Jamesport, Missouri

Jamesport, Missouri

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In Jamesport, the Amish community offers a glimpse of a bygone era. These people are part of the Old Order Amish, who are direct descendants of the Mennonite Anabaptists, a group that developed during the Reformation in Germany and Switzerland. Today there are Amish settlements in at least nineteen states and Canada. In the early 1950s the Amish immigrated to Jamesport, now the largest settlement in the state. Currently about 2,000 Amish reside on the rich farmland of the area. They shun the use of modern conveniences and travel by means of horse-drawn vehicles. Their peaceful lifestyle evolves around a close-knit family, their faith, and farming. These people may seem quaint to outsiders but are uniquely adapted for survival today. They beat inflation by living without the things we take for granted. They use no electricity, no cars, no televisions or radios. Their education ends at the eighth grade, and they don’t seem to miss it. Many of the Amish farmhouses now have indoor plumbing, and most Amish families use oil furnaces, kerosene- or wood-burning stoves, and kerosene lamps. Their primary mode of transportation, the horse and carriage, is certainly more picturesque than automobiles.
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by Shifra Stein with Diana Lambdin Meyer (The Globe Pequot Press)

In Jamesport, the Amish community offers a glimpse of a bygone era. These people are part of the Old Order Amish, who are direct descendants of the Mennonite Anabaptists, a group that developed during the Reformation in Germany and Switzerland. Today there are Amish settlements in at least nineteen states and Canada. In the early 1950s the Amish immigrated to Jamesport, now the largest settlement in the state. Currently about 2,000 Amish reside on the rich farmland of the area. They shun the use of modern conveniences and travel by means of horse-drawn vehicles.

Their peaceful lifestyle evolves around a close-knit family, their faith, and farming. These people may seem quaint to outsiders but are uniquely adapted for survival today. They beat inflation by living without the things we take for granted. They use no electricity, no cars, no televisions or radios. Their education ends at the eighth grade, and they don’t seem to miss it. Many of the Amish farmhouses now have indoor plumbing, and most Amish families use oil furnaces, kerosene- or wood-burning stoves, and kerosene lamps. Their primary mode of transportation, the horse and carriage, is certainly more picturesque than automobiles.

©  Shifra Stein with Diana Lambdin Meyer/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Jamesport
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Jamesport, Missouri

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