Welcome to the Amish and Mennonite of Tennessee!

Currently this website is under construction

We could have made this page short but decided against it, below are a few paragraphs about our intentions and who we are.

Tennessee is a long state that takes you from Memphis blues to Carolina BBQs'. Along the way you will see the different Amish communities that range from the strictest Swartzentruber to the gospel centered new order. The Mennonite are just as varied with most having cars and some who still have a horse and buggy. We also have a Swiss colony and a few plain communities and comunes that are interesting. Tennessee was the northernmost, southern state during the Civil War so the underground railroad helped many slaves reach freedom into the north and we do visit some of these places. Native American history and the trail of tears came through Tennessee. We want to bring you on a cultural adventure through the state of Tennessee and the border of some of its neighboring states. Homeschoolers and those who would want to broaden your kids experiences will like this site. We also cover the Civil War, whiskey trail, brewery tours, winery trail and other points of interest along the way on our maps.  

amish of ethridge tn farm with wheat rows

amish of ethridge tn farm with wheat rows

This site is owned and operated by The Progeny Adventure Group LLC who manages the content put on this website. We do not represent the Amish or Mennonite on this page. We collect the content ourselves and speak as an opinionated traveler on the places and topics we share. Along these trails are cultural groups of people living in a way that they find dear to them. We do not speak ill of any of them nor do we believe we are somehow superior to them. An Amish person trotting up a road during a sunrise or Mennonite tasting the first batches of molasses may have a better life than a rich CEO of a company, making millions on the stock market. We hope to enlighten people to take a trip to see the Amish or Mennonite in their area. If you are going to be in Tennessee, then you will definitely find this website valuable as we feature the places mentioned in Tennessee. We want to share our experiences with travelers who want to visit an Amish or Mennonite community. 

Here are a few Amish farms from our communities. 

The Amish people started coming into Tennessee in the 1930's and settled in Ethridge in 1944 from Amish persons from other communities. These were Swartzentruber Amish who are the most strict of the old order Amish. These Amish have no electricity or running water. The term "old order" simply means horse and buggy to us "english" people. To the Amish, a Japanese person is still an "English" or Non-Amish person to them. The other old order communities began coming in 1975 to Huntingdon TN and to the other communities after this. The New Order Amish came in 2001 to Summertown Tn and they differ from the old order by having cars and electricity with an emphasis on the gospel message of Jesus and allow the non Amish to join. 

Here are a few Mennonite farms from our communities.

We have several different divisions of Mennonite in Tennessee. Some are old order and use a horse and buggy while most Mennonite use black or blue cars. The old order have call boxes and look very similar to the Amish people while the modern Mennonite look like plain people but have the same lifestyle as the rest of society. We want to feature the Mennonite as a community to visit because they have the same service and business model as the Amish and make for an interesting culture to learn about. The Mennonite stores have bulk items and other produce or wood works inside. Many of these store have a deli and make special foods you don't see anywhere else. Their communities are usually near the Amish.

What are the differences between Amish and Mennonite?

In 1642 a priest named Menno Simons separated himself from the Catholic faith to become an Anabaptist. Those who would follow Menno Simons would be called "Mennonites" to refer to the followers of Menno Simons. One of his fellow Anabaptist Jacob Ammann disagreed with the direction of the Mennonites and wanted to bring back shunning as a church discipline and a plain lifestyle to increase humility and separation from the world. Those who followed Ammann would go on to be called the Amish and would keep these names when they moved from Europe to America. The Amish and Mennonite seem to have a great relationship as they both believe their lifestyle bring them closer to the divine. Other plain people groups would also be listed in these examples but the Brethren, Quakers, and Seventh Day Adventist are fewer in number and do not live in communities or apart like the Amish or Mennonite so we left them off our list as communities to visit for cultural learning.  

Tennessee Communes-Wars-Natives-Utopias 

Tennessee has a history of communes and utopian societies. Many of these have documentaries made about them and are nationally known. The Ku Klux Klan is a fraternity type group that was started in Pulaski for vigilantly justice while The Farm Commune is next door to them, proclaiming world peace. Homeschoolers will be able to see a real example of people living in these communities for their social studies section of their education. Below are a few photos of other interesting places to see while on our trail map!  Historic Rugby and other utopian cities are very interesting to visit. 

What can I do while I wait?

We would love for you to join our social media community to see the places we share while we build our website. We already have an Amish focused website and social media pages so we would love for you to join those as well! Both of these Facebook pages have all of our information in them and links to our instagram pages if you would rather follow us there.