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 once in a lifetime chance to view it from the inside out. 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, bus and tour operator's group packages, and all kinds and 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! Jim stepped on his first charter tour bus in 1985 and loved giving them. He taught us well, and 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 MO that permits organized tours of their Colony. These "Plain People" live their lives and teach their children by their strict interpretation of the Bible verses and no trip to theJamesport Amish Colony is complete without our professional guided tour. You'll see firsthand and up close how these "Plain People" live their daily lives without the use of electricity and the modern technology that comes along with it but also using only horses for their transportation and work purposes. See how they live in today's cyber world armed with only an 8th grade education!
You will 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".
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. Jamesport is home to the largest Old Order Amish Settlement west of the Mississippi. This is their real life, and not a staged entertainment. The Amish people are our friends so we would appreciate respecting their beliefs to 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.
Cost: $7 per person, or $40 per car. Children under 3 free.
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, the Custard Shop, 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 friends Ron and Gail Ledesma 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.
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, send me an email as well. I can help you find out more about your family heritage and provide findings in a colorful spiral bound book. 20+ 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