Spartansburg Old Order Amish Settlement (Spartansburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
The Old Order Amish settlement of Spartansburg, Pennsylvania is located in Crawford County in the northwestern part of the state. The first Amish family to move to Crawford County was the Andrew J. Mast family from Nappanee, Indiana. Settlers from Geauga County, Ohio followed, and by 1924 a sizeable group located near the town of Atlantic. The community suffered a severe tornado storm in 1985 bringing hundreds of Amish from other midwest settlements to rebuild the leveled houses and barns.
A second settlement in Crawford County began in 1931 near the town of Spartansburg. Most families moved in from Geauga County during the Great Depression. Farms were available to rent and land was cheap to buy. Harvests, however, were disappointing and within eight years the entire Amish community moved away. In 1966, nearly 30 years after the first settlement became extinct, a new group of Amish families from Geauga County moved in and in many cases occupied the same farms left behind by the previous Amish settlers. In 1984 there were five church districts (congregations) with 90 families and a population of just under 1,000.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 849. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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