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The Amish in Tennessee - 14 Communities

The Amish communities in Tennessee were started by those who left the larger Amish communities in the northern states to start a new community in the southern states. Tennessee is an agriculture state with river and streams that carry the rainwater off the many acres of farmland. Today we have around 14 Amish communities in Tennessee. These communities vary by type among those living according to their ordnung. Many of our communities are Swartzentruber while other old order, new order and swiss colonies are located around the Tennessee area. Along the way are various Mennonite communities that coexist with the Amish people who look the same by an outsider who are new to seeing Amish and Mennonite people. 

Tn Map With Amish And Hotels.

The Tennessee Amish Trail Awaits You!

The Amish communities are found all over the state of Tennessee with Ethridge being the largest. We have estimated the size of each Amish community with the help of a pdf we were given. Using the pdf and talking to the Amish bishops is how we estimated the size of the community. We travelled to each major Amish community and tried to find others. Below is a list of those we know about and found on the PDF here!

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    Buchanan TN: Started around 2017 and is home to about 50 Amish people. We could not find this Amish community but we will keep you updated.
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    Springville TN: Started around 2019 and is home to around 60 Amish people. Cooper Spring Rd, Winsett Rd, and Hagler Ridge Rd is the main roads to find the Amish here.
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    McKenzie TN: Started around 1998 and is home to around 200 Amish people. They are found on TN124, and Blaylock Store RD.
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     Bradford TN: Started in 2009 and is said to be around 30 Amish people. Bradford does not appear to have any Amish near their town. They may have moved or relocated.
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    Huntingdon TN: Started in the 1970's and is now home to around 200 Amish people who live on Highway 219, Bethlehem Church Rd and Red William Rd.
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    Stantonville TN: (Swartzentruber) Started in 2009 and now is home to around 250 Amish people. They are found on Russell Gray Store Rd, Bud Cleary Rd, Michie Pebble Hill Rd.
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    Summertown TN: Started in 2000 with New Order Amish and now has around 30 Amish living in the area. They are combined in with the Mennonite along Highway 20.
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    Ethridge TN: (Swartzentruber) Started in 1940's and is now home to around 2,500 Amish people. The Amish here are found along Highway 43 and cover a wide area and roads. We have a map detailing the Amish roads they are found in Lawrence and Giles counties. 
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    Morrison TN: (Swartzentruber) Started in 2014 and is now home to around 250 Amish people. The Amish are found on 287 Jacksboro Rd, Cooper Rd, Serrell Rd, Smoot Rd, Freeze Rd, and Teeters Rd.
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    Dunlap TN: Started in 2014 with around 25 Amish people. We have not visited here yet but hear that they live near Cola-Cola road off of Fredonia Rd.
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    Delano TN: We could not find when they started but they have around 20 homes on 550 acres on Needle Eye Lane off of Delano Rd. The Community Farm Market is their store and the road circles around the Amish community. 
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    Deer dodge TN: (Old Order but not Swartzentruber) Started in 2013 and now has around 250 Amish people. Glades Grocery was close to the roads like Meister Hills Rd, Glades Rd, and highway 329 towards Sunbright.
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    Allardt TN: Started 2017 and is said to have 20 Amish people. We couldn't find them but had an Amish man say there was 2 homes here and that was all. 
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    Hartsville TN: Started 2018 and now has 25 Amish people. We haven't visited this community yet but we found a place that sells Amish furniture. All we can find was a few who live on Duncan Road in Macon County where you see the Duncan Produce sign.

See our dedicated pages to the Amish communities in Tennessee!

We have pages dedicated to the Amish communities over 200+ persons with their own page so you can find out where they live and our recommendations to those wanting to stay nearby. Plus! we have many points of interest in the area around the Amish communities that you will definitely want to see!  The links are listed below, so make sure to look through each page of these larger Amish communities. Ethridge is by far the oldest and the largest community and needs a whole website devoted to the area, but these other Amish communities can be fun to visit on your way to Ethridge!

Tennessee Area Mennonite Stores

The Mennonite are like the Amish in some ways and usually have larger stores that involve their whole community. We enjoyed the Mennonite stores during our trip along the way as many of these stores are near the Amish communities. Many of these stores had Amish sounding names, but don't be fooled into thinking they are Amish. Here is a list of those we could find listed below the photo! 

General Store In Muddy Pond.

These are the Mennonite Stores we could find. Most took debit cards and had sandwich shops and other foods. These stores were a great place for a bathroom break and usually had maps of the Amish farms or knew where the Amish were located. We advise travelers to go in and get items from these Mennonite stores listed below!

Other Tennessee Trails Along The Way

Tn Bbq And Brew Map.

TN BBQ and Brew Map.

Tennessee is famous for music, bbq, whiskey, and good times. The state is long and goes from flat to mountains. From Mississippi blues on Beale Street in Memphis to Bluegrass and Country in the birthplace of Country music in Bristol. Along the way you will find tours you can visit along the way to enhance your vacation! There are so many of these tours that we will only link the best tour pages below. Since Tennessee is known for bbq, whiskey, wineries, breweries, guitars, and more...We decided to include these places for you to add to your itinerary! 

Jack Daniel's Whiskey Samples.

Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Tennessee is known for its whiskey and many of the distilleries have tours you can take! These tours show how they make whiskey and the chemistry involved.  

Nashville Broadway Street Of Music.

Music Studio Tour

From Music Row in Nashville to Lawrenceburg to Muscle Shoals Alabama! There is a line of tours that can take you inside and show you the places that made music history! 

Nashville Brewery Pedal Car.

Tennessee Brewery Tour

The south is known for growing crops and many of the local farms grow the finest ingredients for making beer! There is a beer trail of the best breweries around.  

Tennessee Bbq Nachos.

Tennessee BBQ Tour

Tennessee BBQ is nationally known and Memphis is one of the 4 BBQ types in the country! Since Tennessee touches Missouri and North Carolina, you will find an array of BBQ flavors combined at each of these places on the tour! 

Tennessee Winery Tours Photo Example.

Tennessee Winery Tour

Wine differs by state and area in the country. The hills and mountains of Tennessee is perfect for growing the best grapes and fruits that make wine. See our page for those wineries on our trail. 

Places to Stay and Points of Interest.

Many of our recommendations for places to stay and points of interest are found on the pages of the Amish communities over 200 listed above. On those pages we go into great detail about the possibilities of each place to see. We mention and link these places below to give you an overall list to go by and the methodology behind our choosing each location for travel to see if you like the place or want to move on down the road!

Comfort Inn In Jackson Tn Next To The Casey Jones Museum.
Shiloh Battlefield And Park.

We designed our Tennessee Amish Trail in a circle with many points of interest along the way that can break up the road trip with stops at other places you may want to see! We believe historical and outdoor related place to some people are like an amusement park to others. These places along the way are great for those with children who would like to get out of the car and see something new. Sports and parks make up many of these stops while stores and indoor related places also make the list. We understand that there isn't a beginning to the trail so get on the trail where ever you come into Tennessee! 

Tn Hotel Map In 4 Districts.

TN Hotel map in 4 districts.

We have four cities designated as the places to stay to see the Amish in Tennessee. Since the Amish communities are smaller than 300 persons in most communities. We feel you can visit these communities on the way to other places. The Amish community in Ethridge is so big it needs a few days stay so having the largest Amish community as a destination is not uncommon. Depending how people get on the map will determine where they stay so this will be subjective. Jackson Tennessee covers the west of Tennessee while Crossville covers the east side of Tennessee. Clarksville covers the north side of Tennessee while Lawrenceburg covers the south side of Tennessee. However, if you ever want to see other cities then go ahead. We would rather you have a great time during your Amish community travels so modify the map if you need to. 

East Tennessee Amish Trail

Eastern Tennessee Amish Map.

The East Tennessee route will take you to or from Crossville Tennessee. We picked Crossville as our destination because it is the golf resort capitol of Tennessee and has several hotel choices to choose from to accommodate travelers. Crossville also favors an older demographic very well and is great for those with children. The Amish communities of Morrison and Deer Lodge straddle Crossville, making it ideal for lodging. Below is a list of things to do and other places to see along the way! Exit 322 is our area of lodging we recommend for those on our trails!

Crossville Area Lodging

These four hotels are a good value for each night stay. They are all on the side of interstate 40 on exit 322 and offer good restaurants and points of interest nearby.  

Comfort Inn And Suites Crossville Tn To Stay In A Hotel.
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Crossville Tn For A Hotel.
Hampton Inn Crossville Tn.
Super Eight Hotel In Crossville Tn.

Eastern Tennessee Points of Interest

Of course the Smoky Mountains is the largest draw to east Tennessee. We focus on the major section of the trail for these points of interest. If the mountains are calling your name then listen and see them. Then get back on the trial. The Delano Amish and Mennonite community is right in the mountain range if you decide to go mountaineering! We will give our best illustration of the places we found along the way from Ethridge to Crossville and then from Crossville to Hartsville for this list!

Jack Daniels Distillery Museum.

East Tennessee Whiskey  

There are several distilleries in the area. While whiskey is not Amish related, we feel there is great similarity between the farming of ingredients, history, and generational cultivation that is interesting to the visitor. 

Road Crossing At Historic Rugby.

East TN Points of Interest

Historic Rugby was a failed colony of individuals following the British author Thomas Hughes. Today the community is home to shops and lodging opportunities with a tour!

Cumberland Cavern Sign.

Cumberland Caverns

Go underground to see one of the greatest cave systems in North America! Kids love the tours and the guides are very educational. There are many places on the tour to see spacious caverns that open into huge spaces. 

Rock Island Waterfall From The Right Side.

Rock Island 

See the waterfalls at rock island! There are plenty of things to do here with many restaurants and junkin stores to shop! Hiking trails and historical information are everywhere so put rock island on your list!

Falcon Rest Mansion From Outside.

Falcon Rest Mansion

This mansion is called Tennessee's Biltmore for good reason. Every year people come to see the tour of this 10,000 square foot home that was built in 1897!  

West Tennessee Amish Trail

Western Tennessee Amish Map.

West Tennessee is unique with it's flat plains and swamp lands. There are parts of this area where you would swear you were in a Louisiana swamp. Memphis is where to fly in and see Graceland, Gibson Guitars hollowbody plant,The Pyramid Bass Pro Shops, and Beale Street. Memphis is also home to world class bbq and there are lots of places trying to get their name out to choose from! Just outside of Memphis is a few wineries and Jackson Tennessee where we have people to stay. Just north of Jackson is the larger Huntingdon and McKenzie Amish communities and smaller Springville and Buchanan communities. The city of Paris is just north of these communities and is a great place to see their Eiffel Tower. Below is a list of places to see on the way!

Jackson TN Area Lodging

Jackson Tennessee has several lodging opportunities in it's metro but we found that the hotels near the Casey Jones Museum to very very good and easy to travel in and out of. We suggest you select one of these hotels during your Amish Adventure!  

Comfort Inn In Jackson Tn Next To The Casey Jones Museum.
Entrance To The Casey Jones Museum.

Casey Jones Museum

The elevated train marks the entrance to the Casey Jones Museum. He was responsible for getting passengers from Chicago to New Orleans. Learn all about the conductor of the engine 382 in Jackson Tennessee!

The Carnegie Featuring The Tennessee Legends Of Music Museum.

The Jackson Carnegie

The Carnegie Featuring The Tennessee Legends of Music Museum is a top attraction for music lovers. Jackson is the birthplace of rockabilly and several of Tennessee's best musicians are featured in this museum!

Rusty's Tv &Amp; Movie Car Museum.

Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum

See over 50 cars and vehicles used in your favorite movies in this museum. Several movie props and also featured here and you can take your photo in many of them! 

Cypress Grove Park Entrance.

Cypress Grove Park

Just minutes from downtown Jackson is Cypress Grove Park where you can walk across the lake on a boardwalk and see birds of prey! Kids love this place for the adventure and swampy things you can see while on the trails!

Entrance Sign To Pinson Mounds.

Pinson Mounds

This park offers an underground museum to the area Native American burial grounds. There are Indian mounds you can see and look at Native American artifacts! 

Northern Tennessee Amish Trail

Northern Tennessee Amish Map.

In our northern section of the trail takes you to Clarksville Tennessee. The Amish communities of Allart and Hartsville are along the way, plus Clarksville is close to the large Amish community near Hopkinsville Kentucky and the Swiss Amish community of Guthrie. These communities will give you a variety of Amish to observe and points of interest to see along the way. Like the Bell Witch Cave in Adams TN and the US Customs House in Clarksville! You will find several interesting things in northern Tennessee! Our top selection of lodging is found at exit 4 off Interstate 24 in Clarksville.

Customs House Museum And Cultural Center

Customs House Museum Cultural Center

See the US Postmasters office and several other permanent exhibits and watch for the traveling exhibits for the time period of your stay so you can see something neat! 

L&Amp;N Train Station Museum.

L&N Train Station

The red engine and caboose are easy to see from the road where you can see this real decommissioned train! Kids really love climbing on and off this train. There is a park next to the station house as well.  

Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement.

Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement

Step back in time with the pioneers in historic Collinsville. Kids really love seeing the old blacksmith and school houses! The summers can get busy so call ahead for your tour so you can take your time in each place!

E.t. Wickham's Folk Art.

E.T. Wickham's Folk Art

See the remains of art by Enoch Tanner Wickham (1882-1970) made between 1950 and 1960. Unfortunately the misfits destroyed some of these sculptures along highway oak ridge road and buck smith road in Palmyra TN. 

Watersports And Creek Caves.

Bell Witch Cave

Just east of Clarksville in Adams Tennessee is the farm famous for the Bell Witch! The spirit of Kate Batts is said to be the witch who terrorized John Bell and his family on their farm. Learn about this story of the bell witch!

Southern Tennessee Amish Trail

Southern Tennessee Amish Map.

Southern Tennessee is the place where Nashville and Muscle Shoals shake hands. Lawrenceburg is the birthplace of southern gospel music and the lodging location for our Amish trail. Ethridge is the home of the largest Amish community is the south and the center of outdoor fun! Southern Tennessee is also home to famous for its microbreweries, wineries, and distillers like Jack Daniels, George Dickel and others. BBQ is also found here with the Memphis to Chattanooga trail of BBQ restaurants along the way. Below is a few things you can do here while seeing the Amish!

Visit Pulaski Tn Trail Of Tears Interpretive Center.

Trail of Tears Interpretive Center.

Learn all about the Bell and Benge route of the trail of tears interpretive center. Inside the museum is artifacts and examples of early Native American life in the area.

Antoinette Hall In Pulaski Tennessee..

Jack Daniels Distillery 

Lynchburg is where you'll find the most famous whiskey in the country! They have tours of the original distillery where you can see how whiskey is made.  

Old Stone Fort Museum.

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park

Native Americans abandoned this area and settlers thought it was a fort. Today is home to a great museum and scenic hiking trails along the ceremonial grounds.

Tennessee River Museum.

Tennessee River Museum

Learn about everything from Paleontology to the golden age of steamboats in this museum. Kids get in free where they will see interesting river history. 

Shiloh Battlefield Park.

Shiloh Battlefield Park

See one of the most famous civil war battlefields in the country at Shiloh. The museums are great and every kid loves to see the cannons located all over the park!

Airline Travel and Rental Cars on the trail

Most people are going to be driving in from other states to a location along the Amish state trail. Those who are flying in on business or other activity can get on the trail from the airport! A frequent flyer will rent a car anyways because Tennessee has no high speed rail or subway system so car is their only option when driving beyond where a taxi can deliver. Nashville Tennessee and Huntsville Alabama have the closest airport to Ethridge. Memphis is closer to Jackson and Knoxville is closer to Crossville. Each of these cities have things to do and great places to stay. You may have a great time in one of these cities before or after your Amish Adventure but having Nashville in the center is great for those who wish to get in some live music and dancing before leaving the area in their rental car!

Nashville Tennessee Skyline.

There is only one "Music City" and Nashville is in the center of our trail. Millions of visitors come every year to visit so at any time during your trail, you can always pull in to see the live music! Nashville Hot Chicken, The Lane Motor Museum, The Parthenon,  Country Music Hall of Fame, Belle Meade Plantation, Cheekwood Gardens, and Music Row are just a few place to see in Nashville. The BBQ, Whiskey, and Music Studio Tours take you south of Nashville right into the Ethridge area where you can see the largest Amish community in the south before getting to Muscle Shoals Alabama for more musical fun or Huntsville Space and Rocket Center! You may have a great time in one of these cities before or after your Amish Adventure!

Tennessee Interstates and Major Roads

Tennessee is a state who touches  8 other states and has several major interstates and highways running through it. We decided to take our visitors off the interstates and onto the roads that run through Tennessee. You can always take the interstate if you choose or if you have limited time but we prefer the slow lane of life to see the towns and countryside.

Mountain Tunnel On Road.

mountain tunnel on road.

Several major cities are within driving distance to one of the places along the trail. We recommend that you simply get on the trail where you can, and go the direction you want to travel. For example: Atlanta is on Interstate 75 and the same interstate runs north to Chattanooga. The visitor can decide to take Interstate 24 to begin at Morrison or take I-75 to I-40 to Crossville to begin their trip. We just want everyone to make their travels the best they can be and have fun along the way! 

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