250 Amish Men Lift Barn With Their Bare Hands And Carry It Across Ohio Farm To Its New Spot

A common image of the Amish is one of a people rejecting modern conveniences. While practices vary among groups, Amish do in fact use a large measure of modern technology. Amish churches regulate the use of technology through a set of oral guidelines known as the Ordnung. Amish leaders aim to slow or prevent change if a given technology is seen to be a threat.


There are nearly 251,000 Amish people in America and Canada, according to Ohio State University researchers. That’s more than double the estimated population in 1989 of about 100,000. Researchers estimate the population will double again to half a million within about 21 years.

In March 2019, early morning, a lot of Amish people traveled with via horse-drawn carriages to Joseph Hochstetler’s farm in Knox County, Ohio. The objective of them was to complete one mission in order to move the pole barn from one side of the farm to the other, entirely by hand, in the dead of winter.

There were Roughly 250 men grouped around all four sides of the barn and started to lift and walk it. Every single piece. The women watched as the men maneuvered the massive structure, commenting as they twisted and straightened the barn until it was securely placed in its new position across the field nearly 200 feet away.

You can watch the entire process with the below video. It is amazing.

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