Jamesport, MO has the largest Amish community in Missouri. It is about an hour and a half north of Kansas City, MO. (I-35 North to US 69 towards Winston –turn right. Stay straight to continue on to MO highway 6 and then right on MO highway F). If you have always wondered what Amish life is like visit Jamesport Mo, it is a great day trip for a family or really anyone who wants to experience a different way of life.
The Amish came to America in the 1700’s looking for religious tolerance. Today there are Amish communities in 48 states and Canada. They are derived from the Mennonites but left because they felt the Mennonites were too relaxed in their faith.
Amish typically live in rural areas and focus what is good for the whole community not the individual. Often they shun modern day appliances and devices. Their main source of transportation is a horse and buggy. They believe in hard work and will work from sun up to sun down.
In the 1950’s a large number of Amish families moved to Jamesport, MO from neighboring states. Currently there are about 175 Amish families in the area.
Listed below are the different events in Jamesport, MO for the months of October and November.
• October 12th –The Amish Country Quilt Show and Auction. This event will be held in the Spillman Event Center.
• November 1st & 2nd – Holiday open house, shops feature Christmas themes. Some shops even have drinks and cookies!
• November 29th & 30th- Christmas Festival with a craft show, cookie walk and carriage rides.
There are a number of events throughout the year. Visit their website, listed below, for a full schedule.
There are number of antique, craft and specialty stores in Jamesport. Their products range from quilts to lawn furniture. Try visiting H&M Country store or Sherwood Quilt and Craft.
Jamesport also offers a number of antique shops as well.
Specialty food shops are located throughout Jamesport. One of the best bakeries in Missouri is located here and it called Anna’s Bake Shop. They have treats that are out of this world.
If you want an actual meal try the Gingerich Dutch Pantry, they are open every day but Sunday.
For more information on Jamesport, MO and to plan a trip please visit their website at www.jamesport-mo.com