This page is for the visitor who wants to know why we decided to make this website, social media accounts, and YouTube channel. The Ethridge Tennessee area didn't need our help or ask for us to make anything for them. The Amish community in Ethridge began in 1944 and is from the swartzentruber line so they would not approve of any of this. We hope our story helps explain why we decided to make this endeavor a way to help others.
The Progeny Adventure Group LLC owns and manages The Amish of Ethridge content but the owners of The Progeny Adventure Group LLC each have stories about their connections to Amish country and how the Amish have influenced their lives. Each managing member has their own story of how the website came about.
Michael, CEO of The Progeny Adventure Group LLC.
I was born in Ethridge and lived there until kindergarten when my family moved to Summertown TN. My dads side of the family all lived next to each other and as a small toddler, as we walked around the neighborhood on High street over to the Indiana Avenue side of what we call "Amish Country". It seems every county where Amish live is Amish Country to them. My family had Amish friends and in the late 1970's and 1980's the uniqueness was not as far apart as it is now between Amish and English. We would get to know them and they were just part of the community. My grandfather would buy things from them and drive us around the countryside. I would eventually become part of the tourism in Lawrence county and go to 27 states visiting travel hotspots and learning the trade. I happened to realize one day that living in an Amish community was a rare opportunity. Beachfront property is rare because there is only so much sand in the country that can be built on but if you want to hear the "clop clop" of horses then you have to go to where the Amish live. The Ethridge community has a supported tourism supply of businesses that accommodate visitors each year to visit the largest Amish community in the south. In 2016 I had heart surgery and had my daughter who was 14 week premature and only 1lb 13oz. We spent 89 days in the NICU not knowing if she would live. She would grow up to be fine but is autistic. I would drive her around Amish country to let her see the horses and other animals on the way and we would let her try to talk to them out the window. In the past I had been to different places in Ethridge where I met families from overseas. During one weekend we met 4 seperate families from Sweden! At Ike's Amish Depot we were talking to a couple from Germany who didn't know much English. When we started talking to his wife in German, there was a lady who perked up and started talking to each of them in German. It turns out that there were 2 unconnected couples from Germany at the same store in Ethridge! There are plenty of stories I could tell you. Just look at the guest books at the various Amish country business that keep a guest book (Heart and Soul Antiques keeps a good one). The tourism group I was in was started by a few locals that seen the potential for building a tourism association that would help the area bring in more visitors. The tourism association would go on to be defunded by politicians who would lean on the chamber of commerce to do the tourism work in Lawrence county. They would look into city planning instead of anything travel related. So Josh and I decided to make this website to help other plan a vacation to see the Amish and do a few things in Lawrence county. We are sure there are a lot of people who would love to hear the sounds of horses and see the fields in this wonderful place. To have other special needs kids like my daughter come get on an Amish wagon ride and see how they make soaps and butter. So it is for this reason, we decided to make this page! Make plans to see the Amish of Ethridge Tennessee!