Preserving the heritage and culture of the Illinois Amish.

     The IAHC preserves two historic Amish houses including the oldest Amish house in Illinois, the 1865 Moses Yoder house. Future plans include an Amish living history farm and a 10,000 square foot museum center that includes state-of-the-art museum exhibits on Illinois Amish heritage and culture. The mission of the IAHC is to enhance the preservation, understanding, and appreciation of all aspects of the culture and heritage of the Amish people in Illinois from 1865 to the present.

The 1865 Moses Yoder House

The 1865 Moses Yoder House is the oldest Amish House in Illinois. It and the Schrock House had been in storage behind Yoder's Kitchen for over 15 years. On September 20, 2016, both the Yoder and Schrock houses were moved to the new location just west of Chesterville. The Yoder house was moved a short distance by a team of eight Amish Horses.

The 1882 Daniel Schrock House

The Daniel Schrock house was built in 1882. It has unusual two-story porches typical of Somerset County in Pennsylvania where Schrock immigrated from. Above, the Schrock house is shown arriving at the new Amish Heritage Site on September 20, 2016. The Schrock house is currently under restoration and will be open for tours at the Steam Threshing event on July 21-22.

BELGIAN HORSE RACE -  4 p.m. on Friday, July 21st!

 
 
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First Annual Steam Threshing Show   July 21-22

     The first annual Steam Threshing Show will held at the Amish Heritage Center on July 21-22. The event will include steam and gas threshing, field demonstrations, wagon and carriage rides, a food tent, demonstrations of various early farm equipment, gas powered ice cream making, and tours of the newly restored 1882 Daniel Schrock house.

Wheat Binding at the Illinois Amish Heritage Center

Left is a video of binding wheat at the Illinois Amish Heritage Center on June 21, 2017 in preparation for the Steam Threshing Show to be held at the site on July 21-22. The antique binder bundles the wheat into sheaves that are tied with binder twine. Eleven sheaves are then stacked into a shock that is allowed to dry in the field for about 10 days. Some of the wheat will then be threshed at the event on July 21-22.

Binding wheat with an antique McCormick Deering binder.

Binding wheat with an antique McCormick Deering binder.

The binder ties the wheat into sheaves.

The binder ties the wheat into sheaves.

Levi Yoder demonstrates how to stack the sheaves into shocks for drying in the field.

Levi Yoder demonstrates how to stack the sheaves into shocks for drying in the field.

 

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     The Illinois Amish Heritage Center will be a five acre facility centered aroundthe Moses Yoder living historical farm and a 10,000 square foot museum facility that features state-of-the-art exhibits on Illinois Amish heritage and culture.