Amish and Mennonites in KY

Genevieve at has shared some local insight in a piece about the influx of Amish and Mennonites into the Kentucky community where she lives.

Kentucky Plain People

In Christian County live not only Amish but Old Order Mennonites, who also travel by horse-and-buggy and share many similarities with the Amish.

It seems a wide variety of other Mennonite designations are active in the area as well.

Genevieve says that at first the Anabaptist groups were not welcomed with open arms.  Some locals used vandalism and unfriendly literature to show their displeasure.

Apparently over the past two decades, the area has adapted fairly well to the presence of these unusual peoples.  Genevieve says damage to roads caused by horseshoes and steel tractor wheels has been a problem for some, however (a not uncommon complaint in Amish-inhabited areas).

I’d expect similar experiences to play out in communities across the country as the Amish branch out in coming years.

New Amish settlements are started every year, and some inevitably fail.  In fact, over 150 communities started since 1860 subsequently went bust, according to Amish historian David Luthy’s excellent works on extinct settlements.

Some may last decades before disintegrating, while others may not even make it a full year.

But many survive and even thrive, as seems to be the case in this area of Kentucky.

Thanks Genevieve for the response!

Read more on the largest Kentucky Amish settlement, near the towns of Munfordville and Horse Cave. Amish have also started numerous businesses in the Bluegrass State, including woodworking shops. Find out more here: Amish Furniture-Kentucky.

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      1. Deborah, Al in KY is the go-to person for KY and I’d go with his suggestions below. I’ll just add as to Guthrie, it’s a much smaller community than Munfordville and based on my (albeit brief) visit you’ll be more likely to see Amish driving around in big tractors than on the road in buggies. I didn’t have the chance to properly visit businesses in Guthrie though I suspect they have a few. I think if you’re looking for a more traditional Amish community to visit, then Munfordville will be a better choice, but Guthrie might provide an interesting contrast if you’re going to go to more than one. They are also one of the few Amish groups which permit public electricity in the home, so they’re on the more modern edge of the Amish.

    4. Al in Ky

      Deborah — Here are suggestions for Amish businesses to visit in the Munfordville, Ky. settlement (even though some have addresses other than Munfordville, they are located in that settlement).

      1. R & S Grocery and Bakery (Large grocery with bulk food, bent and dent,
      235 Irvin Cemetery Road bakery and deli)
      Horse Cave, Kentucky.
      Phone: 270-786-3005

      2. Abe’s Place (Amish Consignment Store)
      2915 Dixie Hwy.
      Munfordville, Ky
      Phone: 270-524-9603

      3. Anna’s Kitchen (jams and jellies)
      1985 Logsdon Valley Road
      Munfordville, Ky.
      Phone: 270-524-0820

      4. Detweiler’s (large variety store; has several buildings — sort
      of like an Amish mini-mall)
      12825 Priceville Road
      Cub Run, Ky.
      Phone: 270-524-7967

      I have included phone numbers. You may want to call ahead to get the
      days and hours they are open. I would suggest starting your visit at
      R & S Grocery and Abe’s (they aren’t far from each other). Ask store
      personnel for other Amish businesses to visit. Also ask at Detweiler’s
      about other Amish businesses. The community is very spread out — on
      both the east and west sides of Interstate 65. After you visit R &
      S on the east side of I-65, take Hwy 88 (Cub Run Hwy) to Anna’s and
      Detweiler’s. It is a beautiful drive (especially in spring and fall).
      You may see signs on Hwy. 88 for other Amish businesses. I don’t know
      of any Amish homes open for dinners or visits. R & S has very good sandwiches. Detweiler’s may also have sandwiches.

      Sorry I don’t have any suggestions about Guthrie area (haven’t been there for 20 years). Another suggestion for your visit would be to go to Scottsville,Ky, about 50-60 miles southeast of Munfordville. It is an Old Order Mennonite (horse and buggy) community. A very good store is Countryside Jam House (jams, pickles, maple syrup, etc.). They are located at 987 Perrytown Road, Scottsville. They may know of other interesting businesses in that area.

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