Amish & PA Dutch Countryside Pennsylvania Amish Country is a picturesque landscape that must be witnessed in person to be fully appreciated.
Here are 10 things to know about the fascinating lives of these Americans, also known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.century schism in the Anabaptist church by followers of Jakob Amman, a Swiss minister who believed that adherents should "conform to the teachings of Christ and His apostles" and "forsake the world" in their daily lives. Language The Pennsylvania Dutch are not Dutch at all.
The word Dutch is a corruption of "Deutsch" or German, of which they speak an ancient dialect.
In some states, according to the Young Center, the Amish have also been exempted from workers compensation for the same reason.
Amish also are exempt from military service due to their belief in non-resistance, a term they prefer over pacifism.
However, in the past century, according to the Young Center, increasing numbers have become involved in business enterprises, most notably in carpentry and sales of farm products.
They also form construction crews that build houses and other buildings for non-Amish and sometimes work at "English"-owned factories and workshops, such as those in Indiana that manufacture recreational vehicles. According to the Young Center, "They pay all the taxes — income, property, sales, estate, corporate, school — that other people do.
In fact many of them pay school taxes twice — for both public and private Amish schools." They do not, however, pay — or collect — Social Security, having been exempted by Congress in 1965 because the Amish viewed it as a form of commercial insurance.
Instead, they believe that members of the church should care for one another's physical and material needs.
Because of its isolation, the language has a very different pronunciation than current German and has been influenced by the English of surrounding populations.
Some Amish, notably in Indiana, speak a version closer to Swiss-German.
The large number of children also provide labor for their farming enterprises.