13 responses to 5 Southern Amish Communities
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    Comment on 5 Southern Amish Communities (June 5th, 2015 at 06:45)

    Erik – I think you may have underestimated the number of Amish in Ethridge, TN. The last time I went through there- several years ago – i was chatting with the very gregarious Mrs. Gingerich at her roadside stand where they sell produce, handmade wooden toys and swings, jellies, peanut brittle, etc. There were five or six adorable children playing nearby and in the course of the conversation I asked her how many grandchildren they had. She paused for a second, obviously counting in her head, and then replied “105”!! No wonder there are so many mailboxes with the name “Gingerich” on them around there! But there are lots of other names, too, and lots of other big families. Every time I’ve driven through there, there seem to be more and more houses and barns and workshops on both sides of the highway, and new ones under constuction.

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      Comment on 5 Southern Amish Communities (June 5th, 2015 at 10:31)

      Interesting, maybe that’s the case, and a number of these churches are close to dividing (there have been 10 church districts here for a number of years already). Also I may be wrong, but I seem to remember Swartzentruber church sizes tending to be a bit larger, though I can’t find a reference on that so don’t quote me 🙂 It certainly seems to be a prospering settlement.

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    Robert R Wren
    Comment on Amish in lLawrenc CO Tenn (June 5th, 2015 at 09:26)

    Amish in lLawrenc CO Tenn

    We have a nice Amish settlement here. They have 15 or more crafts,food or services they offer. At this time I trade with several families. They also have started more settlements here in Tennessee. At present time I believe they have 2 or 3 more coming on line. We also have a new order settlement in Summertown Tennessee only 7 miles from Ethridge. So come on down an visit I show you around….

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    Comment on 5 Southern Amish Communities (June 5th, 2015 at 09:34)

    5 Southern Amish Communities

    You are right about the Gingerich’s in Etheridge. It was one of the original family names established here along with Hostetler, Miller and Yoder. The community is approximately 20 square miles and has almost 220 households. There are two smaller sister communities that also came out of here – Adamsville/Stautonville TN about 2 hours west of here about 5 years ago and now McMinnville, TN which has less then a dozen households and would be east of us.

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    Comment on 5 Southern Amish Communities (June 5th, 2015 at 09:49)

    It is interesting where old order types will show up isn’t it.

    I wish I could help on some future 5 Canadian Amish Settlements article, but I don’t know facts and figures about our populations cross country, although it does seem to me that in some places if you have a big Mennonite population you are going to have an Amish population connected to it too.

    In the ‘south’ what is the biggest Amish minority group, is it Swartzentruber or another group?

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      Comment on 5 Southern Amish Communities (June 5th, 2015 at 10:33)

      I’m not quite sure what you mean by minority group? A Canadian settlement article would be nice, will put it in the suggestion box 🙂

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      Jan Patterson
      Comment on 5 amish settlements (June 8th, 2015 at 17:52)

      5 amish settlements

      There is a small Amish settlement in Lobelville TN also one in Huntington TN abd another just west od Paris TN. I do business with all three groups and love tgem all.

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    Comment on Pinterest (June 5th, 2015 at 12:18)


    I wish you were part of Pinterest. I would have a folder named vacation and this article would be in it for future use.

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    Verity Pink
    Comment on Another community (but not Southern) (June 5th, 2015 at 13:04)

    Another community (but not Southern)

    It occurred to me to wonder whether you’d come across the small community that I belong to online (though there is a face-to-face fellowship in Ohio). It’s Messianic Amish http://www.bethshalom.cc/

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    Comment on 5 Southern Amish Communities (June 9th, 2015 at 15:03)

    Beeville, TX
    Letart, WV?

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    Forest Hazel
    Comment on 5 Southern Amish Communities (September 22nd, 2015 at 19:27)

    Also the Amish settlement at Chatham, Va. along Callands Road (Va. Rt. 57). Pretty drive this time of year.

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    Peggy Parnell
    Comment on 5 Southern Amish Communities (April 26th, 2017 at 18:51)

    There is a somewhat new settlement in Wingo , Kentucky.

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