Most people believe that the Amish are the Amish are the Amish. There’s one kind–Amish. But this is not the case. I guess it’s a naive thought at best, but understandable since the Amish do their best to stay among themselves and keep their business private.
But in truth there are many divisions within the Amish church. These divisions happened over the years as members disagreed over one thing or another from shunning to gas powered motors. Because of this, most of the differences boil down to conservatism.
This is a picture of a Swartzentruber Amish farm in Ohio. To find out more about the Swartzentruber Amish click here
The Amish in Ethridge, Tennessee, are very conservative–very conservative–and are considered Swartzentruber Amish.
Here are some of the determining factors that make up the Swartzentruber Amish:
♦ No indoor plumbing or hot water
♦ They use outhouses
♦ Automobile travel is forbidden unless there is an emergency
♦ A more conservative dress, especially with the women. Darker clothing even on children.
♦ Church services are longer–can last up to 4 hours
♦ Their houses have a rougher appearance and they do not have flower beds like other Amish
♦ They have no DMV safety triangles on the back of their buggies or windshields on the front
Fun Fact: There are 3 distinct, practicing groups of Swartzentruber Amish in Ohio. Swartzentruber Amish are in 13 states and Ontario.