We’ve got a selection of photos from a Swartzentruber Amish settlement in Missouri today. This is Shannon County; this is in the vicinity of Summersville and Hartshorn. The photo collection is by Don Burke, who has passed through this community several times over the years. The community was started in 2006 according to the State & County Amish listing. It’s a single church district.

We don’t have a lot of info beyond that on this community, but the photos as usual are excellent so let’s have a look and see if they have any stories to tell.

First, business signs. We see some simple enterprises typical to plainer communities:

This combo shop has moved.

The new location.


One of the first Amish horse trainers I came across was in Iowa. That was in the Bloomfield community. This is a nice business for some Amishmen. Photographer David Marvitz shared some photos of an Amish friend of his training horses in a post several months back.

Some homes. Swartzentruber Amish seem to build in several styles. Some are these shop style homes in the color red. This in fact may be intended to be a shop at some point. Some Amish, not just Swartzentruber Amish, live in a shop home which is at least partially living quarters, before building a traditional home.

This family must enjoy visits from hummingbirds. It looks like it’s snowing in this photo, but I suppose that is just rain.

This is the more classic style of home among the Swartzentruber Amish. Two story with basement, front porch, metal roof.

Unfinished home showing the origin of some of the building material.

This one also might be a workshop.

This home stands out as unusual. Looks like an English home originally. Amish people purchase and adapt English homes, but you don’t see it as much among Swartzentruber Amish in my experience.

A couple of photos of school buildings in this settlement.

Very plain and rough appearance especially compared to schools in more progressive communities, some of which have fairly elaborate playgrounds (jungle gym, basketball hoops, etc.). Note the bells on the roof of each building.

Horse-drawn transport in the community.

You see the reflective tape strips as the primary attention-getting feature (along with a lantern). No SMV triangle on these buggies, in keeping with Swartzentruber practice.

Odds and ends. Someone likes M&Ms here.

Looks like an outhouse.

On the porch, another sign it was probably raining recently.

Thanks to Don for the great photos of this small Missouri Amish community. You can view more of Don’s Amish photos here.

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