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An SUV and Amish buggy on a lonely road (State Road 5) in Shipshewana, Indiana, the heart of Amish country in the Midwest

Anabaptist is used to describe the central beliefs of those involved in the 16th century Anabaptist movement and members of three groups called Hutterites, Mennonites, and Amish. The Anabaptist movement began in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 21, 1525, when a group of believers baptized adults who made a voluntary confession of faith.

The word “Anabaptist” means “to rebaptize.” Sixteenth century Anabaptists rebaptized adults who had received the sacrament of infant baptism. Because of their radical views and practices, the Anabaptists were violently persecuted by Catholic and Protestant authorities who considered their stance both heresy and treason (they were the first church, for example, to call for separation of church and state).

Led by Jacob Ammann, the Amish split from the Swiss Anabaptists in 1693. They have resisted many modern conveniences, declining to own cars, radios or television and rejecting the use of phones and electricity inside their homes. Today the Amish are located primarily in the United States and Canada. Most of their nearly 200,000 members live in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

A small rural town of under 600 people, Shipshewana's claim to fame is the largest outdoor flea market in the Midwest with over one thousand vendor spaces.
Shipshewana is home to three banks, a grocery store, two hardware stores, a department store, a lumber company, eleven restaurants and cafes, two bakeries, and approximately 70 other unique shops within walking distance of the flea market. Shipshewana is located in the heart of the third largest Amish community in the world.

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