Amish Orders 101
Square Haircuts & Flickering Lanterns
You may have noticed them alongside parked buggies, selling handwoven baskets or fresh produce. Or perhaps you’ve passed their homesteads with their dark red barns, spartan homes, and dirt lanes.
DAN CHURCH AMISH
A Picture of the Past
In many ways, the Dan church is reminiscent of how all Old Order Amish lived fifty years ago. Families still use ice boxes instead of refrigerators, and cut their grass with push reel lawn mowers.
An Order Divided
Tobe Amish are a little-known subgroup of Amish that formed in 1940. The group started when Tobias (Tobe) Hochstetler’s fellow ministers excommunicated him for accusations of dishonesty in business. Tobe and his supporters—mostly extended family members—withdrew and started their own church.
OLD ORDER AMISH
The Group in the Middle
Old Order are the largest group of Amish in central Ohio. Most other subgroups of Amish stem from this “mother” group that had its beginnings in the mid-1850s.
NEW ORDER AMISH
An Issue of Faith
New Order Amish are often seen as one of the most progressive of Amish groups. Less traditional dress, neatly groomed beards and hair, and homes with telephones are just a few things that set them apart from their Old Order counterparts.