Kansas August 01, 2015
These 5 Must-Visit Places In Kansas Amish Country Will Give You A New Appreciation
If you have ever driven through Kansas, there is a pretty good chance that you have driven past and/or through an Amish community. Kansas is home to several different communities, including these 5 that are sure to give you a new found appreciation for the simpler things in life.
Founded in the late 1800s, Yoder is considered to be the largest Amish settlement in Kansas with a population of nearly 400. Unlike most Amish communities, Yoder is progressive in technology when it comes to working the fields (they allow bulk milk tanks, rototillers, and tractors) and in transportation methods (you will see a healthy mix of both horse & buggy AND cars & trucks.) To explore the Amish community, and their lifestyle, plan to attend their annual Heritage Day on Saturday, August 22nd.
Located just north of Yoder is an Amish settlement in the southwest corner of Hutchinson (a modern-day town with a population of 40,000.) The area is home to two Amish-made furniture stores, as well as two church districts.
Located 50 miles south of Lawrence is the Garnett Amish settlement. In addition to farms and churches, the town is home to small carpentry, cabinet making, dog breeding and food businesses.
Though it's a younger Amish community, Marysville is continually growing (and continues to impress its non-Amish neighbors by using 60+ year old farm equipment.)
5.) Fort Scott
Like Marysville, the Amish community near Fort Scott is both newer and smaller than other Kansas communities. Three years ago, the Fort Scott Amish community made local and state headlines after clashing with non-Amish community members over their use of outhouses.
Have you ever visited any of these charming towns?