|Hutterites in North America
Hutterites, like the Mennonites and Amish, trace their origins to the Swiss Anabaptists in the 1520's. Hutterites, also known as Hutterian Brethren, live in diversified agricultural communities consisting of 50-100 people. Their highly structured lives reflect their long past, but they have seen considerable changes in the past century as they cope with technology and the pressures of the culture. Read more.
|Ten questions about a lifestyle that fascinates many
Loren Beachy, a local Amish bachelor, answers some common questions about the Amish. "The entire goal of our Amish lifestyle is to make it easier for us and our descendents to follow Jesus Christ. We believe this culture is the best one for us. We do not claim it is the only way to attain Heaven, Jesus Christ is the only way."
|Do the Amish use banks?
The story of Menno-Hof: Part I
In 1972 curiousity about the Amish, combined with a fledgling flea market, resulted in an increased number of tourists to the Shipshewana area. Several area pastors saw the need for a place like Menno-Hof and began working towards that end result. Read more.
|The barn raising and beyond.
The story of Menno-Hof: Part II
In six days, 200 volunteers and an Amish crew raised the entire structure that is now Menno-Hof! 1,000 wooden pegs were used to pin the oak beams together. The length of the longest beam is 36 feet. It took two years to complete the inside. Read more.
|Our gift shop features handcrafted items made by local Amish and Mennonites. Your purchase will support Menno-Hof as well as the Amish or Mennonite person that handcrafted the gift. We also carry a wide selection of books about Anabaptist faith and practices along with cookbooks and some children’s books. Gift certificates are available.|