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Northeastern Ohio – Home of our Amish Traditional Furniture

 

In Northern cities like New York, Philadelphia, Newport, Boston and Baltimore, some early furniture makers expanded production to a proto-industrial scale. But not in Ohio where production and distribution remain local and modest.

Furniture manufacturing has been a major player in Homes County and several surrounding counties since the 19th century.

 

Created in Amish Country

Among the first Europeans to settle in Eastern Pennsylvania and other eastern states were Quakers and German immigrants.  In the mid-19th century, the centers of American furniture production were moving away from New England and other northeastern states, to Midwestern centers like Cincinnati and Chicago, and particularly Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Carolinas are known as “The Furniture Capital of the World”, but it has only held this distinction for the last 90 years. New York, Chicago and Grand Rapids were the dominant cities at the turn of the century.  As late as the 1890’s, North Carolina’s furniture production had barely started. In the 1890 census only 6 furniture plants were counted in the state.

The northern furniture manufacturing centers lost their dominance as the 19th century ended. The 28 furniture plants of Boston in 1875 had dwindled to 6 by 1900. The vast hardwood forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains were logical areas for the furniture industry to prosper.

The end of World War II brought the greatest demand for furniture that the country had ever experienced. Home building increased by 300% and new furniture was needed throughout the nation. This fantastic demand for furniture was primarily answered by the manufacturers of North Carolina furniture.   Amish furniture makers in Eastern Pennsylvania gained prominence in traditional furniture, but as populations moved west in late 9th century, Amish families moved to Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and other mid-west states where land and forests became available.

Affinity Classics is fortunate to build our Traditional College Chairs in the Northeastern Ohio counties of Holmes County, Wayne County, Coshocton County, and Columbiana County.   For more information about Amish furniture, read more at History of Amish Furniture.

Learn more about Affinity Classics’ Captains Chairs, Boston Rockers, Deacons Benches, and Swivel Chairs, and carefully compare our chairs to those of other companies.   Phone us at 866.748.2230.

 

 

 

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