Guthrie New Order Amish Settlement (Guthrie, Kentucky, USA)

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The Guthrie New Order Amish settlement in Guthrie, Todd County, Kentucky, USA was established in 1958. The settlement started when families settled in the Guthrie area from Stuarts Draft, Virginia after the Amish in Virginia experienced a division with the majority becoming Beachy Amish.

This was reminiscent of an earlier division in the community. In 1942, a majority in the Amish church at Kempsville, Virginia voted to allow cars and join the Beachy Amish, whereupon the conservative minority moved into the Shenandoah Valley to establish an Amish church at Stuarts Draft. When the more conservative faction at Stuarts Draft sensed the same issues returning, it departed to establish the New Order Amish community at Guthrie.

Bishop Simon M. Yoder was part of the early settlement and provided pastoral leadership. The community met in homes until 1965. By then the group was too large to meet in homes and a church house was constructed. The first meeting in the church house took place on 8 August 1965.

Amish children attended the local public schools for 11 years. In 1967 the public system tried to force the Amish children to attend school until age 16. Ezra Miller, Richard Lambright, Noah Coblentz and John Miller were charged when they withheld their children from the public system. Ultimately the courts found in favor of the Amish, who began their own parochial school in 1969.

Initially the Guthrie Christian School met in the church basement; a two-room school was built in 1972.

An individual built a large community hall in 2008 to be used for weddings, reunions and other large events. It was also rented by Christian Aid Ministries as a clothing sorting center. In 2014 clothing was sorted there twice monthly, aided by various Mennonite and Amish groups from Kentucky and Tennessee.

Family vocations included farming, sawmills, pallet shops, carpentry and a bulk food store. Guthrie is considered an "electric" New Order Amish settlement. Guthrie is part of the "electric" New Order Amish group.

In 2014 the settlement was part of the New Order Amish. The bishops were Daniel Beachy and Marvin Dale Kanagy. There were two districts with a total of 74 family units.


New Order Amish Directory (2014): 93-105.

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: Guthrie, Kentucky


Denominational Affiliations:

New Order Amish

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published March 2020

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