Do You Know What This Is?

This is called a “mortgage button.” Long ago, when families paid off their mortgages, they would burn the mortgage papers, collect the ashes, drill a hole in the banister and put the ashes in the hole. Then cap it with a button. Hence, the mortgage button!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    I've never seen or even heard of that! When we paid off our mortgage, I just had a friend take a picture of me putting it in the mailbox.

  2. says:

    A mortgage button? That's so interesting!