Watch As 250 Amish Men Lift Barn With Bare Hands, Carry It Across Farm Field

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250 Amish people in one of the largest communities in Ohio were filmed moving picking up a barn and moving it together in an impressive display of community strength.

Whenever a new piece of technology comes out, it tends to carry the promise that it'll make our lives easier. And by a similar token, this is often how those who spread life hacks throughout the internet promote them whether they actually serve that purpose or not.

And much like with a given life hack, it's often hard to tell whether that promise will actually hold true or whether some tech will just make our lives more complicated until we're already deep into using it.

For that reason, some of us may seek the wisdom of those who did life's big jobs before us and that's especially true if we don't have that much to work with.

Because if the video of the Amish comumnity's efforts can teach us anything, it's that there's no need for modern equipment when you have this much coordinated manpower.

Amish people are traditionalist Christians who are often characterized as refusing to adapt modern technologies.

Amish man plowing field with horse-drawn plough
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But as NPR reported, this is something of an oversimplification as it's not like they reject technology outright.

Instead, Amish communities tend to come together and take a tool or device under careful consideration as to how it will affect their community at large before the adopt it.

Whether they give it a chance or reject it depends a lot on how conservative a given community is.

They prefer to live a simple life and believe that hard work is godly, which is why they often do things without machines.

250 Amish men standing in field and preparing to move barn
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This way of life was on full display recently in Knox County, Ohio.

About 74,000 of the roughly 330,000 Amish people in the United States live in Ohio, and 250 of them came to the aid of Joseph Hochstetler at his farm.

Their mission was to ensure that his barn made it to the new location he needed for it without a hitch.

horse-drawn carts pull up to large country house as trucks sit parked in the foreground
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According to The Daily Mail, the men arrived at the farm in their horse-drawn carriages around 9 a.m. in the morning.

Their mission was to move the Hochstetler pole barn from its current position to more than 150 feet across a field.

People have been reacting and they've been making some good points.

Amish couple traveling across field in horse-drawn buggy
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One commenter named Eileen said the video evoked ideas presented by the phrase "God can move mountains."

Because when enough people are inspired to work together for a common purpose, there's almost nothing they can't accomplish with the right organization.

Others thought this was a picture perfect example of what America is.

Strength, unity, and productivity! After all, something like this simply wouldn't be possible if they weren't all able to focus their efforts in the same direction and with the right sense of timing.

Serious Business

Amish man taking tourists on ride in horse-drawn carriage in front of rustic shops
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At the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that Amish don't mess around. They just get things done!

And they do it with the kind of stoic dedication that any boss would dream of their employees having.

Mission Accomplished

The men gathered around the building and simultaneously lifted and began moving the structure to its new home. The entire operation took about five minutes, about two and a half of which were captured in the original video.


Amish community members gather around a barn they're about to move.
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Community is central to the Amish way of life, and being a good neighbor is a main function of their lifestyle. This video shows the power of that belief. Perhaps we can all learn something about helping one another from them.

If the Amish can move an entire barn, it makes sense that they don't really mess with modern technology.


They straight up don't need it! Or at the very least, they're very good at recognizing when they don't need it.

h/t: The Daily Mail