Hey, y’all! First time visitors to Hart County, Kentucky are often surprised to see horse-drawn buggies hitched to a post downtown or slowly moving along the backroads. Members of the Old Amish faith began moving to the area during the late 1980s – many of them stemming from Geauga County, Ohio. Luckily for all, they also brought their entrepreneurial spirit to the region; as such, I look forward to telling y’all more about the Amish-Owned Businesses of Hart County, KY today.
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Amish-Owned Businesses of Hart County, KY
About the Amish in Hart County, KY
Approximately 200 Amish families live throughout Hart County, making it the most densely populated Amish region in Kentucky. While the businesses are spread out throughout the county, you’ll find several of them in the Cub Run area in the western part of the county. The Amish have a multitude of business models in the county, including: greenhouses, bakeries, window + lawn furniture manufacturing, meat processing, sawmills, salvage groceries, and general merchandise stores.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hart County is a rural county in south-central Kentucky. It is very conveniently located off of I65.
To quote PBS: “They are a distinctive Christian subculture that traces its roots to the 16th century Protestant Reformation. Scholars define the Old Order Amish by two distinctive features: 1) the use of horse-and-buggy transportation, and 2) the use of Pennsylvania German dialect in church services and daily conversation. There are some 40 different subgroups of Old Order Amish. All the subgroups adhere to the 18 articles of Christian faith found in the Dordrecht Confession of Faith, written in 1632. Because theological authority rests within each of the approximately 1,925 local congregations, the different subgroups and congregations vary in how they apply the principles of their faith to daily life — especially as it relates to dress styles, technology, and the amount of interaction with the outside world.”
Visiting Amish Country: Things to Consider
- While the Amish community welcomes all customers into their businesses, they do ask that you refrain from photographing the people. Please honor this request.
- It is best practice to call ahead before visiting a business, as they could be closed for special occasions.
- Several of the Amish-owned businesses in Hart County accept credit cards; that said, to be safe, do bring cash with you.
- All Amish-owned businesses are closed on Sundays.
Animal Attractions: Amish-Owned Businesses of Hart County, KY
Dutch Country Safari Park
2125 L&N Turnpike Rd., Horse Cave, KY – 270-925-4417
Dutch Country is a drive-through safari experience. Many of the animals are exotic and are native to Africa. Guests also enjoy having the opportunity to feed some species of animals, hanging out in the petting zoo, and the kids are sure to love the train!
Bakery/Deli: Amish-Owned Businesses of Hart County, KY
Farmwald Dutch Bakery & Deli
3720 L&N Turnpike Rd., Horse Cave, KY – 270-786-5600
Freshly-baked doughnuts made daily, pies, breads, pretzels, breakfast, soups, burgers, sandwiches, deli meats, and hand-crafted Amish items.
R&S Grocery + Bakery
235 Irvin Cemetery Rd., Horse Cave, KY – 270-786-3005
Homemade doughnuts, breads, cakes, cookies, candies, made-to-order sandwiches, meats, cheese, groceries, household supplies.
Country Stores: Amish-Owned Businesses of Hart County, KY
2915 S. Dixie Hwy, Rowletts, KY – 270-524-9663
New + used furniture, household items, arts & crafts, collectables, primitives, natural cleaners, hobby supplies, children’s clothing, and more.
Detweiler Country Store
12825 Priceville Rd., Cub Run, KY – 270-524-7967
Old-fashioned candies, jams, jellies, bulk food supplies, homemade baskets, household products, gifts, hand-dipped ice cream, and a seasonal garden center.
Dutch Country Fabrics
8472 Cub Run Hwy, Munfordville, KY – 270-524-0530
Fabric, quilting material, notions, Amish men’s suits, baby clothing, and stamping supplies.
The Variety Shop
3297 Easy Gap Hill Rd., Cub Run, KY – 270-524-0404
Fabric, children’s toys, baby items, bird feeders, household goods, and gifts.
Adventure Equipment: Amish-Owned Businesses of Hart County, KY
Crazy Bear Trading Post
12825 Priceville Rd., Cub Run, KY – 270-524-7967
Adjacent to Detweiler Country Store, they have hunting, trapping, fishing, and camping supplies.
Lone Wolf Sporting Goods
6787 Cub Run Hwy, Munfordville, KY – 270-570-5301
Wide selection of fishing + hunting supplies; as well as canoe/kayak rentals.
Nolin River Hardware
12800 Cub Run Hwy, Cub Run, KY – 270-524-4285
In addition to hardware, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Nolin River Hardware also carries fishing and hunting supplies.
Trophy Ridge Archery and Outdoors
3589 East Gap Hill Rd., Cub Run, KY – 270-524-1787
Full line of hunting and archery supplies, archery repair, indoor/outdoor archery shooting range, and an indoor archery video range.
Homegrown: Amish-Owned Businesses of Hart County, KY
Hart County Produce Auction
6880 Cub Run Highway, Munfordville, KY – 270-524-0005
Locally-grown fruits and vegetables in bulk amounts – perfect for canning and freezing. Bidding begins at noon central time Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (April – October). Arrive by 11:45 to register.
Hidden Lake Gardens
268 Jericho Church Rd., Cub Run, KY – 270-524-3388
Three greenhouses of vegetable plants, annuals, perennials, and herbs.
Pleasant View Greenhouse
4100 Hammonsville Rd., Munfordville, KY – 270-473-4013
Vegetables, annuals, hanging baskets, ferns, tropical plants, perennials, rose bushes, trees, along with handmade birdhouses, feeders, and planters.
317 Clearview Drive, Munfordville, KY – 270-524-4190
Six greenhouses with annuals, perennials, baskets, trees, shrubs, bushes, handmade cedar trellises, decorative planters, and fairy garden accessories.
Windy Ridge Greenhouse
8211 Childress Rd., Munfordville, KY – 270-524-3628
Four greenhouses with baskets, trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables.
6794 Cub Run Highway, Munfordville, KY – 270-524-3603
Locally-grown vegetables in small and large quantities.
Annual Amish Events In Hart County
Hart County Spring Consignment Sale (2nd Saturday in April)
Tack and Horse Sale (Late September/Early October)
Grandview Pony and Riding Horse Auction
About Hart County
Hart County, located in South Central Kentucky, lies predominately within the central portion of the Pennyroyal region of the state. Nolin River forms the western boundary of the county and the Green River winds through the center. Hart County contains five of Kentucky’s ten largest springs, including Gorin Mill Spring, the largest in the state. Further, they are home to world-famous Hidden River Cave, part of Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky Down Under, and an award-winning trail system.
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