By the 1920s, the Edison family was spending more time than ever in Fort Myers, and the Amish were first arriving in Pinecraft, a campground and neighborhood in nearby Sarasota.
The earliest Amish and Mennonite visitors to this area were attracted by the weather and by the opportunities for winter farming. Though the farming did not work out as planned, the area became a major vacation destination for Amish and Mennonites throughout the United States and Canada. Today, some 5,000 people visit each year, primarily in the winter.
Learn about the history of the Amish and Amish-Mennonites in Pinecraft in Sarasota and why the Amish still visit there today during this free virtual lecture with Program Manager Holly Shaffer. Click here to register.
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