The Amish and Telephones

The Amish are allowed to use telephones when necessary, but they may not have one inside their home. Several families will get together to install and maintain a “public” phone inside a small building often built for that purpose. The rule is, you may use a telephone to conduct business or in an emergency, but it must be far enough away that you cannot hear it ringing from the house. (Thanks to Georgia Varozza and The Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook for this info!)

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