This charming community is a perfect spot to get away from it all

Located in northwest Missouri just 25 miles from Chillicothe, Jamesport is home to the largest Old Order Amish Settlement west of the Mississippi River. The tranquility of the town serves as the perfect backdrop for a relaxing getaway where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Jamesport Buggy

A Jamesport buggy is a common sight. Artwork done by Charity Trotter with Clicks By Charity Photography

Spend the day strolling along the streets and visiting some of the many shops along the way – like Downhome Collectibles, Sue’s Soft Stuff and Sherwood Quilt & Craft. Gather inspiration for your next home renovation project from the Amish craftsmanship on display at Country Heritage Furniture. If you own horses, pick up beautifully crafted supplies and gear at Elmer Beechy Harness and Supplies or Abie Hostetler Running Gear – if you have room left in your suitcase.

Jamesport also boasts an abundance of good eats and sweet treats. Country Cupboard Restaurant and Jamesport Tavern are two great sit-down places for traditional American cuisine. The town’s bakeries are a must for fresh bread and pastries made daily. Local favorites include Anna’s Bake Shop and Gingerich Dutch Bakery.

When visiting Jamesport, embarking on a tour is the best way to get to know the area. The local chamber of commerce offers guided group tours catered to your interests.

A truly unique experience is Murder Mystery Weekends, hosted at the Country Colonial Bed and Breakfast. This weekend package for six requires three couples and participants in this staged event must explore Jamesport to find clues surrounding a recent “murder.” The event is perfect for curious, competitive groups. Murder Mystery Weekends includes some meals and your stay at the B&B.

Jamesport Downtown Shopping

Jamesport Downtown Shopping

The area surrounding Jamesport also provides ample activities to explore. Green Acres Riding Stables offers 17-mile guided tours though the natural beauty of Poosey Conservation Area, which is worth a visit on its own. Located southeast of downtown Jamesport, the area has numerous hiking trails. Green Hills Golf Course is only a 30-minute drive away in Chillicothe. Also in Chillicothe is the Sliced Bread Innovation Center, which is located in the historic location of the bakery that invented and sold sliced bread. It even houses one of the original bread slicers and features several interactive exhibits and a documentary on Chillicothe and sliced bread. Learn the story behind the phrase “The greatest thing since sliced bread” in the very building where sliced bread was invented in 1928.

To top it all off, Jamesport’s local population is welcoming to visitors who pass through. All of these factors make a trip to Jamesport an unparalleled experience in Missouri.

By Isabella Wilkes