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Texas Amish The Lone Star state is home to a single Amish community The popular image of Texas is a land of oil, beef cattle, and ten-gallon hats. And truth be told, few Amish have ever settled in the Lone Star state. But in a remote corner of the state Stetson hats give way to broad-rimmed plain ones.
Bee County in south Texas has been home to a small Amish settlement since The Bee County Amish settlement, located near the county seat of Beeville, was started by Amish from Tennessee in The Beeville settlement is one of the most southerly Amish communities in the country, second only to the community at Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida.
Location of Bee County in Texas, home of the only Amish community in the state The Bee County community is a single church district in size. The first settlers to this community numbered around two dozen souls. Over the years the community has not attracted many settlers—at least not enough to form a second church district.
Amish in the Bee County community have a variety of occupations. Some make buggies, others do horseshoeing read more about Amish furniture in Texas.
There is a general store and sales of baked goods. Some produce is grown using irrigation. In the community there is also some horse training, and fittingly, beekeeping. Former Texas Amish settlements Texas saw a number of Amish attempts to settle in the early s.
Amish showed interest in establishing themselves in the state already in the late s, with a few groups investigating the possibility of doing so. But the first bona fide settlement did not arise untilnear the town of Plainview in Hale County.
Amish historian David Luthy informs us that this area was already home to an Old Mennonite congregation. Settlements That Failedpp In addition to the Hale County community, saw the founding of Amish settlements in both Dimmit County and Hidalgo County deep in the southern tip of the state.
Both of these settlements extinguished at about the same time as the Hale County settlement did, but for different reasons. Towering mesquite trees greeted Amish newcomers to Dimmit County, Texas The group which settled in Dimmit County relied on irrigation to water the otherwise arid lands where cactus and mesquite plants grew naturally.
The reason given is that being primarily produce farmers, they farmed smaller plots of land and did not need to spread out. A new railroad was to be the lifeline to markets for their produce, but as it happened, the price of shipping from their remote location to markets in the Midwest was greater than the money their crops would bring.
It quickly became evident that produce was going to be a losing proposition. Amish began moving away and though at least one farmer attempted to raise grain the following year, with some success, all were gone by The Hidalgo settlement, on the Mexican border, existed from The first settler was an Ohio native who had begun developing turberculosis and was in search of a warmer climate.
Only a handful of families settled here, and no member of the ministry put down roots in the community, one reason for its extinction. Additionally, during this same time period a revolution was occurring in next-door Mexico, with the Amish within earshot of the shooting.
A fourth Texas Amish settlement existed for a short time in the s in Cameron County, the southernmost county in the state. As for more recent times, by the late s Amish had begun living in the area of Stephenville in Erath County.
While Amish frequently migrate, founding new Western communities in recent years, it remains to be seen if much future settlement will occur in Texas.
For further information, see: From doing a search online for Stephenville Amish, I have found people from time-to-time that suggest it still exists, but so far have not received any concrete proof one way or the other.
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