Amish in Maine? I'm Skeptical, Should I be?

It's funny because I was just contemplating the Amish in Maine the other day (that is what Amish Cook editors do in their free time......contemplate about Amish communities).  I was racking my brain trying to think if there were any Amish communities in the state and I think I decided that there weren't. But then a regular poster to this blog set me straight, there is a small settlement near Smyrna, Maine. There is a Shaker settlement and a "Plain Christian Fellowship" church also in Maine.  Even with the Smyrna settlement, the Amish presence in Maine is miniscule.  So I was interested - and at first fascinated - by an article that appeared this morning in the Bangor Daily News (an excellent newspaper serving Down East Maine) about an Amish couple lured to Maine only to find themselves stranded there.  But as I re-read the article several items struck me as odd and out of the norm for the Amish.  First alarm bell, the article states that the Amish couple "made a seven month trek" across the country (not saying where from) to Maine with their "meager belongings" in their horse and buggy. As we've noted on this site before, the vast majority of Amish would simply hire an English person with a truck or a van, pack up their things and go.  While the Amish use horse and buggy for their local transportation, they are permitted to hire vans, trucks, etc. for moving.  It's also unusual that a "lone couple" would, by themselves, attempt to start a new Amish settlement from scratch.  Typically, a group of several families - enough to at least have a sustainable church - would make the move.  They'd scout out an area thoroughly enough in advance that "being scammed", while certainly not impossible, would be rare.  And, sheesh, an Amish couple going on a cross country buggy trip with Clydesdales?  Not the first horse of choice for most Amish. The Amish in the article also speak of being part of the "Scots Amish Old World" order. I'm not going to claim that I know every single sect and split in the very diverse Amish church, but in my almost 20 years of associating with them I have never heard such a term.  Add to the fact that the couple won't say where they came from (it just seems that most Amish people, even the most conservative,would mind saying "we moved here from Ohio"), that they are just seems something about this story doesn't ring true. There's something missing. What do you think? This all having been said, I could be wrong.  This could be some little-known Amish sect that has been under my radar all of these years and they just do things a little differently. I'll attempt to contact the story's writer to learn more and report back on my blog later today. Stay tuned!
Bangor Daily News

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