Travel: Oklahoma's Amish and Mennonite communities
TravelOK.com has a look at Oklahoma's Amish and Mennonite communities near Chouteau and Clarita, among others:
"While Mennonites were settling western Oklahoma and Kansas, most early Amish came during the Land Run, setting up in the eastern part of the state. Shortly after the establishment of a settlement in Mazie around 1910, an epidemic forced the small Amish community to uproot and move north to Chouteau. Since settling in, this eastern Oklahoma Amish community has thrived, growing over the last century to four church districts with around 600 people."
"Smaller and younger than their neighbors to the north, the Clarita Amish community began in 1978 when a conservative group of Ohio and Indiana Amish settled in Coal County. Comprised of a single church district, this small community completely shunned modern technology until 1994 when the group voted to allow steel-wheeled tractors to help plow the high clay content Oklahoma soil.
The second Saturday in September, get up with the chickens and head to Clarita for the Amish School Auction, Crafts & Antique Show. Put on by 20 different families, this school benefit features an auction of hand-sewn quilts, antiques, glassware and crafted furniture, as well as approximately 200 different craft booths. Bring your appetite; breakfast service begins at 7am and Amish food vendors will be serving tasty treats like homemade chicken and noodles all day long."
There are also several more communities throughout the state that are highlighted. Chouteau's community includes the Dutch Pantry and popular Amish Cheese House which sells a variety of locally made food products, and of course, cheese.