I’ve lived most of my life in Missouri, so I’ve set all of my Amish books there—and because I do my research on the Amish in Jamesport, I’ve modeled my fictional towns after that wonderful little city. Old Order Amish, Mennonites, and German River Brethren live along the dirt roads, their homes and shops nestled in the hillsides there, so you have to do some country driving to see everything. I’d like to show you some of my favorite places to shop and stay in Jamesport! You’ll find a complete list of stores, local events, and an excellent map online at Jamesport-Mo.com.
First let me thank Vicki Harding, proprietor of the Poosey’s Edge B&B and Ron Ledesma, owner of the Arbor House Country Inn, for providing these wonderful photos. I’ve stayed in both of their inns and highly recommend their clean, beautifully decorated rooms. They provide down-home lodging
Most Plain towns have a bulk grocery store, and here you see H&M. Notice the tidy shelves of spices, sprinkles and other baking supplies, not to mention locally made jams, salsa, chips—and the straw hats!
Another favorite spot in Jamesport is the Countryside Bakery. This place always smells so good and it’s best to arrive early in the day for the best selection of goodies.
My very favorite shop is actually three stores under one big roof: Oak Ridge Furniture, Sherwood Christian Books, and Sherwood Quilts and Crafts. You can see that they sell a number of other items, as well—and Joe Burkholder, the owner, has even hosted a book signing for me! Those musical clocks above the door are so wonderful I asked my husband to give me one for Christmas last year.
Can you see why quilters and seamstresses love to come here?
The gals who work here are avid quilters themselves, and you can often see them sewing on quilts or handmade clothing. Last time I was there, I got to see an original quilt design the young woman in purple had just completed.
Thanks for joining me on this very brief tour of Jamesport!
Charlotte Hubbard is the award-winning author of The Christmas Cradle, which comes out September 29 and concludes her Seasons of the Heart Amish series. She has two new series debuting in 2016—Promise Lodge in March and Simple Gifts (a spin-off of the Seasons series) in June. She has also written a four-book series, Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family, as Naomi King.
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