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Welcome to the South's largest Amish Community

Nestled just 80 miles south of Nashville, the Ethridge Amish community offers a captivating glimpse into a simpler, more traditional way of life. Home to around 2,200 Amish people, this community is the largest in Tennessee and one of the most conservative in the country. Founded in 1944 by families from Mississippi and Ohio, the Ethridge Amish belong to the Swartzentruber affiliation, known for their minimal use of technology and plain lifestyle. As you drive through the scenic farmlands, marked by long straight roads and occasional hills, you'll notice yellow horse-and-buggy caution signs, a hallmark of this unique community.

Visitors to Ethridge can immerse themselves in Amish culture through a variety of experiences. Start your journey at one of the Amish Welcome Centers, where you can pick up maps and brochures detailing the many Amish businesses and the products they offer. Guided wagon tours provide an authentic look at daily life, with stops at various Amish shops selling fresh produce, handmade crafts, baked goods, and more. The community also boasts an Amish Museum and numerous outlets selling Amish furniture, books, and memorabilia. Don't miss the Plowboy Produce Auction, held three times a week during the growing season, where you can purchase a wide array of vegetables and fruits directly from local growers.

Whether you're browsing hand-lettered signs for hidden gems or enjoying the warm hospitality of the Amish people, a visit to Ethridge is both an educational and enriching experience. Despite their conservative lifestyle, the Amish here are friendly and welcoming, often engaging in conversation with visitors. As you explore this peaceful community, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for their close-knit family values, devout religious beliefs, and enduring connection to the land. For a truly memorable day trip, Ethridge offers a charming escape into Tennessee's Amish country, where tradition and simplicity create a unique and inviting atmosphere.

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Tennessee's Amish Country website is a collaboration between Visit Lawrenceburg and Experience Tennessee.

'The South Central Tennessee Tourism Association is a equal opportunity organization.

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