Driving through certain parts of Minnesota, visitors will see horse-drawn buggies, farmland, and Amish churches, schools and businesses. More than 3,000 Amish call Minnesota home, with communities in the southeast, central and northwest parts of the state. While each settlement is different, the Amish way of life is a simpler one that centers on family and faith.
In the southeast corner of the state, Harmony and Canton are home to Minnesota's largest Amish settlement. Several tour operators in the area will take visitors to farms to buy fresh bakery and produce, and point out schools and churches while teaching tour-goers about Amish history and modern traditions. In nearby Lanesboro, shops sell handcrafted Amish quilts, furniture and baskets.
Minnesota's oldest Amish community is near Wadena, with several others scattered throughout Wadena and Todd counties. Other communities can be found in northwestern Clearwater, Becker and Polk counties.