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Amish establishing local presence
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It doesn’t take most Warren County residents an hour and a half to travel from their home to downtown McMinnville.
But it does if you’re traveling by horse and buggy.
The Amish population is slowly growing in Warren County with six families moving to the area since December. They come from a 250-family Amish community in Lawrence County.
The Standard had a chance to talk to one of those Amish families Monday morning at Warren County Administrative Offices. They made the trip to town from Ivy Bluff Trial, a 13-mile trip they said takes an hour and a half. The family declined to give their names, but did provide some interesting information about their lifestyle.
They live with no electricity or running water and don’t listen to radio or watch TV. A typical day involves getting up around 4:30 a.m. and going to bed around 8 p.m. The family doesn’t normally make many trips to town, but needed to obtain proper permits Monday morning for a home they are building.
“The new Highway 70 is great for us because of its wide shoulders,” said the Amish man.
Added the woman, “Most of the people seem very friendly and most of the cars are mindful of us. There have just been a few that have not been.”
As for their livelihood, the family said they do a variety of jobs. That includes raising cattle and vegetables, doing upholstery work, constructing portable buildings, and making baskets and straw hats.
The six Amish families currently live in the Ivy Bluff/ Jacksboro area. They say seven more families are expected to relocate from Lawrence County to Warren County by the fall. The trip is over 110 miles.
To help make motorists aware of slow-moving buggies that are sharing the roads with vehicles, Road Superintendent Levie Glenn has put up several signs and asked motorists to be mindful of slow-moving carriages. There have been no reported accidents thus far.