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Amish Community of Ethridge

Monday, June 01, 2015

We made another visit to the Amish community of Ethridge, Tennessee.  We've made a few visits now -- our first, in 2008, is here.  This is a map I made of some of the routes we go through it, which makes it through many of the best places.

Love the way it's just so clear what offered at each home.  Don't see anything that inspires? Keep going 'til you do.
Amish Community, Ethridge TN

Amish Community, Ethridge TN

Amish Community, Ethridge TN

Amish Community, Ethridge TN

Amish Community, Ethridge TN

Most all of the homes are like this -- white, two-story homes.
Amish Community of Mississippi

This is a home in the Amish community outside Pontotoc, which better shows the features.  Very simple, plain...which is the idea.  The homes that have signs at the end of the driveway most of the time will either have a little shed by the house where they sell things, or will be like this one, where there are tables on the porch where items are put for sale.
Amish Community of Mississippi

On this trip, I didn't bring home too much -- molasses, jellies, and friendship bread:
Friendship Bread, Jellies

Friendship Bread from Amish Community in Ethridge TN

One of the families we wanted to be sure to visit was of the gentleman who made our pair of these rocking chairs.  When we ordered these, we gave him our money and address, and he sent us a letter (no phones) weeks later to let us know we could pick them up.
One of our Amish rockers

Unfortunately, he has moved, perhaps to another community altogether.  In 2012, USA Today ran an article about how big the Ethridge community was getting and that some members had moved 75 miles away to Stanton, Tennessee to that community.  I think there are six Amish communities in Tennessee now.  Still zero in Alabama and Louisiana, and one in Mississippi.

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Not Amish, but there's a Mennonite restaurant in Danville, Alabama (close to Decatur) that's open three days a week, a Mennonite bakery in Livingston, and the Mennonite Dutch Oven in Falkville.

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