Chatham New Order Amish Settlement (Chatham, Virginia, USA)

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The Chatham New Order Amish settlement in Chatham, Virginia, USA was established in 2013. The settlement started as a daughter settlement of the Union Grove, North Carolina New Order Amish settlement. When the Union Grove church house was filled with 40 families, a new settlement not far from Union Grove was proposed. Six families moved by the end of July 2013.

Some Chatham families were farmers, others were carpenters or worked in the construction of small farm buildings. Chatham is considered an "electric" New Order Amish settlement.

The first accidental death in the community took place in August 2013 while the settlement constructed a hay barn. Junior Brenneman was killed when a stack of metal fell on him.

Dannie R. Miller, a minister, participated in the formation of the new settlement. Bishop services in 2014 were provided by the Union Grove bishop.

An older pre-1900s home in a secluded location became the Cherrystone school; it opened in fall 2013 with 12 students.

In 2014 the settlement was part of the New Order Amish. There was one district with a total of 13 family units.


New Order Amish Directory (2014): 52-54.

Waldrep, G. C. "The New Order Amish and para-Amish groups: spiritual renewal within tradition." Mennonite Quarterly Review 82 (July 2008): 395-426.

Additional Information

Address: Chatham, Virginia


Denominational Affiliations:

New Order Amish

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published February 2020

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