Moving Big Things

There is nothing like community spirit in action. We had never seen anything quite like this.

This is a Mennonite community in Pennsylvania:

And this is an Amish community in Wisconsin:

4 thoughts on “Moving Big Things”

  1. Speaking of moving big things, were some sort of sonic or magnetic technologies used to build the Pyramids and in other megalithic constructions? How about Coral Castle in Florida?

    Coral Castle

    The Amish/Mennonite split is quite a tale, not to mention other offshoots from the European Anabaptists(Hutterites, Swiss Brethern, etc.). Then the Amish themselves had a split, or several. I grew up in and amongst what are called the “Swartzentruber Amish” or ‘lower order’ Amish(along with many Old Order Mennonite families). I can testify to the wildness of the Old Order Amish teenagers just before they decide whether to join the church or not. Our closest Amish neighbor was a Dan Swartzentruber. But anyways I was witness to several barn raisings in my youth. Harvest time brings a similar spectacle to an Amish community when it’s threshing time.

    Old steam engine tractors such as pictured in the link below were still in use in my county when I was growing up…a belt and pulley system was used to transfer the power of the steam engine to the the thresher. There were threshing parties or frolics similar to the barn raising frolics. I’m sure some still do it the old way, but not likely as many.

    My paternal ancestors(Swiss Mennonites) were in this group out of Canton Bern in the Jura mountains that settled in the Sonnenberg/Kidron, OH area:

    The Flight From Switzerland

    The Sonnenberg congregation, hidden in the Jura mountains, existed for centuries in seclusion, cultivating stony land with little water. They wove their own clothing and built their barns in secret places, suitable for their meetings. In the wintertime the congregation met in large upstairs rooms of the members’ homes. There they sang from the Ausbund and ate pea soup with milk coffee. In the 1800s all their conservative members moved to Kidron, Ohio.


    1. @Disenchanted

      Those are some great links. Especially the Coral Castle innovations and mysteries. Thanks. :-)

      BTW – I have discovered that when a comment is left with 4 or more links in it, it is held for “moderation” until we approve it in case its spam I suppose. I didn’t want you to think you were on probation lol. Actually, I’m still tickled that I could figure out why it happened.

      1. No problem, it’s an interesting subject…just how in the sam hell were some of those megalithic monuments built when I’ve seen many say that even the technology we have today would be hard pressed to move some of those immense stones that were used.

        Back to the Amish community. I mentioned in a forum post awhile back that I used to ride my bike as a kid to the Kidron Livestock auction on Sale Day Thursdays. Here’s another link to that, which in the pictures there, seems like it’s not as chaotic as I remember. The room with the auction ring used to be standing room only back in the day. The mention of the original sale barn and it’s owner’s name sure does ring a bell. ;) The big event for me as a kid at the sale was always when it was time to run the big Holstein bulls through that small auction ring. Things could get very interesting, really quick…if you get my drift.

        Kidron Auction Celebrates 90 Years Of Family Tradition

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