Amish people have a national publication. If I decided to start my own community (as they are called), I could place an ad in the publication and lay out where we would live, what our standards or community rules would be, etc. Anyone could come join up with us. Jamesport is the largest amish community west of Pennsylvania. It is a desired location for three main reasons: they allow deodorant, indoor toliets, and the land is only $1,500 an acre vs. the Pennsylvania amish at $6,000 an acre. This community has about 1,500 (last count I heard). They allow trampolines (good exercise and they can sleep on them at night in the summer) no bikes (the folks could run away) and no curtains. No carpeting so they make great rugs. No buttons and they are allowed to shave their legs. They have power...battery power. Solar lights. They don't have a church building, but members take turns hosting the whole group at their farm for church. Which last four hours. No soft pews. Hard benches. Meeting in reformed German. These amish aren't allowed to live in town with the Mennonites, but they do business there...including shopping and banking.
It is considered RUDE and BLASPHAMOUS to take their picture, but I snapped some others to give you an idea.
I rode in the back of a car with three dogs on me.
They were thinking "You're so dreamy" until they later met The Girl.
Jamesport is known for its baked goods
and baking items. They have a great general
store of sorts and bulk food store.
That is a LOT of Rice Crispies.
Baby in an orange bag anyone? A little creepy
The view from the store bathroom. Only light source.
Glad no Amish men were roofing that day!
Bonus shots! :)
A little farmland surprise...it is your lucky day
These are huuuuuge farm bales. This about three stories tall.
Who said Missourians aren't festive?