The Amish of Indiana live primarily in Elkhart County, which is located in the northern part of the state. As of 2015, more than 20,000 Amish live in the area. This includes the towns of Goshen, Bristol, Middlebury and Nappanee.
The Amish originated from the 16th-century Anabaptist in Switzerland and moved to the United States to escape religious persecution. The first Amish in Indiana settled in Middlebury in 1841. Visitors to the area recognize the Amish by their horse-drown buggies and simple, modest clothing. When in Amish country, visitors should respect private property and avoid taking photographs of Amish families. Visitors should also be careful when driving because the buggies travel under the speed limit.