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Camp barn built by Amish workers

by Tom Grimes

A barn being constructed for a summer camp in Gilson, Illinois, is receiving help from Amish builders. According to Galesburg.com, approximately nine Amish men from Danville, Ohio, are working on Camp Akita's structure, and brought their families along.

"We picked them up in Ohio at 1 a.m. Sunday morning and they went right to work," Camp Akita manager Tim Pittenger told the news source. "When they got here it was just empty ground. They put up the frame and everything."

After learning of his childhood, it may be surprising that David Miller, who's son Nelson suggested his father help out at Camp Akita, became a builder and not a farmer.

"I grew up near East Waterloo, our community had about 120 families. We had two construction crews and some furniture makers. The rest of the community were farmers. I lived on a farm until I was 21, then I went into construction," Miller told the news outlet.

Miller's current community in Brinkhaven has about 85 families - there are 20 to 25 construction crews and two families that farm.

It's unclear whether Camp Akita's other buildings will feature Amish furniture. Homeowners interested in infusing their homes with timeless beauty may want to consider purchasing Amish furniture. The handcrafted pieces are a welcome addition to any room.ADNFCR-3308-ID-19793875-ADNFCR

1/22/2017 7:23:12 AM