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Amish cemetery with simple grave markers
The Amish movement was founded in Europe by Jacob Amman, from whom their name is derived. In many ways, The Amish religion started as a reform group within the Mennonite movement -- an attempt to restore some of the early practices of the Mennonites.
During the late 17th century, they separated because of what they perceived as a lack of discipline among the Mennonites. Some Amish migrated to the United States, starting in the early 18th century. They initially settled in Pennsylvania and eventually radiated to other states such as Ohio.
Ohio's Amish Country is a region composed of eight counties: Holmes, Wayne, Tuscarawas, Stark, Coshocton, Knox, Ashland and Richland.
The various Amish or Amish Mennonite church fellowships are Christian religious denominations, and form a very traditional subgrouping of Mennonite churches. They are often best known for their simple living, plain dress and their resistance to the adoption of many modern conveniences.
The faith group has attempted to preserve the elements of late 17th century European rural culture. They try to avoid many of the features of modern society, by developing practices and behaviors which isolate themselves from American culture.