Friday, February 1, 2013

Holmes County Ohio bed and breakfast hosting Amish Business Directory

The Holmes County Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located near Berlin, Ohio, has compiled, and is hosting, an Amish business directory, which may help persons seeking a particular Amish-owned business. Amish owned businesses typically do not have a telephone in their workplace nor do they have a website.  Many Amish businesses do have a telephone and/or a fax machine in a shed some distance from their workshop; and it is not unusual for several families to share the same telephone.  Voice mail is very common.  They regularly check their telephone messages and promptly reply.

Amish Homestead in Wayne County
 In the last year or two, since 2011, the Old Order Bishops in and around the Berlin, Ohio area have approved the use of a specific model of cell phone for their businessmen. This phone is approved to be used for business purposes only and is one that has no photographic or texting capabilities.  More and more we will now find telephone numbers for Amish businesses. Some will be cell numbers, but still most other phone numbers are one where you will need to leave a message.

The strictest of the Amish, the Swartzentrubers, do not have telephone booths or telephone service of any kind. If they find it necessary, for example to call a veteranarian, they will usually go to their neighbor for assistance, as they are not supposed to even dial the number.  Dealings with the Swartzentruber Amish must be in person or by letter or postcard. 

Our Amish Business Directory is categorized, and more and more, we will post more specifically what they supply to the community.

If you are traveling into our area, consider The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for your lodging choice.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 1, 2013

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