Monday, November 8, 2010

Ohio's Strictest Amish Hold to Standard Time

With our change from daylight-saving time to standard time, I reminded our inn guests that our strictest relatives and neighbors, those of the Swartzentruber sect, are among some Amish who, in resistance to the world, do not move their clocks forward in the spring for daylight-saving time.

Among the society, during daylight-saving time, we will hear them speaking of "slow time" or "fast time". As of Sunday, November 7, we are on standard time, so now we have the same time as the strictest sects. In keeping with their teachings of non-conformity and separation from the world, they hold to old ways and resist modernization. A Biblical passage often quoted is, "Be ye not conformed to the world..."

The Amish were not the only people who resisted the idea of daylight saving time when Benjamin Franklin introduced the idea in 1784; however, they are among the few who have not transitioned to this practice. The old order and new order Amish do change their clocks with the world around them. For more information about the Amish and Mennonites plan to visit the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, Ohio where they have a 365' mural depicting the European history of our people.

Loretta Coblentz, The Barn Inn

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