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New York Amish, 2nd EditionLife in the Plain Communities of the Empire State$
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Karen Johnson-Weiner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707605

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707605.001.0001

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Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties

Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties

Amish Pioneers in Western New York

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(p.30) 2 Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties
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New York Amish, 2nd Edition
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Karen Johnson-Weiner

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501707605.003.0002

This chapter describes how Amish families from the Enon Valley in Pennsylvania and from Holmes and Wayne counties in Ohio arrived to start a new settlement in the Conewango Valley in Cattaraugus County, east of Chautauqua Lake. Since the founding of the Conewango Valley community, other Amish groups have moved east into Cattaraugus and neighboring Chautauqua County, and nowadays this region offers the Amish world in microcosm, with some of the most conservative Amish living near some of the most progressive. Like their counterparts who arrived in Lewis County in the nineteenth century, these Amish settlers to New York State have remained committed to the Anabaptist values of their forebears. Nevertheless, the settlements they have founded show the myriad ways in which these values can be realized in everyday life.

Keywords:   Amish families, Conewango Valley, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, conservative Amish, progressive Amish, Anabaptist values

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