Mennonite settlements in Johnson, Iowa, Washington and Henry Counties, Iowa. Mennonite Encyclopedia, v. 3, p. 116.
Washington County, Iowa
, in the southeastern part of the state, has Mennonite settlements in two areas, i.e., in the northern and the southern tiers of townships. The Johnson County settlement to the north has spread south into the northern Washington County townships of Lime Creek, English River, and Iowa. In Lime Creek are Wellman
, each with a Mennonite church. Kalona
is in English River and the location of the Kalona Mennonite Church and the Pleasant View Home for the Aged. A short distance east of Kalona is the Sunnyside Conservative Mennonite Church
. The Old Order Amish settlement
of Johnson County
has also expanded into the northern part of Washington County. Near the center of the county is the county seat of Washington, in which a number of Mennonite families reside. The Mennonites in Marion Township in the southern tier of counties are a part of the Henry County
settlement bordering Washington County on the south. In Marion Township are the Bethel Mennonite Church
and the Eicher Emanuel Mennonite Church
. In 1958 Mennonites began to hold services in the Eureka church
in Marion Township. The Eicher church is a General Conference Mennonite
congregation, while the others in the country are Mennonite Church
and Conservative Mennonite
. The total Mennonite and Amish
membership living in the county in the late 1950s was ca. 600.
|| Melvin Gingerich
| Date Published
Cite This Article
Gingerich, Melvin. "Washington County (Iowa, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 15 Mar 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Washington_County_(Iowa,_USA)&oldid=93863.
Gingerich, Melvin. (1959). Washington County (Iowa, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 15 March 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Washington_County_(Iowa,_USA)&oldid=93863.
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