27 responses to The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri
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    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 03:26)

    Fantastic pictures & commentary. Thanks!!

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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 06:14)

    That is the kind of community I think of when I think about the Amish. Great innovation on the buggies. Love the solar panels as well.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Awesome!! (April 14th, 2014 at 06:29)


    Awesome pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing both pictures and knowledge!!

    Blessings, Alice

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    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 07:01)

    The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri

    Amazing pictures, it’s so pretty there and would like to go and visit the area some day..

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 07:26)

    We are planning to take a day trio there this Spring or early Summer. Can’t wait to go there.

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    Comment on Jameport Amish (April 14th, 2014 at 08:29)

    Jameport Amish

    We go to Jamesport every Spring. It seems as though the Amish areas are thriving much more than the rest of the town is.
    Very nice place to visit, the Amish are right there out of town
    Easy to find, Lots of nice shops to visit

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    Comment on NIce Photo's (April 14th, 2014 at 08:51)

    NIce Photo's

    I get the impression that one is very limited in the “visiting” one can do in these communities. You can go to them, drive around the country side, take pictures of Amish life, the country side, of the Amish (from a distance) and maybe it they have them, you can eat and shop in their stores. But it seem like the visits are rather short especially in areas where the Amish are spread over a wide area. How much actual interaction does one do on a visit?

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      Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 09:51)

      Derek, in my visits to the various Amish communities that I’ve been to so far (8 communities in 5 states) I’ve found that the ease of “visiting” varies a lot from community to community, and even from person to person. As a whole, those areas that are accepting to tourism in general are more accepting of “visiting” face-to-face.

      But you make a good point in noting the degree of actual interaction that we get with the Amish. It is’t like going over and visiting grandma’s house, and as much as we’d like for it to feel that way, well, it’s a bit unrealistic. Personally, I think it helps to understand the situation if we imagine what it would be like to reverse the roles. Say we were going about out daily routine of mowing our yard or doing our job (which happened to be located on the same property as our home). Wouldn’t it feel awkward to have some random person we’ve never met pull off the road roll down the windows and start snapping pictures of our car and house? Would we be a bit edgy if they started snapping up shots of our kids? And what about their taking 10-15 minutes just asking us all kinds of questions? And when that happens a dozen times a day not only is it a bit annoying, but it keeps you from the job that puts food on your family’s table. (And feeding an average of 7 kids, 2 parents, and possibly some grandparents — well, you can’t afford to loose much time with repeat distractions. (ha))

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m like you and would just love to pull up to a Amish person’s house or meet them somewhere in public and just “chew the fat” to learn all about them. But I have to remember that I’m the one on vacation and my time is free…, but they are in the middle of their workday, and their time is as limited as ours would be in the same situation.

      Something you might consider is finding a place where an Amish family rents out a room by the night. My wife and I have spent time at two of these (two different occasions each), one in in Lancaster Co. PA, the other was a working Amish farm in Holmes Co. OH. While the Amish here still have daily routine and chores to do, this is much closer to a chance to really “visit”. And with repeat visits and interactions with the same people you begin to built up actual friendships — and *that* is what makes for a real visit.

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      Comment on Amish Tour (April 14th, 2014 at 10:50)

      Amish Tour

      I was born in Jamesport before the Amish settled here in Jamesport which their first settlement in MO in 1953. The Amish are always happy to visit when they have the time. Jamesport is the only Amish Colony in MO that permits tours of their colony and I offer a tour service for charter buses and other groups and accompany you on a 2 1/2 hr. tour where you are actually able to tour a real Amish home and farm and ask questions of the Amish. We also visit some of the Amish stores while learning about the how the Jamesport Amish traditions vary from other Amish and what some of their traditions are. You also have the opportunity to see a 1 room Amish school, saw mill, Amish cemetery, deer farms and much more. Reservations must be made prior to your visit to allow time for arrangements to be made with the Amish farm family.

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    Comment on Thanks! (April 14th, 2014 at 09:52)


    A special thanks to Erik for including another set of my pictures on his website. And thanks to everyone for all the compliments.

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    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 10:03)

    Loved looking at these pictures. We are going to visit friends in that area in May, and we will definitely be stopping by this community. Thanks, Erik!

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    Nadege Armour
    Comment on Outhouses (April 14th, 2014 at 10:16)


    Thank you so much for such lovely and interesting photos. One question though about the outhouses behind the school. Is there a place that the students use to wash their hands after using the facilities? Whenever I see outhouses I have often thought about whether they are sanitary.

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      Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 10:28)

      Nadege, I’m afraid that I do not know the answer to that question. But considering the nature of the Amish environment (what with all the horses and other livestock — and all the “waste” that is a natural part of that) I wonder if they are concerned much by this type of sanitation concerns. And when you think about it, even as recently as my own childhood there were outhouses in regular use in the “English” rural areas — all without a place to wash up…, and we weren’t any worse for wear, I guess.

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    Troy J. Parks
    Comment on Making what you have better! (April 14th, 2014 at 10:56)

    Making what you have better!

    I am from the so called Old School! I was always taught from my ancestors, always leave it better than you found it! I am by definition English, and was raised as a dairy farm kid milking cows by hand and farming with horses. I am a veterinarian because of those early values and respect for the animals I have had the privilege to care for. These photos warm my heart when I see the respect still being taught for the land and the livestock which allowed me to pursue my vocation and I still farm as well. I am 63 and am so grateful you all work so hard to bring this joy to me! I was asked if I had the opportunity to go back and change anything would I do it? My answer has always been the same. I would not change anything and I hope you do the same. T.

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    Comment on Excellent set of photos (April 14th, 2014 at 11:49)

    Excellent set of photos


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    Don Curtis
    Comment on School Sanitation (April 14th, 2014 at 14:11)

    School Sanitation

    I asked my son, Mark, about this. He said that all three of the Belle Center, Ohio Amish schools have outside restrooms. He can’t speak for the Jamesport, MO community because he’s never been there. In the outside restrooms of the Belle Center Schools there are hand sanitizers on a shelf. Also, there are sinks with hot and cold running water inside the basements of the schoolhouse. At almost any Amish school he has seen there is some kind of water source whether inside sinks or outside hand pumps. The outside pumps of course wouldn’t have hot and cold water just cold, cold well water. But, the students could still wash their hands after using the bathrooms.

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    Comment on Washing Hands (April 14th, 2014 at 14:18)

    Washing Hands

    I taught in Amish schools for years. In most outhouses in our area, a bottle of hand sanitizer is kept in each outhouse and most also have a sink in the entry hall or basement.

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      Comment on Sanitizer (April 14th, 2014 at 15:16)


      Sanitizer. That’s something we never had in the outhouses at the schools I attended in grades 1-8. I don’t remember whether we were instructed to wash our hands on re-entering the building. We probably were, but I don’t remember where we would have done it. There may have been a bowl, soap, and shared towel near the drinking water container. Or maybe it was even a towel on a roller. I’m not sure what you call that container – it was a big crock-like thing with a spigot at the bottom. For my first two years in North Dakota, getting drinking water for it was a daily chore at which we had to take turns. We got it from a hand operated pump in the yard of a nearby home. For the first few months of grade 3 (fall 1956) I attended a school that had indoor plumbing, then we moved to Nebraska where it was back to using outhouses. There was a running water spigot in the basement, so getting drinking water for the container in the classroom was easier than having to pump water from an outdoor well.

      We did have electric lights in all the schools I attended, but when I was in grad school one of my cohort said the small school he attended in central Minnesota (back before there were Amish people in Minnesota) had neither electricity nor running water. So his stories topped mine.

      There may have been occasional grumbling about our having a school that still used outhouses — there was a faction in our community that thought our country school should be closed and that we should merge with the school in town — but our outhouses were far from the only ones.

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    Debbie Halcomb
    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 14:39)

    Definitely the next best thing to being able to travel to all these places.

    Thanks Don

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    Lee Ann
    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 15:12)

    Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful photos – and the peek inside the Jamesport community – really appreciate it!

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Amish modesty (April 14th, 2014 at 16:49)

    Amish modesty

    Since we’re kind of talking about Amish school outhouses I’ll throw in an anecdote that my son, Mark, mentioned to me. It seems that one of the times that he had some of the youth boys over to his house they mentioned that they wished there was a hook on the outhouse door so if they had to sit down to use the bathroom nobody could open the door on them. Mark mentioned this at a monthly school meeting. The one teacher mentioned that he did feel that this modesty issue was a problem for the students. He said that “the same roll of toilet paper can last the whole school year.” The parents didn’t want the outhouse door locked in case some hi-jinks happened in the outhouse and the teacher couldn’t get in. However, now, in all three of the schools’ outhouses, the inside has been reconfigured so that there are separate stalls for the seats with lockable doors on each. Mark figures the same has been done for the girls’ sides but he’s never seen them. Now, that’s progress! Nobody can say the Amish never change!

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    Marcus Yoder
    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 17:02)

    A lot of the Amish that left Plain City went to Jamesport.
    Marcus Yoder

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    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 14th, 2014 at 17:28)

    Great Pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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    Rebecca Bontrager
    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 15th, 2014 at 06:43)

    My husband was raised Amish in this community, thanks for sharing these photos and for a “trip down memory lane”!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on The Amish of Jamesport, Missouri (April 15th, 2014 at 21:39)

    I thoroughly enjoyed all the photos! We still had desks like the one shown here, in the Chicago parochial schools I attended in the 1950’s + ’60’s. When they finally remodeled, they let us kids have the desks. My parents got me one + Mom painted it. I LOVED it. But when my parents died + we sold the house, I lost track of it. Sure wish I still had it!

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane…or, at least for allowing me to take a little “detour”. I hope you’ll keep sharing your photos + comments as you visit more Amish settlements.

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Thanks you.... (April 15th, 2014 at 21:53)

      Thanks you....

      Thank you Alice Mary for your sweet comments. It is a joy to me to take the pictures in the first place — and it doubles the joy to know that others enjoy them along with me.

      If you’ve not done so, you can go to my Flickr photo albums (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ozarkinspirations) and see many more pictures — even some new Amish pictures just uploaded today. Or, you can go directly to my collections page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ozarkinspirations/collections/) where you can find all the Amish pictures pulled together in one place. (I also maintain a notification list to lets people know when I’ve uploaded new images. If you would like to be added to that list, simply send me an email with your own email address on it.)

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    Rebekah Bargowski
    Comment on donate (November 30th, 2014 at 01:47)


    I was at the children’s hospital in the nicu. We saw many of the Amish people who could use car seats to take thier babies home. How can i find out to donate mine, and see what else I can donate. I have 8 children myself and we know how hard it is to get items like that. If someone may know please help. Thank you.

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