When I was contracted for a three book series set in Jamesport, Missouri, my family and I immediately planned a trip to Jamesport. I’d never been there before and was excited to go. We went, probably at the wrong time of the year, since it was rather cold and most of the summer touristy things were closed, but we were able to visit the Amish market and other stores in Jamesport.
There is a cheese store there, owned by Old German Baptist Brethren. The women dressed in an Amish style, but they do drive vehicles. They have a rather large dairy farm.
The Amish there are farmers. We saw a young boy leading a Belgium horse down the road, and another Amish man hitching his Belgium horse team up to his plow. One of the schoolhouses is located right across the street from a nice Amish farm with a phone shanty at the corner of the road, which I used in The Postcard, placing preaching Samuel and his family into that house right across from the school where David moved into a small backroom.
There is an ice cream shop in the square of Jamesport and on the streets you’ll see many different types of buggies—open, buggy carts, and closed. We passed by a small house where the Amish teens were playing a game of volleyball. There were also buggies parked everywhere in Jamesport. On the square, behind the hardware store, at the Amish market, (where I put Rachel to work) and at the grocery store.
Jamesport is a very small town. It is near larger towns with a Walmart, hospital, and restaurants. And the Amish there are just the beginning. They spread all through that area, up into Iowa.
If you are planning a trip to Jamesport, I suggest going in October for their annual auction (and not in March, like we did). Our first trip there the weather was sunny and warm and our most recent, ice pellets was falling from the sky. My son, Michael, asked one Amish man how he was doing, and the Amish man responded “I am fine, but the weather, not so much.” His horse didn’t like it too much either as it literally danced at the hitching post.
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning author, a pastor’s wife, and a homeschooling mother of three children. Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series (Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another) and The Amish of Webster County series (Healing Love, Surrendered Love and Awakened Love). Her non-Amish book Swept Away will release November 2014.
The Postcard and Snow Globe are her latest releases. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. She makes her home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.
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