Do you know where the Amish live in the US and Canada?
They probably live in more areas that you realize.
Many people think of the Amish living in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, and these states do have the largest populations of Amish.
Since I have Amish ancestry I have done a lot of research into where they have lived.
There are currently Amish settlements in 31 states.
I first created this map back in 2013 for my post Amish States. You can see that the only change is the addition of Vermont.
There are also eight states where Amish have lived in the past, but where they no longer have settlements. I have written about settlements in three of those states.
Amish in California?
Amish in Oregon?
Amish in New Orleans?
There are also Amish in four provinces of Canada. The most recent province where Amish have settled is Manitoba.
See: Amish Provinces
The Amish continue to look for new places to settle as their population rapidly increases, and I would not be surprised to see a few more states or provinces added to the map in the next years.
Do you live near an Amish settlement?
Today was the 156th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
How many of you had to memorize the entire Gettysburg Address, or at least part of it?
I still remember at least the first paragraph.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honoured dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
I hope that you remembered this short but important address today.