Amish Life in Central Illinois
Arcola is home to the largest Amish community in Illinois. The community began in 1865, when three Amish families moved to Arcola along the Kaskaskia River, finding rich farmland and a less dense population than Pennsylvania. They began purchasing land, installing drainage tile, erecting large homesteads, producing multiple crops, and practicing other skills such as woodworking.
Vernon Yoder’s Tri-County Auctions
You may like auctions and you may want to get an authentic, mix-with-the Amish experience. You can do both at one of several of Vernon Yoder’s auctions held on his farm near Arcola.
Vernon Yoder’s Tri-County Auctions cover a wide range of items and are listed on a calendar of sales. Included among these are:
- Advertising and Farm Memorabilia—signs, farm primitives and collectibles,
- Construction and heavy Equipment—backhoes, trailers, skids, dozers,
forklifts, trucks, dump trucks, Tommy lift, pressure washer, fuel tank, etc.
- Semi-annual Wagon, Buggy, and equipment sale.
- Estate Auctions
- Farm Toy and Farm Memorabilia Auction
- Heart of American Pony Sale—all breeds.
- Central Illinois Machinery Sale—antique and modern tractors.