewing. Honest, hardworking, respectful people who loved their land. I understand why my cousin cared so much for them. regards, Alemaster

    • Not all Mennonites drive cars or use electricity. Some do restrict themselves to buggies the same as Amish. I am pretty sure the guy in the pic is actually Mennonite since by the look of the pic the hardwood trees in the background do not have leaves on them. That tells me it must be a warm Spring or Fall day and the guy is not wearing his suit jacket and has short sleeves, that is usually forbidden by the Amish family elders except in extreme heat.

      Then again it is hard to say for any certainty as the “rules” change depending on the Elders and there are so many small groups of Amish. The larger Mennonites groups are easier to tell since they have larger actual churches.

  8. brighteyes says:

    It aint a 442. It’s a 114…1 horse, 1 exhaust and 4 onna floor.

  9. Gryphon says:

    Jack- If I saw that Happening, I would Curb-Stomp that old Man so Fast the Horse wouldn’t Know what Happened.. that is so Dangerous of a thing to Do, people think that it has Fur, and that will Protect it, but if the Water Penetrates the Skin, the Germs normally in the Fur will start an Infection that can Run several Feet from the starting point.

    And I Never like seeing Horses in Traffic, other than maybe for a Parade.

  10. R Durand says:

    What you do when your horse has the ‘trots’??

  11. pigpen51 says:

    I hate to tell you this, but we have some of their group living up here in Michigan as well. And the same story, you will never meet a more well behaved group of people anywhere. They take care of their animals, and their children, with the same amount of attention. I often wonder if they know a lot more than the rest of us.

  12. George says:

    A number of them north of Springfield, Missouri and yes, they do drive on the paved highways.

  13. H says:

    A buncha Amish in this area. This particular brand is allowed tractors, which they frequently use to drive the family to town to shop, in an enclosed wagon pulled by the tractor. No road tax and using off-road diesel, of course. I stopped off at the local sports center one day to find four or five of them at the gun counter having a spirited argument about which automatic shotgun was best. Voices were raised. OK, ‘splain that to me, Lucy! They can’t have cars or electricity, but they can have an auto shotgun? Go figure.

  14. T.Rose says:

    I’ve been around these folks for 46 years, I was 10 when I first met the kids of the community.

    Don’t think for one minute that these are meek and mild people. They will skin you in a deal just as soon as “ENGLISH” would.

    They have firearms that they use for harvesting game and they believe in defending themselves.

    In southern Kansas, west of Wichita is an Amish community, Yoder. Contrary to popular belief, not all of them farm. They allow a communal van to go to the grocery store or shopping in Wichita or Hutchinson. The men hire a driver to take them into Wichita for the work week to work in building cabinetry for the airline industry there. Here’s a kicker, one I know works for Kansas Gas and Electric. He works in the field but not with electricity. The elders allow him to drive the company vehicle, but the horse is used for his daily life.

    They’ll sit down and drink a beer with you and tell jokes at the horse auctions. The elders have recently allowed tractors to be used in the baling and hauling custom hay work, but the horse is still the central tractor for cutting, raking and other field work. The children drive their horses or ponies to the one room school where they are educated until the 7th or 8th grade.

    They also use tractors to haul their stock trailers to the sale barn.

    The horse you are looking at its a standardbred, a trotter if you will. Those that can’t make it on the track go to the Amish. Kind of like a greyhound goes from the track to chasing coyotes out here on the plains.

    You’re right Kenny, you should see nice horses there in Kentucky as that is home to one of the championship races, @ The Red Mile, The Kentucky Futurity, one of that industries “Triple Crown” races. Also, they are bilingual, a German dialect and also English.

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