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TN History for Kids

Lawrence County

One of the stores in Lawrence County where one
can buy Amish made products.

Lawrence County is home to a fairly large Amish community, especially near the town of Ethridge.

The Amish people are a religious group that, among other things, refuses to go along with the changes that the industrial age has brought to the world. That means that they don’t have things such as cars, television sets and telephones; in fact, they usually don’t use electricity at all!

The Amish make their living as farmers and craftsmen, and people actually come from far away to visit Ethridge and buy things such as quilts, rocking chairs and hand-woven baskets at family-run stores there.

Most Amish do not like to have their photograph taken. Therefore we do not post any photographs of them here.

Sen. Fred Thompson

Lawrence County was also the native home of the late Senator Fred Thompson.

Thompson was an attorney in Nashville who first became famous as an actor in the 1980s, when he portrayed himself in a movie called Marie. He later starred in several movies such as No Way Out, Hunt for Red October and In the Line of Fire.

In 1994, he was elected to be one of Tennessee's two U.S. Senators, and he held that post for about eight years.

The Lawrence County Courthouse

Thompson died in 2015. The federal courthouse now under development in Nashville will be named for him.


Lawrence County

County seat: Lawrenceburg

Population (2015 estimate): 42,564