Amish Culture

Founded nearly 150 years ago, the Amish community in the Arthur area is the oldest and largest Amish settlement in Illinois. Over the last century and a half, the Amish community has grown to become a large and integral part of the Arthur way of life. While farming has always been a significant part of the Amish culture, other cottage industries have arisen such as woodworking, cabinet-making, quilting and baking. The Amish maintain a level of craftsmanship in all of their work that keeps their community thriving to this day.

The Amish religion and culture is most notably characterized by simple dress, living without electricity, and carefully choosing any technology they adopt, including transportation. It is not out of the ordinary to see horse-drawn buggies, wagons, farm equipment and bicycles on the road. These traditional forms of transportation are hallmarks of the Amish culture.

Generally, the Amish farms and businesses are located on the outskirts of town. You’ll find the proprietors of these farms and businesses to be quite accommodating, but remember all Amish businesses are closed on Sundays.     

While visiting the Arthur area, please be reminded that out of respect for the members of the Amish faith, we ask that you do not take photographs of their likeness.  And remember to be watchful of the many horse-drawn buggies, bicycles, and farm implements as you drive through Amish country. Keep in mind that they are probably moving slower than you think.

Much like a handcrafted patchwork quilt, the Amish and “English” (non-Amish) communities are woven together in everything we do—we shop together, we go to school together, we work together. Come experience for yourself the rich history and proud tradition of the Arthur area Amish. It will undoubtedly give you a whole knew appreciation for the simpler things in life.

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