We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On my next trip out there, I plan to stock up on more old oil and kerosene lamps. We lose power so often that flashlights just don't do the job. The junk shops out there are full of them, interesting ones - the Amish use them, and there are lots of Amish out there. Mennonites, I think. They live off the grid, in many ways.
There are no Mennonite blogs, as far as I know. "Tis a gift to be simple..."
For inexpensive and quite functional emergency lighting during power outages you may wish to consider tealight candles and lanterns that hold them. The candles are available in large packs, are cheap, and the lanterns can be found for as little as $5. Or just use the candles in any "lowball" glass.
New England quaint shops and flea markets don't have kero lamps? They are easy to find here in PA Dutch Country, just about every public sale has a few, and all the antique shops and flea markets are full of them.
I'm sure you realize your quote is Shaker in origin, very different from the Anabaptists like Mennonites and Amish and Brethern.
Of course, my closest neighbors are Mennonite, but one was originally from Australia and both are university professors, modern and really more like Quakers in lifestyle. There are two distinct sects of Amish in the valley, with different clothing and buggies etc., and several varieties of Mennonites much more conservative than my prof neighbors.
Ohio? ReallY? Ugh! Go to Indiana instead, the stuff's got to be better in Indiana. Last cross-country trip along the great Interstate I was amazed at the readily apparent differences between Ohio and Indiana, starting with the profusion of dead trees marking the Ohio roads and then the farm land was so different : the corn rows in Indiana were a consistently tall, uniform height to the end of each row; in Ohio? Not so much! On farms, the Indiana barns and outbuildings were well-kept and maintained; Ohio? Not so much! The women in Indiana were relatively slender and pretty; Ohio? Yuck! I saw only one decent-looking,"un-heavy" woman in the whole trip across that state!
In summary, stay in PA or go to Indiana; avoid Ohio!
our valley in south central Pennsylvania have numerous Amish families about, must say, they certainly have saved the farms from the developers!, although their 'off the grid' lifestyle is waning, seems all have cell phones, homes have central gas lighting and most all have a work truck [parked off property], perhaps this lot are the more progressive?
locally they also publish a magazine 'the old country news'
So... when you are next in the area (I'm going in a few weeks to visit my Kenyon student) I highly recommend Joe's Diner, 100 West High Street Mt. Vernon, as a breakfast place. Enormous breakfast for five dollars, a daily special that allows you to more or less design your own. Includes local delicacies such as sausage gravy (which I, ignorant Easterner that I am, thought was oatmeal when it arrived, and began eating it with a spoon). Heaps of eggs, bacon, toast, potatoes and etc. Very friendly and hardworking staff, and wonderful 1940's restaurant ambience - long wooden booths and tables. Connected to a cavernous bar that is also fun later in the day. Keep the photos of the area coming - a beautiful part of our country.