Inside A (Mostly Empty) Mississippi Amish Home (18 Photos)

I don’t believe we’ve yet seen inside a Mississippi Amish home, so I couldn’t pass this one up. That’s in part because Mississippi has such a small Amish population – just one community of around 160-some people.

Amish first settled Randolph County, Mississippi in 1993.

For an Amish community in the Deep South, you wouldn’t expect to see a lot of icy precipitation. But when these photos were taken, the area (Pontotoc in Randolph County) had gotten some winter weather.

Description via Zillow:

Experience the tranquility of rural living in this meticulously crafted Amish-built home on 39 acres. Nestled amidst scenic landscapes, this property boasts 2 barns, a silo, a spacious shop, 2 sheds and more.

Embrace a simpler lifestyle surrounded by nature’s beauty and the charm of traditional craftsmanship. Think: event venue, Air B&B, or farmhouse for yourself. The possibilities are endless!

As you’ll discern by these photos, the homes of the Amish here are some of the plainest you’ll find. I was invited inside one – more of a dawdihauswhen I visited this community several years back. It resembled what you’ll see here.

Now, the home is mostly empty inside. The family has probably moved on (perhaps within the community, or to Ethridge, Tennessee, or another related southern Swartzentruber Amish settlement).

The interior of these homes can best be described as “basic”.

You see that further confirmed when you look up. No ceiling in this part of the home.

The rooms are finished to different degrees.

The kitchen appears to be somewhat furnished still, with a stove and several other items.

This space looks like it was used as a modest store, as evidenced by these shelves, which appear to be for product display.

Home businesses selling produce, baked goods, rugs, baskets and other handmade and food items are very common in this community. You’ll find them marked by signs like this one:

A very basic sink remains in this room.

An old-fashioned scale remains in this enclosed porch area. Likely used to weigh produce for a farm stand. The other thing that catches my eye here is the Adirondack-style chair, with cup-holder openings. This reminds me of the outdoor furniture made by another Swartzentruber Amishman we’ve featured here, Enos Gingerich.

View in the other direction.

Another sign of plain-ness: cinder block supports under this porch.


So we’ve established that this property – with five not-exactly “finished” bedrooms, and zero bathrooms – is probably not anyone’s idea of a luxury dream home (though for the Swartzentruber Amish, it seems to suit them just fine). When considering the value here, you have to take into account the sizeable land – 39 acres. So what is the price?

This home is on the market for $270,000, represented by Wendy Ainsworth of Elite Realty.

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    1. Timothy White

      Mississippi home

      I have several friends in that community. I have been inside three different homes and none were this plain. Perhaps this was meant to be temporary? The ones I have visited have beautiful wood floors and nice hand made cabinets. My one friend there who sells bake goods house is so clean you could eat off the floor!

      1. Erik Wesner

        It does have a “shop home” feel. The one home I went into wasn’t far off from this level however. But I am sure others are more furnished/finished as you say.

    2. john

      Amish Home

      Compared to the other homes you have shown us this house needs a lot of work to bring it up to standards. I was surprised when I saw no ceilings in some of the rooms and to modernize for electricity would be quite expensive along with adding a bathroom an the plumbing plus the floors look like 4×8 sheets of plywood. Without the additions would the average person be able to obtain a mortgage from a bank on the house?