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Mennonite, Amish live quite life, but add diversity, help economies where they live
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:11 PM EST
In a stretch of Allen County between Scottsville and Franklin, horse-drawn buggies are more common than cars. There is no electricity or indoor plumbing, and the names of many roads are known only by those who live here.
Though they live in a self-contained community, they have a far-reaching impact. Most make their livelihood as farmers, whose produce is shipped to big-box groceries across the country, or small business owners, whose shops selling homemade or specialized Mennonite products serve as a tourist draw for the county.
The Mennonite community in Allen County is just one of several Mennonite or Amish groups in the region.