Eli, Caroline, Ada, Katie, Sam, Lavilla, and Katie Ann (3rd and 4th Generations of Troyers Currently Weaving Baskets)
The Troyer family’s basket weaving roots can be traced back to the middle of the last century on their family’s farm which was located near Port Washington, Ohio. In 1979, the Troyer family moved from Port Washington to an Amish community located near St. Clair, Michigan. While living in Michigan, they continued their family’s tradition of weaving quality baskets. By 1998 the Troyer family began to feel the pressure caused by increased development in Eastern Michigan and the lack of local land available for their children to acquire and establish their own families on. Eli Sr. and his wife Ada then moved the family to our slower-paced community here on the border between Iowa and Missouri. After they arrived, the Troyer family continued to weave baskets and started a small sawmill to supply themselves and other local Amish craftsmen with quality hardwoods. While the sawmill has since closed, the Troyer family’s rich tradition of quality craftsmanship in the weaving of baskets continues to be passed down to the Troyer children and grandchildren.