A glimpse at one of Kentucky’s Swartzentruber Amish communities today, courtesy of Don Burke.

The community is in Graves County, KY, and is two church districts large. Let’s have a look at some photos of this plain Amish settlement. I’ll add a few comments as we do.

Horseshoeing business open three days per week. The pole does double-duty as a birdhouse perch. I’m a bit puzzled by what looks to be like a section of PVC pipe running down the side. Septic system for the birdhouse? 🙂

You see a modest greenhouse in this photo and what might be a small sawmill (?) or workshop area.

Some kind of workshop. On the very edge of the photo you’ll notice the gourd bird houses typical in some Swarztentruber communities. Engine for powering shop equipment on the other side.

Looong laundry line hung with clothing in the typical dark hues of this group.

A simple building which may at one time (or perhaps still does) have served as a home. It’s not uncommon for some Amish to live in “shop houses” before building a traditional home. This past summer when I re-visited the Swartzentruber Amish settlement at Ellenboro, NC, I found that one Amishman I’d met a couple years previous had done just that.

Another home with a building behind it sporting what I’d call a “wild west saloon” front.

Eggs available. Note the hooks at the bottom of the slat sign, for easily adding more items (produce, baked goods, etc) when they have them.

Long dirt lanes are another typical sign of a Swartzentruber community. No asphalt, or even gravel here – too fancy? The shots of the homes above do appear to have gravel on them, however.

The home from another angle. This is a typical style for this group.

This community was founded twenty years ago (2002), and is one of around four dozen in the Bluegrass State.

Amish-made cheese

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