Amish Country in Ethridge, Tennessee

Ethridge, Tennessee is located about an hour and a half South of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and is home to the largest Amish Community in the Southern United States. The area was populated by the Amish in 1944 and includes approximately 250 families. They are also part of the Swartzentruber Amish, originating around 1913 in Ohio. These families prefer a more traditional Amish outlook in their lives instead of the more progressive Amish thought processes that are emerging. A wonderful reference on the Swartzentruber Amish can be found at this link.

 

 

Visiting Amish Country

Before trekking out to Amish Country, in Tennessee or anywhere, it is helpful to know a bit about their lifestyles. The Amish live very simply and many of the families we met appreciate conversation about their produce. Prior to traveling to Amish Country, it is helpful to know that one should dress more conservatively (no tank tops, super short skirts or shorts, heels or makeup are necessary-besides, this would look quite silly in the country) and naturally only bring cash to pay for any purchases. The prices of produce are very reasonable as is the beautiful pine, cypress and cedar furniture we saw (a beautiful cedar adirondack chair was priced at $75). The Amish make their livings from their farms and the hard work that they do daily. Only the smallest children were not working. We had a young girl around the age of 3 helping her mother get tomato boxes for our purchases.

Some things you can purchase while in Amish Country: seasonal produce, eggs, fresh made breads, cookies, peanut brittle, hats, rugs, furniture, molasses, honey. Each home has a white sign with differing handwritten planks for each item that they sell for the day. When they run out of an item, they simply remove the signs.

Amish Community-Ethridge, Tennessee

 
4001 Highway 43 North, Ethridge, TN 38456, USA

[get directions]

Amish Welcome Center-A local business housing free maps of the Amish Community

 

Touring the Amish Communities

It is a good idea to start at the ‘Welcome Center,’ as free maps are available. I will note that the welcome center is not an Amish business and is a bit touristy. It also offers guided tours in a buggy of the community for $10/person. We chose to drive the roads and were delighted we did, as the buggy tour did not stop as frequently or often as we would have liked.

Once driving past the Welcome Center there are a few other businesses selling Amish goods as well. However, these are also not Amish run stores. Just a little more down the road and the Amish homes start.

The map from the Welcome Center labels the roads with numbers of the Amish family homes. The map also lists what to expect to typically buy from the Amish homes at each location. We found the map was tricky to follow and the list of items to sell varied from what was listed. It would be quite difficult to keep up with the items seasonally!

 

A Small Idea of Items for Purchase

Vegetables
Furniture
Home Goods
tomatoes ($10 a box)
Porch swings
Candles ($2)
potatoes ($2.25/lb)
Chairs ($75)
Soap ($2)
Bell Peppers (2 for $1)
Large Picnic Tables ($175)
Woven hats and baskets
 
 
 Our visit to the Amish Community was a 4 hour trip, including stopping for lunch in local Lawrenceburg at Casa Del Sol: (Address: 2017 N Locust Ave, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464 Phone:(931) 244-7500). The food and service was excellent here, we both ordered Mexican Salads and plotted out the rest of time in Amish Country. We both ended up with great stories to share, including drive through the creek bed on Jap Lane (you can make it, trust us), getting teased by one of the Amish men (because I was not paying attention to him showing us his handmade toy) and having a calf suckle our arms! Every person we met was friendly, the kids were so interested in us, and what we were wearing. At one stop, I said, “Excuse me, please,” as I walked past two children to get to our car, and in a minute, I heard both kids repeating me in a singsong voice! It was a beautiful, simple, fun trip. Ethridge is a small, little known gem in Southern Tennessee.

 

 
 

Amish Photo Slideshow

The Amish and Technology

The Amish are so simple and I have read that they do not like cell phones, cameras and technology. It is a refreshing mindset to have in our incredibly technology-filled days. It would be impossible to get read of technology in our lives, I believe, but perhaps their lifestyle can slow us down if just a little to appreciate the little things in life–which always seem to be the most important things.

Map from Welcome Center

 

 
 
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