Red Star On Homes
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Zebachiah-Amish Prince

United States

#1 Jul 12, 2006
I live in the northeastern part of Maryland, near the Pennsylvania border, and I see homes with a red star mounted them. Everytime I ask someone about them, except for the owner of the house, they do not know what the meaning is. Does anyone know the meaning, if there is one, for the star on these particular homes?
Alisha

Indianola, PA

#2 Jul 12, 2006
Zebachiah-Amish Prince wrote:
I live in the northeastern part of Maryland, near the Pennsylvania border, and I see homes with a red star mounted them. Everytime I ask someone about them, except for the owner of the house, they do not know what the meaning is. Does anyone know the meaning, if there is one, for the star on these particular homes?
Order of the Eastern Star. A Masonic offshoot
Zebachiah-Amish Prince

United States

#3 Jul 13, 2006
Alisha wrote:
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Order of the Eastern Star. A Masonic offshoot
Thank you.
Just some local guy

Easton, PA

#5 Jul 15, 2006
I think some of the people in this area would be insulted with the Masonic answer.

In this area, at least, the star is an Amish tradition of placing a star on the barn as a good luck symbol. If you travel to the Lancaster, PA area you will see many stars on barns, houses, & businesses for luck. You will also see many of the Amish 'hex' signs and other symbols.

A 5-pointed star either in red or done in metal (often allowed to rust on purpose) is most often seen on houses.

Search for 'barn stars' to find various references about it and to find sellers/buyers/collectors/etc.
Sue

Auburn Hills, MI

#6 Jul 17, 2006
We have quite a few houses in and around my neighborhood with these stars, all various colors, co-ordinated to their house colors. There are many shops here in Bucks County that sell them, their is no rhyme or reason to them. They are just house adornments.
Nancy

Grove City, PA

#7 Jul 17, 2006
In the Grove City of Pennsylvania; it is a folk art type thing. Quite popular and carried at many of our craft shows.
Local

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jul 17, 2006
As was said above, the stars have an actual meaning to them. They may have been consumed as a "folk art type thing" but in the Amish and Mennonite communities, which are/were the basis for many of the farm towns in PA, both the stars and hex symbols have actual meanings. There is indeed a ryhme & reason to them for those people who know *why* they would put a star on their house.
Sue

Auburn Hills, MI

#9 Jul 20, 2006
Well personally I am neither Amish or Mennonite but I think they just look nice. Some people have a large "sun" on their homes,they are nice also, or do they stand for something too?
johnice

New York, NY

#10 Jul 20, 2006
we just mounted one.
my wife liked it,that's all.
ours is 'rusty brown'
johnice

New York, NY

#11 Jul 20, 2006
i live in angels,pa
Susan Rizzo

Coupeville, WA

#12 Sep 8, 2006
We were visiting Mt.Vernon, Ohio, which is Amish country. We fell in love with the stars which were on many houses, painted to match the decor of the house. We came back to Michigan and ordered a large star online. We painted it green to match our shutters and door and it is gorgeous. We were just asked by friends from Mobile, AL, what the meaning of it was, and we said we just love it, that is all we know!
Zebachiah-Amish Prince wrote:
I live in the northeastern part of Maryland, near the Pennsylvania border, and I see homes with a red star mounted them. Everytime I ask someone about them, except for the owner of the house, they do not know what the meaning is. Does anyone know the meaning, if there is one, for the star on these particular homes?
Middle-of-the-Ro ad

Philadelphia, PA

#13 Sep 8, 2006
I think it means that the person who lives in the house is a Communist.
Rick Freeman

Ayer, MA

#14 Sep 24, 2006
I've seen not just red but silver and bronze and even white stara on homes do they all mean the same?
bostongirl

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Sep 26, 2006
Well, I was visiting Lancaster County PA and didn't see anything different on the Amish homes. I was also in Longmeadow MA this past weekend, and they actually had a small red star on all the historic homes. It wasn't a huge metal/rusted star as I've seen all throughout Bucks county. I personally think the huge metal star is just a decorative piece that one likes to show on their homes due to their own tastes........not so much Amish. My mother in law lives in CT and she said she thinks its just a fad because they are all over CT as well
Kerry from SC

Maxton, NC

#16 Sep 27, 2006
Leave it to the Amish to be "Trend Setters"! Who woulda thunk?
Hello from Virginia

Altavista, VA

#17 Oct 4, 2006
Susan Rizzo wrote:
We were visiting Mt.Vernon, Ohio, which is Amish country. We fell in love with the stars which were on many houses, painted to match the decor of the house. We came back to Michigan and ordered a large star online. We painted it green to match our shutters and door and it is gorgeous. We were just asked by friends from Mobile, AL, what the meaning of it was, and we said we just love it, that is all we know!
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Where can I purchase a star?
Hello from Virginia

Altavista, VA

#18 Oct 4, 2006
I love the stars but I having a difficult time of locating a seller.

Where can I buy a star?

Thanks

Jam
Nikki M

Moorestown, NJ

#19 Oct 4, 2006
bostongirl wrote:
Well, I was visiting Lancaster County PA and didn't see anything different on the Amish homes. I was also in Longmeadow MA this past weekend, and they actually had a small red star on all the historic homes. It wasn't a huge metal/rusted star as I've seen all throughout Bucks county. I personally think the huge metal star is just a decorative piece that one likes to show on their homes due to their own tastes........not so much Amish. My mother in law lives in CT and she said she thinks its just a fad because they are all over CT as well
Historically you are incorrect. In fact, as stated earlier they have everything to do with the Amish. However, in recent years they have become more of adornment. Many people are unaware of the history of their origins in the USA. Don't feel bad.
D J Malhoit

AOL

#20 Oct 4, 2006
Bellwood PA.
As far as I have researched it, originally it was an Amish good luck sign that non-amish folk started hanging on their homes as a decorative folk art. My girlfreind just bought one at a harvest festival and made me hang it. I wanted to make sure it did not have a meaning I was against before it went up.
D J Malhoit

AOL

#21 Oct 4, 2006
Also I am originally from the south and I do not see them there so must be a Yankee thing.

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