The Amish, who have lived their simple ways in Southern Maryland for much of this century, have become victims of suburban sprawl. Land prices are driving them out.
That could prove a sad loss for the region. The Amish have benefited their communities through their highly developed art of quilting and their successful methods of organic farming. They also enrich the local economy by attracting numerous visitors who purchase their wares in Charles and St. Mary's counties.
Unfortunately for many of the Amish families, some of the very outsiders who find Southern Maryland so delightful are now moving in and threatening the Amish way of life. Such pressures boost land prices and deprive Amish families of their ability to aid their children in acquiring farmland when they marry and start a family. City and town folks may find that somewhat quaint, but it strikes painfully at an Amish tradition.