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"Unplain States"

Today's "Amish in the News" section chronicles Mennonites in Texas.   It used to be that Amish and Mennonites were found in only a handful of states.  But today there are very few states that don't have some sort of "plain presence". If there's not an Amish community to be found, there is usually a plain Mennonite, German Baptist, or Hutterite settlement. So my challenge today: name states that have no "plain presence."   Please correct me if you know of a plain community in one of these states.  But Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are all, I believe, states without a plain presence.  All of those are, of course, in New England.  Less available land and harsher winters kept the Amish and Mennonites away for most of US history, but Maine now has an Amish settlement.  I don't think Louisiana has any "plain people", but don't hold me to that. Utah is the only other state of the Lower 48 that I can think of that is free of Amish, plain Mennonites, Hutterites, or German Baptists.  Alaska and Hawaii also I think are "plain free."  Those are my best, educated cases, but I'd love to hear from someone who knows of a "plain presence" in any of the states I listed!

Re: "Unplain States"

I saw a news story yesterday online (it's not there today) about the fact that the population of Amish has doubled since 1992 and that there are Amish is 28 states. If I rediscover the story I will let you know.

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5

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Jeffrey, thank you for your post!! Wow, that is the type of good "on the ground" fieldwork that only, you, the site visitors can contribute.....That would seem, in my view, to qualify as a "plain church", so we can take Louisiana off the list of "unplain states."

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There is a community of Church of God in Christ (Holdeman) Mennonites
in DeRidder, Louisiana. They are divided into two congregations with
two separate meeting houses. They have been there since the early
1900's. These Mennonites are not extremely plain. The women wear
scarves which are folded into a "beanie" style covering and homemade
dresses. The men typically wear flat front pants with zippers and
button up shirts.