The Return is being entered in a number of contests for 2017 book of the year in historical fiction. The first results are in, and book 2 of the Northkill Amish Series has won the Interviews & Reviews 2017 Silver Award! Thanks go to all the readers who voted for this inspiring story!
On Old US 22, just behind Roadside America, stands this memorial to the Northkill Amish settlement, which reads:
The first organized Amish Mennonite congregation in America. Established by 1740. Disbanded following Indian attack, September 29, 1757, in which a Provincial soldier and three members of the Jacob Hochstetler family were killed near this point.
The historical marker commemorates the Indian attack on the Jacob Hochstetler family, in which three members were killed and three were taken captive. Following this attack, the settlement steadily declined and eventually was abandoned.
Nearby flows Northkill Creek, which gave its name to the settlement. It descends from the Blue Mountains to the west. In the mid 1700s, this easternmost ridge of the Alleghenies formed the boundary between legal white settlement and Indian territory.
Photos of Fort Northkill and from the 2013 Hochstetler Gathering were taken by J. M. Hochstetler.
All photos from the Fifth Quinquennial Hochstetler Gathering were provided by Daniel L. Hostetler, including the image of the musket that appears in the header. A reproduction commissioned by artist Sam McCausland for his famous painting depicting Tom Lions outside the burning home of our ancestor Jacob Hochstetler, the musket belongs to Loren and Ruth Wengard.