Smicksburg Old Order Amish Settlement (Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA)

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The Smicksburg, Pennsylvania, Old Order Amish settlement is located in Indiana County about 65 miles (105 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1962 by families seeking cheaper farm land and motivated by a sincere desire to establish a "purer" Amish community, the settlement experienced steady growth. In the first 25 years of its existence, the Smicksburg community had seven church districts (congregations) with a total population of approximately 1,200, making it the fourth largest among the 40 Amish settlements in Pennsylvania. The Smicksburg community was representative of many of the newer settlements populated by younger and middle-aged Amish families seeking change within the traditional Amish customs of nonconformity to the outside world. -- Samuel L. Yoder

2017 Update

In 2017 it was estimated that the settlement had 21 church districts with an estimated population of 2,985.

Bibliography

“Twelve Largest Amish Settlements, 2017.” Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College. June 2017. Web. 31 August 2017. http://groups.etown.edu/amishstudies/statistics/twelve-largest-settlements-2017/


Author(s) Samuel L Yoder
Date Published August 2017


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Yoder, Samuel L. "Smicksburg Old Order Amish Settlement (Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2017. Web. 22 Sep 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Smicksburg_Old_Order_Amish_Settlement_(Indiana_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=154170.

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Yoder, Samuel L. (August 2017). Smicksburg Old Order Amish Settlement (Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Smicksburg_Old_Order_Amish_Settlement_(Indiana_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=154170.




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