The largest concentration of Amish is in Ohio. They range from the Old Order Amish to the Mennonites.
Ashland County has a large population of Old Order Amish. They were part of the Anabaptist Protestant Reformation movement in the 16th Century in Europe around 1525-1536. The reformation forced many Anabaptists to flee religious persecution and go to the mountains.
In 1536 they were united under Menno Simons a Catholic priest from Holland. Elder Jacob Ammann a Mennonite leader in Switzerland left the Mennonite church in 1693 and the followers became known as the Amish.
They immigrated to America around 1727-1790 and 1815-1860.
The old ways and the new.
Amish children trying out a hot-tub.
The Amish are a familiar scene
on the Ashland County roads.