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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

2011 Update

In 2011 it was estimated that the settlement had 18 church districts with an estimated population of 2,395.


"The Twelve Largest Amish Settlements (2011)." Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College. Web. 24 July 2011.

Author(s) Samuel L Yoder
Date Published July 2011

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Yoder, Samuel L. "Smicksburg Old Order Amish Settlement (Smicksburg, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2011. Web. 29 Jun 2017.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=77787.

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Yoder, Samuel L. (July 2011). Smicksburg Old Order Amish Settlement (Smicksburg, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 June 2017, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=77787.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 829. All rights reserved.

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