A comment by Al in KY got me thinking about how many Amish settlements I’ve actually visited.
I had tallied this up before, but it was years ago. So I thought it a good idea to put together a fresh list.
I believe the very first settlement I went to was Lancaster County, but that would have been with my parents as a young child in the 1980s.
I found myself visiting a random Amish home in Michigan in 1998, really by accident.
But the first Amish settlement I properly visited was Arthur, Illinois in 2004, where I spent about three weeks.
By my count, as of 2020 I have visited 58 Amish communities in 15 states (I suspect I’ve left off 2 or 3 more, but let’s go with 58).
That’s only around 10% of all Amish settlements (currently totaling 574 according to Joe Donnermeyer), which underscores how dispersed the Amish are.
However these 58 communities include all 10 of the 10 largest, and I estimate represent over half of the total Amish population.
The list below contains all the communities I have visited at least once.
Those I’ve been to multiple times are marked with an asterisk (*).
Some of the places are quite obscure. I may have only been there for an hour or two.
Others I have returned to a half-dozen times or more, and sometimes spent weeks at a time.
How many of these – or others – have you visited?
UPDATE May 2022: I’ve added some more communities to the list below, in states including Colorado, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The total is now up to 70 communities in 17 states.
Amish Communities I’ve Visited (Since 2004)
* indicates multiple visits
York County (Glen Rock)
*Big Valley (Mifflin County)
Sinking Valley (Blair County)
Hardin County (Kenton)
Logan County (De Graff)
Andover (Ashtabula County)
Hicksville (Defiance County)
Ashland County (Ashland)
Gallipolis (Gallia County)
Beaver (Jackson County)
Oak Hill (Jackson County)
Whitley County (South Whitley)
Steuben County (Hamilton)
Parke County (Rockville)
Salem (Washington County)
Macomb (McDonough County)
North Carolina (2)
New York (1)
West Virginia (1)
Summers County (added 2021)