16 responses to A Visit to the Amish of Ethridge, Tennessee (29 Photos)
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    Comment on Mr. (September 26th, 2017 at 07:35)


    I wish that you all would leave the Amish alone, and stop putting them in a Zoo or a pickle jar like some misfit and comparing them to what you think your lifestyle is better.

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      Don Burke
      Comment on No Zoo, No Pickle Jar (September 26th, 2017 at 11:36)

      No Zoo, No Pickle Jar

      Roger, I can’t speak for anyone else, but as the writer and photographer of this article I can assure you that I have great respect for the Amish, and don’t put them in “a zoo” or “pickle jar.” If anyone reads that idea into the above it’s because they brought it with them, not because I put it there.

      I am a freelance photographer, and I take something like 50-100k pictures a year — anything from wildlife, to a trip to New England for fall colors, to a cruise to AK, and most recently an interest in the eclipse, moon, and planets. I share those just like I share the Amish pictures — allowing anyone with interest enough to come to a website to view them a chance to share in my experience. This here is nothing more than that very same kind of thing.

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    Comment on A Visit to the Amish of Ethridge, Tennessee (29 Photos) (September 26th, 2017 at 07:45)

    Seeing the washing machine sure did bring back memories. That is like the one my grandmother used when I was a little girl. She would always caution me not to get my fingers near the rollers or they would get smashed!!

    Also, in one picture, it looked like a fan in the window. That was a surprise to me.

    Thanks to everyone involved in bringing these pictures to us. They truly made my day!!!

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      Don Burke
      Comment on A Visit to the Amish of Ethridge, Tennessee (29 Photos) (September 26th, 2017 at 11:44)

      Harriet, thank you for your compliments. I’m so glad that I could contribute to making your day brighter.

      You mentioned something about a fan in a window in one of the pictures. If it is the picture with the “Baked Goods / Bread” sign in front of the house, yes, it kinda does look like a fan. But I’ve looked at the original (which I can greatly enlarge), and I’m pretty sure that it isn’t a fan after all. But if you’re referring to a different picture, please let me know which one and I will check into it.

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    Comment on October Fest (September 26th, 2017 at 08:10)

    October Fest

    Don’t forget 2nd Saturday in Oct. Auctions plenty going on. Big deal in Ethridge.

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on Thanks (September 26th, 2017 at 11:56)



    Thanks for all that you share, it allows us to see places that we probably won’t ever go. So good to have someone to share common interests. Will you share with us where we can see more of your photography?

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      Don Burke
      Comment on Links to additional pictures... (September 26th, 2017 at 12:42)

      Links to additional pictures...

      Sure, I’ll be very happy to point you to some links with my work.

      If you are on Facebook, my main photography page is OzarkInspirations, and I also have one dedicated to my Amish-related work call PlainSong. These pages see my new work before anywhere else. The links to these are…



      All my photography eventually makes it to my online albums on Flickr. So if you’re interested in what I’ve done in the past, the main link is…


      …but if you are interested only in my Amish work you can go directly to my Amish collection by using this link…


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    wyndi wells
    Comment on love the Amish in Ethridge TN (September 26th, 2017 at 15:03)

    love the Amish in Ethridge TN

    My husband and I have been to Ethridge TN several times it is about 3 hours on way from us…the first couple of times that we went the Amish people did not seem to be very sure of us….we always spoke to anyone we saw and they would always speak back….well we would go into what I call small home businesses and I would ask questions like did you cook this? and nine times out of ten that would open to door for us to talk….the women seem to love to tell you all about how to cook, sew, anything that they do they love to share their information as long as you are respectful of them…we have been really blessed to make friends with several of the Amish families up there and we write letters to them and we order things from them often the more that you visit them the more open they will become with you if your wanting to make friends with them just be respectful of their way of life and when you visit be respectful don’t put cell phones and cameras in their faces they don’t like that just try to use your manners and treat them like you would want to be treated and you will see that they are some of the most humble sweet honest Christian people that ya ever want to be around or in Ethridge the families we know sure are they have been a blessing to us for sure love all of our Amish friends

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      Comment on pictures (September 26th, 2017 at 16:19)


      we visit the amish in Scottsville, ky all summer long.we have done this for over 10 years. we have become friends with them. they know our faces and always helpful in any way. they enjoy talking with us and talk freely

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    Debbie H
    Comment on A Visit to the Amish of Ethridge, Tennessee (29 Photos) (September 26th, 2017 at 18:40)

    Great pictures and article. My dream is to travel the back ountry through Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio checking out the road side stands along the way. If I get to live that dream I will include Ethridge.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Always appreciated (September 29th, 2017 at 11:59)

    Always appreciated

    Mr. Burke, as usual I want to thank you for using your talent for photography to highlight the Amish way of life (not easy to do, especially with the more conservative groups.) I also appreciated reading about your visit, as I likely won’t ever get to Ethridge myself.

    I can’t help but wonder if there are any Amish communities you HAVEN’T been to or photographed? Do you plan an itinerary, or just go where the mood takes you?

    Thank you for sharing.

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Don's posts (October 2nd, 2017 at 07:57)

      Don's posts

      Alice Mary I won’t jump in to answer for Don, but your question reminded me that we have been getting posts from Don for several years now, and this would be the full list of his contributions for anyone who wants to view others:


      I don’t think Don has been everywhere yet, but he’s gotten a pretty good start on it 🙂

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        Comment on Thanks... (October 4th, 2017 at 11:44)


        Sorry to be a little slow in checking back on the thread (still not getting notifications). I appreciate you fielding the question for me, and for mentioning other articles as well.

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      Comment on Not quite yet.... (October 4th, 2017 at 11:41)

      Not quite yet....

      Alice Mary, thank you for your kind words. Sharing my pictures is such a joy for me because of people like you — those who enjoy the chance to see a little of what it is like in places that they may never get the chance to visit in person. Thank you.

      Are there any communities that I haven’t been to? Well, at last count I’ve at least passed through and snapped off at least a handful of pictures in something like 50 communities in around a dozen states. While that sounds like (as is) a lot, figures from 2013 say that there were 472 Amish communities in 31 states/provinces. So looks like I still have a long, long way to go. 😉

  • Ethridge was in the news over the weekend, in what looks like a good ending to a bad story involving the Amish. Two men who were posing as firemen to scam the local Amish were caught:


    Unfortunately Amish at Ethridge have been the targets of crime more than once over the past several years:


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    Comment on More Amish in Tennessee (April 4th, 2018 at 13:43)

    More Amish in Tennessee

    I noticed that you didn’t have our area listed for Amish communities. Warren County and between Coffee county have several Amish . They have their tack / leather shop, lots of baked goods and services offered,they also sell milk to the public. Super friendly folks as well. We love our Amish neighbors all around us. You should check into this one for sure…

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