Find Amish Furniture in central Indiana
Indianapolis lies at the heart of a state heavily populated by Amish–nearly 50,000 at last count (see JAPAS Oct 2013 issue- “Amish Settlements Across America: 2013”). Many Amish make a living producing high quality handcrafted furniture. Unsurprisingly, the state capital has a fair share of Amish furniture dealers within its bounds and lying nearby.
Citizens of Indianapolis and also surrounding cities, towns and suburbs, including Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Lawrence, Westfield, Greenwood, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Avon, Plainfield, Muncie, Franklin, Columbus, Bloomington and others can find Amish wood furniture retailers within a short drive.
Looking for Amish furniture in another part of Indiana? Try the Indiana Amish furniture directory to find Amish furniture businesses across the Hoosier State.
If a business is Amish-owned, as a rule it is not open on Sunday. Furniture stores owned by non-Amish may be open, however. A quick call to verify information/business hours is a good idea if you’ll be traveling a long distance. Find furniture in other states with the Amish Furniture 50-state directory.
5317 Indiana 244
Milroy, IN 46156
This is an Amish-owned and operated retail furniture store located an hour’s drive southeast of Indianapolis, and in business since the 1990s. Wagler Furniture features products made by local Amish craftsmen.
Wagler Furniture offers the full assortment of Amish-built furniture pieces, categorized by room. Bedroom furniture includes beds, chests of drawers, nightstands, mirrors, dressers. The dining room selection covers dining sets (tables and chairs), while office selections include computer desks, bookcases, files, hutches, executive desks, and credenzas. Among Wagler’s other offerings are entertainment centers, television stands, plasma TV units, occasional tables (coffee, end, sofa), curio cabinets, rockers, gliders and ottomans, curio cabinets and hutches (including sliding door curio), benches (wood and upholstered; back benches and dayseats), and quilt racks. Wagler also carries a selection of child and baby furniture. including children’s rockers, tables, and chairs, high chairs, youth beds, cribs, dressers, and nightstands. Furniture styles include Traditional, Contemporary, Shaker, Mission.
Sherenes Five Star Barns
9005 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46209
A barn and shed seller which also offers a selection of poly-wood outdoor Amish furniture.
Simply Amish of Castleton
5612 Castleton Corner Way
Indianapolis, IN 46250-4520
This store sells the Simply Amish brand of Amish-crafted furniture. Simply Amish features a massive catalog, both searchable online and available for order in print form. Furniture is sourced from different Amish producers, with most originating in central Illinois. Furniture is available for every room of the home, in traditional categories (office, kitchen/dining, living room, bedroom, outdoor). Additionally, Simply Amish offers furniture on a make-to-order basis. Features for custom orders include wood species and stain (among these are hickory, oak, quartersawn white oak, hard maple, soft maple, cherry, “character” cherry), as well as hardware choices (an array of knobs and pulls, including nickel, copper, weathered nickel, brass, antique English, weathered copper, brushed antique copper, wrought iron, hammered brass, burnished brass, walnut, wood, oil rubbed bronze, and more). Typical delivery times for Simply Amish custom orders are 8-10 weeks, and sometimes a few weeks longer.
Amish communities near Indianapolis
With nearly 2 dozen Amish communities and America’s 3rd largest Amish population (after Ohio and Pennsylvania), the state of Indiana has long been a haven for Amish, with the oldest Hoosier community in existence for over 150 years. Travel north, south, east, or west from Indianapolis and you’ll find Amish settlements, some small, some large (such as northern Indiana’s Elkhart and Lagrange counties, home to over 20,000 Amish residents).
While the Indianapolis area provides a number of Amish furniture retail options, some Amish furniture buyers choose to visit Amish communities to find their furniture or to hire a woodworker for custom projects. This has several distinct advantages, along with some drawbacks:
Pluses of buying direct from an Amish furniture maker
- Potentially cheaper
- Experience of visiting an Amish community
- Can hand-select producer
- Many Amish do not sell retail
- Requires more time and effort
- Often not necessary to custom-order (some dealers can arrange custom work)
If you should choose to visit an Amish settlement in search of furniture, remember that Amish businesses are never open on Sunday. While at-home shops are popular ways of making a living in most Amish communities, you won’t find retail furniture producers in every settlement. As a general rule, larger settlements provide more options (no surprise there). Amish businesses may be listed in local tourist guides, or as is often the case, will be advertised via roadside signage.
Below, some useful information about some of the nearest sizeable Amish communities to Indianapolis.
Milroy (Rush County): The closest Amish community to the city, the Milroy community lies about 45 minutes from downtown Indianapolis. This settlement of around 80-100 households is home to a number of Amish wood craftsmen.
Rockville (Parke County): Drive due east from Indianapolis on US Route 36, and you’ll soon reach the Amish community of Parke County (about 1 hour). This settlement was started by Amish from Pennsylvania in the early 1990s. In the ensuing 20+ years the community has grown to over 150 households in size. Lancaster Amish have a reputation for entrepreneurialism, and this is reflected in the numerous small businesses, including woodworking shops, found in the Rockville-area settlement.
Daviess County (southern Indiana): Southern Indiana’s largest Amish settlement, this community of over 4,000 can be reached within 2 hours. Daviess County is home to a bustling Amish furniture industry, with numerous furniture makers, cabinet shops, and related businesses.
Berne (Adams County): The Adams County Amish community is the state’s second largest, and is located about 2 hours northeast of Indianapolis. While more agricultural and not as entrepreneurial as communities such as Daviess County or Nappanee in northern Indiana, the Berne settlement does have a number of Amish woodworking and furniture shops.
Indianapolis skyline photo: MCC_Indianapolis/flickr; Amish furniture piece: hellodyee/flickr