Dating southeast wisconsin

17 Jan

With a population of over 15,000, Wisconsin has fewer Amish than only Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

The Wisconsin Amish population is spread over nearly four dozen settlements across the state, and a total of 120 church districts (Young Center, 2010).

Wisconsin is of particular significance in the matter of Amish education.

A local conflict over schooling in a small Wisconsin Amish community eventually reached the U. Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark 1972 decision which effectively granted Amish and other religious groups the right to remove their students from school upon finishing the eighth grade.

The Medford Amish settlement in Taylor County, founded 90 years ago (1920) is by far Wisconsin’s oldest.

Given its age, the Medford Amish community is relatively small, with only 3 church districts as of 2008. The GAMEO entry for this settlement notes that “Its cold winters have had an effect on the slow growth” in the community.

Two other small Amish settlements can be found in Clark County, at Owen (1991), and the much younger settlement at Neilsville (2005). Another noteworthy Wisconsin Amish community is found at Augusta in Eau Claire County, at 6 church districts in size.

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At first glance, the Hillsboro Amish community appears to be one of Wisconsin’s largest, with 8 church districts.Green Lake County is home to one of the largest Amish settlements in Wisconsin, near the communities of Kingston and Dalton.The Kingston/Dalton settlement was founded in 1977 and has grown to 9 congregations today.Clark County is located in central Wisconsin, and is one of the largest of Wisconsin’s 72 counties in terms of land area.Amish have found Clark County an attractive area and roomy enough for a number of separate settlements to have been founded here.