Old and new technologies at Amish-owned business

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 August 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
YATES – J.C. Miller Co., a general store on Millers Road in the town of Yates, has an array of solar panels on the roof of the business in the northwest corner of the town.

The property also has a hitching post made of Medina sandstone as well as a hitching rack.

Jonas Miller runs the store with his wife. He put up the historic hitching post last year. He acquired it from a customer as part of the payment towards new gutters in another business venture headed by Mr. Miller.

He said some of his customers with horse and buggies at the general store will use the hitching post that was originally made more than a century ago.

He put up the solar panels in December 2012, the first member of the local Amish community to embrace the technology. Solar energy is popular in many other Amish settlements.