The Amish of Augusta, Wisconsin

A world without automobiles, telephones, and computers?  I could not imagine life without all the accommodations.  However, Amish communities thrive without today’s technology and the headaches that come along with it.  From sunrise to sunset, they are a hard working group.  They use the land and all it has to offer without the machinery that we see today.

According to Wikipedia:

“Amish lifestyle is dictated by the Ordnung (German, meaning: order), which differs slightly from community to community, and, within a community, from district to district. What is acceptable in one community may not be acceptable in another. No summary of Amish lifestyle and culture can be totally adequate, because there are few generalities that are true for all Amish. Groups may separate over matters such as the width of a hat-brim, the color of buggies, or other issues

Bearing children, raising them, and socializing with neighbors and relatives are the greatest functions of the Amish family.  All Amish believe large families are a blessing from God.”

This particular Amish settlement in Augusta, Wisconsin was founded over 30 years ago and is 6 church districts in size.  Roughly ¾ of Wisconsin’s forty or so Amish settlements consist of just 1-2 church districts. Wisconsin has been experiencing high levels of in-migration as nearly 30 Amish settlements have been founded over the past two decades.

The Amish are known for their beautiful handmade quilts, baskets, furniture, and many other items. In their communities you will often find bakeries, furniture or cabinet making shops, quilt shops, as well as general stores with unique items.

If you are ever in the area, the Woodshed, in Augusta, Wisconsin specializes in Amish antiques and woodworks and offers tours through a nearby Amish settlement. Visitors can savor mouthwatering homemade candy and baked goods, watch furniture makers and visit the Amish sawmills in this area. This tour also offers the chance to visit horse breeders and harness makers.

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15 thoughts on “The Amish of Augusta, Wisconsin

  1. Another great series of photos regarding one of our favorite subject. That was a fun day with beautiful scenery and plenty of photo opportunities. Great job honey.

  2. Blondie says:

    Love these pictures!

  3. Tina Schell says:

    I used to live in Philadelphia and often would see the Amish in Lancaster County. Back then I was always in too much of a hurry for photography 😦 Excellent post – especially love the last photo!

  4. Joe says:

    Great series of photos Cynthia it reminds me of Lancaster, PA.

  5. I very much appreciate the lifestyle; almost envy it, to an extent. They don’t know what Swamp People, Hardcore Pawn, or Honey Boo Boo is.

    Plus, they don’t have social circles that revolve around Facebook. Think of how much less drama there must be in their world! We should all be so lucky.

    Great shots, as always. They do well to capture the lifestyle. 🙂

  6. I would have to agree with your statement and second the “to an extent” 🙂

  7. LOVE the image of the kids walking away down the road!!!

  8. MikeP says:

    Love the hats and boys walking down the road…. no Amish in Jersey that I know of…. i think the crazy drivers scared them over to PA 🙂

  9. Thanks Mike- That photo is one of my favorites too 🙂

  10. Mike says:

    This is a great series of images. Each tells a unique story. Great eye!!

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