Tour Ethridge in an Amish Buggy

March 1, 2006

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Amish buggy

Visit one of Tennessee’s old-order Amish communities in Ethridge, about 30 minutes from Columbia and just shy of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Old-order Amish forgo any modern conveniences – things like electricity, the internal combustion engine and indoor plumbing – and a trip to their farms is like a step back in time.

You can mosey around the byways by yourself, or you can go on an organized tour, run out of the Welcome Center on Highway 43. Buy a $10 ticket and you might be lucky enough to ride with Jimmy Martin, who will take you to simple white homes where signs list the wares for sale: baskets, furniture, rugs, eggs, pies, produce, canned jams and jellies, beets, slaw, and candies like peanut brittle.

There are several other businesses close by: a tack shop, a bakery with bulk items for purchase, and the Amish Country Galleries, whose sign says there is no junk for sale inside, and it is the truth. The quilts; furniture of oak, cherry and walnut; and hand-turned bowls and baskets are works of art. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, try the country-cooking restaurant attached to the rear of the Welcome Center.

The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., six days a week. Call 931-829-2433 for more information.

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  1. Margie Sosebee says:

    I have been wanting to visit your community for quite some time. My husband and I are planing on coming to visit around April 3rd or 4th. Can you tell me a nice place to stay and some places to visit while we are there?

    • Jessy Yancey says:

      Hi Margie,

      I’d recommend calling the Amish Welcome Center in Ethridge at 931-829-2433. Hope this helps!

      Jessy Yancey
      Tennessee Home & Farm

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  3. Sherry says:

    My mom is visiting me from Arkansas and I’m planning a surprise trip to your town. Please give me names of where you would recommend to stay the night.

    • Jessy Yancey says:

      Hi Sherry,

      I would recommend contacting the Ethridge Welcome Center at 931-829-2433 for more information. Hope this helps!

      Jessy Yancey
      Tennessee Home & Farm