Welcome to The Amish of Ethridge Tennessee, home of the largest Amish community in the southern states!
We love to see people come to see the Amish community in Ethridge Tennessee! This website is devoted to giving the visitor the best information available to plan their vacation to Lawrence county Tennessee! There is a lot of things to do here and we want to tell you every detail so you can design your trip how you want. We are so happy to share with you our lovely agricultural lands and beautiful towns! We will give you our advice so you can build your Amish Adventure you will remember!
The lineage of old order Amish in Ethridge is the Swartzentruber. The Swartzentruber line is said to be of the most conservative of the Amish in the United States. There are Amish who are a little more open to us "English" and allow tours to stop by and see their farms. We want to give you the best experience when visiting the Amish of Ethridge in Lawrence and Giles counties, and give you the complete guide of the area! We give you options so that you can see other wonderful places of interest while you are here in Amish country!
The Amish of Ethridge website lays out the places you'll see when you arrive in Ethridge and see the first Amish themed stores. These stores are english owned and operated with Amish tour wagons out front of their stores that are seen from highway 43. We believe the best way to see the Amish community is to create an itinerary that includes a Amish wagon tour with other places of interest in the area. Lawrence county is the birthplace of southern gospel music, the place David Crockett started his political career, holds the first mall in America, and has 5 museums you must see. The original trail of tears walking trail is still here in our David Crockett State Park and we have many outdoor adventures to tell you about as you read down further on this page!
In 1941 a few Amish families from Mississippi came to Lawrence county Tennessee seeking good farmland and a place they can call home. Many others came after Ethridge was discovered to be their new place to live. Today there are over 300 Amish families living off the land in the old order way. Lawrenceburg Tennessee is also the birthplace of Southern Gospel Music so there are many things to do here. We have both outdoor and indoor entertainment so we're in a great location for a road trip for your next vacation!
See our Old Order Amish Community!
Over 300 families of Swartzentruber old order Amish live in Ethridge Tennessee just north of Lawrenceburg! Make plans this year to include seeing the Amish in your family vacation! Kids love to see the Amish farms and other outdoor related places in Lawrence county!
The Ethridge Amish community is the largest in the South!
We have an Amish map that takes visitors around the eastern half of United States to the Larger Amish communities! We include other points of interest and places we believe you would want to see. This map takes you along a road trip that is more scenic and have stops along the way to immerse yourself in this part of the country. We don't intend to have anyone try to complete the map in one try but to revisit the trail in stages. Ethridge Tennessee is our place on the Buggy Wheel Trail and we hope to give you the best experience while visiting the Amish here in Ethridge and surrounding area before you head to your next place on the trail!
Enter in the place where you are and find your way to Ethridge Tennessee to start enjoying the best this area has to offer!
When you see these signs, You have arrived!
Look for the 45mph sign if you're driving in from highway 43 south. You'll see Amish country before you get to Ethridge. If you're driving up highway 43 north then you'll see the large advertising sign on Campbellsville road. You can park behind the Vintage Shoppe store if there is limited parking.
Amish Country Places Of Adventure!
Here are the places you'll find in Amish country in Ethridge Tennessee! They are not Amish owned but they will guide you through Amish country of buggy rides and offer Amish and local made goods. Due to the strict old order way of the particular Amish in this area, we highly suggest going on a tour after looking through our guide. These places of business are the best that Amish country has to offer so see their pages and links below!
Amish Heritage Farm Museum
This house was the first Amish house in Lawrence county in 1944 and is now a museum showing the inside of a real Amish dwelling! You can also take wagon tours here and see an actual farm and petting zoo with an Amish school! Make sure to put this museum on your list of places to see!
Amish Heritage Welcome Center
This welcome center has actual Amish goods like farm equipment and clothes, along with many other items! You can actually buy your own straw hats or Amish blankets or many other Amish goods like Amish furniture and toys! You can buy your tickets to get on a buggy ride here and sometimes meet an Amish person as they hang out in front of the store! Please put this center on you list of places to see!
The Amish Wagon Ride Tours
The first Amish tours you see is just off the highway. Many visitors rate this center as very friendly and enjoy the stories you hear on the wagon rides you can get on from the front of the center! The store has stocked items as well as consignment products from vendors in the area. Make sure to put this center on your list of places to see and stories to hear!
Keeto's Antiques and Collectibles
The most interesting "you never know what shop" is Keeto's Antiques and Collectibles. The items are almost all consignment and handmade from local vendors. The store was once a gas station and is now converted into a store. Many visitors say Keetos is a trip down memory lane as they have many items from 50 years ago or more that are no longer used. You must see this store!
Ike's Amish Depot and General Store
The most antique focused store is the old greyhound bus station known as Ike's Amish Depot and General Store. Album covers for music groups have been shot in front of an old stove you simply must see. The station is still in use so you might see Amish people getting on a bus (they can go for emergency). The station also has the best photo opportunities with old cars and buses you can see and go into! Just park and walk around!
Amish Country Flea Market
From dyed shirts to Amish quilts to Amish jellies and jams, you can find all kinds of things inside the Amish country flea market welcome center. There are several antiques and special items inside with many good deals to be had. There are public restrooms are in the back behind the store. Make sure to go in and see what all they have!
The Dilly Dally
Make sure to get out and take some family photos with the old buses and farming equipment around the store. This place has a lot of old retro toys inside along with odds and ends. You just don't know what you'll find inside the store so make sure to stop in while in Amish country. Plus they're located right beside the old bus station so you might as well walk over and see what you can find.
Amish Country Plaza Shopping
The "L" shape of these buildings is the first thing you see when coming from highway 43 south. These businesses are quite varied and are the perfect place to get a rare find or antique. You may see an item where there was only one ever built or a famous coin. Make sure to step inside each one of these stores to see what all they have! For many, it's a trip down memory lane and for others they're more of an education in the way things were a long time ago. You just won't know until you get here! More Parking is in the back of the buildings, follow the road around from the side of The Vintage Shoppe! And the bathrooms are behind the Amish Country Flea Market Welcome Center!
Amish Country Flea Market West
Amish Country Flea Market East
The Amish country flea market is a large area outdoor garage sale with rooms or sheds rented by locals who want to sell goods to visitors and guest. You never know what you'll see here and everything comes with a story! Weekends are the best time to come but during June through September you can find them open all week Monday-Saturday except for a few on Sundays. Make sure to bring cash if you intend to buy something although some vendors have card machines. The Amish country flea market covers both sides of highway 43 so we call them by east and west!
Plowboy Produce Auction
From April through October on Monday-Wednesday-and Fridays starting at 1pm central. You can get fresh produce and Amish made goods right off the dock! It's the perfect way to get in an Amish tour in the morning and a bit of shopping after a noon lunch!
Mike's Antiques and Moore
A local man named Mike Moore put in this store and it is full of the best vintage signs and homegoods you can see! This store works on consignment vendors who trade and rotate often so make sure to also add them to your itinerary to see while you are in Ethridge!
Andy Collins Tack Shop
This place is all about horses! Just about everything to do with a horse is found here. Andy Collins has been working with horses since age 9 and he is 82. In his store are Amish made goods like saddles, whips, dog collars, gun holsters and more. Come by and see his shop as he is located between The Vintage Shoppe and Heart and Soul Antiques.
Get your Amish Eats!
The Amish country area is set up so you don't have to go out for lunch or a quick snack if you don't want to. If you really want a true Texas eating experience then Shaffer's BBQ just minutes up highway 43 north is your best option. There are a few places to pick up some food along the way listed below. Some decide to take out a salt shaker and eat their Amish heirloom tomatoes on the spot so take out your napkins and let's eat!
Amish Market and Cheese Store
Right beside the Amish heritage farm museum is the Amish market where you can buy the things you need to go out into Amish country. The wagon tours are long so make sure you get what you need at the Amish market, especially if you like artisan cheeses! This store is great when you need a snack and a story from the couple who run the store!
Bob's Cafe is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturdays from 10-3pm Bob's Cafe serves you a sandwiches and hotdogs for lunch of southern favorites and quick plate lunches for those on the go. Bob's Cafe is across the street from the Amish Wagon Ride Tours and walking distance to all the stores. Bob's Cafe is the perfect way to sit and eat while waiting on a buggy ride or getting into the air conditioning after coming back from a ride!
Amish Heritage Campground and RV Park
The best place to stay in Amish country is right here in the Heritage Campground next door to all the action. They have the most unique rooms for visitors. These building are great for those who don't want want to be right up next to another hotel room but the most interesting is the wagon beds! They're perfect for an exciting and different way to stay over night! This campground has RV hookups and trailer space and pasture for horses available. Make sure to click the button below for more information!
Thousand Hills Cowboy Church
Just a few minutes walk from the Heritage Campground is the Thousand Hills Cowboy Church. Since most of the Amish Stores are closed on Sunday's the Cowboy Church is the perfect way to end your weekend in Amish country! The attendee's dress up in western attire and he pastor rides a horse into the building. All things farm related as just behind the church and they even have bull riding and horse riding in a gated section in the back. You'll have a great time singing "home on the range" here at this church!
So how do I see the Amish of Ethridge?
Getting to Ethridge is easy! We're just 76 miles south from downtown Nashville Tennessee and just 65 miles north of Huntsville Alabama. Perfect for anyone going on the studio tours from Music Row in Nashville to the studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama. You would go right through Ethridge and Lawrenceburg. See our 6 step guide below to help you plan your Amish adventure!
Our 6 step guide were designed to combine your heart and your head together from two groups of 3. The first set of 3 are for the emotional connection an Amish visitor needs to have to feel like their trip is enhancing their experience. The next 3 steps are for the head to check to see if the logistics are right for you so you stay in the hotel you like and pic the right restaurants and other points of interest!
Our first 3 steps in planning your vacation!
These first 3 steps are for you to consider before planning your trip! The Amish in Ethridge TN are not actors so you are much better off going on a tour or using our guide to help you plan ahead! We don't include the Amish people in the advertising on this website as they are very conservative and do not like photos or video of them. The bishops we talked to ask we show them in a good manner. You will get an honest tour when you go on your wagon ridge tour or when you go in your car.
Find your Amish heart!
1. Figure out why you'd like to come to see the Amish and surrounding area before you get here! We have found that a deep longing for the simple style vacation is key to having a great time in Amish country!
Make sure you and your family is committed to exploring the Amish area and way of life as a way of learning about the differences in the way people live when they don't have modern day conveniences like electricity or internet. None of the Amish on the tours are actors, these people are real and the way they live isn't a show put on for the public. There are many conditions we'll explore on this website that help you plan your trip and what to do if weather or other criteria may hinder your visit.
The Amish are open all year!
2. Plan on what time of the year you want to visit! The most popular time to visit the Amish is during the summer when school is out. The growing season is in high production and there are many chances to get hands on with the Amish themselves while they're out working.
We've seen plenty of smiles on kids faces when they shucked corn and churned butter on an Amish porch. The spring season is busy and many Amish are preparing for growing season. The Amish wares and furniture is on high demand at this time of year. The fall and winter months aren't busy much and its the best time to visit the Amish themselves and talk directly to them. The Amish are good about telling you what they know and how they do things. Understand that we non-Amish are called "the english" so please don't ask the Amish about personal matters or expect them to know about modern issues.
Find more area attractions!
3. Find an Itinerary of things to do in the area for the whole family to enjoy! Many people have come to the Amish every year because they thought they can see it all in one afternoon. Plan for a few days to take in the surrounding attractions!
There is a lot to do in the area that is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. Several places are in Ethridge where the Amish live so be sure to include them as a destination of interest since they're just a short car ride away. Below is the button for our Itineraries list from our other website Visit Lawrenceburg TN. From the linked page you can see example Itineraries that match the best times and places to plan your next adventure to Amish country!
Our next 3 steps for planning your vacation
These next 3 steps are for planning the logistics of your stay! Your hotel, restaurants, and places of interest need your attention to plan a successful vacation to Amish country!
4. Where to stay in Lawrence county!
There are many places to stay and most are very cheap, around the $60/night range so you can afford to stay a while. Our hotel guide will guide you right!
Today there are 4 places we recommend and a few airbnb places around to rent. The Farm in Summertown has a few places to stay that are the most unique in the area. Below is our hotel guide linked in the button that will take you to our Visit Lawrenceburg TN page where you can discover every place we have to offer in Lawrence county and surrounding area.
Find your inner foodie!
5. Find your choice of restaurants and places to eat! Lawrence county has plenty of unique places to eat for any type of foods. We have lots of southern style restaurants to please any taste and can take you on a culinary journey!
Please see step 3 listed above for our itineraries page. We already have many restaurants listed and the times to be there. For anyone wanting something different or have other plans then make sure to see our complete guide to our local area restaurants to find exactly the foods you like or would like to try! Lawrence county may be small but we have all the major categories of food types. We have sushi, seafood, Italian, french, and the best BBQ and steaks you can get! Click the link below for our complete list!
Pick out a few more things to do!
6. Find a few things to do while you're here! The places around Amish country are just as neat and interesting as the Amish themselves. There is so much to do that we devoted a whole web page to the area attractions!
The Big Red Store was the first mall in America. Lawrenceburg is the birthplace of southern gospel music where you can see the switchboard and mic of Tennessee's first radio station! The famous Farm Community is in Summertown. The Wilburn Mill is so old we don't know when it was built! So many places are a mere 20 minute car ride from the city limits. Click the links below to see our area attractions at our other websites Visit Lawrenceburg TN and Visit Pulaski TN where you can find more to do in the area!
If you want a more narrow list of outdoor focused places then please see the places we feel would fit your interest and give you a unique experience to make your Amish visit more complete!
Bonus! Plan your visit around an event!
Lawrence county is home to several events you won't want to miss! scheduling your trip around an event allows you to participate in the event and see the Amish. We want to alert you to several events that are similar to the country lifestyle that is attractive to Amish visitors. Make sure to look through our list of events to see if there is a few you would like to see!
There is plenty to see in Lawrence County so pick out other places you would like to see while visiting our Amish community in Ethridge Tennessee!
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