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Chronology of Anabaptist and Amish History

  • A.D. 70 Scattering of the early Christian church after the destruction of Jerusalem.
  • 1516 Huldrych Zwingli (1485-1531) people's priest in Einsiedeln, attracted to Erasmus who wrote the first edition of the New Testament in Greek in Rotterdam.
  • 1520 Luther banned at Worms, publication of Luther's translation of the New Testament.
  • 1522 Zwingli objects to church abuses in Switzerland, introduces Reformation in Zurich.
  • 1523 Conrad Grebel is among the radical champions of the Reformation in Zurich.
  • Zwingli introduces the Reformation in Zurich through the city council.
  • Open break of Grebel's group with Zwingli.
  • 1524 Start of the German Peasants' Revolt (1524-1526) in the southeast edge of the Black Forest, Luther opposes Peasants' Revolt.
  • 1525 The order by the city council of Zurich to disallow discussions regarding baptism leads to first adult baptism. Grebel and others lay the corner stone for the Anabaptist church, and thus the foundation of the evangelical free church.
  • 1526 Zurich threatens followers of Anabaptists with penalty of death.
  • Lesser nobility, of Protestant persuasion, offer Moravia as an asylum for Anabaptists.
  • 1527 First synod of Swiss and South German Anabaptists formulates articles of Schleitheim Confession.
  • 1527-1581 223 Anabaptists executed in Bavaria.
  • 1529 Adult baptism now punishable by death, by imperial decree at Speyer.
  • 1530 Zurich orders death penalty for anyone harboring Anabaptists.
  • 2,000 Anabaptists executed to date.
  • 1535 Imprisoned Anabaptists in Bavaria compose songs of faith forming the base of the Ausbund, hymnal used by the Amish today. The oldest remaining copy is in the Good Library, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.
  • 1536 Menno Simons (1496-1561) declares himself an Anabaptist.
  • 1545 Mennonite, named after Menno Simons, appears for the first time.
  • 1587 Bounty in Bavaria for capture of Anabaptists.
  • 1637 Zurich banishes Anabaptists.
  • 1664 Law of tolerance to Anabaptists in the Palatinate. Anabaptists introduce clover to the Palatinate.
  • 1683 First German group settles in America, among them Mennonites, at Germantown in Pennsylvania.
  • 1690 Children of Anabaptist marriages are refused rights of inheritance in Bern.
  • 1693 Jakob Ammann lays founding of the Amish church with strict church discipline, banning, shunning, twice-a-year celebration of communion and foot washing, new dress codes.
  • 1693. Amish and Swiss Brethren division.
  • 1720 Bern begins branding Anabaptists.
  • 1727 Amish names appear on ship lists to America.
  • 1735 First Amish migrations to North America.
  • 1742 First Ausbund published in America.
  • 1748 Martyrs Mirror begins publication in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.
  • 1772 Somerset County, Pennsylvania, settlement founded.
  • 1806 Napoleon terminates nonmilitary status of Anabaptists.
  • 1808 First Ohio settlement founded in Holmes County.
  • 1839 First Amish settlement in Indiana, at Nappanee in Elkhart County, and 1840 lapping into Marshall County.
  • 1841 Amish settlement in LaGrange and Elkhart counties, Indiana.
  • 1972 U.S. Supreme Court upholds Amish schools in Wisconsin v. Yoder et al.
  • 1888 Indiana-Michigan Amish Mennonite Conference organized.
  • 1890 First edition of the Budget, national Amish newspaper still in print.
  • 1937 Last Amish congregation in Germany joins the Mennonite church.
  • 1955 The musical Plain and Fancy, with Amish theme, becomes a Broadway hit.
  • 1965 Palm Sunday tornado in Indiana.
  • 1972 U.S. Supreme Court in school quarrel of Wisconsin versus Yoder decides in favor of Amish.
  • 1984 Filming of Witness.

    CHRONOLOGY OF AMISH ACRES HISTORY
  • 1839 Barbara Stahly and sons move from to Elkhart County.
  • 1840 Christian Stahly builds farm.
  • 1874 Moses Stahly builds first house.
  • 1874 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad links Sandusky, Ohio and Chicago.
  • 1874 Town of Nappanee platted by an Amish and two Mennonites.
  • 1876 Schwietzer bank barn built from hand hewn beams cut from the farm.
  • 1893 Noah Nissley constructed the main house.
  • 1964 First Pletcher Village Art Festival held in front of Pletcher Furniture Village in downtown Nappanee.
  • 1968 Kuhns farm purchased at auction by Amish Acres for purpose of preservation and restoration.
  • 1971 Original family style restaurant opened.
  • 1972 Dinner theatre performed in restaurant, four weeks each of I Do, I Do and Star-spangled Girl.
  • 1974 Log house moved.
  • 1974 Restaurant lobby, retail bakery and Barn Loft Grill built as gift shop.
  • 1977 Original family style restaurant burned to the ground.
  • 1988 Plain and Fancy opened in Locke Township Meeting House.
  • 1991 Frank Aker round barn moved to Amish Acres from Goshen-Plymouth Trail south of Bremen.