Step Back in Time Tours was created by my late husband, Jim Smith, a Jamesport native. With his humor and knowledge, he was known for his excellant tours filled with fun, laughter and knowledge. He was written about in the Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Missouri Life Magazine, and others. He trained the current tour guides, so while he can never be replaced, you won't miss a step. You will hear and laugh at his and our personal stories and come away with a new understanding of the Amish way of life.
If you're looking for an adventure off the beaten path to a world where people still live their lives as though time has stood still for many decades, this is your chance to view it up close. This 2 1/2 hour tour is one that very few "English People" are allowed to see. At Step Back In Time Tours we are your professionals in the tour business. We specialize in stepping on charter buses for bank travel clubs, schools, churches, Red Hatters, and all sizes of groups. We also offer caravan tours (we once had a car club of 35 cars), as well as single family groups. No group is TOO BIG or TOO SMALL, we can do it all! Repeat tourists continue to insist upon Step Back in Time Tours! Our tours are not only educational but entertaining as well. You'll laugh at the humorous personal stories, experiences and learn information not found in books anywhere or from any other tour guide!
On our tour, you'll not only see and learn how these people still live their lives strictly by the Bible, but you'll experience firsthand what "very few" people are ever allowed to see as you get an up close view of one of the strictest Old Order Amish Colonies still remaining in the world today! Remember folks, this is the Only Amish Colony in Missouri that permits organized tours of their Colony. Our Amish friends live their lives, teaching their children by their strict interpretation of the Bible verses! Using no electricity and modern technology, they use only horses for transportation and work purposes. No trip to the Jamesport Amish Colony is complete without our professional guided tour. See how they live in today's cyber world armed with only an 8th grade education!
Tour a real Amish home and farm, led by the Amish who explain and demonstrate how they survive their everyday life just as our ancestors did back in "the good old days". Ask the questions, learn the facts.
Please be advised that all Amish stores are out in the country, so a tour guide is best! We are considered the best because of our fun loving personalities, so don't settle for any other. Remember, this is real life, and not staged entertainment. The Amish people are our friends so we would appreciate respecting their beliefs of no pictures being taken of them [because of their belief of vanity.] Also, most Amish stores do not accept credit cards, but cash and checks are accepted. There is only 1 ATM in town [Jamesport Grocery], and 1 at BP on Hwy 6 outside of Jamesport. Otherwise, a cash advance is available on your debit or credit card at the Home Exchange Bank found south of the 4 way stop on Broadway.
We meet at City Hall located less than a block north of the 4 way stop. You'll find large, clean restrooms there before we begin our adventure.
Jamesport, MO is located less than 90 minutes from Kansas City, Independence, Liberty, and St. Joseph and about 20 minutes away from the Mormon Shrine "Adam-Ondi-Ahman" in North West MO. We have festivals all year, so check out www.jamesportmissouri.info for more information.
While you're here, plan to spend some time shopping in Jamesport as well. While we do not have an authorized 'Chamber of Commerce', we DO have an awesome Jamesport Community Association! You'll find some real Amish made items as well as other one of a kind treasures in town. Shop at the Farm House Collection, Jamesport Mercantile, Sue's Soft Stuff, Gingerich Dutch Pantry Bakery, The Collection and all of the fabulous antique stores! There's so much more in town and out of town when you arrive at "Jamesport"! You may want to check out and return for our annual festivals chocked full of activities in town! Spend the night at Arbor House with our friend, Marie Graber, and you can eat at Gingerich Dutch Panty on the square, or at the Country Cupboard located at the end of Auberry Street west of the 4 way. Come back and experience a time where you'll find a slower pace, friendly people, and more like the time of long ago. Step Back in Time, and feel the peace! Because of the popularity of our tour, RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE.
This year, you have choices!!
Tour A; $8 per person, or $40 per car. Children under 3 free. More time to shop, and no farm tour.
Tour B; $9 per person, $40 per car, children under 3 free. Less time to shop, and more time at the farm
Season: April 1 - October 1, now taking reservations for 2017!
Hours: 9am - 2:00 [stores close at 5]
Contact: Lanita Smith, Owner and Tour Coodinator
Our thanks to our friend, Rev. Don Burke, for allowing us to use some of his fabulous photos.
ADDED BONUS: If you want to Step Back in Time regarding YOUR family history, email me as well. I can help you find out more about your family heritage and provide findings in a colorful spiral bound book. 30+ years experience and reasonable rates, references gladly provided!
"YOU MAY SAY I'M A DREAMER, BUT I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE.".........JOHN LENNON
All Tours Given In Memory of
Jim R. Smith