North Amana is the name of our cottage on Lake Vermilion, Minnesota. It was built by Glenn and Mary Wendler of High Amana, Iowa, as their dream summer retirement home in 1992. They enjoyed this place with their friends and family until 2001 when they both died. Today, Glenn and Mary's decendents continue the Wendler tradition at this special place.
The name "Amana" comes from the Amana Colonies in east central Iowa. Originally a pietistic, utopian communal society founded in Germany, the Amana Colonies consist of seven villages - Main Amana, Middle Amana, High Amana, Homestead, East Amana, West Amana, and South Amana. As you can see, these seven colonies did not include a North Amana. Since the Wendler family comes from the Amanas, we decided to remedy this situation by adding the missing fourth point on the "Amana compass" and call our place North Amana.
For more information on the Amana Colonies, visit www.amanacolonies.com or www.amanaheritage.org.