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By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: March 2, 2015 1:00 AM
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I know you all have been patiently waiting for the return of Amish Heartland Magazine. We are back and better than ever just in time for spring in Amish country. As you plan your return travels to the heartland, be sure to read up on the best places to shop and stay in this edition of Amish Heartland.
We know that our readers always have questions about the Amish lifestyle. Throughout the year we hope to cover topics that our readers are interested in. To get things started, we are sharing an article that gives a brief description of the different orders of the Amish.
Some find it odd that one group of people could have so many different ways of living. In Wayne/Holmes County there are 11 different groups of Amish represented. From Swartzentruber, to  Old Order, to New Order, the lines are often blurred in distinguishing between the different groups. What ultimately defines a group or community is established by the church district each Amish person resides in.
For example, some New Order communities may allow the use of telephones and minor “worldly” items within the home while a stricter, Old Order communitie will not. Some Amish farms allow the use of milking machines and tractors on their farms. The Order system can be quite complex, so we have outlined the basics for you in this edition of Amish Heartland to give you an idea of the Amish people that make up Wayne/Holmes counties.
Looking for a place to stay that won’t break the bank during your next visit to Amish country? Check out the Berlin Village Inn. The small inn provides just the amenities you need to enjoy your stay but not too much to distract you from the beauty of Amish country you came to explore. The small, cozy atmosphere encourages you to make new friends with fellow travelers and the friendly staff.
If you’re in the market for quality, handcrafted furniture, there are endless options in Amish country. But if you are looking for that authentic Amish shopping experience, than look no farther than Jake’s Handcrafted Oak. Shoppers love to shop by the light of gas lanterns and share friendly conversations with Jake Chupp and his wife as they shop for that perfect piece of furniture for their home. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, ask how you can get a custom piece made just for your space.
We had such a wonderful turnout for our “Patchwork Quilt” contest, that we are in the planning stages of bringing you an even better contest for the new year.  We held a drawing for the quilt winner at the end of January and are revealing the winner in this month’s edition. Stay tuned for more chances to win great prizes from our Amish Heartland advertisers.
We hope you enjoy our return edition of Amish Heartland Magazine. We can’t wait to bring you more exciting topics on the Amish culture and introduce you to some of the best places to shop, eat and stay during your visit to the Amish Heartland. We would love to hear from you: if you have any topics or questions about the Amish culture that you would like to see covered in future editions, write to us, email us or find us on facebook!


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